Good music is as vital to human survival as water, oxygen, and gravy-only diets. Soak up at least two of these four bodily essentials with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a ticket to the Kansas City Symphony’s Christmas Festival (up to a $65 value). Performances take place at the Lyric Theatre on December 17 at 7:30 p.m., December 18 at 7:30 p.m., or December 19 at 2 p.m.
Associate conductor Steven Jarvi channels the combined melodious might of the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus, KC Brass, Allegro Children’s Choir, and Rezound Handbell Ensemble through an all-new holiday celebration of sound. Mobs of merry musicians, rumored to include 12 drummers drumming and a possible 11 pipers piping, will feed hungry ossicles symphonic arrangements of Christmas traditions. Families coasting on waves of Yuletide joy will yearn to sing along with timeless carols perfected by years of door-to-door focus testing. To complete each holly-jolly evening, Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to play a 30-minute free jazz solo on his signature fur-fringed soprano saxophone.
The Kansas City Symphony has been serenading local music lovers since 1982. Come and be dazzled by Steven Jarvi’s ability to make 80 musicians play in tandem with the stroke of a magical twig-like baton, and experience how a night at the symphony can be a refreshing change of pace from an exhausting life on the run.
- Minczuk and the orchestra ended the evening with an absolutely electrifying performance of Respighi’s Feste Romane (Roman Festivals). The opening movement featured an offstage trumpet, and the finale was crisp and powerful. The work featured wonderful playing by horn player Alberto Suarez, clarinetist Raymond Santos, cellist Mark Gibbs and Kent Brauninger, who briefly laid down his viola to play a mandolin solo. – Timothy McDonald, The Kansas City Star
- Maestro Michael Stern, since taking the helm of the Kansas City Symphony just four years ago, has taken his gifted colleagues on an artistic voyage of increasingly impressive reach. – Terry Rombeck, The Lawrence Journal-World blogs
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