The Kansas City Wind Symphony, under the leadership of Dr. Phil Posey and Pat Setser, will open their 17th Season at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS, on October 12, at 7:00 PM.

Kansas City Wind Symphony Announces 17th Season

The Kansas City Wind Symphony announces their 17th season of free concerts entitled “Let’s Celebrate.”  The title is inspired by extensive remodeling of the Village Church Sanctuary which will begin in the spring of 2015 providing a larger and more useable space for the church music programs.  The four major concerts celebrate Achievement (October 12), Virtuosity (November 16), Romance (February 14) and Spring (March 22).  The final event will be a special Pops Concert (May 3) featuring guest soloists from the Kansas City Metro area. Major concerts are held in the sanctuary of the Village Church located at 6641 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas.  All concerts are at 7:00 PM except the Pops Concert which is an afternoon concert at 4:00 PM. Two outreach concerts will be presented at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas:  November 15 and March 21 at 2:00 PM.

Opening Concert: Celebrating Achievement – October 12 at 7:00 PM – Village Church

Kansas City Wind Symphony opens their 17th Season of free concerts entitled “Let’s Celebrate” with a program celebrating achievement in sports, flight, space and faith. The sports section begins with musical memories of the Olympic Games including John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” and a nostalgic look into the past with the main theme and hymn from “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis.  A new work “Slalom” by Carter Penn celebrates the joys of downhill skiing.  Achievement in flight opens with a thrilling work by Frances McBeth entitled “Through Countless Halls of Air” that traces the history of flight from the Wright brothers to the present day.  The space section begins with Richard Strauss’ “Thus Spake Zaruthustra.” The fanfare, “Morning,” was used in the epic film “2001 – A Space Odyssey.”  William Latham’s reflective work “Prayers in Space” follows.  Achievements in faith celebrates the heritage of Martin Luther with James Curnow’s “La Rejoissance” based on the Lutheran hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God.”

Second Concert: Celebrating Virtuosity – November 16 at 7:00 PM – Village Church

The second concert features guest pianist Kairy Koshoeva performing a new transcription by Jeremy Schwinger of Serge Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43.” Dr. Koshoeva is an internationally known pianist who has performed in Israel, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Central Asia, Switzerland and the United States. She has won numerous competitions including the International Piano Competition in Vicenza, Italy, and the N. Rubinstein competition in Paris, France, among others. In 2008 she performed as soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and served as Artist in Residence at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg (2010-2011).  Read about Dr. Koshoeva here.

Virtuosity by the Wind Symphony will include Igor Stravinsky’s “Fireworks,” a new work “Frenzy” by Andrew Boysen Jr. and the Finale from Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.”

For more information contact Dr. Phil Posey at 816-781-1132 or use the form below.

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