Kansas City Chamber Orchestra

4 May 2019 Concert

8 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Kansas City, MO

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Overture to La scala di seta – Gioacchino Rossini

Virtuosities for string orchestra – Dorothy Chang

Ah dov'è il cimento? from Semiramide – Gioacchino Rossini

Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête... Pour mon âme, quel destin! from La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) – Gaetano Donizetti

Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke - Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 40 in g minor, K. 550 - Mozart


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Blog Post on Concert from Ward Holmquist

KC Chamber Orchestra Concert – 4 May 2019

By Ward Holmquist | 16 April 2019

SEASON AND SENTIMENT “If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables After too many gray-black days and  too frequent windshield ice-scraping, I feel like I’m about to get skewered in a Game of Thrones battle. This final, most…


Dorothy Chang

Dorothy is a composer recommended to me by KCCO music director and conductor Bruce Sorrell. As I investigated her work, I was taken by the clarity of expression, and the vivid emotional responses it elicits. Her varied output includes works using Chinese folk instruments, and collaborative theater pieces.

It goes without saying that female composers in the public ear are miserably few in number. Dorothy is clearly well trained and practiced in her craft. In a world where anyone can "create" music (a fact I love and relish), her intellect and talent easily distinguish her as someone whose creations should be heard, experienced, mulled over and discussed. And most importantly, enjoyed!

Her excellent website will tell you all you might want to know about her, with a plentiful number of recordings.

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Josh Lovell

During my search for a guest soloist I contacted several of my favorite artist representatives who have keen eyes and ears for the best of the young artists, and Josh  popped to the surface quickly.

He has a bright, extremely agile and expressive tenor voice. His pedigree with major young artist programs like San Francisco Opera (Merola program), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Ryan Young Artist program) and his forthcoming participation as an ensemble member with the Vienna State Opera is already high praise. As we discussed repertoire, he offered the devilishly difficult (with a high D!) Semiramide aria. I jumped at the chance to program it!

For more info, check out:

  • His roster page with highly regarded IMG Artists representatives (including bio and videos)
  • My YouTube playlist with recordings of the concert selections


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