A candlelight celebration of great soloists from the KCCO, featuring music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Handel, and Telemann, and a rare performance of Samuel Barber's baroque-style masterpiece, the Capricorn Concerto.
From the Maestro:
When I was working with Jennifer Owen last summer to choose music for our collaboration with Owen/Cox Dance Company, one of my suggestions was Barber's Capricorn Concerto. It had been decades since we last performed it. I went back and listened to it and was completely captured by its exuberant atmosphere and innovative homage to Bach and his Brandenburg Concertos. Since we didn't use it in the end for the collaboration, I wanted to find a place to program it this season and built this final concert around it.
Keeping with the idea of featured soloists, Vivaldi is of course best known for his instrumental concertos, so practically anything by him would obviously fit on this spring celebration concert. Since the Barber features flute, oboe, and trumpet soloists in a very baroque-style fashion, this Vivaldi concerto featuring two violinists and cellist was an obvious fit. H orn player David Sullivan had suggested a Mozart horn concerto, selecting one we've never done on our series. Bingo, another good choice. I then set about to complement these three works with some other baroque gems, including Telemann's whimsical piece that pokes fun at old-fashioned styles while demonstrating what it sounds like to be up-to-date (in 18th century Europe, mind you!) in his "Ancient and Modern Nations" suite, and Handel's beloved Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major with its infectious tunes and jigs.
Light the candles!! We're in for a special night of music-making with the members of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.