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2016 - 2017 Concert Schedule

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Beethoven Triple!View details
Thursday, October 27, 2016Milestones - Music and MovementView details
Tuesday, December 6, 2016A Very English ChristmasView details
Tuesday, February 14, 2017A Valentine from the MaestroView details
Friday, April 21, 2017Spring Celebration!View details
2016 - 2017 Concert Details

Saturday, August 27, 20168:00 pm
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center 

Beethoven Triple!

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A spectacular opening concert featuring founding KCCO concertmaster Ben Sayevich, pianist Lolita Lisovskaya, and cellist Daniel Veis perfoming the Beethoven Triple Concerto in cooperation with the International Center for Music Park University.

Beethoven        Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 56

                                Ben Sayevich, Daniel Veis, Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, soloists

Chopin                Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22

Tchaikovsky    Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62


Wieniawski      Polonaise Brillante No. 2 in A Major, Op. 21

Thursday, October 27, 20167:30 pm
Polsky Theatre,  JCCC

Milestones - Music and Movement

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An exciting collaboration with Owen/Cox Dance brings music to life in movement, while the KCCO inspires these talented dancers to new heights. “Milestones” features Chamber Orchestra favorites chosen specifically for their choreographic inspiration.  Experience these delightful works in a totally new and fresh way, along with the KCCO premiere of Shostakovich’s haunting and powerful String Quartet No. 8 arranged for orchestra.  Two great artistic companies, one fabulous performance!

Vivaldi                     Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor,

                                      Larry Figg, Allen Probus soloists


Britten                      Simple Symphony


Shostakovich       String Quartet No. 8, arranged for String Orchestra


Bach                           Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Tickets $30 with discounts for students and seniors. Contact JCCC box office at 913 469-4445


  Tuesday, December 6, 20167:30 pmGrace and Holy Trinity Cathedral,
Kansas City,  MO

A Very English Christmas

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Featuring Musica Vocale Choral Ensemble and soloist Daniel Belcher in beautiful and festive holiday music by candlelight!

Robert Bridges beautiful Christmas Eve poem is set to glorious music by Gerald Finzi, capturing the awe of wandering the English landscape on a “frosty Christmas Eve”. Coupled with two gorgeous works for strings by Vaughan Williams, and a lively suite by Henry Purcell, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra will warm your heart for a season of good cheer.  

(Pre-concert talk begins at 6:30 p.m.)

Finzi                                          In Terra Pax

                                                     with Musica Vocale Choral Ensemble and

                                                     Daniel Belcher, baritone soloist


Vaughan Williams          Fantasia on Greensleeves


Vaughan Williams          Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


Warlock                                  Capriol Suite


Purcell                                     Suite from Abdelazer

Tickets range from $20 to $35 with discounts for seniors and students (1/2 price)

  Tuesday, February 14,  20177:30 pm
Folly Theater 

A Valentine from the Maestro

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Maestro Sorrell’s Valentine to Kansas City is an elegant evening of romantic music for strings and soloists in the sumptuous surroundings of the Folly Theater. Revel in the gorgeous sounds of Tchaikovsky and for Valentines, and feast on settings of great romantic poetry by Kansas City’s own Jean Belmont Ford, featuring Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano.

Tchaikovsky              Serenade for Strings

Belmont Ford            Remembrance                             
                                            Sarah Anderson, soprano soloist

                                           Bruce Sorrell, piano soloist

Villa-Lobos                Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9

 Friday, April 21, 20178:00 pM
Old Mission Union Methodist Church,
Fairway, KS

Spring Celebration!

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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.

Mozart                      Horn Concerto No. 3, K. 447,      
                                      David Sullivan, soloist

Vivaldi                     Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D Minor, Op. 3/11                                       
                                      Anne-Marie Brown, Tony DeMarco, Larry Figg, soloists

Handel                     Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major

Barber                      Capricorn Concerto                                        
                                      Christina Webster, Margaret Marco, Julian Kaplan, soloists

Telemann                Overture des Nations anciens et modernes

Tickets range from $20 to $30 with discounts for seniors and students (1/2 price)

Past Seasons

2015 - 2016 Concert Details

Friday, September 4, 20158:00 pm
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center,
Kansas City, MO 

Mozart and Mendelssohn: Reaching for the Stars


Mozart’s great final Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 make a spectacular Labor Day weekend celebration!

Rossini – Overture to La scala di seta

Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11

Mozart – Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter”

Friday, November 6, 20158:00 pm
Old Mission United Methodist Church,
Shawnee,  KS

Shakespeare as Muse


If music be the food of love … music inspired by the plays and poetry of the immortal Bard! The gorgeous language mimics music itself, and one of Kansas City’s finest actors, Robert Gibby Brand, brings to life the beauty and drama of the poetry in the spoken word, accompanied by music from three of England’s greatest composers.


A world premiere of a new work composed especially for soprano Sarah Anderson and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra by Jean Belmont Ford completes this concert. This work for voice without text heightens the emotion and drama of pure music.


Join us for a dramatic journey through great poetry, great music, coupled with a world premiere by a revered master composer who lives among us. If music be the food of love, play on!!

Walton – Two Pieces for String Orchestra – Henry V

Purcell – Music from “The Fairy Queen”

Belmont Ford – Vocalise (World Premiere)

Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soloist

Finzi - Music for ‘Love’s Labours Lost’

Tickets: $30, $20, seniors $25, students $15, $10

  Tuesday, December 8, 20157:30 pmGrace and Holy Trinity Cathedral,
Kansas City,  MO



Music from the Baroque, thrillingly performed by soloists, choir, and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, will put you in the holiday spirit! Vivaldi’s Gloria is one of the most loved works for the holidays, paired with Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto, with its famous pastoral ending and Bach’s incomparable Brandenburg Concerto No. 1.

Vivaldi – Gloria

 Sarah Tannehill Anderson and Jay Carter, soloists

 Trinity Choir of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, John Schaefer director

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

VivaldiFlute Concerto in D Major “Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch)

Christina Webster, soloist

Corelli - Christmas Concerto

Ticket prices are $20, $27, and $35, with discounts for seniors and students.

  Sunday, February 14,  20165:00 pm
Simpson House
4509  Walnut Street Kansas City, MO

Valentine Serenades and Suites!


Romantic music for all performed in original chamber orchestra style in a beautiful KC home – a marvelous Valentine’s Day celebration with food and drink!  (Attendance will be limited to 125)

Britten - Simple Symphony

Tchaikovsky - Andante Cantabile

Holst - St. Paul's Suite

 Thursday, April 28, 20167:30 pM
Old Mission Union Methodist Church,
Fairway, KS

Baroque Amore!


Handel’s famous “Water Music” contains some of the most familiar tunes ever penned by one of history’s greatest composers. Though less frequently performed, Haydn’s symphonies are an absolute delight to hear performed. Don’t miss this chance to hear one live! And the KCCO’s second world premiere this season, this time featuring oboist Margaret Marco in a thrilling new work by Forrest Pierce.

Rameau - Overture from Pygmalion

Handel - Water Music Suite No. 1 in D Major

Pierce, F. - A Siege of Herons – Concerto for Oboe d’amore

Haydn - Symphony No. 60 in C Major ‘Il Distratto’

2014 - 2015 Concert Details

Sat, August 23, 20148:00 pm
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center,
Kanasas City, MO 

Inspired Journeys: Heroes and Landscapes


Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, inspired by the heroic ideal that Napoleon represented, is one of the greatest works ever composed.  Hearing it in the grand Helzberg Hall, but with the intimacy of a chamber orchestra, all the wonderful internal workings of Beethoven’s great mastery become evident to the ear.


The gorgeous Italian countryside served as muse for Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, reflecting place and experience and radiating the joy he felt as he toured Italy. Sunny, dramatic, reverent – it is truly one of the most pleasurable symphonies to hear in the entire canon.

Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Beethoven :  Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

Thur, October 30, 20147:30 pm
Old Mission United Methodist Church,
 Shawnee Mission, KS

The Muse


The first of two concerts exploring the muse in our own time!  Including gorgeous and virtuosic works for solo voice and oboe, the concert will also feature Copland’s inventive Appalacian Spring, a “fountain of musical images evoking pastoral America” and inspired by the dance work of Martha Graham. Gerald Finzi’s A Severn Rhapsody contributes a lush English sound with its luminous textures and folksong influences.

Forrest Pierce’s The Twelve Kisses is a thrilling setting of Hebrew and English texts from the Song of Solomon written for the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and the solo will be performed by Sarah Tannehill Anderson, the soprano whose virtuosic, expressive singing inspired it!  The exquisite, beautiful voice of the oboe d’amore will be featured in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe d’Amore with soloist Margaret Marco. 

Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody

Forrest Pierce:  The Twelve Kisses; Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano soloist

Bach: Concerto for Oboe d’Amore; Margaret Marco, soloist

Copland: Appalachian Spring

  Tuesday, December 9, 20147:30 pmOld Mission United Methodist Church,
Shawnee Mission, KS

Bach for the Holidays


“among the most human, most spiritual music ever composed.”

Bach’s great orchestral works are full of great dance rhythms, thrilling virtuosity, and beautifully expressive moments. In the candlelit elegance of Old Mission Church, it’s the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!

Bach was a practical man. Composer, teacher, performer, father, husband – there was no time to waste. His music is extraordinarily intellectual, but is without a doubt, among the most human, most spiritual music ever composed. The Brandenburg Concertos were inspired by the players Bach had at hand, obviously highly gifted performers in the court orchestra.

The 3rd and 4th Brandenburg Concertos and the 1st Suite represent a highly inspired and truly creative mind, melding the best that the baroque period had to offer – great dance rhythms that propel the action forward, highly expressive slow movements, virtuosic writing for strings, and highly effective use of flutes, oboes, and bassoon. Join us for this inspiring concert of favorites.

Bach – Suite No. 1
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Bach – Sinfonia from Cantata 42

  Friday, April 17,  2015         8:00 pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza 

Mozart and Haydn

 April on the Plaza -Gorgeous melodies! A perfect spring evening!

The gorgeous melodies of Mozart and the elegance, drama, and wit of Haydn make for an unparalleled concert experience when performed by  The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” for solo violin and viola is one of his most sublimely beautiful works, a perennial favorite. Join us for a perfect spring evening!

“Bruce Sorrell was born to conduct Mozart.” The Kansas City Star

Mozart – Symphony No. 33

Haydn – Symphony No. 83 “The Hen”
Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante

Anne-Marie Brown violin soloist; Duke Lee, viola soloist

 Friday, June 12, 20158:00 pM
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral,
Kansas City, MO

Vivaldi's Four Seasons!


One of the most popular and fascinating pieces of music in the classical canon is Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, a set of four concertos for solo violin. Part of the fascination is not just that he so accurately captures in sound the various moods of nature depicted, but that the moods change dramatically within movements. This is unusual in the Baroque era, where “unity of mood” tends to prevail throughout a movement. So, the depiction of temperate winds fighting strong north winds, leading to a storm (as if Vivaldi were a Midwesterner!), or the many different characterizations in winter, from chattering teeth to slipping on ice, are varied and wildly evocative. With minimal forces at his command (just solo violin, strings, and a harpsichord) he brings the colors to life, as in the haunting “Summer” depiction of flies lazily swarming in the heat as distant thunder peals threateningly. We invite you on this fabulous journey through the Four Seasons, as a first-timer, or as a veteran remembering the thrill of why this is a great masterpiece.


Vivaldi                                      Four Seasons – soloists: Cristian Fatu, David Radzynski, Maria Iodenitch,                                                                                                      Laurel Gagnon


Dvorak                                      Nocturne


Dvorak                                       Two Waltzes (Op. 54)


Juan Baptista de Plaza     Fuga Romantica and Fuga criolla

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