Kansas City Wind Symphony Announces 19th Season

The Kansas City Wind Symphony opens their 19th season “As You Like It” (with apologies to the Bard) on October 9, 2016, at 7:00 PM at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas. The free concert entitled “A Night at the Opera” features opera favorites from Carmen, Lohengrin, The Valkyrie, and Samson and Delilah. Other vocal solos include Chausson’s “Poem of Love and the Sea” and Wagner’s “Songs of the Wayfarer.”  Guest soloists are contralto Qiulin Zhang and tenor Jacob Sentgeorge.

The first half of the concert will be devoted to selections from the opera Carmen. Opening with the Overture, the soloists will continue with the “Habenera,” “Sequedille,” “Toreador,” and “Flower” songs. Principal Flutist, Kaytee Dietrich will perform the popular “Entre Act” with harpist Wesley Kelly.

The second half of the program will open with the “Prelude to Act III” from Wagner’s Lohengrin. Quilin Zhang will continue with “Le Fleur des Eaux” (Flower Water) from Poem de L’amour et de la Mer and “Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht” (“When My Sweetheart is Married”) from Wagner’s Songs of the Wayfarer.

Jacob Sentgeorge will join Ms. Zhang in the popular duet “Mon Cœur S’ouvre à ta Voix.” (My heart opens to your Voice) from Saint Saens’ Samson and Delilah. Leoncavallo’s popular tenor aria “Mattinata” will close the vocal selections and the program will conclude with Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyrie.”

Major concerts are held in the sanctuary of the Village Church located at 6641 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas.  All Village Church concerts are at 7:00 PM. Three outreach concerts will also be presented this season. Two at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas:  October 8, 2016 and February 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM; and one in the Kauffman Theatre, located in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

For more information contact Erik Hulse, Executive director, here.