KC Wind Symphony presents "Classical Meets Jazz"

Kansas City jazz legend Bobby Watson will join The Kansas City Wind Symphony in their 15th Anniversary Season Gala “Classical Meets Jazz” on Sunday afternoon, March 10, 2013, at 4:00 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri. The concert is free and open to the public via reserved seat ticketing. Free tickets are available online at www.kauffmancenter.org, or by calling the Kauffman Center Box Office at 816-994-7222. Dr. Phil Posey is the conductor and Ms. Pat Setser is the associate conductor. The Classical portion of the concert features Ron Nelson’s “Rocky Point Holiday” and the “Finale” from Kalinnikov’s “Symphony No. 1 in G minor” with antiphonal brass choirs. Mr. Watson will play Maurice ‘Whitney’s “Introduction and Samba” and Frank Ticheli’s setting of “Amazing Grace” with Bobby’s added improvisations. The Jazz portion of the concert opens with the wind symphony’s “Brazen Brass” performing Joseph Turrin’s “Jazzalogue No. 1” commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for their 1997 Latin American Tour. The program continues with Robert Mersey’s “Jazz Suite” with Mr. Watson soloing on the second movement “Blue Sax.” Next are three works by Bobby and Pamela Watson: “River Jordan,” “Love Remains” and “Conservation.” Transcriptions of these works for winds are by Jeremy Schwinger of Liberty, Missouri. The concert will conclude as four area high school students selected from the Masterclass join Watson in Shane Fuller’s exciting arrangement of the popular “Goin’ to Kansas City.” This is listed on the program as “The Flat-out Finale – Jammin’ with Bobby.”

The Kansas City Wind Symphony was founded in 1998 by the Music Ministry of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. In April of 2008 the group made its debut in Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the “Ensemble Spotlight Series” by MidAmerica Productions. In September of 2011 the KC Wind Symphony was one of the featured community groups at the opening of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.

For more information please contact Dr. Phil Posey at 816-507-2575

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