Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City to Hold “Celebration of the Arts” Concert

The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, which is celebrating its 25th season, will host its “Celebration of the Arts” concert on Sunday, March 10. The concert, which will be held in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on Park University’s Parkville Campus, begins at 3 p.m.

The concert will include a performance of Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” with the Kansas City Youth Ballet, chamber ensembles and critically acclaimed folk ballad singer Connie Dover.

Prior to the concert, the Philharmonia will have a silent auction to benefit the orchestra, starting at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. Additional opportunities to bid on the silent auction items will be held during the two intermissions, and Dover will have CDs available for purchase. A post-concert talk with Dover, the Philharmonia’s conductor/music director Travis Jürgens and various orchestra members will also be held.

“Funding for the arts has dropped, but I am convinced that we all need music now more than ever,” Jürgens said. “It keeps us sane throughout the increasingly hectic pace of life; it uplifts us and gives us vibrancy of life. The survival of the arts, including the Philharmonia, depends on the support of our patrons.”

Jürgens is in his third season as conductor and music director of the Philharmonia. Jürgens, who took second place in the American Prize in Conducting – Orchestra Division in 2011, is also the assistant conductor of the Boulder (Colo.) Philharmonic. He recently served as associate conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre in Denver. Visit www.kcphilharmonia.org/#!our-conductor/c3zs for a complete biography on Jürgens.

Admission to the concert is $15 for reserved front seating ($10 for senior citizens 65 and older); $10 for adult general admission; and $5 for students and senior citizens 65 and older. Children age 12 and under receive free admission, as well as Park University students, faculty and staff with their Park ID. For an additional $10, concert-goers can attend the post-concert talk. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.kcphilharmonia.org.

The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community orchestra sponsored in part by Park University, is comprised of members who are drawn from the Kansas City metropolitan area. It provides talented musicians an opportunity to satisfy their love of classical music while providing affordable and accessible high quality entertainment to a variety of audiences. Membership in the orchestra is open by audition to qualified adults and students who rehearse weekly under the guidance of area professional musicians. The mission of the Philharmonia is to engage communities by entertaining and educating through music. The Philharmonia is funded in part by a Missouri Arts Council grant, a state agency and division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The Philharmonia will conclude its 2012-13 concert season with its “Victory and Triumph” concert on Sunday, May 5, in the Chapel.

For more information, visit www.kcphilharmonia.org or contact Brenda Moore-Wells, Philharmonia president, at moore.travel@att.net or (816) 392-6673.

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