Kansas City Wind Symphony Announces 16th Season

The Kansas City Wind Symphony, under the leadership of Phil Posey and Pat Setser, will open their 16th Season at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS, on October 13, at 7:00 PM. The free concert is one of four in the season entitled “A Passport to Musical Adventures.” Each concert features a different destination around the world: The Americas; The British Isles, Norway and Belgium; The European Continent, and Asia and the Far East. Highlights include English Horn soloist Anne Sneller, performing “The Swan of Tuonela” by Jean Sibelius, James D., Cockman III, pianist and Artist in Residence, performing Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini“ and guest soloists Ming Zhang, performing on the Chinese Erhu, and Hon Ki Cheung, performing on the Chinese Pipa. Special passports will be issued at the first two concerts. Free CDs will be the rewards for stamped passports at three or more concerts. The opening concert, “The Americas,” includes Joseph Jenkins’ “American Overture for Band” and John Williams’ “The Cowboys.” Two new works will be premiered: Ira Hearsen’s “After The Thunderer” from his “Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa” and Jason K. Nitsch’s “American Visions.” Featured on the second half of the program is Missouri native H. Owen Reed’s symphony “La Fiesta Mexicana” and “Danza Cubanas” by Robert Sheldon. The concert will close with Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” Outreach concerts are planned at Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS, and at the Bell Center, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS. Complete information regarding the KC Wind Symphony’s 16th season is available on their website: www.kcwindsymphony.org

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