Musical Passages Sep. 27 Kicks Off The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra’s 32nd Season

The evening will feature KCCO’s signature joyful baroque and classical repertoire with local composer Jean Belmont Ford’s beautiful Vocalise

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra begins its 32nd Season bridging cultures, styles and centuries with Musical Passages 7:30 p.m. at Old Mission Methodist Church, Fairway, Kan.

Music Director Bruce Sorrell will pair signature joyful Baroque and Classical repertoire with local composer Jean Belmont Ford’s beautiful Vocalise, featuring Grammy-award winning soloist Sarah Tannehill Anderson.

“Jean Belmont Ford is a composer whose music is performed all over the world and who lives in our community,” said Bruce Sorrell, KCCO Music Director. “I can think of no greater way to begin this season than to give a second performance of her dazzling and moving Vocalise, composed for the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson. The world premiere, which we gave in November 2015, was one of the stunning moments in the history of the Chamber Orchestra.”

For Musical Passages, pieces by Bach and Haydn will round out the performance. “As a conductor, I often return to the Bach Suites for small orchestra” Sorrell said. “As I open the score to the first of the suites – for oboes, bassoon, strings, and harpsichord – I literally start dancing as I hear the music in my mind” Sorrell said. “The Baroque era was dominated by the music of the dance, and the energy and swirling patterns are so infectious. This is not music meant to be danced to, but music so clearly reflecting its roots in that very physicality.”


Johann Sebastian Bach – Suite No. 1 in C Major
Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 7 in C Major “Le Midi” (Noon)
Jean Belmont Ford – Vocalise, (Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano soloist)
Franz Joseph Haydn – Overture to “Lo Speziale”


Individual tickets for Musical Passages begin at $20. Senior. student and season ticket discounts are available. Students 5 – 18 FREE with Adult Season ticket holder. Purchase tickets online at or call (816) 235-6222.

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