Ring in the holidays with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Musica Vocale for Benjamin Britten’s glorious retelling of the legend of Saint Nicolas at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 5 at Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Road, Fairway, KS.
Under the direction of maestro Bruce Sorrell, the cantata for orchestra, chorus and soloists will feature Grammy award-winning tenor David Adams in lead role. The program will also feature the beloved Bach Concerto for violin and oboe and Vivaldi’s vibrant Concerto for 4 violins in B minor performed by an array of soloists. A pre-concert talk will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Also featuring works by Vivaldi and Bach all performed in an intimate candlelight setting. Tickets start at $25; senior and student discount available. Purchase tickets at kcchamberorchestra.org.
“We are thrilled to reprise this dramatic cantata written by Benjamin Britten in 1948 which always brings audiences to their feet,” said Bruce Sorrell, KCCO founder and conductor. “It depicts the life of Saint Nicolas, his faith, his miracles and his enduring legacy. I can truly say, this beautiful and dramatic story performed in an intimate candlelight setting will be an unforgettable experience.”
About the Artists
Musica Vocale is a 24-member ensemble made up of highly skilled choral musicians that performs choral literature under the direction of Arnold Epley. This talented ensemble is comprised of veteran members of the region’s musical community. Most of the choral artists bring extensive experience as music educators and performers, and are engaged throughout the region as soloists and conductors. Epley is emeritus professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at William Jewell College and Conductor Laureate of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.
David Adams returns to KCCO to comprise his role in St. Nicolas! He has sung both opera and oratorio with some of the finest companies in the country and in Europe, including The Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. David received Grammy Award acknowledgement for his participation as a soloist on Kansas City Chorale’s Life and Breath: The Choral Works of Rene Clausen.
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, now in its 31st season, is the region’s only professional resident chamber orchestra. Founded by Bruce Sorrell, the orchestra features talented professional musicians who live and work in the metropolitan area including members of the Kansas City Symphony, music faculties of the University of Kansas and the Conservatory at University of Missouri – Kansas City, or freelance professionals.
Individual tickets for the Tuesday, Dec. 5 performance range from $25 to $35; senior and student discounts are available. Patrons who become KCCO season ticket holders receive discounted tickets to St. Nichols!,Valentine Serenades concert and dinner, and New Spring Horizons. Purchase tickets online at KCChamberOrchestra.org or through the Central Ticket Office by calling (816) 235-6222.