Junius G. Groves was 19, a former slave from Kentucky looking for a better life, when he walked more than 500 miles as part of the great post-Civil War exodus of African Americans to Kansas. The young freedman found work around Edwardsville as a farmhand.
The guitar is a small orchestra,” the late Andrés Segoviaonce said. “It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.” The acclaimed Spanish musician Segovia is one of many great guitarists who have brought their “orchestras” to Kansas City by invitation from the Harriman-Jewell Series over the years.
Mstislav Rostropovich once said, “When I started learning the cello, I fell in love with the instrument because it seemed like a voice — my voice.” It’s the voice-like characteristic of the cello that makes it one of the most heart-melting of instruments.