Lee’s Summit Symphony “Drums Up” Surprises

This is a time of momentous changes for the Lee’s Summit Symphony and its patrons. The next few months will include the “Symphony of Chocolate” event, “Cinqo de Symphony” concert, Booms and Blooms at Powell Gardens, announcement of a co-conductor, and a move from Lee’s Summit High School’s Performing Arts Center to The Pavilion at John Knox Village.

Moving to a new performance venue will bring several adjustments, including the necessity of purchasing  percussion equipment that was previously provided by the high school and will require almost $25,000 to replace. A special event, “Symphony of Chocolate”, will begin raising these funds on April 29th from 2:00-4:00.  Guests will enjoy chocolates, wines and special live music at the Emaline Ballroom on Third Street. Tickets are $30 and are available at the door, from lssymphony.org or any board member.

The final concert of the Lee’s Summit Symphony’s 15th season is aptly called “Cinqo de Symphony” since it’s set for May 5 and features music of Mexico, plus examples from other countries. The evening is especially designed for families, and as usual students in fourth through sixth grades are admitted free with a paid ticket and all other students are admitted for only $7.

Activities begin at 5:30 with the popular “petting zoo,” when musicians help youngsters try different musical instruments. There will also be face painting and hands-on art activities with Got Art volunteers.

Maestro Russ Berlin has assembled a program of popular international music. The concert begins at 7:00, featuring  Mexican Hat Dance, La Bamba, March of the Toreadors, Slavonic Dance #8, Capriccio Espagnol and, coming back home, the Missouri Waltz.

Special guest conductor, Dr. Amy Knopps, will conduct the Missouri Waltz. Dr. Knopps is a Lee’s Summit native who now serves as Associate Band Director and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She holds degrees from the universities of Missouri, Kansas and Georgia and has received numerous awards and honors.  As fans of Marching Mizzou know, the Missouri Waltz is a staple of band shows.

Other guest performers include Kansas City Dance Company dancers and the R7 Sixth Grade Honor Choir. Tickets are available online, at either Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee store, Cosentino’s Price Choppers, or at the door.

Two opportunities—help the orchestra raise funds for percussion equipment and introduce families to the beauty of symphonic music. And wait for further news from the amazing Lee’s Summit Symphony.

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