Park ICM Orchestra Offers Free Concert March 20th

Are you a classical music fan but find it difficult to afford the Symphony? Then Park University has the perfect opportunity to hear 32 of the best musicians in Kansas City and it’s completely FREE!!

The Orchestra of the Park International Center for Music will present its next concert on Friday March 20, 7:30PM, in the beautiful Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on campus at Park University.  Admission is free and underwritten entirely by Park University.  Take in a dinner before at one of Parkville, Missouri’s quaint restaurants and it’s a magical and affordable evening, too!

To give you a quick taste of the music to be performed . . . it will feature the compositions of Bach, Dvorak and Piazzolla. Here’s a little snippet of each to give you insight into what you’ll be hearing:

The Orchestral Suite No.3 of Johann Sebastian Bach is a festive work that adds oboes, trumpets and timpani to the string orchestra.  The majestic opening movement is followed by the wistful Air, (popularly known as the “Air on the G String”), and then concluded by three celebratory dance movements.

The Fuga y Misterio by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla combines complex counterpoint with some modern touches, such as varied sound effects created by the players on their instruments, and all infused with jazzy rhythmic elements.  In this piece the composer seems to be paying homage to Bach’s favorite musical form of the fugue, while surrounding it with contemporary dance aspects. It’s a brilliant fusion!

The Serenade for Strings by the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák is one of the great works of the 19th century.  Warm, lush melodies alternate with lively dance forms and exhilarating musical effects during the five movements, resulting in a deeply satisfying concert experience for the listener.

All are cordially invited to attend and no reservations are required. To learn more about the Park International Center for Music, visit ICM.PARK.EDU.

Above: photo by Larry F. Levenson

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