Singer Patti Austin Joins Kansas City Chorale for Oct. 15 Show

Singer Patti Austin. Photo by Rodney Barnes.
Singer Patti Austin. Photo by Rodney Barnes.

Conductor Charles Bruffy and the Kansas City Chorale welcome singer Patti Austin to perform as part of the vocal organization’s opening show at the Folly Theater.

Austin is a  GRAMMY winner who has become one of the world’s most popular and versatile vocalists. She joins the GRAMMY-winning Chorale for an evening of R&B, pop, jazz and more. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 15.

Austin has an illustrious career that has spanned more than five decades. Her first GRAMMY Award came in 2008 for Best Jazz Vocal Album for  Avant Gershwin at the 50th annual Grammy Awards. The award came for her ninth nomination in that category. She continues to record and perform.

The Kansas City Chorale already has more than three decades under its collective belt and Bruffy is moving toward his third decade as director. In previous interviews, he says “Whatever we do, if it’s recording Russian pieces or American works, we do our best to yield our voices to that specific sonority. The idea is to always create as refined an art as we possibly can. …”

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Central Ticket office of by calling 816-235-6222.

After this season opener, the Kansas City Chorale will turn toward Christmas with Wintersong Dec. 11 at Rozzelle Court at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Classical Christmas Dec. 12 and 13; and a Youth Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 13.

Kellie Houx

Kellie Houx is a writer and photographer. A graduate of Park University, she has 20 years of experience as a journalist. As a writer, wife and mom, she values education, arts, family and togetherness.

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