UMKC and The Kansas City Symphony are excited to announce Sunday, October 9 as UMKC Day at The Kansas City Symphony, a new Signature Event for UMKC Engagement Month. The 2:00 performance will feature performances of multiple pieces, each revolving around the theme of nature and the environment, including a performance of Adam Schoenberg's "Losing Earth," a Percussion Concerto performed by KCS Principal Percussionist Josh Jones.
The Kansas City Symphony is generously providing the UMKC Community with discounted tickets at a rate of $12 per ticket (parking at additional cost). Students enrolled in the UMKC First Semester Experience are eligible for a FREE Ticket and should contact Brianna Portman, UMKC Impact Experience Coordinator for details.
Visit kcsymphony.org or call (816) 471-0400 and ask for the UMKC discount for this performance.
FULL PERFORMANCE DETAILS:
IMAN HABIBI: Jeder Baum Spricht (Every Tree Speaks). We all share this amazing planet with its extraordinary ecology and astonishing beauty. Composers often translate their own wonder and concern about Earth into compelling music. Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi wrote Jeder Baum Spricht (Every Tree Speaks) as a reflection on Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth symphonies during the observance of his 250th birthday year. Habibi's music encapsulates Beethoven's reverence for nature and expresses current worries about — and hope for — our environment.
ADAM SCHOENBERG Losing Earth, Percussion Concerto. Kansas Citians have embraced Adam Schoenberg's high-spirited music, including his Grammy® Award-nominated Picture Studies, inspired by artwork in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. His percussion concerto, Losing Earth, embodies the cyclical timelines of humanity and Earth, and the crisis presented by climate change. The music drives forward relentlessly but not without offering a sense of hope and optimism. Superbly skilled KCS Principal Percussionist Josh Jones is featured in this kaleidoscopic concerto.
RICHARD STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony. Richard Strauss' vivid depiction of summiting an Alpine peak is an exquisite expression of nature. An Alpine Symphony illustrates woods, meadows, a stream, a pasture, sunrise, a storm and so much more. Strauss represents nature while also conveying the human emotions it evokes. You won't want to miss this mountaintop experience!
To build excitement for the event, the KCS Mobile Music Box will perform "Music of the Movies on the UMKC Volker Campus as part of UMKC's Roo Welcome events on Monday, September 12 at 7:30 PM outside Durwood Stadium. The 30-minute performance will be the opening act to an outdoor showing of the Black Panther (The KC Symphony will be performing the score of the Black Panther in the spring of 2023) and is open to the broader community.