For many serious musicians, playing at Carnegie Hall is the thrill of a lifetime. But among beautiful performance spaces, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts is gaining a worldwide reputation of excellence. And a Lee’s Summit High School student will take center stage this Sunday afternoon when 40 select students from the R-7 high school orchestras join the Lee’s Summit Symphony in its second performance at the Kauffman.
James Farquhar, cellist, competed with six other amazing young musicians to win the symphony’s Young Artist competition and the right to solo at the concert. It’s just the latest in a series of honors for the young man, who performed in Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent and was invited to audition for America’s Got Talent. In addition to his school orchestra, he has been a member of Kansas City Youth Symphony orchestras for four years, currently in the advanced symphony, and is active in the choir and orchestra at the First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit. His private cello teacher is Meghan Weibling.
James is excited about performing Goltermann’s Rondo from Concerto No. 4 for Cello. As he says, “Music can take you out of one place and virtually transport you to another. It’s a sensation that is intricate and indescribable.” He plays from the heart, believing that his musical talent is a gift from God.
Tickets to the Lee’s Summit Symphony Showcase are available at www.kauffmancenter.org or at the door. The concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 17th and Broadway streets, Kansas City.