LSSO’s return to the Kauffman

Special to the JournalJune 13, 2014 

Russ Berlin conducts orchestra members.

COURTESY PHOTO

The Lee’s Summit Symphony returned to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in a big way May 25.

Patrons quickly found out that the Symphony’s success at the concert last June at Helzberg Hall was no fluke. Indeed, the Symphony, under the direction of Russell E. Berlin, Jr., rewarded patrons with another breathtaking performance. This year the Symphony was very pleased to have a select orchestra from the R-7 School District perform three pieces as a group of young musicians and also two pieces along with the Lee’s Summit Symphony.

Patrons quickly found out there is great wealth of talent within the confines of the R-7 School District. The R-7 Honor Orchestra presented Concerto Grosso No. 1, 1st Movement by Bloch, featuring Quinn Mosier as the guest artist on piano and under the direction of Kirt Mosier. Quinn is an outstanding young musician with tremendous talent. He and the Honor Orchestra demonstrated the immense ability of the entire group.

The Honor Orchestra performed Symphonie Spirituelle, 2nd Movement by Hammerick under the direction of Joseph Keeney.

O Waly Waly and Dashing Away, Movements 3 and 4 from Suite for Strings was another sterling performance by the Honor Orchestra. It was so very hard to fathom that this group was made up of top musicians from the three Lee’s Summit High Schools. What a talented group.

Mike Metheny, chairman of the Metheny Music Foundation, made the 2014 William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight College Scholarship, as well.

After a brief intermission, The Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra performed Concerto No. 4 for VIOLONCELLO and ORCHESTRA, OP. 65, Rondo by Goltermann. James Farquhar, the 2014 Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra Young Artist was the guest artist and was brilliant – bravo!

Pictures at an exhibition by Mussorgsky/Ravel featured the entire orchestra and patrons could certainly visualize the various pictures from the various movements. This was a huge patron pleaser. We really found out, again this year, what an outstanding Symphony has to offer its patrons.

The final portion of the concert featured two Patriotic pieces – The Liberty Fanfare and America The Beautiful with the combined Orchestras – that of the R-7 Honor Orchestra and the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra. The performance of the last two pieces certainly instilled a very patriotic feeling for all of the patrons. It was a great finale!

There is no place like Helzberg Hall at the Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts. This performance was made possible through the generosity of Saint Luke’s East Hospital.

Your Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra’s next performance will be July 3 at Powell Gardens in Kingsville. We hope to see you then!

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