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Connecting the Past to the Future

December 2017

Dear friends,


It hardly seems possible that the year is drawing to a close, but what a fabulous year it was for the Kansas City Baroque Consortium! With your generous gifts, concert attendance, and tremendous support, you helped make this a very special inaugural season. Because of you, our concert series Between Silence and Light was a great success. And as we make plans for another marvelous season of Baroque music performed with historical sensibilities on instruments of the era, I hope that we can count on your continuing support!

I spoke with many of you who were fascinated by the intersection of music, architecture, and philosophy so eloquently presented by John Lobell at our program in June. That particular program was near and dear to me since it was John’s book that was the inspiration for the concert and the entire series. We were particularly fortunate to have John share his insights in person at our first concert. Complementing John’s keen intellect was his generous spirit, offering insights gleaned from deep study.

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Dr. John Lobell, architect, author, Pratt Institute

Your support for Between Silence and Light also meant that KC Baroque could explore other fascinating intersections. We were delighted to bring you a rare treat – new music composed with great sensitivity to Baroque instruments and forms by Ian David Coleman. Taking on this commission with enthusiasm, Ian brought his unique talents to the challenge of finding the best way to blend time-honored Baroque idioms with modern techniques and a tonal palette informed by the 20th century. Liquid Architecture used the Baroque passacaglia form, echoing John Lobell’s comments about the complexity of Baroque forms evolving from simple elements. You responded heartily to his composition, touched by the spirit of historically-informed performance practice.

Ian David Coleman, composer

Ian David Coleman, composer

At our second concert in the series, you also were captivated by music originating during the Baroque era – from Asia. Dianne Daugherty’s koto performance of Yatsuhashi Kengyo’s Rokudan No Shirabe, written in the 17th century, was mesmerizing and thought-provoking.

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Providing context for this music was a fascinating presentation by Ron Witzke about the art and writing of Japanese-American artist Makoto Fujimura, inspired by the novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō (concerned with persecution of Christians in 17th century Japan).

"Silence - Water Flames" by Makoto Fujimura

"Silence - Water Flames" by Makoto Fujimura

Blending images, commentary, and music, the program explored concepts of silence, light and meaning. Ian Coleman again contributed a work, Silence and Light, this time setting text by the architect, Louis Kahn. Using a Baroque vocal stylistic approach, Ian wove a taut piece featuring Ron Witzke and a string trio.

OWen/Cox Dance Group

OWen/Cox Dance Group

So much Baroque music originated from
dance forms that we were elated to partner with Jennifer Owen and Owen/Cox Dance Group for the series finale. You filled the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to capacity and we expanded the ensemble to a chamber orchestra. Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michael Praetorius, George Frideric Handel, and Jean Philippe Rameau was joined by yet another composition by Ian Coleman, this one choreographed for a trio of dancers by Jennifer Owen. The evening’s delicious blend of music, dance, and lighting earned a standing ovation from the full house.

Libby Hanssen writing in the Kansas City Star noted, “Kansas City Baroque Consortium’s inaugural summer series has proven the far-reaching concept resilient and flexible, this idea of combining baroque music with other art forms to examine the moment of inspiration in art-making, culminating in an enjoyable, though-provoking presentation.”

I am so happy to be able to share these programs with you – and BECAUSE of you! Your steadfast support and generous contributions have made a tremendous
difference. With growing audiences, artistic success, and exciting plans for the years ahead, KC Baroque is bringing the art of the past into the future!

I hope that we can count on your continued support for this unique journey. Your tax-deductible contribution helps make KC Baroque concerts possible. You can mail your contribution to KC Baroque at 10413 Walrond Ave., Kansas City, MO 64137, or donate securely online at kcbaroque.org.

For more information about giving, please
feel free to contact me at kcbaroque@gmail.com. 

Thank you again for your role in the success of this important project and for your devotion to the Kansas City Baroque Consortium. I look forward to seeing you at our concerts in Summer 2018!

With best wishes for the New Year,

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Trilla Ray-Carter
Artistic Director and Executive Director
Kansas City Baroque Consortium


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UPCOMING CONCERTS

Monday, February 26, 2018
FREE -12 Noon
  Johnson County Community College

Members of KC Baroque present a free concert on the
Ruel Joyce Recital Series, JCCC

Trilla Ray-Carter, cellist, is joined by soprano, Kayleigh Aytes and harpsichordist, Nicholas Good for a program of Handel and De Fesch. You'll hear the Handel Suite No. 2 in F Major for Harpsichord, the Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in d minor written by the Dutch composer/violinist Willem de Fesch, who served as Handel's concertmaster in London, and Handel's exquisitely tragic cantata Oh numi eterna, "La Lucrezia", performed by the wonderful Kayleigh Aytes. Please join us for this free concert !Trilla Ray-Carter, cellist, is joined by soprano, Kayleigh Aytes and harpsichordist, Nicholas Good for a program of Handel and De Fesch. You'll hear the Handel Suite No. 2 in F Major for Harpsichord, the Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in d minor written by the Dutch composer/violinist Willem de Fesch, who served as Handel's concertmaster in London, and Handel's exquisitely tragic cantata Oh numi eterna, "La Lucrezia", performed by the wonderful Kayleigh Aytes. Please join us for this free concert !

Trilla Ray-Carter, cellist, is joined by soprano, Kayleigh Aytes and harpsichordist, Nicholas Good for a program of Handel and De Fesch. You'll hear the Handel Suite No. 2 in F Major for Harpsichord, the Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in d minor written by the Dutch composer/violinist Willem de Fesch, who served as Handel's concertmaster in London, and Handel's exquisitely tragic cantata Oh numi eterna, "La Lucrezia", performed by the wonderful Kayleigh Aytes. Please join us for this free concert !Trilla Ray-Carter, cellist, is joined by soprano, Kayleigh Aytes and harpsichordist, Nicholas Good for a program of Handel and De Fesch. You'll hear the Handel Suite No. 2 in F Major for Harpsichord, the Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord in d minor written by the Dutch composer/violinist Willem de Fesch, who served as Handel's concertmaster in London, and Handel's exquisitely tragic cantata Oh numi eterna, "La Lucrezia", performed by the wonderful Kayleigh Aytes. Please join us for this free concert !


Additional Recital Series appearances To Be Announced

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Enjoy Highlights of our 2017 Inaugural season.

Pictures, reviews and write-ups HERE.


Trilla Ray-Carter, Artistic Director, discusses the inspiration for the series Between Silence and Light.

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About KC Baroque

Dear Friends,

In December of 2015, I completed the Artist INC Advanced program for artist entrepreneurship and was awarded $1000, voted by my peers, for best project proposal. A year later, working with a fantastic board of directors, Kansas City Baroque launched this project as a new summer series! The inaugural season was a great success! I invite you to be a part of this inspiring project! With period performances of early music as our spring board, we are exploring the connections between past and future, between art forms, and across eras. 

KC Baroque participates regularly in exciting collaborations with local and regional organizations bringing a wide variety of music to the Kansas City metropolitan area.  

Highlights include performances with: 
• Te Deum Antiqua Chamber Choir in Buxtehude’s Jesu Membra Nostri in February.  

• American Choral Director’s SW Conference included three performances for KCBC with local and regional choirs in March at Helzberg Hall.          

PASTICCIO, a program of baroque delicacies presented on several recital series including the Westport Brown Bag Series, JCCC Ruel Joyce Series, and this Spring to be presented in St. Louis, in Louisville, KY on the Locust Grove Series, and here in KC on March 16th for the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Happy Hour Series!

BACH's ST. JOHN PASSION  in April of 2016 at featured Te Deum Chamber Choir, and Village Chamber Choir with KC Baroque in a stunning performance under the direction of Matthew Shepard. 

Charpentier's TE DEUM with Musica Vocale, under the direction of Arnold Epley in June of 2017. 

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Kansas City Baroque continues to bring to our community the beloved masterworks and the rarely heard gems of the baroque era produced and performed on period instruments by our fine local and regional professional musicians. We are especially pleased to present an annual three-concert series, BETWEEN SILENCE AND LIGHT. My vision for this series is personal, inspired by the writings and thinking of the great architect, Louis Kahn, and the journey of finding one's artistic voice. This link to our video  shares with you my vision for the series and for KC Baroque.

Today, I invite you to be a part of this important project by supporting the Kansas City Baroque Consortium with a tax deductible donation. Any gift is appreciated and I encourage you to consider one of the special opportunities available to underwrite the series, a single concert, or one of our guest artists. This is an important and meaningful way to become a valued member of KC Baroque’s family, and to invest in our community’s remarkable spirit of artistic entrepreneurship. 

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You may also send your tax-deductible contribution to: 

Kansas City Baroque Consortium,  c/o Trilla Ray-Carter, 10413 Walrond Ave., Kansas City, MO 64137


PAST CONCERTS

Annual Messiah Sing Along
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, December 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
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J.S. Bach Reformation Cantata
Atonement Lutheran Church, October 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. with Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Maglione, and presented by the Kansas City American Guild of Organists
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BACHATHON
Sunday, May 7, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

The KC American Guild of Organists presents their annual celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach. Organ, vocal, instrumental and choral works are presented in the grand Nave of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral all afternoon. KC Baroque is once again pleased to participate in this yearly event honoring the great master. Performances begin at 2 pm and conclude about 7 pm. FREE, donations accepted.  "Come when you can, leave when you must." 

4:40 p.m.  — Suzanne Anderson, soprano, Amara Guitry, baroque flute, Paul Meier, organist, with members of Kansas City Baroque Consortium: Rob Patterson and Monty Carter, baroque violins, and Trilla Ray-Carter, baroque cello. 

Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, Cantata 100
Presto from the Trio Sonata, BWV 1039
Meine Seele sei vergnügt from Cantata 204

5:30 p.m.  — Schola Cantorum, directed by Dr. Anthony Maglione with KC Baroque.

Mass in A Major, BWV 234

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SUMMER KICK-OFF CONCERT
Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. 

A FREE Concert
Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch,     14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. 

A sneak peak at the extraordinary programs to be presented on our summer series.
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Baroque, Barocco, Barock
Sunday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. 

KCBC appears with Musica Vocale in a concert of Baroque choral treasures featuring works by Bach, Purcell, and Charpentier. Westport Presbyterian Church. Tickets at musicavocale.org.
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Pasticcio
A program of baroque delicacies presented for
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Happy Hour Concert  Thursday, March 16, 2017, for the Locust Grove Chamber Music Series, Louisville KY on March 12, 2017, the JCCC Ruel Joyce Recital Series, October 5th, 2016, and the Westport Brown Bag Series, May 21, 2016
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St. John Passion by J. S. Bach
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  
Te Deum & Village Presbyterian Church Choir at Village Presbyterian Church
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Sunday, May 15, 2016 3:00 pm
Village Presbyterian Church

Village Chamber Choir,  Te Deum Chamber Choir, Matthew Christopher Shepard, director
Vivaldi Four Seasons and more with Sarah Titterington Ibbett, guest violin soloist
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Sunday, April 24, 2016 7:00 pm
St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Doctoral Recital by Joshua Maize
SCHÜTZ: Reformation Oratorio
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Friday, March 25, 2016  7:00 pm
Village Presbyterian Church

Young Adult Choir, Elisa Bickers, director
SCHÜTZ: The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016  11:00 am
Helzberg Hall

William Jewell Choir, Dr. Anthony Maglione
BACH: BWV 118: O Jesu Meins Lebens Licht
MOZART: Te Deum, K 141
Southwestern ACDA Conference
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Saturday, March 5, 2016  7:00 pm
Gano Chapel, William Jewell Campus

William Jewell Choir, Dr. Anthony Maglione
BACH: BWV 118: O Jesu Meins Lebens Licht
MOZART: Te Deum, K 141
Free Admission
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February 21, 2016  7:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

BUXTEHUDE: Membra Jesu Nostri
Te Deum Antiqua
Matthew Christopher Shepard, director
with KC Baroque