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Inclement weather changes focus of Kansas City Symphony Family Series show

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Snow storms on the East Coast really did affect events in the Midwest when the scheduled, featured guest group. Project Trio could not get to Kansas City for their planned events in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Project Trio was scheduled to conduct a master class on Saturday, Feb. 15, but could not get to Kansas City. Still, hope existed for them to get here in time for Sunday’s Family Series Concert, but weather again hampered their travel. According to Frank Bryne, the group could not get a flight out of New York, so they tried an alternative plan and grabbed a train to Philadelphia. Still, weather and flight cancellations prevented them from hopping a flight to Kansas City.

The master class was cancelled, but the Kansas City Symphony chose to not cancel their concert because of the missing guest artists. Instead of the planned concert, the KCS did their early education program that teaches leadership skills though music under the leadership of Aram Demirjian, associate conductor of the KCS.

At the Sunday, Feb. 16 Family Series concert, the Symphony and Associate Conductor Aram Demirjian helped show the audience about what it means to be a good citizen. The Symphony illustrated the concept with vivid musical examples by Bach, Copland, Saint-Saëns, von Suppé, Brahms, Haydn and Elgar. The music excerpts tied into the following important lessons:
1. Listen.
2. Follow directions.
3. Take turns.
4. Share.
5. Be a friend.
6. Be confident and celebrate your unique attributes.
7. Be a team player.

Kansas City Symphony Associate Conductor Aram Demirjian, who plays an active role in the Symphony’s educational programming, says he finds these concerts very rewarding.

So, in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, the Symphony decided to move forward with the scheduled Family Series concert with the alternative programming. The timing of the bad weather could not have worked better for the KCS, a spokesman said.

Aram Demirjian served as associate conductor, and Jan Kraybill performed on the organ. The Symphony re purposed the KinderKonzerts it had prepared for the Family Series concert on Sunday, Feb. 16 when Project Trio could not come due to the weather-related travel delays.

The Symphony had just finished playing the “Symphony Citizenship” concert to nearly 10,000 K-3rd graders the week prior over the course of several days. More information on those educational concerts can be found on the latest Symphony blog post.

The pieces performed for the Family Series special show were:
Suppé/McAlister, Overture to Light Cavalry;
Brahms/Parlow, Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D Major;
F. J. Haydn, Symphony No. 94 in G Major, "Surprise"; Andante
J. S. Bach/Holst, Fugue à la Gigue;
Elgar, Variations on an Original Theme, op. 36 "Enigma Variations"; XI. "G.R.S." Allegro di molto;
Copland Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring; Vierne, 24 Pièces de fantaisie: Première Suite, op. 51; No. 4 Intermezzo;

Jan Kraybill demonstrated the pipe organ with the following:
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, op. 78, "Organ Symphony"
IV. Maestoso-Allegro-Piu allegro-Molto allegro-Pesante

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