From the Maestro of KC Chamber Orchestra…

Below is an open letter from Bruce Sorrell the Maestro of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra regarding their upcoming concert at the Folly Theater, Bridges of the Heart! Don’t miss it on Wednesday, February 13th! Tickets are still available.


Chopin was one of the most gifted composers for the piano that ever lived. In his variations on a duet from Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni”, Chopin opens with a free “fantasy” then follows with a set of variations on the famous tune before turning it into a “polonaise”, a dance from his native Poland that he exploited throughout his career. It is a work with a great melody, great pianistic filigree, and great story-telling, all hallmarks of Chopin’s gift, and composed when he was just 17! The work inspired Robert Schumann’s famous exclamation, “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!” Variations on Chopin’s “Là ci darem la mano,” Op.2 will be played by soloist Vladislav Kosminov on piano.

Two great virtuosic works for violin are featured on this concert. Saint-Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” is one of the most famous works for solo violin from the Romantic era. It was originally composed as the last movement of a violin concerto. It has become justly famous as a stand-alone piece and a hallmark of dazzling musical fireworks on the violin. “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 will be performed by violinist, Igor Khukhua.  Tchaikovsky’s Valse Scherzo is equally virtuosic, though less well-known. This is a fabulous opportunity to hear this great piece in live performance, to be performed by award-winning violinist, Laurel Gagnon.

Fritz Kreisler was one of the most famous violinists of all time. In fact, his cadenzas for the Beethoven Violin Concerto are still the most often performed, and Elgar composed his violin concerto for him. But his name is synonymous with composing delightful short works designed as encores. “Liebesfreud” is among the most famous and its joyous and infectious tunes make the heart sing. His “Caprice Viennois” was featured on Broadway in the revue “Continental Varieties” in 1934. Caprice Viennois, Op. 2 will also be performed by violinist Laurel Gagnon. “Liebesfreud” will be performed by violinist, Igor Khukhua.

Haydn is revered as the composer who almost single-handedly invented the string quartet and symphony. His C-major cello concerto has a divine slow movement with the cello soaring and singing over a simple orchestral accompaniment and concludes with an ecstatic and energetic final movement. Concerto for Cello in C Major will be performed with cello soloist Dilshod Narzillaev.

Continuing our commitment to women composers this season, we will open the concert with Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte. Shaw is the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music and is one of the most important composers of her generation. Certainly, she is the most well-known.

See you at the Folly!

Bruce Sorrell
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra

Text and Photo Credit: Kansas City Chamber Orchestra & Park International Center of Music


Don’t miss this magical evening of classic, chamber music at the Folly Theater presented by the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Park International Center of Music!

Bridge of The Heart

Wednesday, February 13th at 7:30 PM

The Folly Theater Box Office does not handle ticket sales for this event. Please click the buy tickets to be directed to the correct page or call the KC Chamber Orchestra‘s box office at 816-235-6222.

This project was underwritten in part by a grant from the Metzler-Copaken Initiative to Expand the Performing Arts at the Folly Theater