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Past Season Concerts

View the concerts from the past few seasons! 

13th Season (2023)

12th Season (2019-2020)

11th Season (2018-2019)

10th Season (2017-2018)

9th Season (2016-2017)

13th Season
Concerts of our 13th season (2023)
Modern Madrigals
Ryan Olsen, conductor


June 4, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Click the photo above to see the printed program for this concert. 

Musica Vocale continues to reimagine ancient and modern choral music with a series of modern madrigals by composers from the 20th and 21st century inspired by the traditions of Renaissance Italy and England.

 

Morten Lauridsen, Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, is renowned for his choral part-songs and motets which are performed worldwide. The Madrigali Six Fire Songs On Italian Renaissance Poems premiered in 1988 in Los Angeles and have become a staple in the modern choral repertoire.

 

Melissa Dunphy’s Suite Remembrance features is a cycle of four contrasting “memorial dances” in dance forms that were popular in the late Renaissance and early Baroque Eras: saltarello, gavotte, sarabande, and a gigue in the Venetian double chorus style. Musica Vocale proudly performed her multimovement AmericanDREAMers in 2018.

 

Finally, Joshua Shank’s Color Madrigals (2007) are settings of six poems by John Keats, each featuring a different color from the spectrum and various musical “colors” commonly found in Renaissance madrigals. These three song cycles capture various aspects that characterize Renaissance madrigals utilizing modern harmonies and tonal structures, rhythmic and metrical figurations, as well as other modern compositional techniques.

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Brave New World
Music from Puebla de los Àngeles

Jay Carter, conductor

March 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Grace and Holy T
rinity Cathedral

Click the photo above to see the printed program for this concert. 

Musica Vocale continues a commitment to lesser-known but worthy choral works.  Against the backdrop of European colonialism, the Cathedral de los Àngeles nourished a musical alliance between the best musical minds of Imperial Spain and the supremely skilled indigenous peoples of the New World.  As the cultural center of Novohispanic holdings, Puebla attracted musicians and artists from both sides of the Atlantic, and many European-born composers, like Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, spent their entire career working there.  Francisco Lopez Capillas, the first ‘American-born’ composer of note, trained under Juan Gutierrez de Padilla before becoming the primary musician at the Cathedral in Mexico City. 

 

This program includes 17th century motets and villancicos Francisco Lopez Capillias, Joan de Cererols, Gaspar Fernandez, and Francisco Guerrero interspersed with Juan Gutierrez de Padilla’s Missa ego flos campi for double choir. 

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12th Season
Concerts of our 12th season (2019-2020)
Bad Decisions
Music Reflecting Moral Questions

Our May 31st concert has been postponed. Please read our note below, and stay tuned for the new concert date.

Sacred Heart – Guadalupe Catholic Church

2544 Madison Avenue

Kansas City, MO 

With the health and safety of our community, singers, and visiting artists as our top priority, Musica Vocale’s March 29 concert is postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible. We are closely following the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area and the world and are encouraging you to practice “social distancing,” as recommended by the CDC. The World Health Organization states that:

  • We must stop, contain, control, delay and reduce the impact of this virus at every opportunity.
     

  • Every person has the capacity to contribute, to protect themselves, to protect others, whether in the home, the community, the healthcare system, the workplace or the transport system. 

We are in our 12th season of music making in Kansas City and believe that the arts are an inspiration to us all, especially in times of challenge, and we thank you for your continued support. Keep up to date with the rescheduling of this concert and consider making a charitable donation by visiting musicavocale.org. 

Be well, friends.

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For our concert BAD DECISIONS, we return to Sacred Heart – Guadaloupe Catholic Church on the West Side. The Kansas City Baroque Consortium and soloists join Musica Vocale for cantatas by Giacomo Carissimi and J. S. Bach, in the story of the Old Testament character Jephte, and of mythic Hercules (BWV 213).

 

Composer Melissa Dunphy returns for her two movement work Listen, with texts by Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford from their testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Come, Thou O Traveler Unknown
American Choral Music before 1950

Our March 29th concert has been postponed.

For COME, THOU O TRAVELER UNKNOWN, Grammy-nominated organist Jan Kraybill collaborates with Musica Vocale, playing the historic Ernest M. Skinner organ at Grand Avenue Temple. The program includes Melodious Accord, which is a collection of early 19th century Moravian shaped-note hymns, arranged by Alice Parker for choir, brass, and harp. The concert also features early 20th century music by Leo Sowerby for choir and organ, including his 1946 work that won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1946The Canticle of the Sun, with text by Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Cathedral Masterworks
Beautiful Music in KC Northeast Treasure

Sunday, November 3, 2019

3:00 p.m.

Saint Anthony Catholic Church

318 Benton Blvd

Kansas City, MO

CATHEDRAL MASTERWORKS opens the season at St. Anthony Catholic Church, a magnificent edifice with cathedral resonance in the Northeast on Benton Boulevard, just two blocks from the Kansas City Museum. The concert opens with the first local performance of Ave, maris stella by Kansas City composer Anthony Maglione. Also, works by Josquin des Pres, Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Felix Mendelssohn, Josef Rheinberger, Charles V. Stanford, and William Harris.

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11th Season
Magnificent Holidays

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

7:30 p.m. 

Old Mission United Methodist Church

5519 State Park Road

Fairway, KS

MAGNIFICENT HOLIDAYS is a a glorious celebration of sound with the KC Chamber Orchestra and Musica Vocale performing J.S. Bach's Magnificat with choir and soloists, and then the orchestra performing Telemann's Concerto for Oboe d’amore and other beautiful Baroque works.

Bruce Sorrell, conductor

Margaret Marco, oboe

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Program
Rameau - Overture to Les fetes de Polymnie
Rameau - Overture to Naïs
Handel - Concerto Grosso in C Minor, Op. 6 No. 8
Telemann - Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in G major
J.S. Bach - Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243

Concerts of our 11th season (2018-2019)
Resist
Challenging State and Circumstance

Sunday, May 19, 2019

5:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart – Guadalupe

2544 Madison

Kansas City, MO

Please join us for the pre-concert talk with
Melissa Dunphy at 4:40 p.m.!

Monday, May 20, 2019

7:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

946 Vermont Street

Lawrence, KS

Our final concert this season centers upon a new work by Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy, whose work focuses upon the intersection of art with political discourse.  Her work, American DREAMers, takes texts written by undocumented young persons impacted by the immigration laws in the United States and presents their stories in a multi-movement a cappella work.

 

Another work, War-Dreams by Zachary Wadsworth, continues the focus on oppression and violence as they impact the migrant experience and will be paired with William Byrd's Bow Thine Ear, O Lord, which is presented within the work as a response to Walt Whitman's poem "Old War-Dreams."  We will also feature movements from Geoffrey Wilcken's That Promised Land and a new work by Dr. Wilcken written for this concert, Everyone's Brother, with text from "Nobody's Son – Notes from an American Life" by Luis Alberto Urrea.

 

Other works include Chester Alwes’ Psalms of Ascent for men's chorus, and the rarely performed O Vos Omnes by cellist, composer, and conductor Pablo Casals.

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Chiaroscuro
Contrasts of humanity and nature

Sunday, March 17, 2019

3:00 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

4205 Tracy Avenue

Kansas City, MO

Our 11th season continues with a concert celebrating the cyclical contrasts of light and shade in the natural world, and humanity’s interaction with contrast and nature.  Chiaroscuro spans a variety of musical works including Thomas Tallis, Frank Bridge, Max Reger, and Ēriks Ešenvalds.  Each work is highly driven by musical settings of great poets including Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christina Rosetti, and Marino partnered alongside sacred songs and canticles.

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Now does the glorious day appear
Music for Royal and Saintly Women

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

415 W. 13th St.

Kansas City, MO 64105

Our first concert explores music written in praise of inspirational women, focusing specifically upon ceremonial music of Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten.

 

The royal women surveyed include Elizabeth I, Mary II, and Elizabeth II – the current British sovereign, in works written for ceremonial events in their reigns.  Text by or written in commemoration of Dame Julian of Norwich, Hildegard von Bingen, and Cecilia – the patroness saint of music whose feast day is in November.  

 

While Britten and Purcell serve as the anchor points for this program, other works by Hildegard von Bingen, Giles Swayne, and William Byrd complete this survey.

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Bach Home for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

415 W. 13th St.

Kansas City, MO 64105

A rare performance of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio by the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra with Musica Vocale, conducted by Arnold Epley.

 

The performance features vocal soloists Jay Carter, Kyle Stegall, Jason Steigerwalt and Lindsey Lang. Kick off the holiday season with this Christmas narrative as seen through the eyes of the angels, shepherds, and magi – some of Bach's most sublime music!

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10th Season
Concerts of our 10th Anniversary Season (2017-2018) 

Musica Vocale opens its 10th season with a concert of partsongs from 12 composers, from the Renaissance to the present, in music of enormous emotional contrast. Almost all composers create, at some point, unaccompanied brief (from 1 minute to 7 or 8) sacred or secular choral pieces, many seeing the form as a major area of their compositional life.

 

The Bird and The Deer of this concert's title are references to works by Arvo Pärt and Charles V. Stanford. Both Stanford's The Blue Bird and Pärt's The Deer's Cry are quiet, deeply serene pieces which succeed in stopping the rush of time for a few moments, allowing each hearer to see around us and listen attentively to the quiet.

 

Renaissance master Monteverdi leads with two madrigals, joined by Poulenc (Un soir de neige, a set of four), Britten, Finzi, and Distler. Americans Chester L. Alwes, Halsey Stevens, Michael Hennigin, and Randall Thompson (in an almost never heard work) fill out the program.

 

Our collection of these spectacularly exciting and elegant pieces promises to leave you captivated by their beauty!

The Blue Bird & The Dear's Cry
Partsongs Sacred and Secular

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

St. Johns's United Methodist Church

6900 Ward Pkwy

Kansas City, MO 64113

Shared Music Transcends Time

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Immanuel  Lutheran Church

4205 Tracy Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64110

This is a free concert!

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

415 W. 13th St.

Kansas City, MO 64105

Musica Vocale continues its 10th season with Shared Music Transcends Time, featuring three motets by Johannes Brahms, two 20th century masterworks by Benjamin Britten and Polish born Krzysztof Penderecki, and pieces by five composers with Kansas City connections: Ian David Coleman, Stewart Duncan, Anna Krause, Anthony Maglione, and Geoffrey Wilcken.

Joining conductor Arnold Epley and the 23 vocalists of Musica Vocale will be guest artists Paul Meier, Organist and Director of Music at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Nell French, viola, and Kyle Chandler, trumpet.

Harmoniemusik
Music for choir and wind ensemble

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

The Grand Hall at Power & Light

1330 Baltimore Ave

Kansas City, MO 64105

CELEBRATE the completion of our 10th SEASON in a wonderfully restored downtown venue in one of Kansas City's architectural Art Deco icons: THE GRAND HALL of the KANSAS CITY POWER AND LIGHT building. Musica Vocale is honored to present the first concert in the magnificent performance hall!
 
Our June 3 concert, Harmoniemusik - Works for Choir and Wind Ensemble, will feature Igor Stravinsky's masterful Mass, motets by Bruckner for choir and trombones, and Mendelssohn's exalted setting of the Ave Maria with voices and winds. The concert opens with Bach's accompanied motet O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118. We will also honor newly appointed Associate Director and Conductor Jay Carter. 
 
Our 10th anniversary concert will not be overlong, and you can join the singers and instrumentalists for a wine and cheese reception on The Grand Hall balcony, and visit with conductors Arnold Epley and Jay Carter. 
 
Take some extra time to explore this amazing marble concert space, only recently 
opened to the public after being in use as office space for a generation. The Grand Hall is immediately across from the President Hotel.

St. Nicolas! with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Old Mission United Methodist Church
5519 State Park Rd.

Fairway, KS  66205

Join the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Musica Vocale for Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas cantata and other classical holiday favorites!

9th Season
Concerts of our 9th Season (2016-2017)
Voices of Women

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Westport Presbyterian Church

201 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Pre-concert talk at 2:30 with musicologist Dr. Alison DeSimone.

Although there are many noted women composers at present, much of the music from women during the preceding eight hundred years is just now coming to light. We highlighted not only Judith Weir, Joan Szymko, Patricia Van Ness, Paula Foley Tillen, and Kristen Walker from the present, but Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Lili Boulenger and Rebecca Clarke from the 19th century. 

A Cappella!!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

415 W. 13th St. Kansas City, MO 64105

A Cappella!!! is just what the name implies. The central work for this concert was Herbert Howells' magnificent Requiem, written in 1936 after the death of his young son but not released until 1981. Leonard Bernstein's French Choruses from The Lark, plus music from Heinrich Schütz, Hugo Distler, Johann Nepomuk David, and Geoffrey Wilcken rounded out the program.

Baroque, Barocco, Barock

Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Westport Presbyterian Church

201 Westport Road

Kansas City, MO 64111

A celebration of baroque masters from Germany, England, and France: Cantata 104 Du Hirte Israel, höre from J. S. Bach, My heart is inditing by Henry Purcell, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier's glorious Te Deum.  Musica Vocale was joined by soloists and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.

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