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Past Season Concerts

View the concerts from the past few seasons! 

11th Season (2018-2019)

10th Season (2017-2018)

9th Season (2016-2017)

Concerts of our 11th season (2018-2019)
11th Season
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.

Resist - Challenging State and Circumsta

This is a free concert for the community!

Donations welcome.

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.

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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