Presented by Park University and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
September 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center
In his first concert appearance since winning the coveted American Pianists Awards this summer, pianist Kenny Broberg will be celebrated by Kansas City audiences in a performance with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra in Helzberg Hall. Already a favorite in Kansas City, Kenny is one of the most decorated pianists of his generation having previously won the bronze medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019 and the silver medal in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017. A student of Cliburn gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University’s International Center for Music, this is your chance to experience Kenny’s artistry before he heads off for an international career this fall. See and hear him in KC first and see what critics are calling “a superb artist with an extraordinary concentration … and ravishing tone.”
The concert will include solo piano works on the first half featuring the fiery Dante Sonata by Liszt. The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra will open the second half and then join Mr. Broberg for the gorgeous Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat by Chopin.
*Kauffman Center COVID Announcement Requires Vaccinations
Effective Sept. 6, all patrons who enter the Kauffman Center must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will also be required. At the current time, we are unable to accommodate children under 12 or any unvaccinated patrons. We will continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances in hope that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, can safely attend public performances in time for the season. Visit KauffmanCenter.org for updated information.
*note: Covid-19 vaccination required for attendance per Kauffman Center policy
Act One, Featuring American Pianists Award Winner Kenny Broberg
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique”
Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tales Op. 20, No. 1; Op. 26, No. 2, 3
Frantz Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia Quasi Sonata
Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to “Egmont,” Op. 84 – Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 – KC Chamber Orchestra with Kenny Broberg, Piano
About Kenny Broberg:
American pianist Kenny Broberg continues to build a reputation as “one of the most intelligent and intense artists on the concert stage today” (Theater Jones) with fresh interpretations complemented by a natural, honest stage presence. The Minneapolis native first came to international attention when he captured the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with performances marked by “an imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense of momentum” (Texas Classical Review). He followed this with a bronze medal win at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2021, he was named the winner of the American Pianists Association Award and received the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship in June. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri, where he continues to be mentored by 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University.
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, now in its 34nd season, is the region’s only professional resident chamber orchestra. Founded by music director and conductor Bruce Sorrell, the orchestra features talented professional musicians who live and work in the metropolitan area including members of the Kansas City Symphony, music faculty from the University of Kansas and the Conservatory at University of Missouri – Kansas City, and freelance professionals. The orchestra is best known for performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire as well as a wide variety of contemporary music written for chamber orchestra.
About Park University’s International Center for Music:
Park ICM was established at Park University in 2003. This All-Steinway School trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. This extremely exclusive music academy selects just over 30 students each year to study in the historic European apprenticeship tradition. Park’s amazing campus provides focused and uninterrupted practice time 24-hours daily in a serene and extremely supportive environment. The master faculty also coaches musicianship and career development so that the students will become award-winning musicians, traveling the world and entertaining the most discerning music lovers across all continents.
Visit icm.park.edu for more information about Park ICM’s 2021-2022 performance season.