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KC STAR CLASSICAL BEAT: Brahms' Requiem and the French Impressionists

Excerpt from The Kansas City Star
BY PATRICK NEAS
Special to The Star
OCTOBER 29, 2017 8 AM

Kansas City Symphony 

Charles Bruffy has the music of Johannes Brahms in his bones. His recording of the composer’s choral music with the Kansas City Chorale is clear proof that he is a world-class Brahmsian. So when Robert Spano, conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, comes to town to conduct Brahms’ German Requiem with the Kansas City Symphony and the Symphony Chorus under Bruffy’s direction, you know you’re in for a monumental time.

The Symphony will perform Brahms’ choral masterpiece Nov. 3-5 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

In contrast to the weightiness of the Brahms, the first half of the concert will be devoted to the airy but no less profound music of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess” sets the tone of the concert with sweet sorrow, while Debussy’s impressionist two nocturnes for orchestra, “Nuages” (Clouds) and “Fêtes” (Festivals) paint musical pictures worthy of Claude Monet.

8 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. $25-$82. 816-471-0400 or kcsymphony.org.