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KC STAR CLASSICAL BEAT: Classics Uncorked: ‘Musical Makeovers’


by Patrick Neas

Classics Uncorked: ‘Musical Makeovers’ 

Jason Seber has a lot on his plate as associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, but one of his favorite duties is conducting the Symphony’s Classics Uncorked concerts.

“I think it’s one of our best series, honestly,” Seber said. “No matter if you have never been to the symphony or you are one of our diehard fans, it’s enjoyable. They’re only an hour long, they’re a little bit lighter and more informal than a typical classical concert. I enjoy being able to interact with the audience. I set each piece up and try to do it in a casual way, so it’s more of a conversation than a lecture.”

All of the pieces on “Musical Makeovers” are modern reworkings of earlier compositions. For example, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis takes a theme by Tallis, one of the greatest Elizabethan composers, and turns it into a soaring 20th century classic. Stravinsky’s sunny and tuneful “Pulcinella” is based on music by Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and Maestro Seber himself is contributing his own transcription of Bach’s “Dorian” toccata.

Stick around after the concert to enjoy a glass of champagne (included in the price of the ticket) and chat with Seber and Symphony musicians.

Most tickets $25. To purchase, contact the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400 or select seats online.

Read the article on the Star website.