Park University International Center for Music Students, Faculty Featured in Kansas City Chamber Orchestra’s Season Opening Concert

Friday, August 19, 2016

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Students and faculty in Park University’s International Center for Music will be the featured performers at the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-17 season opening concert on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Helzberg Hall within the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The concert, which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” (“Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, op. 56”), begins at 8 p.m. A preconcert talk by KCCO conductor and founder Bruce Sorrell will start at 7 p.m.

Featured performers in the “Triple Concerto” will be members of Park University’s ICM virtuoso faculty: violinist Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin and KCCO founding concertmaster; pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, director of collaborative piano; and cellist Daniel Veis, assistant professor of music/cello.

The concert will also showcase the extraordinary talents of ICM students: violinist Laurel Gagnon, senior applied music/strings major; pianist Jinhong Li, sophomore applied music/piano major; and cellist Dilshod Narzillaev, freshman applied music/strings major. They will be performing with the KCCO works from the Romantic era by Frédéric Chopin Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Henryk Wieniawski.

The evening’s repertoire will include:
          •  Beethoven’s “Overture to Fidelio, op. 72c”
          •  Wieniawski’s “Polonaise Brillante No. 2 in A Major, op. 21” (featuring Gagnon)
          •  Tchaikovsky’s “Pezzo Capriccioso, op. 62” (featuring Narzillaev)
          •  Chopin’s “Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, op. 22" (featuring Li)
          •  Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, op. 56” (also known as the “Triple Concerto,” featuring Sayevich, Lisovskaya-Sayevich and Veis)

Tickets for the performance, which kicks off the KCCO’s 30th season, begin at $20, with senior and student discounts available. Tickets can be purchased at through the KCCO at, the Kauffman Center at or the Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222.

For more information about the concert, contact the KCCO General Manager Marybeth Sorrell at or (816) 868-5782.