Combined orchestra, chorus, handbells create master-concert

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By Bob Evans

Church of the Resurrection combined it’s wealth of musical talent with orchestra, handbells, and chorus creating a 2-hour-plus concert in Kansas City’s world famous Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 18.

With the first half predominately featuring religious music and the second half featuring patriotic standards, COR’s combined music teams used the acoustics of the Kauffman Center to its advantage. Several pre-concert pieces on the Kauffman’s pipe organ set the tone for the concert to follow.

Music staff for COR, Kevin Bogan, director of traditional/blended worship; Craig Miller, director of instrumental music; Gwen Gepford, director of handbells, combined their talents and their individual areas of expertise to create a master-concert for the Kauffman crowd. Standing ovations at the end of each act signaled the audience approval

Act I began with several well-known hymns, “Be Still My Soul,” “Let Everything that Hath Breath,” “Be thou My Vision,” “All Creatures of Our Got and King,” “Beside Still Waters,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Let All Things Now Living.” The opening act featured Justin Bates, Brian Lowe, and Will Peak.

A more classical piece, “Requiem for the living” a five-movement piece allowed the orchestra to be featured with a long, intricate classical piece. Three vocalists Doug Jones, Alice Anne Light, and Ashley Yvonne Wheat performed short solo pieces within the greater work.

For Act II, Julie Weber stepped out from the orchestra’s rousing rendition of John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” number and delivered a virtuoso piccolo solo that always makes “Stars and Stripes Forever” so memorable.

That was followed by “I Believe in America,” “America the Beautiful,” and an acapella rendition of “We Shall Overcome.” After that moving tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, soloist/guest Michael Scahill sang and led the audience in the well-known up-tempo “This Land Is Your Land.” The Handbells and orchestra offered “Simple Gifts,” before Kevin Bogan abandoned his conducting duties to sing “I Believe in America.”

To end the show on a super-inspirational note, the choir, orchestra, and handbells collaborated for a resounding “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The concert, very well-attended ran over two hours. Senior pastor, Adam Hamilton made a short on-stage appearance to thank the participants for their generosity in providing their musical talents for the audience and to invite guests to attend future COR worship and special offerings.

Tags: Church of the Resurrection, Kansas City Music, Kansas City Performing Arts, Kansas City Arts and Entertainment

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