Park ICM celebrates musical master


Posted by Bob Evans



Social Distancing, Vaccination & Mask Requirements Create Safe Environment to Celebrate National Piano Champion at Kauffman Center

Pre-show presentations begins at 6:30 p.m.

WHO: Having won the “national championship” of piano this summer, pianist Kenny Broberg has become one of the most highly decorated pianists in the world having previously won the Bronze Medal at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Competition (the only American to make the finals) and the Silver Medal in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Broberg, 28, was the only competitor from a small, mid-western music conservatory having beaten out competitors from Julliard, Yale and Johns Hopkins.  A Minnesota native, Kenny came to Park University International Center for Music to study with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch in 2016 and is currently completing his Artist Diploma.




Park University is kicking off their 2021-2022 Season with a celebration of their star graduate student, Kenny Broberg. The 2021 American Pianists Awards Winner will appear in Helzberg Hall with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Bruce Sorrell conducting.

Because of COVID-19’s continued resurgence, Park University and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra decided to make the celebration socially distanced to give attendees more comfort. Of course, this is in addition to the mask and proof of vaccination mandates already in effect at the Kauffman Center.


To give audience members a special treat, the organizations have announced that a Pre-Show Presentation will feature Stanislav Ioudenitch and Bruce Sorrell talking about the long-standing relationship between the two organizations, about the music of the evening and how coaching an international champion at is helping to put Park University and its International Center for Music on the classical music map.




Tuesday, September 14, Pre-Show Presentation @ 6:00 p.m. Concert @7:00 p.m.


Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108. Tickets are available at for the concert (which includes the pre-show presentation).


Kenny Broberg is just the latest Park University International Center for Music student to bring national and international attention to Kansas City and the city took note. On the evening of June 27th, 2021, the night Kenny won the American Pianists Awards, the Kauffman Center, Power & Light Building and even City Hall took notice and lit up the skies over downtown in Park University maroon and gold. This is THE chance to see Kenny in concert here in Kansas City before he heads off to an international concert career this fall. The first half will feature a solo recital by Kenny including the following:
1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique”
2. Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tales Op. 20, No. 1; Op. 26, No. 2, 3


3. Frantz Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia Quasi Sonata
In the second half, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra will take the stage with Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to “Egmont,” Op. 84. They will then by joined by Kenny Broberg for the finale, the gorgeous Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, by Frédéric Chopin.

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