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MAY 28, 2017 at 8 P.M. Union Station and the grounds of the National World War I Museum and Memorial

Michael Stern, Conductor Patti Austin, Special Musical Guest John Musgrave, Poet and USMC Ret. | Jim Birdsall, Special Guest Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon, Vocalist | Staff Sergeant Matthew Kirkpatrick, Trumpet Airlifter Brass of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Members of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus OFFICIAL SPONSORS


IN ALL MY YEARS WITH THE KANSAS CITY Symphony, I’ve never been more excited and gratified for our Bank of America Celebration at the Station commemoration of Memorial Day than I am this year. As ever, it’s a privilege to be here with all of you who love music and Kansas City. For the first time in my tenure with the Symphony, I was unable to be with all of you last year, and I missed you. But there is no doubt in my mind this year feels different. Despite societal strains, unity must be our aspiration. Through music, words, images and fireworks we mark both solemnity as well as festivity. We deliver our deepest gratitude to those who have contributed so much to our MICHAEL STERN, Music Director country, and remember their sacrifice. It is an honor to be here with our magnificent Kansas City Symphony and to bring the entire city together, nestled between the two iconic symbols of Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Let us salute the service and honor the sacrifice of those brave men and women who have given their all, and continue to stand for our country and our ideals. Above all, we cannot forget the spirit that brings us together. How lucky that we share the stage with the great and inimitably talented Patti Austin as well as noted poet John Musgrave, a Vietnam veteran himself. We also welcome with pride the Airlifter Brass of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. This joyful celebration, thanks to our friends at Bank of America, continues to be a shining moment for all of us — for the tens of thousands here on the lawn and the hundreds of thousands more watching live on television. I’m thrilled to be here with you.

MICHAEL STERN, Music Director Kansas City Symphony

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Visit the REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN walls today inside Union Station to honor Missouri and Kansas soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Welcome to your Union Station — Kansas City’s magnificent monument. We are delighted you are joining us for this annual concert honoring veterans and active duty military and their families. What a terrific way to kick off the summer and celebrate history. And a very special thank you also to Bank of America for supporting tonight’s event and all they do to advance Union Station. We are a proud partner of Kansas City Symphony’s Bank of America Celebration at the Station. As you enjoy this remarkable gathering, also soak in what Union Station represents in our city and across our country. Focused vision. Determination. Vibrancy and community unity. As the New York Times proclaimed, “Union Station is the heart of downtown.”

Our not-for-profit touches millions of lives annually while delivering the most meaningful and engaging content imaginable. We educate, entertain, encourage and ultimately add a depth of cultural and community value that’s uniquely Kansas City. Importantly, we do it all by engaging people just like you. People who value the very best of what Kansas City has to offer. People who translate that affection into tangible support to help ensure award-winning science education experiences, historic preservation and unmatched community celebrations. None of this happens without people like you! Please help us continue fulfilling our mission. Become a Union Station Member. Make a personal donation to be a part of our current $8 million Western Expansion Project. Become a Station volunteer. Visit one of our many award-winning attractions. It all adds up as we grow your Union Station! Finally, we invite you to our next touring exhibition — Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Make plans to experience this remarkable presentation, the largest of its kind ever assembled and described as “Absolutely Extraordinary” by NPR. Also, do not miss the upcoming 7th Annual Maker Faire Kansas City — a celebration of creativity, innovation and discovery. Now sit back and enjoy the beauty of your Union Station and the mastery of the Kansas City Symphony. Robert Regnier, Chairman of the Board George Guastello, President and CEO


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MAY 28, 2017 at 8 P.M. Michael Stern, Music Director Patti Austin, Special Musical Guest John Musgrave, Poet and USMC Ret. Jim Birdsall, Special Guest Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon, Vocalist Staff Sergeant Matthew Kirkpatrick, Trumpet Airlifter Brass of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Kansas City Symphony Chorus Colonel Timothy S. Molnar Commander, 509th Maintenance Group, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri Colonel Christopher D. Croft, Sr. Director of the Center for Army Leadership in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas The Honorable Sly James Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri Color Guard Units United States Army Color Guard, Fort Leavenworth, Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) The United States Marine Corps Presentation of the Colors by the Combat Logistic Regiment 4 Color Guard The Navy Operational Support Center Kansas City Color Guard Air Force Base Honor Guard Team from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri The United States Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center in Topeka, Kansas Missouri Army National Guard Battery D Cannons OFFICIAL SPONSORS


TONIGHT’S PROGRAM JAMES A. BECKEL, JR.

An American Fanfare

Airlifter Brass of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America

SMITH/LUCK

“Star Spangled Banner”

JOHN WILLIAMS

Flight to Neverland from “Hook”

VARIOUS/STEPHENSON

“Over There!”: A Medley of WWI Favorites

VARIOUS/STEPHENSON

Sing-Along, America! “Yankee Doodle” “America” (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”) “You’re a Grand Old Flag” “America the Beautiful”

VARIOUS

A Tribute to Ella “Anything Goes” “Mack the Knife” “Sing Me a Swing Song” “Get Happy”

JOHN WILLIAMS

Theme from “J.F.K.”

COPLAND

“Moderato” from Suite from Appalachian Spring (1945 orchestration) “Notes to the Man Who Shot Me Revisited”

TRADITIONAL/MURTHA

My America

VARIOUS/NAUGHTIN

Armed Forces Salute

TRADITIONAL

Taps

ENNIO MORRICONE/ LONGFIELD

“Gabriel’s Oboe” from the motion picture “The Mission”

ROGER KELLAWAY/ BERGMAN

Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon, vocalist

Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon, vocalist

Patti Austin, vocalist

John Musgrave, poet

Staff Sergeant Matthew Kirkpatrick, trumpet

“We the People”

Patti Austin, vocalist Kansas City Symphony Chorus

TCHAIKOVSKY

1812, Overture solennelle, op. 49

SOUSA

The Stars and Stripes Forever


SPECIAL GUESTS PATTI AUSTIN

Patti Austin’s keen interest in being a total entertainer likely started at the age of 4, when she stepped onto the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem at the urging of music legend Dinah Washington. The daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin, Patti was a bona fide recording artist in her teens, achieving her first chart success in 1969 with “The Family Tree” (a Top 50 R&B single) after a string of 45s that would later become treasured collectors’ items among Britain’s northern soul music community. During the ʼ70s, Austin was the undisputed queen of the New York session scene. Her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross, and on countless memorable commercial jingles. After a series of much-acclaimed albums for CTI Records, she signed with her godfather, Quincy Jones’, Qwest label. She began achieving mainstream success on an international level thanks to the Grammy ® Award-nominated hit, “Baby Come to Me,” her now-classic duet with James Ingram and the follow-up, Oscar-nominated duet, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”. Further appearances with Jones included “Stuff Like That,” his Grammy ® Award-winning classic “The Dude,” and “From Q With Love Vols. 1 & 2.” Austin’s Grammy ®-nominated “For Ella” album opened up new doors for her as a performer. Her embrace by the jazz world was cemented further with her Grammy ® Award-winning classic “Avant Gershwin.” Her most recent critically-acclaimed pop/R&B release, “Sound Advice,” will soon yield a sequel and further demonstrates her artistic versatility. In 2017, Austin continues her philanthropic work with the Over My Shoulder Foundation and keeps up a constant touring schedule. For more information, visit pattiaustin.com.

JOHN MUSGRAVE

Poet John Musgrave, from Baldwin City, Kansas, served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. His poetry recounts combat stories of Vietnam and the strong brotherhood developed among the troops. His book, “Notes to the Man Who Shot Me,” is a collection of combat poems based on his experiences. He was 19 years old when he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with the Gold Star, but it was unknown whether he would survive the gunshot wounds to his


chest. He did survive, and dedicated the book to his wife, Shannon. Recently, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presented Musgrave with the 2017 Robert A. Gannon Award for poetry.

JIM BIRDSALL

Jim Birdsall served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry and the 101st Airborne divisions. He finished his education with help from the GI Bill, then moved to Kansas City and began his career as an actor and announcer. He has appeared on stage at nearly every theater in Kansas City. As a voiceover artist, Birdsall is the signature voice of the CNBC Network and proudly for over 25 years, the voice of the “Hallmark Hall of Fame.” He is also one of the lead narrators for NFL Films. Country music fans may recognize Birdsall as the voice of WSM Radio, home of the Grand Ole Opry, as well as many television and radio commercials.

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Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Doc Severinsen, guest conductor/trumpet

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ORCHESTRA ROSTER MICHAEL STERN, Music Director JASON SEBER, David T. Beals III Assistant Conductor FIRST VIOLINS Noah Geller, Concertmaster Miller Nichols Chair Justine Lamb-Budge, Associate Concertmaster Sunho Kim, Assistant Concertmaster Gregory Sandomirsky, Associate Concertmaster Emeritus Anne-Marie Brown Betty Chen^ Anthony DeMarco Susan Goldenberg* Tomoko Iguchi Dorris Dai Janssen Chiafei Lin Philip Marten^ Vladimir Rykov Alex Shum* SECOND VIOLINS Tamamo Someya Gibbs, Principal Stirling Trent, Associate Principal Kristin Velicer, Assistant Principal Nancy Beckmann Kathy Haid Berry Stephanie Cathcart Minhye Helena Choi Mary Garcia Grant Kevin Hao Kazato Inouye Rena Ishii Francesca Manheim VIOLAS Christine Grossman, Principal Jessica Nance, Acting Associate Principal Youming Chen‡, Associate Principal Duke Lee, Acting Assistant Principal Kent Brauninger Sean Brumble Marvin Gruenbaum Philip KrampΔ Jenifer Richison Matthew Rombaum

CELLOS Mark Gibbs, Principal Robert A. Kipp Chair Susie Yang, Associate Principal Richard Hill Chair Alexander East, Assistant Principal Maria Crosby John Eadie Lawrence Figg Rung Lee* Meredith McCook Allen Probus

E-FLAT CLARINET John KlinghammerΔ Gabriel Campos Zamora‡

DOUBLE BASSES Jeffrey Kail, Principal Evan Halloin, Associate Principal Brandon Mason Caleb Quillen^ Richard Ryan Keith WymerΔ

CONTRABASSOON Thomas DeWitt

FLUTES Michael Gordon, Principal Shannon Finney, Associate Principal Diane Schick PICCOLO Diane Schick OBOES Kristina Fulton, Principal Shirley Bush Helzberg Chair Adam De SorgoΔ, Associate Principal Kenneth Lawrence ENGLISH HORN Kenneth Lawrence CLARINETS Raymond Santos, Principal John KlinghammerΔ, Acting Associate Principal Gabriel Campos Zamora‡, Associate Principal Junghwan LeeΔ ^

Justin White, Personnel Manager Matt Henderson, Assistant Personnel Manager David Tebow, Stage Manager Mark Watson, Assistant Stage Manager * Non-Rotating Musician ‡ On Leave of Absence

^ New Member Δ One-Year Member

BASS CLARINET Junghwan LeeΔ BASSOONS Ann Bilderback, Principal Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Chair Thomas DeWitt, Associate Principal Marita Abner

HORNS Alberto Suarez, Principal Landon and Sarah Rowland Chair David Sullivan, Associate Principal Elizabeth Gray David Gamble Stephen Multer, Associate Principal Emeritus TRUMPETS Julian Kaplan, Principal James B. and Annabel Nutter Chair Philip Clark, Associate Principal Brian Rood TROMBONES Roger Oyster, Principal Porter Wyatt Henderson, Associate Principal Adam Rainey BASS TROMBONE Adam Rainey TUBA Steven Seward, Principal TIMPANI Timothy Jepson, Principal PERCUSSION Christopher McLaurin, Principal Joseph Petrasek, Associate Principal HARP Deborah Wells Clark, Principal LIBRARIANS Elena Lence Talley, Principal Fabrice Curtis


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15TH ANNUAL BANK OF AMERICA CELEBRATION AT THE STATION Schedule at a glance MAIN STAGE 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Airlifter Brass of the USAF Band of Mid-America 5-6 p.m. — A La Mode Quintet 8-9:45 p.m. — Kansas City Symphony Concert

LEE JEANS FAMILY ZONE 3-7 p.m. — Curiosity Cube, Bush & Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo, Sister Act Face Painting, Kansas City Fire Dept. Truck, Drum Safari Drumming Circle, Kansas City Zoomobile, Chiefs Rumble Drum Line

GRANTHAM UNIVERSITY VETERANS PLACE 3-10 p.m. — Veterans Community Project with Tiny House Model, V.A. Mobile Vet Unit, KCPT’s Veterans Voices, Bank of America Financial Health Booth, Grantham University Tent, Warrior’s Best Friend, RideKC’s illustrated “Honoring Veterans” bus

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