Kansas City Symphony performs Five Freedom Songs

June 2 - 4, 2023
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Kansas City Symphony
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Michael Stern, conductor

Julia Bullock, soprano

FREDERICK DELIUS  The Walk to the Paradise Garden

JESSIE MONTGOMERY  Five Freedom Songs (Kansas City Symphony co-commission)

GUSTAV MAHLER  Symphony No. 4

English composer Frederick Delius’ rich orchestration of The Walk to the Paradise Garden portrays the timeless gaze between young lovers. We are thrilled to showcase one of America’s leading young composers, Jessie Montgomery, with a new work co-commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. A talented violinist, Montgomery has a unique ability to use symphonic sounds to convey complex thoughts and emotions. Giving voice to Montgomery’s Five Freedom Songs is Julia Bullock, a soprano superstar known for her deep sense of social consciousness. Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony delves into themes of childhood, innocence and spirituality, with Bullock’s angelic soprano expressing the child’s vision of heaven that is  at the heart of this compelling work. Voice and symphony  orchestra meld together in serene beauty.