Join us for our 36th Season!

Escape with Great Musical Pairings!

The view on the horizon looks beautiful as we approach the KC Chamber Orchestra's amazing 36th Season starting SEPTEMBER 29!

Including five incredible concerts featuring Music Director Bruce Sorrell, Principal Guest Conductor Carolyn Watson and a bevy of talented soloists of all ages. It's a wonderful pairing of vintage and new works, styles, indoor and outdoor, concert hall and theatre, events with food and wine, and a feast of incredible vocal and instrumental soloists to take you away. Please join us! 

2022 – 2023 Season concerts

Escape with Musical Pairings

Thursday, September 29, 2022                    

7:30 p.m.                    

Old Mission Methodist Church

Bruce Sorrell, Conductor

Or call 816-960-1324 to order.

Join the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra as we launch a brand new season back at one of our favorite venues. Maestro Bruce Sorrell will “serenade” you with great musical pairings new and old to celebrate a full season back in the concert hall! 

Don't miss the pairing of one of Haydn's most exciting symphonies, a great new work by one of the most important American composers of our time, and the lush, tuneful Serenade for Strings by Dvorak - perfect to revisit at this moment when beauty is so important.

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Entr’acte                                                                                            C. Shaw

Symphony No. 43 in E-flat Major “Mercury”                                  F. J. Haydn

            I. Allegro

            II. Adagio

            III. Menuetto; Trio

            IV. Finale: Allegro




Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22                                         A. Dvořák

            I. Moderato

            II. Tempo di Valse

            III. Scherzo: Vivace

            IV. Larghetto

            V. Finale: Allegro vivace

Music in the Garden 

Sunday, October 9, 2022                              

6:00 p.m.                    

John Wornall House Gardens

Carolyn Watson, conductor

The KCCO comes back to parks and historic homes with outdoor concert events to reach new audiences and make music accessible for all ages.  Food trucks and fun included!  (FREE concert – reserved seating for Season buyers) 


The House Without a Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 6, 2022            

7:30 p.m.                

The Folly Theater

Bruce Sorrell, conductor

Bringing back the joy of the KCCO traditional holiday concert with a twist! .This heartwarming opera by Ricky Ian Gordon brings to life the story of a family and a small town who find joy after loss – a Midwest premiere and is appropriate for the whole family.  Music Director Bruce Sorrell and young professional singers from the Graduate Artist Diploma program at William Jewell will bring this holiday tale to life.


For the Love of Music

Monday, February 14, 2023                  

6:30 p.m.                    

Venue TBA 


Carolyn Watson, Conductor

Long a tradition with the KC Chamber Orchestra, our valentine to the city will feature gorgeous music for lovers and lovers of music! – and will include a concert along with our signature Champagne Chocolate Celebration, and a chance for attendees to greet our musicians and soloists.  


Celebrating the Music of Spring

**Friday, April 29, 2023                      

7:30 p.m.              

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Carolyn Watson, Conductor

The KCCO season finale brings back Carolyn Watson and some exciting soloists to celebrate the return of spring and finish off the KCCO season with a bang 

**Dates, times, artists, venues, and repertoire are subject to change. Be sure to come back to our website for updates.

Celebrate the Seasons

Friday, April 29, 2022

8:00 p.m.

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

415 W 13th St.

Kansas City, MO

The KCCO return to one of the most beloved and well known concertos for violin will be a blockbuster season finale featuring award winning young soloists from the International Center for Music, Park University!  The 4 soloists were all mentored by founding concertmaster Ben Sayevich, and with a different violinist joining the orchestra for each season, the variety of sound will be truly exciting!

Bruce Sorrell, Conductor

Season Tickets will be available at the concert with Early Bird Pricing!

2021-2022 Season Concerts

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For the Love of Music

Monday, February 14, 2022

6:30 p.m. Event start

7:30 p.m. Concert

Magnolia Brookside Event Space

624 E. 63rd Street

Kansas City, MO

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What better way to warm up on a wintry night than with beautiful chamber music! Long a tradition with the KC Chamber Orchestra, our valentine to the city will feature gorgeous music for lovers and lovers of music! – AND will include a concert preceded by a cozy supper at the beautiful Magnolia venue in Brookside, and followed by our signature Champagne Chocolate Celebration*. Start your Valentine week off right with the KCCO!


The event includes reservations for an individual table for your party and special entertainment during dinner.  (FULL EVENT is included for Season Ticket holders.) 


Vaccination cards will be required for attendance. Masks are requested when entering or away from your table to keep everyone safe.


Tickets: $70, $45 (concert/dessert only), discounts for students and military


* Full event is dinner, concert and dessert/champagne. Option for concert and dessert/champagne only available on Eventbrite.


Vaughan Williams, Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Richard Strauss, Duet-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon in F major, TrV 293

       Jane Carl, clarinet and Eric Stomberg, bassoon

John Corigliano, Voyage (for string orchestra) (1976)

Mozart, Serenade No. 6 for Orchestra in D major, Serenata Notturna, K. 239

7:30 p.m.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

11 E 40th St, Kansas City, MO

Joyful Holidays

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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Bringing back the joy of the KCCO traditional holiday concert of gorgeous classical music.  A favorite Baroque violin concerto by Bach and the festive and exciting Pulcinella Suite by Stravinsky are joined by both old and new musings on the theme of peace: a beautiful Vivaldi motet for soprano, and Forrest Pierce's Jasmin Arrow Symphony.  With the full chamber orchestra, great soloists and conductor Carolyn Watson, you can be sure it will be an evening of candlelit magic to warm your holidays.

Featuring: J.S. Bach – Violin Concerto in E MajorTony DeMarco, violin soloist

A. Vivaldi – In nulla pax sincera, RV 630, Kayleigh Aytes, Soprano soloist

Forrest Pierce – Jasmin Arrow Symphony

I. Stravinsky -- Pulcinella Suite

and more!

Music in the Garden

Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Concert at 6 p.m.

5 p.m. refreshments available from Urban Cafe and Touring Taps food trucks, providing  food, beer, and wine

John Wornall House Museum

6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City

Please register for the event through Eventbrite.

Click here to register!

Season Ticket holders – we have reserved seats for you! Please register or call the office to let us know you will be coming to the concert. You may bring friends to join you. You can reach the office to reserve your seats by calling 816 960-1324.

This one hour free concert in the beautiful gardens of the historic Wornall home is FREE for all ages and appropriate for families. Come early with chairs, blankets and an appetite! The program will include a selection of lively string orchestra tunes from Vivaldi and Purcell to exciting soloists and rousing dances by George Palmer.  Join the KCCO musicians and  conductor Carolyn Watson as they bring live music back to Kansas City this fall!

Urban Cafe and Touring Taps food trucks will be at the Wornall House from 5:00 on to provide picnic fare, wine, and local beers.

KC Celebrates Kenny Broberg
Presented by Park University and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Helzberg Hall

In his first concert appearance since winning the coveted American Pianists Awards this summer, pianist Kenny Broberg will be celebrated by Kansas City audiences in a performance with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. This is your chance to experience the amazing artistry of this Park University graduate student here in KC at Helzberg Hall before he launches a career across the globe this fall.  Featuring the gorgeous Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 and the fiery virtuosity of the Dante Sonata by Lizst, this is a concert not to be missed!

Click here to view more about the event and order tickets!

Or call 816 960-1324


Kenny Broberg, Piano

Bruce Sorrell, Conductor


Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique”

Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tales Op. 20, No. 1; Op. 26, No. 2, 3

Frantz Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia Quasi Sonata

        Kenny Broberg, Piano


Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to “Egmont,” Op. 84

        Kansas City Chamber Orchestra


Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

        Kansas Chamber Orchestra with Kenny Broberg, Piano

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Kenny Broberg

2020-2021 Season Concerts
Playing in the Park

Saturday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.

Online – Zoom link will be provided for those who register
(and Season Ticket holders)

Premiere of the live concert recording of festive May 30 concert in the Lawrence Arts Center with intro and commentary.


Summer is here and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra musicians want to come out and play! Celebrate the season with the gorgeous sounds of KC’s best string players as they come back together on stage at the Lawrence Arts Center. The live concert recording will showcase the KCCO strings and two amazing KU musicians: conductor Carolyn Watson and oboe soloist Margaret Marco — from Baroque tunes of Respighi and a joyous concerto by Vivaldi to the contemplative sounds of American composer John Corigliano and rousing dances by George Palmer.

Concert is FREE, please register to attend the Zoom premiere. Donations to the orchestra on the Eventbrite tickets page or here are greatly appreciated! Zoom link will be sent to those who register on or before June 26.

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For the Love of Music

Saturday, March 13 (a live online experience on Zoom)

7:00 p.m.




















Bringing the Music Home

Sunday, December 20  (a live online experience on Zoom)

7:00 p.m. (approximately an hour program)

A holiday virtual concert video of great performances, interviews, carols and more from the KC Chamber Orchestra, choir and guest soloists.
Cozy up to your fireplace and join us for a journey through great performances and holiday concert highlights with commentary by Music Director Bruce Sorrell, and guest interviews with Arnold Epley and folk singer Connie Dover. The orchestra is joined by Musica Vocale choral ensemble, award winning young pianist Kenny Broberg and more.
Beautiful violin, viola, cello and piano duo performances by some of our favorite musician couples in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
What better way to warm up on a wintry night than with beautiful chamber music by string duos! With a gorgeous variety of tunes and composers, some of our long term principal players are bringing you violin, viola, cello and piano performances by musical couples that live and play together! Banish a cold night or welcome the first whispers of spring with this great music, and get to know our players with short interviews and fun stories from their years with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Free to register, suggested donation greatly appreciated to support us continuing to Bring the Music Back!
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Sunset Serenade

New date and location!

Sunday, November 8

Concert at 5:00 p.m.

Magnolia Brookside Event Space

624 E. 63rd Street, Kansas City, MO

Our postponed autumn celebration event is back with a new date! Although the weather will not allow us to be on the rooftops looking over the city, we will gather in a lovely indoor/outdoor climate-controlled venue in Brookside with plenty of room to spread out and relish the fall air as weather permits. This will be the final installment of our Bringing Back the Music series and a celebration of our musicians and hardworking staff.

Music paired with food and wines!

Wines by Cellar Rat Wine

and Food by Feasts of Fancy

Music in the Park

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Concert at 6:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m., gates open and food trucks
Ironwoods Park, Leawood, KS

A beautiful selection of lively string orchestra tunes will fill the air in this concert for all ages. Enjoy
this FREE outdoor event in the lovely Ironwoods Park Amphitheater. Grab food and beverage from
some of KC’s most popular food trucks beginning at 5 p.m.


Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome with plenty of room to spread out.

Music in the Garden

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Concert at 6 p.m.

5 p.m. refreshments available from food trucks
John Wornall House Museum

6145 Wornall Road, Kansas City

Set back time and an enjoy an old-fashioned evening of fun when the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra presents a free “Concert in the Garden" outdoors at the John Wornall House Museum.


This FREE family-friendly event will offer a sampling of classical favorites performed by local musicians with food and drink available for purchase from the Waffler and Touring Taps food trucks prior to the performance beginning at 5 p.m. Come early to find your spot – there is loads of room to distance and spread out in the gardens and lawn of this historic home.

A beautiful selection of lively string orchestra tunes and a Telemann Concerto with oboist Margaret Marco will float through the autumn air. Join your favorite KCCO players and guest conductor Carolyn Watson as we bring live music back to KC! 


Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome with plenty of room to spread out.

Music in the Biergarten

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Concert 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Kansas City Bier Company

310 W 79th St, Kansas City, MO 64114

Join the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and guest conductor Carolyn Watson for an evening of music and craft bier in the Biergarten at KC Bier Co. in Waldo! Come early to grab a good spot and enjoy a selection of authentic German-style bier, brats, pretzels and sides. Soft drinks and kids snacks available too.