Summerfest is for the Birds

Summerfest Concerts

Show Information:

This program is a celebration of all the arts-chamber music style! We present Michael Horwood’s Birds, which combines music and over 120 projected images to tell a story designed by Toronto writer Michael Schulman. You’ll hear “Baby Birds,” “Endangered Birds,” and even “Strange Birds” come vividly to life with the piccolo and piano. Continuing the bird theme, we conclude with Thomas Albert’s Thirteen Ways, which sets Wallace Stevens’s poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by having the musicians read lines from the poem painting them musically. Much like Horwood’s birds, Albert’s blackbird comes to us in different perspectives, asking us to check our memory of the blackbird’s song against what we hear. This work features flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion. The performance will be followed by an opportunity for you to meet the musicians. Chat about the music, the birds, the instruments, and more!




Bolender Center

500 West Pershing Rd

Kansas City, MO 64108

Show Times

July 22 - Saturday - 1:30pm

July 23 - Sunday - 6:00pm

July 27 - Thursday - 7:30pm

July 28 - Friday - 9:00pm



Spoken Word


60 Minutes


All Ages




  1. Don Dagenais on July 23, 2017 at 2:41 am

    This is a fun musical show of songs about birds, cleverly supported with videos of bird pictures. Seven classical musicians play contemporary music; very clever and sometimes quite funny.

  2. Michael C on July 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Delightful. An impressive performance. The compositions seemed as though they would be very difficult to perform, but the Summerfest musicians were masterful. I was particularly impressed with the piccolo/oboeist and the vibraphone master. Catch this concert…you will love it.

  3. Nancy H. on July 24, 2017 at 2:18 am

    OMG! The performance was incredible! Such creative music. From the preview I had no idea how amazing this group would be. So glad we went. Highly recommend!

  4. Echo (Linda Ray) on July 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    This was a wonderful performance. The combination of the music and the slides of the birds and the poetry was really captivating. Really creative and performed with skill.

  5. Brenda P. on July 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Absolutely delightful performance, not to be missed! Wonderful musicians present a very creative program that will thrill all audiences. A unique opportunity to enjoy a piccolo solo which mimics the beautiful music of birds in nature.

  6. Carol on July 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The greatest of the 8 I attended. Fun and meaningfull with fine music and graphics.

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