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Summerfest Closes Season with Premiere Inspired by KC Art

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Pax Mundi, by Brent Collins

In previous works, New York-based composer Kristin Kuster has drawn inspiration from architecture, weather and mythology. A new work, called "Ribbon Earth", is inspired by Missouri artist Brent Collins's sculpture, Pax Mundi (World Peace), created with a spiraling bronze ribbon. It's on display at the H&R Block headquarters downtown.

By Laura Spencer

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Kansas City, MO – In previous works, New York-based composer Kristin Kuster has drawn inspiration from architecture, weather and mythology. A new work, called "Ribbon Earth", is inspired by Missouri artist Brent Collins's sculpture, Pax Mundi (World Peace), created with a spiraling bronze ribbon. It's on display at the H&R Block headquarters downtown.

The chamber music ensemble, Summerfest, presents its final concert of the season with the premiere of Kuster's work "Ribbon Earth." Here, during a recent rehearsal, the composer talked about the process.

August 2 -3: Kristin Kuster's "Ribbon Earth" for woodwinds and string quartet; Aaron Copland's "Quiet City" for trumpet, English horn and strings; and Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Septet in C Major for Winds, Strings and Piano. Saturday concert, 7 p.m. at White Recital Hall in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St. Sunday concert, 5 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 13th and Holmes. A wine-and-cheese reception follows each concert.

Single tickets range from $10 for students to $25 for adults. Youth 18 and younger are free. Tickets are available through the Central Ticket Office, 816-235-6222.

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Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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