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Chen Yi's 'Fountains of Kansas City'

photos: Laura Spencer/KCUR
Narong Prangcharoen (UMKC Conservatory alum) and Chen Yi take notes on the score during the Kansas City Symphony rehearsal, September 21, 2011.

Three world premieres are slated for the Kansas City Symphony's inaugural season in Helzberg Hall. And they all take inspiration from a Kansas City trademark: fountains. The first, by renowned composer Chen Yi, called Fountains of Kansas City, premieres this weekend.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, Mo. – Born and raised in China, Dr. Chen has lived and taught in Kansas City for more than a decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

KCUR's Laura Spencer stopped by Kansas City Symphony rehearsals earlier this week, and talked to Chen Yi and music director Michael Stern about the collaborative process in presenting a new work as part of a series called "Artists in their Own Words."

Kansas City Symphony
September 23 - September 25, 2011
Helzberg Hall
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

BEETHOVEN, Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"
with guest artist Emanuel Ax

CHEN YI, Fountains of Kansas City (World Premiere)
RESPIGHI, The Pines of Rome

Note: Check the Symphony's website or box office (816) 471-0400 about the wait list, as tickets are almost sold out.

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