“Reflection” with Melissa Rose, pianist

In the Summer of 1990, Summerfest began as a small group of 4 local musicians sharing a love of Chamber music and an intention to create an experience in which audience and musician could share all that it had to offer. They were a small but mighty group: Rebecca Bell, Harpsichord Mary Garcia (Grant), Violin Deborah Wells Clark, Harp Nancy Lutes, Bassoon Lamar Hunt, Jr. Flute   Over the next 3-4 years the group expanded to include additional violins


Summerfest Outreach Through the Years

(All performances free of charge) Summerfest performs community outreach events year-round to audiences that traditionally do not or cannot attend paid concert events. Our intent is to share our passion for music with audiences who would not otherwise hear live classical music. We also hope to build future audiences for classical music by introducing young children and their families to our art. Here is a summary of some of our efforts over


Interview with Shannon Finney

Kansas City has changed a lot since Shannon Finney first arrived two decades ago. Upon arriving from Chicago, she wondered if she was even going to like this area. That’s changed. “Kansas City is not the same place as when I arrived,” she says. “There is an upward trajectory; Kansas City is making an investment in itself. We have a lot of amenities now that weren’t here before.” At least one reason Kansas City is a better place is because Shannon and


Interview with Alexander East

Alexander East came to Kansas City in 1996 when selected to be a cellist in the Kansas City Symphony. Alex is a member of the committee which selects music for Summerfest. He offered these thoughts in developing the programs you are enjoying: Summerfest: Where do you start when selecting music for us to hear? Alex: We want the audience to be surprised by what they are hearing, but surprised in a good way. Each piece needs contrast to give variety on the