What’s New!

2016 Summerfest In the News

The Kansas City Star — by Patrick Neas
The Classical Beat: Summerfest returns to St. Mary’s Episcopal for its Sunday performances

The Independent — by Paul Horsley
TALK TO ME: Summerfest fosters great music, ‘face time,’ innovations

KC Metropolis — Don Dagenais (Thank You to Our Very Own!)
Summerfest celebrates “American Roots”

The Kansas City Star – by Patrick Neas
The Classical Beat: Summerfest returns to St. Mary’s Episcopal for its Sunday performances

Week One Reviews
The Kansas City Star – by Libby Hanssen
Summerfest chamber music festival offers refreshing repertoire for opening weekend program

KC Metropolis – by Christopher Gage
Borrowing, quoting, and imitating showcased in first Summerfest concert

Week Two Reviews
KC Star Week 2
The Kansas City Star – by Libby Hanssen
Summerfest Week 2 delights with sounds from many eras

KC Metropolis – by Sarah Young
Summerfest Week 2 offers captivating sounds

KC Metropolis – by Lee Hartman
KC FRINGE: Summerfest “Animal Antics”


Week Three Reviews
KC Star Week 3
The Kansas City Star – by Libby Hanssen
Summerfest chamber music series emulates animals and incorporates poetry for a fun program

KC Metropolis – by Robert Pherigo
“Love Dogs,” other creatures, and an eleven-year-old boy

Week Four Reviews
KC Star Week 4
The Kansas City Star – by Libby Hanssen
Final program closes Summerfest with modern treatment of familiar American tunes

KC Metropolis – by Lee Hartman
Summerfest ends on magnificent note


Summerfest Returns to St. Mary’s!

Summerfest Concerts is pleased to return to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 13th and Holmes in downtown Kansas City for its 3:00 p.m. concerts each Sunday afternoon during the 2016 summer season. Summerfest will perform at St. Mary’s each Sunday during July.  st mary episcopal interior st mary episcopalWhen Summerfest started 26 seasons ago St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was its home, and the group enjoyed performing there for many years. A few years ago changed circumstances required that Summerfest relocate its Sunday afternoon concerts, but a recent thorough renovation of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the inviting attitude of the current St. Mary’s leadership, primarily Rev. Patrick Perkins, led to Summerfest’s return.

You will enjoy the beautiful ambience of St. Mary’s including a sparking new (squeak free) floor and comfortable chairs. In addition, the Sunday concerts will feature Summerfest’s usual post-concert reception with goodies and wine, offering you a chance to mingle with the musicians in an informal basis. Be sure to join us at St. Mary’s!

P.S.  Yes, there is plenty of parking around 13th and Holmes on a Sunday afternoon.  No problem!


KC Fringe Logo 2016

What are Kansas City’s two best-known cultural activities during July?  Let’s see now….the Kansas City Fringe Festival and Summerfest! So why not get them together?

That is exactly what Summerfest is doing this summer with its debut performances with the Kansas City Fringe Festival. That’s right, in 2016 you can Fringe with Summerfest.

The two Fringe Festival performances by Summerfest are both on Friday evening, July 22 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 13th and Holmes downtown. The two performances are at 6:30 and 8:30 and are called Animal Antics. They feature light-hearted chamber music numbers depicting animals and animal sounds, and should be great funds for adults and children alike. Tickets are available only through the Fringe Festival. And each performance will be followed by a reception featuring…now, what kind of cookies would you think?!

So come Fringe with us, and bring your Fringe friends!


Don Dagenais 2013 headshotMeet the Board President of Summerfest Concerts

Don Dagenais is the President of the Board of Summerfest Concerts. Don has been a lifelong fan of classical music, a season ticket subscriber to the Kansas City Symphony since before it existed (during the days of its predecessor, the Kansas City Philharmonic) and a supporter of almost every classical music organization in town. He has served on the boards of the Lyric Opera, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Opera Guild, the Arts KC Regional Arts Council and Kansas City Symphony Alliance and at one time or the other has been the President of most of them.   He is also interested in theater, and has served on the boards of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, The Coterie and the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and has been President of each. He is currently on the board of the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, an opera training program in the Ozarks. He was a longtime board member and President of Opera Volunteers International and received two awards from that organization, including one for national service. He has received special awards from the Kansas City Music Club, The Coterie, the Daughters of the American Revolution (public service) and ArtsKC as Kansas City’s arts volunteer of the year.  He has written book-length histories of the Kansas City Lyric Opera, Opera Volunteers International and the Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild. He also published a book for novice opera goers, and teaches classes on classical music and opera for several local organizations including the Osher Institute of the University of Kansas.

In his professional career Don is a senior real estate attorney with Lathrop & Gage LLP and is an adjunct professor at both the UMKC Law School and the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.  He is also a frequent guest speaker at continuing education programs for attorneys and has published articles in national publications in the field of real estate.  His and his wife Patricia have two grown children and one overactive grandchild and live in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Missouri.