Community Outreach

2017 Events


Summerfest is for the Birds

July 22, 23, 27 and 28.

For our third week, Summerfest is explicitly bringing together our community by performing at the Fringe Festival. Our first work on the program is a celebration of all the arts presented at the festival as Michael Horwood’s Birds 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. 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.

Tickets sold separately. Visit http://www.kcfringe.org/ for tickets and information.


outreach3Join Summerfest at
Community Performances!

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. Check our website for additional dates and locations. If you are interested in scheduling a free Summerfest event for your school, residential center or community group, contact Summerfest at info@summerfestkc.org.


outreach1Summerfest Outreach Through the Years

1996 (and years following) — Outreach performances were taken to the Kansas School for the Blind in Kansas City, KS. “Students were introduced to the colors and sounds of the various instruments featured by Summerfest musicians. . .” (Supported by the Sprint Foundation.)

1999 & 2000 — Other schools visited: St. Elizabeth School in Kansas City and the Center at Scuola Vita Nuova in
northeast Kansas City. Summerfest held its first week of rehearsals at the Music/Arts Institute at the Bingham Academy in Independence, MO.

2002 — Summerfest presented programs at Johnson County Public Library–Lackman Branch and Kansas City Public Library–Sion in Kansas City, also performed for children in the Nelson-Atkins Museum Sculpture Garden in celebration of the longest day of the year (6/21/03) and to focus attention on a new sculpture, “One Sun/34 Moons” installed at the museum’s north entrance.

2005 — Special concert held in DeSoto, KS to help raise money for the DeSoto High School Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Summerfest also performed at Bishop Spencer Place retirement center in Kansas City.

2007 — Summerfest continued performances at the Kansas School for the Blind, KCKS, Bishop Spencer Place and Kingswood Manor retirement centers in Kansas City, MO.

outreach22009 — A Summerfest performance was held at the Kansas City Public Library–Plaza Branch.

2010 — From the Outreach page in the 2010 20th anniversary Summerfest program: “In our 20 years Summerfest has reached 20,000 children from the Jack and Jill Club of America, Music Camp students from UMKC and the Music/Art Institute in Independence, MO.”

2011 — Working with Anne Calvert, Outreach Coordinator, Summerfest began a residency at Acadamie Lafayette French Language Charter School in Kansas City. The Summerfest musicians presented instrument demonstrations for the children, showing them the violin, viola, cello, clarinet and flute.

2012 — A grant from the Francis Family Foundation permitted Summerfest to have a large presence at Alta Vista Middle School in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood.

2013 — In the winter months, Summerfest was at the Cub Care Learning Center in Blue Springs, MO where musicians visited classrooms and demonstrated various instruments. The residency concluded with a final performance in May of works by Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Handel.

outreach42014 — Summerfest visited Carver Elementary and Boone Elementary Schools in Kansas City, MO where the musicians played short excerpts of classical music. Nearly all of the children had never before seen or heard instruments such a these up close.

2015 — Summerfest performed for approximately 2000 students, staff, and families through outreach events at Jack & Jill, Carver Elementary, and Crossroads Academy.

2016 — Summerfest worked with students and faculty at Lincoln Prep to coach young musicians.  Students and Summerfest Musicians performed a benefit concert to raise funds for the school’s orchestra department.