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2007 NSO American Residency: Kansas

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The American Residencies

Full List

  • Kentucky, 2011
  • West Virginia, 2010
  • Arkansas, 2009
  • South Carolina, 2008
  • Kansas, 2007
  • Nebraska, 2006
  • Nevada, 2005
  • North Carolina, 2005
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • North Dakota, 2003
  • South Dakota, 2002
  • Oklahoma, 2001
  • Vermont, 2000
  • Mississippi, 1999
  • Alabama, 1998
  • Arizona, 1997
  • Montana, 1996
  • Wyoming, 1996
  • Maine, 1995
  • Louisiana, 1994
  • Alaska, 1992

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will be the site of the National Symphony Orchestra’s 2007, American Residency. Between March 22 and 30, 2007 the members of the Orchestra will participate in approximately 150 education and performance activities in all regions of the state.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selected Kansas at the invitation of the Kansas Arts Commission. The Commission will take on the role of coordinating Residency activities throughout the entire state. The Residency is funded by the Kennedy Center through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, as it has been since 1994. Beginning in 2006, chamber music and outreach events are being supported by the Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund for chamber music and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas. The 2007 American Residency: Kansas is sponsored by Koch Industries, Inc. and the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.

presented by the Fred C and Mary R Koch FoundationLogo for Koch Industries

About the 2007 American Residency

The NSO will travel to Kansas on March 22, 2007, and will return to Washington, DC, on March 30, 2007. There will be a total of six orchestral concerts, including a concert for young people, in the state. Dozens of educational and outreach activities and other events are being planned. Proceeds from all concerts remain in the state to benefit presenting organizations.

"The Kansas Arts Commission is thrilled to announce that we have invited the National Symphony Orchestra to Kansas for an American Residency. We are pleased to say that they have agreed. The Commission is thrilled to work with the National Symphony Orchestra to make this tour happen," said Anita Wolgast, Chair of the Arts Commission. "The residency will enable thousands of Kansans to meet, work with and hear the musicians of the NSO. We believe that this program will add so much to arts throughout the state. This is truly a cause for celebration."

"On behalf of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center, it gives me great pleasure to accept the Kansas Arts Commission’s invitation. The American Residency is one of the signature projects of the National Symphony Orchestra,” responded Executive Director Rita Shapiro. "Music Director Leonard Slatkin, Associate Conductor Emil de Cou, and the members of the Orchestra all give extensively of their many talents during the Residency, and are richly rewarded, in turn, by all that we learn and bring back home to the Kennedy Center, the nation’s center for the performing arts. We look forward to learning more about the people and state of Kansas.”

"We’re delighted the National Symphony Orchestra has selected Kansas for its next American Residency,” said Governor Sebelius. "This will serve as an extraordinary opportunity for Kansans of all ages to experience beautiful music played by an internationally renowned orchestra. We’re grateful to the National Symphony Orchestra and to those who have made this week-long Residency possible.”

"All Kansans, but especially music lovers and children, will be the beneficiaries of this wonderful Residency,” said Llewellyn Crain, Arts Commission Executive Director. "The National Symphony Orchestra’s American Residency was first brought to our attention by John Strickler, the
Music Director & Conductor of the Topeka Symphony, and the Lied Center of Kansas. We acknowledge and thank them for their foresight. Indeed, we thank all the community partners and venues for their enthusiastic participation in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Kansas Residency. It will bring so much to communities throughout the state.”

A state agency, the Kansas Arts Commission was established in 1966 by the Kansas Legislature and is charged by its enabling legislation to increase the support, awareness and outreach of the arts in communities throughout the state. The Commission promotes the preservation, creation, and appreciation of the arts and provides a variety of arts resources and services to Kansas communities and organizations. As of July 20, 2006, the Kansas Arts Commission has awarded $1,236,325 in grants to 170 arts and cultural organizations, local government agencies and schools throughout the state. These grants reflect support for arts projects and activities during the 2007 fiscal year. The Kansas Arts Commission is funded by the state of Kansas as well as by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the Kansas Arts Commission, please visit or call (785) 296-3335.

Residency Follow-Up Activities

The 2007 American Residency does not end when the National Symphony Orchestra leaves Kansas on March 30.

Summer Music Institute: Since 1992, the Kennedy Center/NSO National Trustees’ Summer Music Institute - a training program for young orchestral musicians (ages 14-21) from across the country-has welcomed students annually for four weeks of study, rehearsal and coaching sessions. As part of the American Residency, up to six students from Kansas will be chosen to receive scholarships to the 2007 Summer Music Institute. Students are selected by taped audition.

Teacher Fellowship: A Kansas music teacher will be selected for an individually designed program to further the teacher’s professional development. The program will take place in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Chamber Music Commission: A Kansas composer will be selected to create a chamber music work to be premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The in-state coordinator for all three projects is Jennifer Wesco, program manager for the Kansas Arts Commission.

Preliminary Schedule

Representatives from the National Symphony Orchestra work with the Kansas Arts Commission organizations to determine the complete Residency schedule. All time periods not involving the full orchestra are expected to include education, outreach, and chamber music activities requested by organizations within Kansas.


Thursday, March 22  

Travel from Washington, DC, to Topeka, KS

Friday, March 23  

Outreach activities in Topeka and surrounding area


Full Orchestral Concert, 8:00 PM
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
White Concert Hall
Washburn University
Saturday, March 24  

Outreach activities in Topeka and surrounding areas

Sunday, March 25  

Travel to Wichita


Full Orchestral Concert, 7:00 PM
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Century II Performing Arts Center
Monday, March 26  

Outreach in Wichita and surrounding areas

Travel to Hays  
Full Orchestral Concert, 7:30 PM
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center
Fort Hays State University
Tuesday, March 27  

NSO Young People’s Concert
Emil de Cou, conductor

Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center
Fort Hays State University
Travel to Lawrence  
Outreach in Hays, Lawrence, and surrounding areas  
Wednesday, March 28  

Outreach in Lawrence and surrounding areas


Full Orchestral Concert, 7:30 PM
Emil de Cou, conductor
Lied Center of Kansas
University of Kansas
Thursday, March 29  

Outreach in Lawrence, Pittsburg and surrounding areas


Travel to Pittsburg  
Full Orchestral Concert
Emil de Cou, conductor
Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium
Friday, March 30  

Travel to Washington, DC

Full Orchestral Concert Program - Leonard Slatkin and Emil de Cou, conductors
  The National Anthem
WALTON Partita for Orchestra Program Notes
COPLAND Appalachian Spring (suite from the ballet) Program Notes
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 ("Unfinished") Program Notes Watch a video about this program
RAVEL Suite No. 2 from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé

NSO Young People’s Concert Program - Emil de Cou, conductor
Musical Reflections  
  National Anthem
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67-First movement (Allegro con brio) Program Notes Watch a video about this program
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue-Excerpt Program Notes Watch a video about this program
MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550-First movement (Allegro molto)
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring--excerpts Program Notes Watch a video about this program
BRAHMS Excerpt from Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: IV. Allegro con spirito Program Notes
ANDERSON Fiddle-Faddle
HIGDON Excerpt from Blue Cathedral
TCHAIKOVSKY Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32-Excerpt (as heard in Phantom of the Opera)
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walküre, arr. Wouter Hutschenruyter