The Sunflower Music Festival 2024

The 2024 Sunflower Music Festival celebrates the canon of western art music from the classical to the contemporary. Our project has won multiple endorsements and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. Browse our programming below to see all Sunflower will be celebrating.

Friday, June 21
Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Opening Celebration - a Year of Firsts!

7:00pm Pre-concert series

Discussions, interviews and exposés to enrich your concert experience

Symphony No. 1 in E Flat Major, K. 16

Molto Allegro

Andante

Presto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Major, K. 37
Allegro 

Andante
Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

Cynthia Raim, piano

Intermission

Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 38

Andante un poco maestoso

Larghetto

Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Allegro animato e grazioso

Robert Schumann
(1810 – 1856)

Saturday, June 22
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Après un Rêve, Op. 7, No. 1

 

Gabriel Fauré
(1845-1924)

Sicilienne, Op. 78

 

Gabriel Fauré
(1845-1924)

Rita Costanzi, harp
Alex Klein, oboe

Aria in Classic Style

 

Marcel Grandjany
(1891-1975)

Rita Costanzi, harp
Eric Tanner, violin
Alexander Mandl, violin
Orlando Wells, viola
Claudio Jaffé, cello
Nick Tsolainos, bass

Andante and Variations for Two Pianos, Op. 46
Andante Expressivo
Un poco più animato
Piu animato
Piu lento
Animato

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

David Allen Wehr, piano I
Cynthia Raim, piano II
John Walz, cello I
Claudio Jaffé, cello II
James Thatcher, horn

Intermission

           String Octet in B-flat major, Op. Posthumous

Max Bruch
(1838-1920)

Ole Bohn, violin I
Eric Tanner, violin II
Alexander Mandl, violin III
Jesse Thompson, violin IV
Jonathan Moerschel, viola I
Orlando Wells, viola II
Jonathan Tortalano, cello I
Beideth Brinceño, cello II

Following Concert: Musician ‘Talk-Back’ Session

Monday, June 24
Jazz Night

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

A Tribute to Black Female Composers with City Light Jazz Orchestra

Sponsored by Liz Stratton

Featuring David Basse, vocals, with the City Light Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Angela Ward, piano.

This year’s show takes listeners on a musical journey that includes compositions by trombonist, Melba Liston, as well as singers Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Many Black women composers went unnoticed in their lifetime because of a male dominated and segregated world. Jazz Night again features vocalists, Angela Hagenbach and David Basse, performing music written by orchestra members and compositions that are by now a part of the fabric of the Great American Songbook.

City Light Jazz Orchestra

Angela Ward, piano

Tuesday, June 25
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Aria for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harp

 

Michael Cohen
(b. 1938)

Karen Bogardus, flute
Alex Klein, oboe
Claudio Jaffé, cello
Rita Costanzi, harp

Quintet for Piano & Winds in E-flat major, K. 452

Largo – Allegro moderato
Larghetto
Allegretto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-91)

Cynthia Raim, piano
Alex Klein, oboe
Jonathan Gunn, clarinet
Stan Spinosa, horn
Jordan Brokken, bassoon

Intermission

String Quintet in E-flat major
Andante con moto
Allegro
Andante con moto
Andante con moto – andante con moto

Max Bruch
(1838-1920)

Zhan Shu, violin I
Jeanyi Kim, violin II
Jonathan Moerschel, viola I
John Walz, cello
Nic Tsolainos, bass

Following Concert: Musician ‘Talk-Back’ Session

Wednesday, June 26
Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Antony Walker, conductor/Narrator

Pelleas et Melisande Suite, Op. 80

Gabriel Fauré
(1845-1924)

Carnival of the Animals

Camille Saint-Saëns
(1835-1921)

Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
Hens and Roosters
Wild Donkeys (Swift Animals)
Tortoises
The Elephant
Kangaroos
Aquarium
Characters with Long Ears
Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
Aviary
Pianists
Fossils
Pianists
The Swan
Finale

Intermission

Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London”
Adagio: Allegro
Andante
Menuetto
Finale

Franz Joseph Haydn
(1732-1809)

 

 

Thursday, June 27
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

7:00p pre-concert session: 'musically speaking' with alex klein, principal oboist

Discussions, interviews, and exposés to enrich your concert experience.

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Prelude

 

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
Transcribed by Alex Klein

Alex Klein, oboe

Wind Quintet, Op. 79
Allegro non troppo
Allegro vivace
Andante grazioso
Adagio-Allegro vivace

August Klughardt
(1847-1902)

Jennifer Gunn, flute
Jonathan Gunn, clarinet
Alex Klein, oboe
Jordan Brokken, bassoon
James Thatcher, horn

Sonata for Piano No. 6  in A major, Op. 82
Vivace

 

Serge Prokofiev
(1891-1953)
Transcribed by James Thatcher

Jennifer Gunn, flute
Jonathan Gunn, clarinet
Alex Klein, oboe
Jordan Brokken, bassoon
James Thatcher, horn

Intermission

Piano Quintet in F minor
Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro
Lento con molto sentimento
Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco

César Franck
(1822-1890)

 

David Allen Wehr, piano
Charles Stegeman, violin I
Rachel Stegeman, violin II
Basil Vendryes, viola
John Walz, cello

Following Concert: Musician ‘Talk-Back’ Session

Thursday, June 27
Collegiate Piano Quintet Concert

3:00 p.m. | Grace Episcopal Cathedral

Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op 44

Allegro brillante
In modo d’una marcia – Un poco largamente
Scherzo: Molto vivace – Trio I – Trio II
Allegro ma non troppo

Robert Schumann
(1810-56)

 

Sora Hoppo, piano
Cody Conley, violin I
Steven Goldbach, violin II
Maxwell Herrmann, viola
Beideth Briceño, cello

Friday, June 28
Blanche Bryden Outreach Concert

1:00 p.m. | Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Saturday, June 29
Blanche Bryden Student Ensembles

3:00 p.m. | White concert Hall

Saturday, June 29
Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

SPECIAL GUEST CONDUCTOR - ANTONY WALKER

Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72

 

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

 

Gabriel’s Oboe

Ennio Morricone
(1928-2020)

Alex Klein, oboe

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Allegro
Adagio un poco mosso
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

David Allen Wehr, piano

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