The Sunflower Music Festival 2024

All concerts are free and do not require tickets. All concerts are held at White Concert Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, June 21
Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

ANTONY WALKER, CONDUCTOR

Opening Celebration - Season of "Firsts"

Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major, K. 16
Molto Allegro
Andante
Presto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Allegro con brio
Largo
Rondo: Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Cynthia Raim, Piano

Intermission

Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”

Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace
Larghetto
Scherzo: Molto vivace
Allegro animato e grazioso

Robert Schumann
(1810 – 1856)

Saturday, June 22
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Rondo in C Major for 2 Pianos, Op. posth. 73

Frédéric Chopin
(1810 – 1849)

Cynthia Raim and David Allen Wehr, Piano

String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49
Moderato
Moderato
Allegro molto
Allegro

Dmitri Shostakovich
(1906 – 1975)

Zsolt Eder, Violin I
Jesse Thompson, Violin II
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
Claudio Jaffé, Cello

Requiem, Op. 66

David Popper
(1843 – 1913)

In loving memory of Roger Myers

John Walz, Cello I
Claudio Jaffé, Cello II
Diego Miralles, Cello III
David Allen Wehr, Piano

Intermission

String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77, B. 49
Allegro con fuoco
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Poco andante
Finale: Allegro assai

Antonin Dvořák
(1841 – 1904)

Jeanyi Kim, Violin I
Phillip Manning, Violin II
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
John Walz, Cello
John Moore, Bass

FOLLOWING CONCERT: MUSICIAN ‘TALK-BACK’ SESSION

Monday, June 24

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

SUNFLOWER ALL-STARS JAZZ BAND

Sponsored by the Liz Stratton Foundation

Us

Thad Jones
(1923-1986)

As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra on the album Consummation (Blue Note, 1970), this is a great ensemble chart in a driving funk groove, from one of the greatest big bands in the second half of the 20th Century. Jones, who recorded with Count Basie, went on the lead the Basie Band after the Count passed away in 1984.

Ja-Da

Bob Carleton
(1894-1956)
Arr. Sammy Nestico

Ja-Da is a pop tune first recorded in 1919 by Aurther Fields, and this classic arrangement was originally released in 1977 on Count Basie’s Prime Time album, winning the Grammy Award for Best Big Band Performance that year and garnering them a performance on the live broadcast.

Uptown

Mike Melvoin (1937-2012)
Arr. Kerry Strayer

David Basse, Vocalist

Mike Melvoin was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. He served as chairman and president of The Recording Academy and worked as a prolific studio musician, recording with Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, and many others. Kerry Strayer was a baritone saxophonist, talented composer, precise arranger, and a meticulous bandleader in Kansas City, and was the original musical director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. This is the title track of David Basse’s CD (released in 2012).

Evidence/Just You, Just Me

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)
Arr. Kerry Strayer

Angela Hagenbach, Vocalist

Another of Strayer’s creative arrangements, this one melds a song from the musical film Marianne (1929), with the contrafact the Monk composed over the same harmonic progression, and what he originally entitled as Just Us (a play on the word ‘justice’ which sounds like ‘just us’). Evidence was released on Monk’s Live at the Club album (1964).

The Shadow of Your Smile

Johnny Mandel (1925-2020)
Arr. Paul Roberts

David Basse, Vocalist

The Shadow of Your Smile is also the love theme from the 1965 film The Sandpiper. It won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Mandell worked extensively with Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Paul Roberts is a talented bass trombonist, composer, and arranger in Kansas City, and he did this piece specifically for David Basse to perform.

It Never Entered My Mind/Gymnopédie

Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart Eric Satie (1866-1925) Arr. Todd Wilkinson

Angela Hagenbach, Vocalist

featuring the Sunflower String Quartet:
Charles Stegeman, Violin
Rachel Stegeman, Violin
Zsolt Eder, Viola
Alyssa Baljunas, Cello

It Never Entered My Mind is a show tune from the 1940 Rogers and Hart musical Higher and Higher. Satie instructed the performer of his Gymnopédie to play, douloureux (painfully), and it is a perfect as a setting for Hart’s melancholic lyrics. I hope you enjoy this premier performance of my arrangement for strings, flute, and voice.

You Won’t Hear Me Say Goodbye

M. Melvoin/M. Adamo
Arr. Todd Wilkinson

David Basse, Vocalist

featuring the Sunflower String Quartet
Charles Stegeman, Violin
Rachel Stegeman, Violin
Zsolt Eder, Viola
Alyssa Baljunas, Cello

In keeping with the theme of love and loss, Melvoin and Adamo have penned a heart-stirring work of nostalgic melancholy. This tune also appears on David’s CD Uptown (2012), and it seems perfect for strings and voice. I offer it to you in this premier performance as well.

Salsero Viejo

Jeff Jarvis (b. 1954)

Los Angeles composer/arranger Jeff Jarvis has been involved in the salsa scene for many years, hence the title of this new original, which refers to a veteran salsa musician. It is a perfect change of pace, and feature authentic cascaras rhythm in the drums, along with ostinatos called montunos for the piano, and tumbao for the bass. Hard to say what will happen during the break-down.

All of Me

Simons/Marks
Arr. Lennie Niehaus

Angela Hagenbach, Vocalist

This jazz standard All of Me, first came to public awareness when a performance by Belle Baker was broadcast over the radio in 1931. On the first of December Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra recorded the song with vocalist Mildred Bailey and went to the top of the US pop charts. Leonard Niehaus was an American alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger on the West Coast jazz scene. Niehaus played with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and served as one of Kenton’s primary staff arrangers and he later did the film score for Bird, the biography of Charlie Parker (a most notable Kansas City musician) directed by Clint Eastwood in 1988.

Smack Dab in the Middle

Jesse Stone (1901-1999)
Arr. Thad Jones

David Basse, Vocalist

The song Smack Dab in the Middle was written by Jesse Stone, a composer from Atchison, Kansas, and one of the first to have hits now considered Rock and Roll. He recorded and released this tune under the pseudonym of Charlie Calhoun and His Orchestra and Chorus in 1955, and it was an instant R&B hit. Count Basie recorded it with Joe Williams in 1957 on an album entitled One O’Clock Jump, and this arrangement was done by Basie alum Thad Jones.

Just One of Those Things

Cole Porter (1891-1964)
Arr. Todd Wilkinson

Angela Hagenbach, Vocalist

Just One of Those Things was written in 1935 by Cole Porter for the musical Jubilee and it has become a standard of the American Songbook. It is one of Angela’s favorites, so I humbly submit this swinging arrangement inspired by Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook recording produced by Norman Granz (Verve 1956).

The Heat’s On!

Sammy Nestico (1924-2021)

The Heat’s On is the title track from Count Basie’s first recording The Basie Big Band (Live) for Pablo Records in 1975. It’s a great ‘barn-burner’ as they say in the music business, and it’s a perfect tune to close this concert as Thad Jones did when he directed the Basie’s Band in 1985, the year after Basie passed away.

The Sunflower Jazz All-Stars Jazz Orchestra would like to thank: Everyone in attendance at this evening’s concert! LaBudde Special Collections at the Miller Nichols Library – U.M.K.C.

Tuesday, June 25
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Wind Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Allegro
Andante
Allegro molto
Allegro viva

Jean Françaix
(1912 – 1997)

Karen Bogardus, Flute
Margaret Marco, Oboe
Hank Landrum, Clarinet
Joe Merchant, Bassoon

String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 (“Harp”)
Poco Adagio – Allegro
Adagio ma non troppo
Presto
Allegretto con variazioni

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)

Philip Manning, Violin I
Sascha Mandl, Violin II
Orlando Wells, Viola
Claudio Jaffé, Cello

Intermission

Tarantelle for Flute, Oboe, and Piano

Philippe Gaubert
(1879 – 1941)

Jennifer Gunn, Flute
Alex Klein, Oboe
Cynthia Raim, Piano

String Sextet in A Major Op. 48, B. 80
Allegro moderato
Dumka: Poco allegretto
Furiant: Presto
Finale (Tema con variazioni): Allegretto grazioso, quasi andantino

Antonin Dvořák
(1841 – 1904)

Jeanyi Kim, Violin I
Mary Ann Mumm, Violin II
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola I
Craig Mumm, Viola II
Claudio Jaffé, Cello I
Diego Miralles, Cello II

FOLLOWING CONCERT: MUSICIAN ‘TALK-BACK’ SESSION

Wednesday, June 26
Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Antony Walker, conductor

Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Hob. I:1
Presto
Andante
Presto

Franz Joseph Haydn
(1732-1809)

Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K. 299/297c
Allegro
Andante 
Rondeau – Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-1791)

Jennifer Gunn, Flute
Rita Costanzi, Harp

Intermission

Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
Andante cantabile con moto
Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Audience Members are Invited
to join the musicians for a post concert social at
Ichabod’s Grille
1521 SW 21st St. Topeka, KS 66604

Thursday, JUNE 27
BLANCHE BRYDEN OUTREACH performance

501 Summer Music Camp
Highland Park High School
9:00 AM

Private Event for camp participants only

THursday, June 27
Blanche bryden institute performance

Collegiate chamber ensembles
7:30 P.M. | White Concert Hall

String Quartet No. 6 in B Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6
Allegro con brio
Adagio ma non troppo
Scherzo allegro
La Malinconia Adagio/Allegretto quasi Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)

Steven Goldbach, Violin I
Anne Victoria Nasevich, Violin II
Kai Su, Viola
Carolina Roy, Cello

String Quartet in F Major
Allegro moderato. Très doux
Assez vif. Très rythmé
Très lent
Vif et agité

Maurice Ravel
(1875 – 1937)

Cody Conley, Violin I
Karin Hoppo, Violin II
Alexander Stern, Viola
Christopher Von Hoff, Cello

Intermission

Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20
Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
Andante
Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo
Presto

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
(1809 – 1847)

Cody Conley, Violin I
Anne Victoria Nasevich, Violin II
Karin Hoppo, Violin III
Steven Goldbach, Violin IV
Alexander Stern, Viola I
Kai Su, Viola II
Christopher Von Hoff, Cello I
Carolina Roy, Cello II

Friday, June 28
Blanche Bryden Outreach performance

High school CHamber Ensembles

Friday, June 28 | Collegiate Strings
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library | 1515 SW 10th Ave
10 A.M.

Friday, June 28 | High School Woodwinds, Brass, & Strings
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library | 1515 SW 10th Ave
1:30 P.M.

Saturday, June 29
Blanche Bryden institute performance

High school chamber ensembles

White Concert Hall, Washburn University
3 PM

Friday, June 28
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

Suite for 4 Horns in F Major
Prélude
La Chasse
Chanson Ancienne
Danse
Choral
Fanfare

Eugène Bozza
(1905 – 1991)

James Thatcher, Horn I
Greg Miller, Horn II
Luiz Garcia, Horn III
Jessica Vicente, Horn IV

Angels in Flight: A Triptych in Three Panels
Arrival and Dialogue
Song to the Eternal
Departure

Marjan Mozetich
(b. 1948)

In loving memory of Marge Hogue

Rita Costanzi, Harp
Jennifer Gunn, Flute
Jonathan Gunn, Clarinet
Charles Stegeman, Violin I
Rachel Stegeman, Violin II
Orlando Wells, Viola
John Walz, Cello

Intermission

Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155
Allegro, ma non tanto
Dumka: Andante con moto
Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace
Finale: Allegro

Antonin Dvořák
(1841 – 1904)

David Allen Wehr, Piano
Charles Stegeman, Violin I
Rachel Stegeman, Violin II
Basil Vendryes, Viola
John Walz, Cello

FOLLOWING CONCERT: MUSICIAN ‘TALK-BACK’ SESSION

Saturday, June 29
FESTIVAL FINALE: Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | White Concert Hall

ANTONY WALKER, Conductor

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046
[Allegro]
Adagio
Allegro
Menuet-Trio-Menuet-Polonaise-Menuet-Trio-Menuet 

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M. 46

César Franck
(1822-1890)

David Allen Wehr, Piano

Intermission

Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 
Un poco sostenuto – Allegro – Meno allegro
Andante sostenuto
Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Adagio-Più andante-Allegro non troppo, ma con brio-Più allegro

Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

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