Kinnor Philharmonic to Perform New Year’s Day

Kinnor Philharmonic

Please join Ohev members in attending the Kinnor Philharmonic concert on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets online for the January concert.

The J’s artist-in-residence, Kinnor Philharmonic, will perform their annual New Year’s Tradition with performances reflecting the rich history of the symphonic repertoire and diversity of Jewish heritage. Performances will include Bernstein’s Overture from West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American In Paris. Featuring Tiberius Klausner Concerto Winner, Ho Man Lee, on the violin.

A dessert reception follows the concert.

June 2018 Concert

Enjoy the Philharmonic again in June! On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

You can purchase tickets online for the June concert.

About Kinnor

Kinnor Philharmonic is an ensemble composed of both Jewish and non-Jewish musicians. In sharing historical connections through educational artistry, we are dedicated to bringing to the Greater Kansas City Community, performances that reflect the long traditions of the symphonic repertoire and the rich diversity of the Jewish heritage.

About the Conductor, Christopher Kelts

Christopher Kelts is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music Missouri State University. He is also the Music Director and co-founder of the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as Music Conductor for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.

Christopher KeltsA native of St. Louis, Dr. Kelts has had many opportunities to perform in his home city. He has been the recipient of the “Arts for Life” Award for his musical direction in local theatre, served as guest conductor for the St. Louis Suburban Honors Orchestra and clinician to many St. Louis School Districts. Kelts was also a guest clinician for the Hickman Mills Honors Orchestra (Kansas City), in addition to giving many clinics to local and state-wide middle and high schools. He has also served as an adjudicator for the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA).

Other conducting engagements have included: assistant conductor of the Kansas City Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, Topeka Symphony Orchestra and the Urban Cultural Project (Kansas City).

Dr. Kelts completed his advanced conducting training at Illinois State University and University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. His teachers have included Glenn Block, Robert Olson and Paul Vermel. While in his studies at UMKC Conservatory, Chris served as the assistant conductor for the Conservatory Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He maintained the position as Opera conductor of many of the Conservatory’s opera productions. Dr. Kelts has conducted stage productions as: Le nozze di Figaro, Il Ritorno di Ulisses in Patria, Susannah, Pirates of Penzance, Hansel und Gretel, Guilio Cesare, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi and recently premiered Tonatzin. Chris has worked with stage directors, Linda Ade Brand, Marciem Bazell and Richard Gammon.

Not limited to his studies in orchestral conducting, Dr. Kelts formally trained as a violist where he studied at Missouri State University and Illinois State University. Dr. Kelts has ample symphonic experience as a violist. Recent positions have included; Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony, Opera of Illinois Orchestra and the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra. His teachers have included Amy Muchnick, Kate Hamilton and Karen Tuttle. Chris Kelts continues to perform in various chamber and orchestral ensembles.

For over ten years, Chris had served on the summer faculty for Missouri State University’s String Institute (String Fling) and is faculty/conductor for The Heartland Summer Chamber Music Festival. Christopher Kelts is a member of the Conductor’s Guild and College Orchestra Director’s Association.