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September 1, 2020

Enjoy the Jazz Series and classical Ruel Joyce Series online this fall

JCCC’s two fall recital series go virtual this year as the College teams with some of Kansas City’s outstanding classical and jazz talents.

The Ruel Joyce Series begins September 21 with pianist Evangelos Spanos and broadcasts a concert with different classical musicians each Monday for seven weeks. The Jazz Series starts September 22 and showcases artists or groups every Tuesday for seven weeks. 

All recitals were recorded in the Polsky Theatre at the Carlsen Center and are broadcast at noon on their scheduled day. Afterward, they may be watched any time through December 2020. 

“This is ideal for anyone who has a listening assignment in their class,” says Doreen Maronde, former JCCC administrator and organizer of both series. “We can’t really go to concerts right now, but these virtual recitals are a great opportunity to hear some fantastic classical and jazz music performed by well-known artists from the area.”

Right tunes at the right time

Working with the musicians to record live concerts and create broadcast-quality recordings was a new undertaking for Maronde, Carlsen Center staff and the College’s video services team. Sam Tady, Senior Videographer and Editor, directed each of the concerts. He used three camera angles, editing as he went, then made final edits and added graphics.

“It was exciting,” says Tady. “You have to be able to react to what is happening at that moment while anticipating what’s going to happen next. I’m proud to work for a college that makes this kind of effort to showcase and share local artistry.”

Weeks before the recordings, Maronde informed the musicians that copyrights required their music to be original or in the public domain (published before 1924). The performers embraced the chance to share music audiences might not have heard before – whether it’s some of their own or interpretations on an older piece.

In the Jazz Series, the Doug Talley Quartet is using the opportunity to showcase a multi-movement piece Talley wrote and recorded in the early 2000s. “The Kansas City Suite” is a tribute to the city’s culture, heritage, art, political figures and history. “It really is a celebration of Kansas City,” says Talley.

When pianist Joe Cartwright accepted the invitation to join the Jazz Series, he knew the perfect song to include in his set list. “Look for the Silver Lining” was published in 1919 during the Spanish flu pandemic. “So always look for the silver lining/ And try to find the sunny side of life.” “They’re hopeful lyrics for a difficult time,” says Cartwright.

Professional concerts at your fingertips

All of the performers in the two series are professionals – classical musicians from the Kansas City Symphony or Chamber Orchestra, faculty at local universities, or jazz musicians who have released albums and toured the globe. 

According to Maronde, “Being able to access the concerts remotely allows students to see and hear what they’re learning in the classroom – what a duo or a quartet sounds like, the role of improvisation in jazz, and how styles like Baroque or instruments like the harp have influenced music over the years.”

Reminder that once a concert airs, you may watch it any time through December 2020. See more information on the Recital Series web page. Visit the Carlsen Center website for more virtual events this fall, opening up a world of free opportunities convenient to your schedule!