Aug 06 - 08 2021

2021 Summer Series: On the Back of the Black

Presented by KC VITAs at St. John's United Methodist Church

In a true celebration of the return of in-person performances throughout the city, KC VITAs is excited extend a special invitation to our summer concerts which feature a collaboration with Composer-in-Residence L.V. Wood. Her stunning oratorio for orchestra, soloists, and choir “On the Back of the Black” is the centerpiece of our program and speaks to the pressing environmental issues of our modern society. She describes the work as “a nuanced reflection on the myriad ways our lives are interwoven with fossil products and the challenges ahead of us as we face the consequences of global climate devastation.” The KC VITAs ensemble will be joined by an orchestra of ten talented Kansas City instrumentalists in the gorgeous sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church on Ward Parkway on August 6th and 8th. “On the Back of the Black” will be followed by a talk-back session with composer L.V. Wood and poet Tierza Askren, and accompanied by additional works by KC VITAs ensemble member Dakota Hayton, as well as composers Philip Riegle (Illinois), Matthew Donnelly (New York), and Ola Gjeilo (Sweden).

Admission Info

Tickets will be available at the door only.

$10 for adults, and FREE for students with ID.


Dates & Times

2021/08/06 - 2021/08/08

Additional time info:

A post-concert conversation with the poet and composer will take place immediately following the event.

Location Info

St. John's United Methodist Church

6900 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64113