Last summer, and again at Christmastime, friends of Ben and Kathleen Clinesmith joined them in presenting two classical chamber music concerts at Fort Scott’s Presbyterian Church; support for both events was enthusiastic. From those concerts grew the idea of creating an annual chamber music concert series that could take place with area musicians, as well as musician friends from around the country.
With the generous support of individuals, local foundations, Key Charitable Trust, and the Bourbon County Arts Council, the newly launched
Fort Scott Chamber Music Series
debuted this year with its first concert last month. The series will continue with its second concert this Sunday, July 7th, and a third concert will be coming sometime in the fall.
The first concert featured the newly restored Steinway piano at the high school, played by competition winning pianist, Baolong Zhang.
This second concert will take place in the Presbyterian Church sanctuary at 7pm and will include flute, harp, cello, bass, and voice. The Kansas City Symphony featured soprano Vanessa Thomas (who will appear on this concert) last December during their series of holiday concerts.
Fort Scott has a rich musical heritage; music has been valued and supported in our community.
With this history to build on, a chamber music series will add to the life, education, and culture for all area residents.
To read about the individual performers for the upcoming summer concerts, click HERE