OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra played its fourth annual New Year’s Day concert Thursday. The orchestra is the first of its kind in the Midwest.
"It's modeled after the traditions that they do in Vienna," said Christopher Kelts, the Kinnor Philharmonic Music Director.
More than 500 people attended the fourth annual Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s Day concert Thursday at Beth Torah in Overland Park.
"Our name is Kinnor, and this word in ancient Hebrew means Harp, and in Modern Hebrew means violin," added Kelts. "What we've decided is to create an ensemble that is based within and around the appreciation of culture and art through the Jewish community."
This 60 person orchestra is a unique in many ways.
"We're one of the few orchestras that are based in a Jewish Community," said Kelts. "There's one on each coast, and we're in the middle."
The musicians are local professionals, students, and Kansas City symphony musicians.
"Nowhere else can I play with people in the symphony, professors, high school, college kids…it's just a big group of people that you never get to play with anywhere else," said Lani Sader, who plays Second Violin.
"It's sort of exhilarating when everything is really going well and you can see the faces of the audience members and they're really enjoying it and the music itself is exciting and you just get such an adrenaline rush out of that," said Kim Krutz, who plays Principal Bassoon.
"Unlike most concerts that I play, I can see the faces of the audience," said Sam Wisman, who plays Principal Percussion.
"Our audience comes all the way from Leavenworth," added Kelts.
The orchestra has three rehearsals before every concert, which is about seven hours of work, but the concerts are very relaxed.
"It's in the afternoon, a very lighthearted and spirited music," said Kelts.
"It's just a great combination of hard work and skills but mostly it's just fun," added Wisman.
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