Amado Espinosa and Company
Amado Espinoza, from Bolivia, is a unique composer/performing artist/educator. He specializes in the Bolivian charango, a small ten-stringed guitar, but he demonstrates mastery of over 40 instruments, including Latin, African and Arabic percussion, and native flutes from all over the world.
He also builds custom-made native instruments from all parts of the globe. Amado has been seen on TEDxKC, TEDxYouth, and is the 2017 Charlotte St. Foundation Performing Arts Fellow. Along with his wife, Karen Lisondra, he co-directed and composed a theatrical production last year called We are the Landscape, and will be co-directing The Storytelling Project at UMKC’s theatre department this winter. More information.
American Legion Wind Ensemble
The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City has a nearly 100-year tradition of offering public concerts and performing at public and patriotic events throughout Missouri and Kansas. The Band was formed shortly after the close of World War I. The Wind Ensemble is a quintet comprised of players from the full band. Our music often highlights patriotic, military and Americana themes, but we also perform some standards and holiday music for specific occasions. The Band is a Missouri-nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization.
American Opera Studio
The American Opera Studio, under the direction of Dr. Bill Hall, was founded in 1998 and is a registered not-for-profit in the state of Kansas. The studio is comprised of students who are professionals currently or who are in training for performance careers ranging in age from teenage to adult. The Studio is honored to be the contract provider for Musician Services for The Kansas City Veteran's Administration of the United States Federal Government. The studio performs regularly in the United States and has been invited around the world for various engagements. Previous tours have included Broadway Concerts and Sacred Recitals in addition to full-staged operatic productions in Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and South Africa.
Jeff Bergen is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and talked about Elvis Tribute Artists in the industry today. His star is rapidly rising on the “ETA” horizon, the buzz is spreading to Elvis fans worldwide. Born and raised in rural southwest Missouri, Jeff now makes his home in Kansas City. Jeff is a gifted vocalist in his own right, with a multi-octave range, and the distinction of having studied voice with members of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and was a private student of renowned voice coach Dean Wilder. Jeff was also voted a finalist for ten weeks in a row on Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star” talent competition. He has been prolific in the recording and performance of nearly every genre of music, including pop, rock, jazz, country, blues, and gospel.
Turlach grew up on a farm in County Derry, the oldest of seven children. He began playing Irish music in earnest on the flute at the age of 16 studying with County Antrim flute master John Kennedy. Turlach has lived in the US since 1989 and toured extensively with the traditional band Glen Road, performing for audiences of all ages. He will be performing tin whistle at the Luminary Walk. Turlach also plays flute, mandolin and tenor banjo.
Carolers of Note
A division of Madrigalia Bar Nonne, Carolers of Note performs traditional and modern arrangements of over fifty holiday selections. In 1979, we began performing for holiday events wearing 1890s English costumes. Since then, we have sung for numerous shopping centers, private home parties, office parties, fund raising events, and other special occasions. We pride ourselves on providing quality entertainment.
Date Night Quartet
Larry Daylight will be performing authentic Native American Flute at the Luminary Walk. He is a full blooded Native American of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. In addition to his musical talents, Larry has worked with Miami Nation of Oklahoma’s Cultural Education, has managed Native American Coalition of Tulsa, and has served as the art director of KOTV 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His talents are widespread, as Larry is also a dancer and was awarded the first Mr. NCAI, Youngman’s Achievement Award as “National Congress of American Indians” in Washington, D.C. We are proud Larry has accepted our invitation to perform at the 2017 Luminary Walk.
Griffin Hall began playing bagpipes at the age of 13; and at 17. He is a repeat winner of the North American Championship of Winter Storm, a Grand Champion of the Balmoral Classic, a repeat winner of the Terry McHugh Memorial Championship, and winner of the Piobaireachd Championship of the Metro Cup. Griffin is a student of Dr. Donald McBride and a teacher and recording artist, performing regularly with The American Opera Studio, Inc. He has performed live, in concert, with the YouTube phenomenon, The Piano Guys, and is in demand throughout the United States as a performer and competitor. He has performed multiple times at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and has been featured in the Kansas City Star, Joplin Today, and Piping Times.
The Happy Wanderers
The Happy Wanderers is a German band that plays traditional and some not-so-traditional songs from the beer hall, beer garden and all around Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As musicians, we have played in a variety of concert bands around the Kansas City area. We organized in 2014, and have played at community events, restaurants, fairs, social clubs, galleries and private parties. Most of our arrangements are customized for our ensemble, so we always have a full sound that keeps the audience happy, engaged and entertained.
James Isaac is a professional saxophone player and Kansas City native. He performs regularly with several groups including: The People’s Liberation Big Band, which plays free big band jazz; Multiphonic, a dance band; Killer Strayhorn, Kansas City’s premiere jazz quintet; AfterGroove, a contemporary jazz group; and frequently is called to play in area orchestras.
Kansas City Flute Choir
The Kansas City Flute Choir, founded in 2005, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to flutists of all ages in the greater Kansas City area. The flute choir performs several times per year. All concerts are free and open to the public. Its mission is to provide an enriching musical experience for flutists of all ages through programs that engage and educate audiences with a variety of flutes and innovative repertoire. More information.
Molly McLaughlin holds a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School, specializing in contemporary, classical and traditional Irish flute. Molly has toured with Jethro Tull, recorded at Capitol Records, and performed at the Folk Alliance International Conference.
James Meade has been playing harmonica most of his life, sharing stages with Lazy Lester, Lee McBee, and Big Bill Morganfield. He has performed with Levee Town, Trampled Under Foot, and Samantha Fish over the last 15 years in addition to teaching music and raising a family.
Metropolitan Conservatory Orchestra
The Metropolitan Conservatory Orchestra is an enrichment group, designed to challenge talented, motivated students seeking a unique ensemble experience. Players range in age from 6 to 18 and rehearse in small groups separated by age and skill level. The orchestra has played at the Kauffman Center's Future Stages Festival four times, and regularly performs at exciting venues throughout the Kansas City are. Booking information, or to play with this orchestra.
Murphy Flute Studio
Susan Murphy is a native of Kansas City, a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory, and continues to teach privately in Overland Park for now over 25 years. She is a past President and board member of the Kansas City Flute Association, an ongoing member of the National Flute Association. ”. Susan has been a state adjudicator as recently as 2017 and is requested in locally for the Blue Valley School District and Olathe School District and community orchestras as a woodwind judge, and clinician. Susan continues to enjoy her active and home-based flute studio in south Overland Park, where she resides with her husband of over 25 years and their twin teenage boys. Susan received B.M. in Flute Performance from the UMKC Conservatory attended the Manhattan School of Music in NYC and completed her MM at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory. She has performed extensively with local professional ensembles and live on Cincinnati Public Radio.
St. Thomas Acquinas Chamber Choir
Sensation! Quartet, formed in 2011, has a combined eighty-five years of signing four-part a capella thorough the Sweet Adelines experience. With a great love for the Barbershop art form, Sensation! performs for parties, numerous celebrations and other gatherings, as well as singing the National Anthem at various events around the Kansas City area. All are members of Sweet Adelines International, an organization of a cappella quartets and choruses dedicated to singing four-part harmony in barbershop style.
Spring Hill Madrigals and Spring Hill Destiny
Spring Hill Madrigals, under the direction of Georann Whitman, have become a tradition at the Luminary Walk. They have performed for over 11 consecutive years and are definitely a crowd pleasing group. The Madrigals are the top choral ensemble at Spring Hill High School. They are comprised of 24 singers selected through an audition judged by a panel of four outside professional music educators. In addition to presenting five concerts each year, and performing in contests, the Madrigals are very active with many outside performances in Spring Hill and the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.
Trails West Men's Quartet
The Village Musicians
The Old Time Village Musicians specialize in performing both secular and sacred 19th century American music. They dress in clothing from that period when they perform. One penny whistle joins 5 string instruments including hammer dulcimer, autoharp, banjo, string bass and guitar. Vocal arrangements frequently employ 3 part harmony. They have performed at the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival, Cass County Bluegrass Festival,Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival, the Overland Park Historical Society, and the Overland Park Farmer's Market in addition to many churches and schools throughout the Kansas City Area.
See what past attendees say about the music at the Luminary Walk!
Having all the great musicians was an excellent surprise.
Spring Hill Madrigals were absolutely wonderful! Hope to see them next year again!
You must always have the Native American Flute player. My absolute favorite.
My parents in particular LOVED the bagpipe player. He was very friendly too.
I liked them all. Variety is the spice of life.
Enjoyed the bagpiper and carolers. I liked the ambiance in the woods that the Native American flute created.