Event Recap: An Evening with Ramona Pansegrau

Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Kansas City Ballet Bolender Society attended Lady of the Camellias or How I Fell in Love with Chopin at Age 4 with Music Director Ramona Pansegrau on January 24 hosted at the Carriage Club by Mike and Melanie Fenske.

The evening included special performances by mezzo-soprano Sarah Curtis and Second Company dancers with a cocktail and dessert reception.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Attendees enjoyed the musical portion of the evening and then heard Artistic Director Devon Carney’s exclusive announcement of Kansas City Ballet’s 2019-2020 season, which features Adam Hougland’s WORLD PREMIERE Carmina Burana, Devon Carney’s Swan Lake, Lila York’s Celts, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland.

For tickets or more information click here.

EVENT Photos

Kansas City Ballet's Second Company performed. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performed. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Angela Walker, Barbara Storm, and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Angela Walker, Barbara Storm, and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Joan Locke, George Langworthy, Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Joan Locke, George Langworthy, Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Doug and Karen Downing, Mathew and Jane Webster, Devon Carney, and KCBII Dancers. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Doug and Karen Downing, Mathew and Jane Webster, Devon Carney, and KCBII Dancers. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Diana and Rick Poccia and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Diana and Rick Poccia and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Steve and Cathy Doyal, Artistic Director Devon Carney and Pam Royal Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Steve and Cathy Doyal, Artistic Director Devon Carney and Pam Royal Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley and Bill and Ginny Shackelford. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley and Bill and Ginny Shackelford. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

 

Summer Notes: Ramona Pansegrau

“The best thing in the world is to make music. To be able to do that, I am privileged,” says Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau.

Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau has filled her summer with incredible (and stressful) musical experiences.

11th Annual USA International Ballet Competition

After Peter Pan wrapped on May 20, she was on a plane the next day to Jackson, Miss. She served as the music director for the 11th annual USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson June 10-23, 2018. This first trip was to find the music in the music library for all of the contestants.

JACOB’s PILLOW

The next day she boarded a plane bound for Massachusetts and the annual Jacob’s Pillow festival that she’s played a role in for the past 16 years. This year she helped prepare music for a world premiere ballet by Annabell Lopez Ochoa  at the Opening Gala of Jacob’s Pillow on Saturday, June 16.

11th Annual USA International Ballet Competition Continued

Then she flew back to Jackson on June 19 for session 3 of the competition to rehearse the orchestra for the Awards Gala and the Encore Gala, June 22-23. All competition medalists perform their solos or pas de deux to live orchestra.

Here’s the thing, though. The medalists are chosen and the list of their performance music is given to Ms. Pansegrau around 2 or 3 a.m. Friday. That’s when the real fun begins as she must stay up all night to prepare and arrange all the music from the larger collection (97 lbs of music!) she pulled in May. Her first rehearsal with the orchestra was from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the morning of the Awards Gala. That was followed by orchestra and dancers rehearsing together from 1 to 3 p.m. A dress rehearsal came next, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the Gala began at 7:30 p.m. Learn even more about this challenging and brutal process in this Mississippi Today article where Ms. Pansegrau is featured.

Preparing for Kansas City Ballet’s 2018-2019 Season

Now that she’s back, she’s keeping busy working on a new set of orchestra parts for Kansas City Ballet’s February show, Lady of the Camellias.

On Aug. 6, she’ll be back in the studios playing optional company classes. The dancers will all return Aug. 20 for the season.