Grab your loved ones and come celebrate the sounds of the season during this intimate Christmas concert in Kansas City’s Second Presbyterian Church with renowned vocalist/harpist Calvin Arsenia, and internationally celebrated cellist Ezgi Karakus!
This beautiful family friendly program of traditional holiday classics and cherished carols will warm your heart and fill your soul with peace, joy & hope. A sing-along, as well as a very special candlelit rendition of “Oh Holy Night” rounds out this not-to-be-missed evening of holiday cheer.
Last time we sold out, so get your tickets now!
Voted Kansas City’s Best Musician six years in a row (2018-2023~PitchKC), featured on NPR’s World Cafe, NEWNOWNEXT, & Billboard, Calvin Arsenia has built a reputation for turning the arts world on its head. Arsenia’s angelic, classically-trained voice soars over audiences, while his multi-instrumental skills, particularly that of the Celtic harp, shocks & enchants them as he flirts between genres. While the harp has allowed this Kansas City native to become a man of the world (gaining followings in Paris, Edinburgh, and at the Outlyre festival in Austria), it’s his unique ability to craft a stimulating setting at his live shows that has all eyes fixed on this conspicuous musician and his breathtaking approach to harp music.
“Jeff Buckley meets Nina Simone with this soul of Sam Cooke, and the sparkle of Bjork.”
But the music is just part of his prodigious performance, for Calvin believes the art is in crafting the perfect moment. His music is best served live, with sensational vocals and avant-garde fashion from the visually striking performer who stands at 6’6”. Arsenia’s height, energy, and curated environments fill the often intimate spaces he performs in.
Brought into 9 countries through public and private grants in less than a decade, Arsenia builds a scene for his audience packed with beauty and lasting delight.
"While everyone else is feeling crushed by the weight of the world, Calvin is out chasing beauty… and he’s taking us all along for the ride."
Ezgi Karakus is a highly accomplished Turkish cellist whose musical journey began at the age of eleven. Her talents were duly recognized as she won the concerto competition three times during her conservatory education. After moving to the United States, her exceptional skills were awarded first prize in the Belle and Lynum Jackson Balshaw Music Competition. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the prestigious UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance.
Ezgi has performed internationally with renowned orchestras like the Topeka Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. She was also featured as a soloist at the esteemed Springfield Symphony, Topeka Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma’s Master Class at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts.
On May 25th, 2023, She made her debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, gracing its illustrious stage with her ensemble, Ensemble Iberica, for the sold-out concert series. Furthermore, she is currently a cellist of Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and an accomplished cellist of Ensemble Iberica. www.ezgikarakus.com
Adults: Presale $30/$40 at door
Children 16 & under: $15/$20 at door
DOORS AT 5:30pm/ PERFORMANCE AT 6:00pm