OCTARIUM

Rating: 4.95 stars   104 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 6320 Brookside Plaza #163 Kansas City MO 64113 USA

Mission: Octarium is Latin for “Eight as One,” and the name defines our mission: Eight Singers, One Choral Voice. Octarium is committed to fostering and promoting the development and appreciation of the art of choral music through innovative and engaging programming, seeking to inspire, enlighten and educate.
Programs: See http://octarium.org/education.html for a description of our outreach programs.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

How do you write a review on perfection. The pure sounds of Octarium are a delight. Dr. Blackwood evidently knows how to bring out the best in these talented performers and she shares this insight in Octarium's educational work. The concert at the World War I Museum was outstanding and Octarium's rendition of "America the Beautiful" was most moving. Thank you for all your hard work!

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In the Kansas City area venues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more concerts in Johnson County!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a long time resident of Kansas City with season tickets to several musical performance series (symphony, opera, etc.). I have heard Octarium in person and am always in awe of the sound that they create. I consider them to be one of the musical jewels of Kansas City. My most recent performance experience with them was their American Idyll concert in October 2010. This was held in the Auditorium of the WWI museum. The combination of the setting and the music really brought the meaning of the selections home to the audience. I brought along a friend who does not get to concerts very often. She is now a fan, too. She immediately checked her schedule to find the next concert when she, too, could introduce someone to this special group!

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I had some new perspective on the American experience after the American Idyll concert. I was glad the group chose music going back to the native Americans. I was also glad they sang We Shall Overcome, a melody that brings back memories to anyone my age. I could tell the audience was especially moved by this. The audience immediately stood as one when The Star Spangled Banner was begun. Unity among a difference of opinions. Music communicates to all.

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The only change I would like to see is more frequent concerts and more CD's for home listening. I am looking forward to their next release. I enjoy experiencing the different venues that are chosen for the concerts. Keep using the various "hidden" stages halls here in KC. It makes us all more aware of what we have right here at home.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This group gives new meaning to the much sought after "one voice" sound that many choral groups find elusive. Congratulations to Dr. Blackwood and her singers. I would hope that Octarium will be able to extend their wonderful musical influence beyond the midwest and possibly to the international level. A well deserving choral ensemble.

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I have never heard Octarium live but have been overwhelmed by their musical integrity experienced by listening to their serveral CDs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make their influence more wide spread

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Fabulous! A singular and highly erudite group of singers. Cheers to Krista Blackwood and all of her efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through friendships with members

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding to create more concerts

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have attended many of Octarium's performances. We have done so for years. Our age and distance from KC has not detered us. Each performance has been a treasure. We have both felt transformed by what we hear. The eight singers of Octarium blend beautifuly. Their harmomies resonate throughout the glorious spaces of their venues that then echo in our memories. It is clear that their dirctor, Krista Blackwood, has with grace and skill helped them realize the composer's intent and has thus brought to life a vision of the eternal.

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Attending performances of OCTARIUM has helped me and my wife maintain 'balance' in our lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the number of their performances funded by community participation.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Octarium consistently brings me joy, whether it is listening in person at a concert or listening at home to a CD. Going to an Octarium Christmas concert is one of my rituals, a centering, peaceful and inspiring occasion. They did one of this year's concerts in a beautiful old church in the urban core that could not afford to keep the heat on. We wore our coats and listened to these angels sing, then took up a donation for the church....all generated by Octarium. I am a career non-profit volunteer and I consider Octarium to be the perfect combination of performing a service beneficial to its clients and helping the community at the same time.

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as a part of their listening audience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing at this time.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional accompanist who has worked with nationally known directors, I consider Octarium to be a choral ensemble that is not only inspiring in their performances but top quality in precision, intonation, repertoire selection, and communication with the audience. It is always a joy to attend their concerts. They are my preferred choral group in Kansas City.

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attending their concerts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask them to plan more concerts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've never missed an Octarium Concert in the KC area, and I never go to a performance alone. I have invited numerous friends and relatives to join me who never fail to become fans!
I keep a link to the Octarium website on my Facebook page to share with more friends and family across the country, and as far away as Sweden!
They have been delighted with the cd's , and I am thrilled to be a supporter of Octarium and their fine tuned vocal instruments!!
When the radio is blaring away with odds and ends, and I'm searching for something to soothe my soul, I just pop in an Octarium CD and enjoy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching them grow, sustain, and mature through years of performing, educating, and assisting. They share the need of the performaing arts in our society through public concerts, classes, at universities and religious services that have no barriers or prejudices.

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Although I love Octarium's lovely classical style, I also enjoy the variety of more upbeat pieces they've performed. The audience seems very appreciative of the Jazz and fun tunes that showcase their versatility and personalities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a treasure Octarium is. A group of professionals who take time to share their rare talents with an adoring public. Each performance is awaited eagerly by us and I hope they will be able to perform more often.

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I worked with one of the members who introduced me to this talented group of musicians.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none at all. Each performance is surprisingly different, but still true to the music we all love.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Listening to Octarium is like a bit of heaven. I enjoy listening to their CD’s as well as attending their live concerts. Thank you Dr. Krista Lang Blackwood, Artistic Director, Ashley Winters, Amy Waldron, Renee Stanley, Leah Jenkins, Jaime Scherrer, Andrea Coleman, Jason Parr, Jay Van Blaricum, Brady Shepherd, Benjamin Winters for sharing your talents. Thank you to everyone involved for the work you do to bring us this gift.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended concerts and purchased CD's of their music.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more concerts.

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