They please the eye, the ear, and the other senses. But Kansas City's beautiful fountains all have their own stories - stories the Nelson-AtkinsMuseum's Paul Benson will reveal in City of Fountains - Underneath the Water and Sculpture on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Benson explores little-known historic and esthetic details about some of the city's most beloved fountains. He will share anecdotes from his personal experiences as a private contract conservator helping to preserve these watery attractions that add so much beauty and grace to our environment.
The presentation is part of the Kansas City Symphony's City of Fountains Celebration. The symphony has commissioned and this season is premiering several works inspired by the city's fountains: Chen Yi's Fountains of K.C., Daniel Kellogg's Water Music, and Stephen Hartke's Muse of Missouri.
The March 29 event will include a brief performance by a small ensemble of Symphony musicians in honor of Kellogg's piece, which will be given its world premiere by the Symphony on March 30, 31, and April 1 in Helzberg Hall at the KauffmanCenter for the Performing Arts.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Benson is senior associate conservator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony.