In 1987 Ted Albrecht founded The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City as a re-organization of the existing community orchestra which was then under his direction. In the five years that followed, he led the orchestra in establishing its new identity by conducting a wide symphonic and pops repertoire and by premiering new works by local composers, Kansas City premieres of works by known composers and entire concerts featuring works by a single composer.
In addition to performing instrumental works ranging from Beethoven, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky to Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin, The orchestra has featuring talented soloists soprano Roberta Peters, soprano Suzanne Hillis Ackin, pianist Hyperion Knight, organist John Schaefer, cellist Ho Anthony Ahn and cellist Martin Storey.
The orchestra has been joined by The Kansas City Symphony Chorus, The Heartland Mens Chorus, The Trinity Mixed Choir of the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral and The Kansas City Childrens Chorus.
Today, under the baton of Raffaele Cipriano, the orchestra is premiering new works, working with both college and high school students to encourage a love of classical music , and bringing new and exciting music to each concert.