The number of classical holiday concerts this week is almost as multitudinous as the lights on the Mayors Christmas Tree. Whether your taste runs from the ethereal Renaissance polyphony of the Tallis Scholars to the high camp of the Heartland Mens Chorus, youre certain to find something to your taste.
In his first season as artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, Devon Carney has made his mark by creating a second Kansas City Ballet company made up of younger dancers and has created works for it and the regular company. But he also respects and loves tradition, which is a good thing because in his hands is one of Kansas Citys most beloved traditions, The Nutcracker.
Kansas City loves Christmas, no doubt about it. As soon as the lights get switched on at Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza, the entire city bursts forth with the holiday spirit. And that includes lots of great music.
The Kansas City Symphony, led by guest conductor Jun Markl, will perform the Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz and will be joined by pianist Andrew Tyson for Frederic Chopins Piano Concerto No. 2 next weekend at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Not only are his plays replete with references to music, Shakespeare wrote lyrics for countless songs. You can enjoy a free concert that combines the best of Shakespeare with the best of baroque music when the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Bach Aria Soloists present Marriage of True Minds Saturday at the Kansas City Public Librarys Central location.