Gustavo Dudamel, the 33-year-old Venezuelan-born conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has set audiences on fire with his dynamic personality and passionate conducting. Youll have a chance to experience his talent Friday night, when the Kansas City Symphony presents Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
As with the Kansas City Symphony and the Harriman-Jewell Series, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City is drawing inspiration for its 2014-2015 season from the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The Lyric has announced its season, and one of the operas, Silent Night, tells the story of an extraordinary event during the war.
Ever since Arturo Toscanini conducted the first performance of La Boheme in Turin, Italy, in 1896, the opera has been one of the most popular and most performed in the repertoire. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will present Puccinis beloved masterpiece for five performances beginning Saturday at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The Kansas City Chorale has won accolades for its performances of Russian choral music. German is a piece of cake for the chorale. The group has even performed Chinese folk songs. Now the singers are about to take on what might be their biggest linguistic challenge yet: Gaelic, or Irish.
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra is a bright spot in a region of the world that usually is associated with strife and tension. Founded in 1950, the orchestra is the cultural center of northern Israel. The esteemed group will perform music by Carl Maria von Weber and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Saturday in Helzberg Hall, a Harriman-Jewell Series event.
The Bach Aria Soloists usually perform music from the baroque era. The NewEar Contemporary Ensemble is known for ear-bending, 21st-century music. Put both groups together and you have what promises to be the best combination since H.B. Reese introduced peanut butter to chocolate. The two ensembles will join forces for music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky on Feb. 22 at Community Christian Church.