Johann Strauss whipped cream score, along with the naughty plot, have made Die Fledermaus a perennial audience favorite. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will present the Viennese classic for four performances beginning April 26 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
One of the great things about having an outstanding music school like the University of Missouri-Kansas Citys Conservatory of Music and Dance is being able to hear free recitals by its world-class faculty. For example, Benny Kim, professor of violin at the conservatory, will give a free Easter recital at White Recital Hall
Te Deum Chamber Choir conducted by Matthew Christopher Shepard will take a sort of iPod approach with its program called Universal Expressions. The choir will perform two Masses by two composers, Joseph Rheinberger and Francis Poulenc, with completely different backgrounds and styles of expression.
Next year will mark the 39th anniversary for the Friends of Chamber Music, a series that is well-known and envied around the country for its high standards and uncompromising quality. For its 2014-2015 season, Cynthia Siebert, the founder and artistic director of the Friends, has chosen a typically thoughtful and varied season.
Luckily for everyone who was blown away by the memorable 2011 concert when the Kansas City Symphony gave a stunning account of Dmitri Shostakovichs Symphony No. 10, Carlos Miguel Prieto will soon conduct the Symphony featuring music by Silvestre Revueltas, Joaquin Rodrigo and Sergei Prokofiev.