Artistic director Jacques Heims pieces originate with the construction of a compelling, typically enormous set piece. His dancers climb, run, leap, tumble, slide, flip, turn and soar from, on or around this structure with thrilling athleticism. The troupe will perform April 25 and 26 at JCCC.
For its 2014-15 season, the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College will present its usual wide-ranging musical performances, but the season promises extraordinary theater as well. Renowned actor Julian Sands will offer A Celebration of Harold Pinter, and the Heart of American Shakespeare Festival will present its first indoor production.
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.
Federal arts grant money is going mostly through the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
The Kansas City Symphony gave a solid performance for Friday nights concert in Helzberg Hall, led by guest conductor Gilbert Varga and joined by pianist André Watts. Varga directed the orchestra with full-bodied expressiveness and sympathetic gestures.
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
He was a company member from 1981 to 1987 and has served as ballet master in Kansas City since 1991. “He will be dearly missed,” said artistic director Devon Carney.
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.
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.
Cliburn, who died Feb. 27, 2013, had a great love for Russia and its people, and this theme of Russo-American friendship will be celebrated when pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch and Behzod Abduraimov, violinist Ben Sayevich and cellist Daniel Veis perform a Van Cliburn tribute concert Friday night at Helzberg Hall.
In a season that has already delivered impressive moments, the Kansas City Symphony’s reading of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” on Friday may well be the highlight. With the leadership of guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, the musicians had fire in their bellies, playing with concerted aggression that overawed the audience.
Most of the concerts in the 2011-2012 University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatorys Conservatory Artist Series will be at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Were thrilled to be a part of this historic moment, Peter Witte, conservatory dean, said.