Story of unexpected Christmas truce leads Kansas City Lyric’s new season.
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel on its first United States tour offered a concert of varied quality Saturday night at Helzberg Hall. Inclement weather deterred many concertgoers, but those who attended and stayed until the end were rewarded with an energetic performance.
The only African-American soloist with American Ballet Theatre, the countrys premier ballet troupe, Copeland has penned a captivating account of her journey from impoverished child nomad to todays most widely watched and fiercely scrutinized brown ballerina.
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.
But a score doesn’t have to enter the pantheon of immortal classics to offer delights and help a movie tell its story. Each of this year’s nominees has much to recommend it.
The Kansas City Symphonys Screenland at the Symphony concert series marries live music to movies. The series continues on Thursday and Friday when the Symphony accompanies screenings of The Wizard of Oz in its entirety, an MGM-remastered version that marks the movies 75th anniversary.
Is power seductive or seduction power? Kansas City Ballets company premiere of Dracula, choreographed by Michael Pink, suggested both in a sensual retelling of Bram Stokers famously macabre story, performed Friday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
David C. Driskell, a leading authority on African-American art, will give a free lecture at the American Jazz Museum on Thursday, in conjunction with Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance and the Visual Arts, an exhibit that runs through April 27 in the museums Changing Gallery.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti, whom the BBC named Young Musician of the Year in 2004 when she was 16, demonstrated that she is well on her way to fulfilling her enormous potential in a strikingly vital concert Saturday at the Folly Theater.
Most ballets dont come with a parental guidance warning. But the Kansas City Ballets Dracula isnt most ballets. Based on Bram Stokers classic novel about the Transylvanian bloodsucker, Dracula is a dark, sexy, scary and occasionally bloody production. It opens Friday.
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.
The Bahia Orchestra Project, which trains disadvantaged Brazilian youths in classical music, may be a bit raw, but the contagious enthusiasm it showcased Tuesday night at Helzberg Hall deserves to be the envy of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. “The main goal is not musical,” said Ricardo Castro, the orchestra’s founder and conductor. “Through music, we are building character.”
Pianist Leon Fleisher proved himself a musical poet when he returned to Kansas City Friday night to perform with the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall. Fleisher, a longtime friend and colleague of conductor Michael Stern, played Maurice Ravels Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand with technical brilliance and artistic finesse.
It isnt often that aggression is more appealing than prettiness, but such was the case for this years A Modern Night at the Folly, the City in Motion Dance Theaters 11th annual choreographers showcase. The night featured the work of 11 choreographers from Kansas and Missouri.
A countertenor is a singer with all of his man parts who, nevertheless, can sing with a very high voice approaching that of a castrato. One of the finest contemporary countertenors is Philippe Jaroussky. He will perform the music of George Frideric Handel and Nicola Porpora with the Venice Baroque Orchestra on Feb. 14 in Yardley Hall.
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.