Devon Carney, who has made changes to the Kansas City ballet since his appointment as artistic director last summer, honored Todd Bolenders choreography while making a few contributions, retaining this staple of the Kansas City holiday season for 32 years of the companys 41-year history.
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.
Led by guest conductor Jun Märkl and featuring pianist Ran Dank, the Kansas City Symphony celebrated the age of Romanticism on Friday night with works by leading contemporaries of emotional individualism, Chopin and Berlioz, exemplifying the Romantic ideal: lovelorn, tempestuous, creative and unique.
Friday night in Helzberg Hall, guest conductor Bernard Labadie led the Kansas City Symphony through a trio of pieces composed and premiered in Paris, reflecting the changing predilections of the Parisian audience from the Baroque to Romantic eras.
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.
When newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble titled its concert Tours de Force, it wasnt kidding around. The program featured two aggressive, expansive works in Harrison Birtwistles duo The Axe Manual and György Ligetis Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, performed Saturday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.
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.
A busy schedule is, of course, a mark of success for a conductor. And few conductors are busier than Bernard Labadie, the French-Canadian who will lead the Kansas City Symphony in three concerts. So what has made Labadie the visiting conductor so many orchestras want? The answer to that question can be found in some classical music trends.
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.