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.
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.
Did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer use technology to help make his astonishing images? He did, according to “Tim’s Vermeer,” a documentary written and narrated by Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and directed by Teller, who uses one name. It opens in Kansas City on Friday.
Abstraction soars Friday, with new Missouri Bank Artboards by Caleb Taylor and Rie Egawa and some hot shows on the ground. For his Artboards, Taylor took black and white photographs of architectonic paper structures and layered them to create enigmatic geometric abstractions.
David Giffels, assistant professor of English at the University of Akron, tends to drive a particular idea home over and over from one essay to the next, then suddenly slip in the opposite of that exact point in his nonfiction collection, The Hard Way on Purpose.
In Clever Girl, British author Tessa Hadley uses intimate narration to bring fresh insight to everyday moments of a woman who grows youth to middle age.