Pinchas Zukerman, a Stern family friend, will be in Kansas City May 29-31 to conduct his “little brother’s” orchestra and to serve as violin and viola soloist for music by Malcolm Forsyth, Paul Hindemith and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Some in this audience had only heard classical music in the movies, in elevators or at the grocery store. But six members of the Kansas City Symphony who played at Lansing State Penitentiary this week won new fans for classical music.
In a celebratory season replete with extravagant, exciting performances, the Harriman-Jewell Series presented pianist Emanuel Ax in an intimate concert on the William Jewell College campus, where the series started 50 years ago.
For more than a decade, the focal point of Memorial Day weekend festivities in Kansas City has been the Celebration at the Station, an outdoor performance by the Kansas City Symphony at Union Station with a massive fireworks display over Liberty Memorial. And the show did go on Sunday evening, as the rain held off and an enthusiastic crowd was able to take in the patriotic music, tributes to the troops and fireworks.
Concertgoers who spent a gorgeous May evening inside Helzberg Hall on Friday were rewarded with the Kansas City Symphony’s fantastic performance of Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable.” Taiwanese-American pianist Steven Lin, a lithe and expressive performer, was a guest soloist.
Friends of Chamber Music stalwarts like pianist Richard Goode, the Tallis Scholars and the Takacs Quartet are returning and others will make their debut on the series, like the early music ensemble Atalante.
Kansas City’s Fountain City Brass Band is a 30-piece unit ensemble of passionate brass players and percussionists. After concerts this month at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe and a couple in June in Missouri, the group will tour New Zealand and Australia.
Founded in 2007 by a collective of independent retailers to celebrate the culture of record stores, Record Store Day has picked up more momentum over the past several years as vinyl has become increasingly popular. Participating stores offer exclusive, rare, limited edition, and collectible releases available for one day.
Now in their 30th year, the Ukes have taken the comic aspects and musical capabilities of the ukulele and molded them into a well-honed act, delivered with marvelous nonchalance and impressive versatility.
The Kansas City Symphony’s performance Friday of “Singin’ in the Rain” for the Screenland at the Symphony series was a highly enjoyable romp, an added dimension to a film where the humor and drama focus on the practice of dubbing.
It’s melodramatic for sure, but “Tosca” is a vital opera, bursting with human passions and emotions and Giacomo Puccini’s sweeping, heart-rending music. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will present “Tosca” for four performances beginning Saturday.
The Kansas City Symphony has taken enormous strides, aided in a large part by the nearly perfect acoustic environment of Helzberg Hall. Friday’s concert was no exception, with guest conductor Carlos Kalmar leading a well-balanced ensemble in myriad exciting contrasts, joined by Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.
Unusual among contemporary concert-dance companies because of its for-profit status, Momix has stretched further into the realms of popular and corporate culture than your typical artistic dance ensemble. It performs Friday and Saturday at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.