“An American composer with a Persian memory,” Danielpour is inspired by his heritage and others’ heroism to be a champion of the oppressed. The Kansas City Symphony and clarinetist Anthony McGill will give the Kansas City premiere of his clarinet concerto “From the Mountaintop” Friday, Saturday and March 8 at Helzberg Hall.
It’s clear by looking at the series’ 2015-16 season list that the party now underway for the Harriman-Jewell’s 50th anniversary will continue. The 2015-16 season has a lineup of classical stars to rival those on its glittering golden anniversary.
The Kansas City Chorale will give audiences a taste of this repertoire with two concerts called “North of the Border,” Sunday at Unity Temple and Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church. The Chorale recently toured Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Bruffy was so taken with the music there he wanted to share it with Kansas City.
The Lyric Opera will present four performances of the opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which is set during the 1914 Christmas truce of World War I, beginning Saturday at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.
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Witnessing the Kansas City Symphony’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 was an arresting and gratifying experience. Music director Michael Stern conducted the orchestra in Helzberg Hall on Friday night in a program that also included Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 22.
Lise de la Salle presents “Romantic Impressions” Friday night at the Folly Theater, Jim Brickman performs with the Kansas City Symphony on Friday and Saturday at Helzberg Hall and the U.K.’s Voice presents “If Music Be the Food of Love” on Saturday at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Symphony’s evocative program Friday night in Helzberg Hall culminated in a commanding and triumphant performance of impeccable, high-powered pianism from guest soloist Joyce Yang. She approached Sergei Rachmaninoff’s challenging Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra with an assured technical skill that balanced the passionate melodies.
Pianist Yun-Chin Zhou’s quietly appreciative stage presence belied the energy and effort displayed during his superlative recital on Saturday night at the Folly Theater, taking his bows with a small smile while the audience offered hearty applause and multiple standing ovations.
The Kansas City Ballet’s has just announced its 2015-2016 season is and it’s a stunner. The centerpiece is “Swan Lake,” one of the grand works of 19th-century ballet, but one that has never been performed by the Kansas City dance company.
There were some engaging moments and a charismatic ballerina as the Russian National Ballet Theatre made its fifth appearance with the Harriman-Jewell Series, performing “Giselle” on Sunday afternoon in the Kauffman Theatre, but there also was a nagging attitude of tradition for tradition’s sake with a shopworn sense to the touring production, which was evident in the details.
Susan Goldenberg, a first violinist for the Kansas City Symphony, has played with the group for more than three decades. But folks in Helzberg Hall aren’t the only ones who have enjoyed her music over the years.
The Kansas City Symphony’s energetic performance Friday in Helzberg Hall was marked by an inventive new work, a duo of impressive guest artists and engaging symphonic readings, conducted by artistic director Michael Stern.
The Kansas City Symphony will perform Claude Debussy’s impressionistic painting of the sea Friday, Saturday and Jan. 25, along with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Joyce Yang as soloist.
The Kansas City Symphony has just announced its 2015-2015 2016 season and if it were an automobile, it would be a muscle car. Two of the works will be fresh off the assembly line: David Ludwig’s Violin Concerto and Jonathan Leshnoff’s symphony.
The Kansas City Symphony's concert Friday at Helzberg Hall began with a blissful reverie and concluded in an astoundingly artful uproar. A rhapsodic reading of Claude Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" was followed by pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Johannes Brahms' Concerto No. 2. Finally, a riveting rendition of Igor Stravinsky's furious "The Rite of Spring" sent a near-capacity audience into the night with quickened pulses.
Sunday afternoon, the Lyric Opera will celebrate this lovable Kansas City-born artist with “Vinson Cole and Friends” at the Folly Theater. The Lyric Opera wants to honor Cole for his contributions to music and opera in particular with this intimate recital. And Cole’s accomplishments are truly outstanding and worth celebrating.