George Balanchine once famously said, “Ballet is woman,” but then there’s “The Three Musketeers.” This swashbuckler, which the Kansas City Ballet will present for six performances beginning Friday, has five lead roles for men and enough testosterone-driven sword fighting to please a fan of mixed martial arts.
Beginning Thursday at the Folly Theater, Ailey II, the second-string performance troupe of the esteemed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, opens a four-show run of comprising two completely different programs: one featuring four new works, the other serving up three old favorites.
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s film noir production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” was a successful, stylized modernization. Director Kristine McIntyre’s concept works for the opera with its violence, ambiguous morals, beautiful women, ominous setting and, of course, the unrepentant leading man.
New Dance Partners is the type of programming that, while risky, has its reward: a presentation of wholly new art that challenges and inspires. Commissioned by the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, there is nothing quite like it on the region’s dance calendar.
You’ll have an opportunity to enter the rarefied world of 17th- and 18th-century Roman aristocracy when the Friends of Chamber Music presents the early music ensemble Atalante in “Lamenti Antichi: Ancient Laments From Greece, Arabia, Turkey and the Holy Land” as told in 17th-century Roman musical narratives.
The troupe’s appearance at the Lied Center in Lawrence on Tuesday night may be local audiences’ last chance to see the company perform an entire evening of Taylor pieces. It is changing its mission and will no longer exist solely as a showcase for Taylor’s work.
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will explore the connection between the darkness and sexual squalor of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera and the novels of Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett anwhen it presents a film noir production of “Don Giovanni” for four performances beginning Saturday.
The Kansas City Symphony opened its Classical series for the 2015/2016 season with “The Star Spangled Banner,” artistic director Michael Stern leading the audience in an intense and passionate rendition in Helzberg Hall on Friday.
The Kansas City Symphony’s season-opening concert, marking the start of Michael Stern’s second decade as music director, features crowd-pleasing works with the orchestra’s own best players as soloists. The program will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sept. 20. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
If they ever tire of their If the whole “international concert artist” careers, doesn’t pan out, Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax, who opened Harriman-Jewell Series’ 51st season with a duo recital Tuesday night in Helzberg Hall, could go far as a comedy team.
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra opened its 29th season with works from a youthful trio of geniuses. The fresh, energetic concert in Helzberg Hall aligned nicely with the end-of-summer attitude of the holiday weekend.
Tributes to “Star Trek” and Superman will be among the works performed Monday at the Kansas City Symphony’s Pops in the Park. Not only is the concert an end-of-summer celebration, it also marks the beginning of the Symphony’s new season.
There are few things more beautiful or more powerful than the unfettered human voice. Saturday night at Visitation Catholic Church, Spire Chamber Ensemble made abundant use of these qualities in its all a cappella presentation, “Ave Maria: Chants and Songs in Honor of Mary.”
FALL CLASSICAL MUSIC 2015 | Among the standouts will be a noir “Don Giovanni,” an exuberant ode to Bollywood, a sampling of beloved Italian operas, a new “Nutcracker,” Broadway star Audra McDonald and piano great Andras Schiff.
FALL DANCE 2015 | For anyone who has ever wielded a wrapping-paper tube and shouted “en garde!” Kansas City Ballet’s season opener is for you. The ballet is presenting André Prokovsky’s heroic and comedic “The Three Musketeers,” based on Alexander Dumas’ novel.