Paul J. Schofer will run the home of KC symphony, ballet and opera. Schofer knows that the future of the arts depends on the younger generation, and he wants to introduce more young people to music and dance.
The Kansas City Dance Festival borrowed dancers from ballet companies as close as Illinois and as far as Estonia, including talent from Argentina, Japan, Canada and Cuba. They came, collaborated with members of the Kansas City Ballet and Owen/Cox Dance Group and formed a single, short-lived and very eclectic company.
One hears many influences in Helen Gillet’s sound and her unusual performance style. Whether tenderly cradling her instrument or rocking out with flailing arms, Gillet performs with intensity. She’ll be accompanying the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s performance of “Memory Palace” on June 28.
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In “Memory Palace,” the songs of New Orleans vocalist/cellist Helen Gillet meet Owen/Cox Dance Group for an intimate collaboration with some of KC’s busiest creative forces. The ideas expressed are based in Gillet’s memories of her home city in its post-Katrina state.
The Kansas City Dance Festival on June 20 and 21 promises highly energetic, eclectic works, and it is dedicated to former Kansas City Ballet artistic director Todd Bolender. And, June 22, the Kauffman Center will open its doors for free to feature promising musicians and dancers.
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra completed its season and celebrated summer with a bright and airy concert that featured the ensemble’s wind players. Friday evening’s performance at Unity Temple on the Plaza was poised and engaging, conducted by music director Bruce Sorrell.
The orchestra’s latest recording project features works by the contemporary composer Adam Schoenberg, to be performed in a special recording preview concert on June 19. Director Michael Stern says the Symphony has had ‘extraordinarily positive reaction’ when it plays Schoenberg’s music.
The final concert of the Kansas City Symphony’s season ended with a magnificent wall of sound, culminating with the triumphant strains from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 filling Helzberg Hall on Friday night.
The Kansas City Symphony performance of Verdi’s Requiem resounded with urgency. The Kansas City Symphony Chorus and guest soloists joined in for a monumental performance, nearly selling out Helzberg Hall on Friday night.