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.
The traditional presentation of “Giselle,” which continues through March 22 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, demonstrates why classics remain classics. Splendid dance, memorable music and engaging storytelling combined for a thoughtful display of love, heartbreak and redemption.
Camaraderie and energy marked Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood’s duo performance in Helzberg Hall on Saturday night, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series. Violinist Bell has the celebrity, with his iconic performance style, virtuosic abilities and highly publicized accomplishments. Yet pianist Haywood wasn’t just an accompanist, but rather an equal collaborator with a gentlemanly demeanor.
After 56 years, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is going stronger than ever, recording and concertizing around the world. The Harriman-Jewell Series will present the renowned chamber orchestra this Friday at Helzberg Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk as special guest soloist.
Heroism can manifest in a single dramatic selfless action or in a lifetime of tireless persistence to aid the common good. Celebrating these aspects of heroism, the Kansas City Symphony, joined by guest clarinetist Anthony McGill, gave a forceful, energetic performance in Helzberg Hall on Friday, conducted by Michael Stern.
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The 19th century dreamlike tale of eternal love and revenge-minded ghosts will be told through the subtlest of movements by dancers Molly Wagner and Tempe Ostergren. The Kansas City Ballet will present “Giselle” for six performances beginning this Friday at Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
“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.
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.
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.