Virtually every ballet company in the country stages a version of the holiday fable based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” This year's production by the Kansas City Ballet is literally all new: new choreography, new costumes, new scenery, a new lighting design.
With winter descending on the region, the Kansas City Symphony’s offering of evocative Spanish fare was excellent relief. Along with guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, the concert allowed the listener exciting insulation from the holiday weekend’s stress.
Led by guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Kansas City Symphony will perform Prokofiev’s Fifth and works by Spanish composers Isaac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla on Friday, Nov. 27; Saturday, Nov. 28; and Sunday, Nov. 29.
Rehearsals are already underway at the Todd Bollender Center for Dance & Creativity for the Kansas City Ballet's all new production of The Nutcracker. This season's production, featuring all new costumes and sets, has been choreographed by Devon Carney, the artist director of the Kansas City Ballet. The new $2 million production will open December 5, 2015 at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.