It is the time of the year when fuss and obligations, whether festive or not, can feel overwhelming. Anonymous 4 offered an antidote to these stressors with a performance that encouraged quiet contemplation for the appreciative capacity audience in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The Kansas City Ballet opened its 42nd run of “The Nutcracker” to a pleased audience in Kauffman Theatre on Saturday. It must be a humbling responsibility to be a familiar holiday tradition and often a first introduction to ballet. This beloved and vibrant work is a tradition that partly dates back to Imperial Russia.
The legendary singer, who is returning to the area Saturday with a Christmas present, a holiday concert with her New York combo at Yardley Hall., traveled to London and continues to sell out shows in New York. She says that Christmas in Kansas City has always been important for her and has fond memories of making music and spreading cheer in her hometown during the holiday season.
It’s the time of year when many hang twinkle lights in tree branches and post candles in windows – confronting the lengthening nights by mimicking the starry skies. The Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, presented a musical version of this tradition by programming works that celebrated celestial bodies, performed in Helzberg Hall on Friday.
The Kansas City Ballet will give its 42nd annual presentation of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” for 18 performances beginning this Saturday, Dec. 6, so it’s a rock-solid holiday tradition and isn’t going anywhere. But this is the last year for the current production, which was created for the Kansas City Ballet in 1981 by its illustrious former artistic director, Todd Bolender.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
From purity to seduction, austerity to decadence, the Kansas City Symphony performed an all-encompassing concert on Friday night in Helzberg Hall. Music director Michael Stern conducted, exuberant in grand gesture.
For nearly three hours, including a 20-minute intermission, Natalie Merchant enchanted an audience of 1,600 with songs from a music catalog that goes back more than 30 years, to her days with the folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs.
As part of her Harriman-Jewell Series concert in Helzberg Hall, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and her Virtuosi will be performing Sebastian Currier’s “Ringtone Variations.” “It’s a tongue-in-cheek thing, making fun of the circumstances we often find in concerts,” Mutter said. “We do play ring tones, but on our instruments.”
Currently on tour across the nation in celebration of the 20-year collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra performed Wednesday as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series’ 50th anniversary season.
For a genre that rarely presents a feminist role model, Gioachino Rossini’s “L’italiana in Algeri” is a welcome respite. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production, which continues Wednesday, Friday and Nov. 16 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is a rambunctious, big-hearted show of impressive vocal talent, directed by Michael Cavanagh. It opened Saturday night.
Synthesizing the history of hip-hop, the dance company performs Friday night at the Lied Center in Lawrence. While all of the company’s ensemble choreography is by Harris, some of the interspersed solos contain movements created by the individual performer.
Also, science meets arts once again when the Friends of Chamber Music presents a return engagement of the Galileo Project with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. And Park University’s star-studded faculty, including Stanislav Ioudenitch, will perform Friday.
Gioachino Rossini’s madcap farce is about to get treatment from stage director Michael Cavanagh, who previously directed “Rake’s Progress” and “Nixon in China” for the Lyric Opera. “The Italian Girl in Algiers” opens Saturday.
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey has raised $1 million in support of a five-year plan that includes neighborhood outreach programs, symposiums with nationally known choreographers and a summer dance festival.
War is terrifying, chaotic and surreal. This was the attitude of Kronos Quartet’s new work, “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918,” a collaboration with composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and filmmaker Bill Morrison, commemorating the centennial anniversary of the start of World War I. The quartet performed the work Saturday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Kansas City, which the dance theater considers its second home, will get a preview of the piece on Friday. It will officially premiere in New York in December. The company performs Wednesday through Saturday at the Muriel Kauffman Theater at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Clark Morris, the executive director of the Harriman-Jewell Series, is a fan of gospel music and wanted a gospel choir to be part of the series’ golden anniversary. But he also wanted that choir to be out of the ordinary. The series will present Africa at its best with a concert by the Senegal St. Joseph Choir Friday night at the Folly Theater.