<![CDATA[Classical Music & Dance News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:18:22 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:18:22 CDT Classical Music & Dance 60 Wichita Grand Opera a magnificent spectacle http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article32902599.html#storylink=rss Commanding “Turandot” and opulent costumes bring grandeur to WGO’s production.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:31:18 CDT

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With ‘Ave Maria,’ Spire Chamber Ensemble delivers a beautiful, varied a cappella performance http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article32790042.html#storylink=rss 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.”

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:03:04 CDT

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Kansas City Ballet blends a little danger with dance in season opener ‘The Three Musketeers’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article32534490.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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The Classical Beat: World cultures, classics with a twist and superstar performers highlight the season http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article32529651.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Wichita Grand Opera brings “Turandot” to Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article32670075.html#storylink=rss The Wichita Grand Opera will present a fully staged and costumed production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot,” Sunday at Yardley Hall.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:19:00 CDT

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In excellent new dance works, Jane Gotch, Kameron N. Saunders explore pain and struggle http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article31890123.html#storylink=rss Jane Gotch’s “Let It Fall: New Dance Works,” a quartet of dances presented Friday night in the chapel of St. Mark Hope and Peace on Troost Avenue, was an intimate and intense. Kameron N. Saunders’ “Without Warning” was an inventive combination of grace and intentional awkwardness, danced excellently by DJ Duncan and Prince Lyons.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:11:24 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Organ fest brings the sounds of France to KC cathedral http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article31643819.html#storylink=rss Mario Pearson, principal organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, has added digital samples from some of France’s greatest organs to the cathedral’s Ruffatti organ. The sound will be on full display at Sunday’s third annual French Organ Festival.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Quixotic celebrates 10th anniversary with ‘Gravity of Center’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article31246460.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City-based performing ensemble Quixotic has traveled internationally with its multimedia extravaganzas of dance, aerial acrobatics, video projections and live, original music. Quixotic celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday night with the presentation “Gravity of Center.”

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:55:31 CDT

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The Classical Beat: UMKC’s Conservatory Artist Series announces its 2015-16 lineup http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article31011270.html#storylink=rss Kansas City has been enriched in many ways by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. The conservatory recently announced the 2015-2016 series season of the Conservatory Artists Series, and it features performances that should appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests.

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Lawrence performance will celebrate a Quixotic dance troupe anniversary no one expected http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article30343575.html#storylink=rss Quixotic’s initial presentations were different but primitive. Several events were staged in disheveled vacant buildings. “Sometimes the power would go out so you’d have to pull it from other buildings across the alley,” said Mica Thomas, who became the group’s associate artistic director in 2006. Quixotic presents Gravity of Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Summer Music at the Cathedrals makes August Sundays cooler http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article29533585.html#storylink=rss As welcome as a cherry Popsicle and a cool breeze, Summer Music at the Cathedrals has provided been providing relief to sweltering Kansas City music lovers every August since 1982. This year, once again, the Gothic interiors of Grace & Holy Trinity and Immaculate Conception cathedrals will be filled with the cooling sounds of classical music every Sunday in August.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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With familiar names and faces, Kansas City Dance Festival stays en pointe http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article28694602.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Dance Festival, now in its third year, is more of an artist residency than a full-blown festival, but quality over quantity is appreciated. The enthusiastic audience was certainly engaged as the festival kicked off a two-night run Friday night at its new home, the Folly Theater.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Jackson Thomas’ choir gives new voice to contemporary classical music http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article28418995.html#storylink=rss The inaugural concert for KC VITAs is Aug. 2 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, with all-new works on the program. Conductor Thomas studied to be an opera singer before deciding to devote his career to choral music.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:09:48 CDT

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International and local artists part of Kansas City Dance Festival http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article28015030.html#storylink=rss By presenting works that KC dance fans wouldn’t otherwise get to see, the Kansas City Dance Festival, to be staged Friday and Saturday nights at the Folly Theater, builds a bigger, wider audience for movement arts. In the process, the festival also exposes local dancers to new choreographers.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Summer Singers of Lee’s Summit take on a gentle classic http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article27479848.html#storylink=rss The Summer Singers of Lee’s Summit and Chamber Orchestra will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and several complementary works on July 25 and 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Chruch in Lee’s Summit.

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:35:00 CDT

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Misty Copeland named first black female principal at American Ballet Theatre http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article25835863.html#storylink=rss Misty Copeland, the Kansas City-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet, was named a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday – the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s 75-year history.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:37:05 CDT

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July day-by-day calendar for Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article25488442.html#storylink=rss From One Direction to the annual fringe festival, July has something for everyone.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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The Classical Beat: The sweet sounds of Summerfest begin July 11 http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article25500373.html#storylink=rss Summerfest has made the blistering hot days of summer tolerable with chamber music performed by some of Kansas City’s finest musicians and superb guest artists from around the country. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Summerfest, and the ensemble has put together a season that celebrates its past and looks forward to the future.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:00:00 CDT

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Bassist Francois Rabbath brings spontaneous joy to Park University concert http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article25300933.html#storylink=rss On Monday night, in conjunction with KC Bass Fest, the legendary virtuoso François Rabbath performed a 90-minute recital with his son Sylvain on piano. Rabbath’s style is so spontaneous and organic that it’s difficult to tell where the written music leaves off and the improvisation begins.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:27:55 CDT

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The Classical Beat: KC Symphony’s latest album among new recordings to check out this summer http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article24794734.html#storylink=rss There are many recordings of Camille Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony on the market, but Reference Recordings has just released a CD by the Kansas City Symphony that can take its place with the best of them.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Kansas City Symphony celebrates heroic individuality with Strauss, pianist Vadym Kholodenko in season finale http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article25054132.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Symphony ended its 2014/2015 season with a program celebrating the triumph of the individual. Friday night’s concert in Helzberg Hall showcased solo voices, guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko and Richard Strauss’ riotous heroic tone poem.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 07:54:48 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Strauss tone poem to close Kansas City Symphony season http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article23761360.html#storylink=rss For the last year, the Symphony has been performing music written in the years leading up to World War I. It seems fitting that the Symphony will end its season with a major work by Richard Strauss, a composer who straddled the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Handel, Owen/Cox, Randy Newman with KC Symphony, Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article23045490.html#storylink=rss The choices for classical music in coming days are varied, including Kansas City Symphony’s last free happy hour of the season on Thursday. The night before, quirky pop music legend and prolific film music composer Randy Newman will bring his combination of mass appeal and braininess to Helzberg Hall when he performs with the Symphony.

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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Parsons Dance closes Harriman-Jewell Series’ 50th anniversary season with joyful world premiere http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article23330958.html#storylink=rss The Harriman-Jewell Series completed its 50th anniversary season Saturday with a celebratory performance from Parsons Dance in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The crowd-pleasing company made its 12th appearance for the series, exultant in its brand of high energy, vivacious movement.

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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 08:27:13 CDT

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KC Symphony, violinist Augustin Hadelich offer passionate, captivating performance http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article23271294.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Symphony’s program Friday in Helzberg Hall, with music director Michael Stern conducting, was heavily romantic. Its selections pushed the boundaries of traditional harmonies with thematic elements that challenged the social mores of their eras.

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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 08:12:11 CDT

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Guest conductor Pinchas Zukerman leads KC Symphony in a concert of renewal http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article22761186.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Symphony’s program Friday night in Helzberg Hall featured works by multifaceted artists, composers who also excelled in performance as instrumentalists and conductors, just like guest conductor Pinchas Zukerman himself, a virtuoso on violin and viola.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 17:34:57 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Harriman-Jewell Series presents new, old works by Parsons Dance http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article22550757.html#storylink=rss The Harriman-Jewell Series will conclude its memorable season June 6 at the Kauffman Center with Parsons Dance in a program of favorites and a newly commissioned work. The highlight of the evening will be “Finding Center,” which the series commissioned from Kansas City-born dancer and choreographer David Parsons. It’s a piece that was inspired by and uses the work of Kansas City visual artist Rita Blitt.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Michael Stern’s longtime friend Pinchas Zukerman to conduct KC Symphony http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article21584127.html#storylink=rss Pinchas Zukerman, a Stern family friend, will be in Kansas City May 29-31 to conduct his “little brother’s” orchestra and to serve as violin and viola soloist for music by Malcolm Forsyth, Paul Hindemith and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Kansas City Symphony players take Haydn, Mozart to prison http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article21707274.html#storylink=rss Some in this audience had only heard classical music in the movies, in elevators or at the grocery store. But six members of the Kansas City Symphony who played at Lansing State Penitentiary this week won new fans for classical music.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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The Classical Beat: Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company presents unique and challenging love stories http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article21023373.html#storylink=rss The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company’s spring program, “Affairs of the Heart,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at White Recital Hall, 4949 Cherry St.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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