When Beau Bledsoe’s Ensemble Iberica presented a program of fado to a full house at the Polsky Theatre last year, it was a revelation.
Fado, a soulful music unique to Portugal, entranced the audience.
The concert was so popular and word-of-mouth was so strong that Ensemble Iberica decided to give a repeat performance. The group will present “Fado of Lisbon” Sunday at the Polsky Theatre.
Ensemble Iberica, comprising guitarists Bledsoe, Jordan Shipley and Michael McClintock and vocalist Fedra Cooper Barrera, will be joined by one of the world’s great “Fadistas,” Nathalie Pires, to perform this nostalgic and melancholy music.
Harriman-Jewell: Audra McDonald
Broadway legend Audra McDonald, originally scheduled to appear in the Harriman-Jewell Series in September, will give her much-anticipated recital Monday at Helzberg Hall.
The six-time Tony winner will announce her program from the stage. Tickets are very limited. It’s recommended that you act quickly if you’d like to hear this incredibly popular singer.
“Tidings of Joy”
“Tidings of Joy,” an annual concert presented by Village Presbyterian Church, is a seamless blend of readings and carefully chosen music with no applause until the end. It’s a deeply enjoyable and reflective way to de-stress right before Christmas.
There will be two presentations of “Tidings of Joy,” at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at Village Presbyterian.
Mark Ball, music director for the church, will conduct the Village Church choirs and orchestra, which will be joined by folk-pop duo Barnaby Bright. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Thwake Village Partnership, which has been raising money to dig wells, staff a health clinic, and build and furnish a children’s home in Kenya.
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village. Free. For more information, visit villagepres.org.
Spire Chamber Ensemble: “Messiah”
Ben Spalding and his Spire Chamber Ensemble have established their annual “Messiah” as a very nice complement to the Kansas City Symphony’s large-scale performance of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio.
Spire will present its more intimate “Messiah” Wednesday at Helzberg Hall.
“I call this the lean and clean ‘Messiah,’ where every word and nuance of the text is presented in a way that immediately captures your attention and draws you deeper into the music,” Spalding said.
Another thing that makes the Spire “Messiah” special, besides its smaller scale, is the use of period instruments. The 20-member choir will be accompanied by Baroque strings, oboes, bassoon and natural trumpets. New this year is a theorbo, a plucked string instrument that has its own unique color.
Kantorei: “To Bethlehem”
Kantorei, the fine choral ensemble led by Chris Munce, will tell the Christmas story in song Sunday at Visitation Church. “To Bethlehem” will feature motets from the late 16th century and traditional carols arranged by Matthew Culloton to take listeners on a journey back to the first Christmas.
3 p.m. Sunday. Visitation Church, 5141 Main St. $10-$15. kantoreikc.org/concerts/4577234597
William Baker Festival Singers: “Candlelight, Carols and Cathedral”
The William Baker Festival Singers presents its annual “Candlelight, Carols and Cathedral” concert Sunday at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. This concert of traditional carols is made extra special by having the cathedral lit by candlelight.
2 p.m. Sunday. Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St. $5-$20. tinyurl.com/hnctp4n.
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