Gamelan is one of the world’s precious musical treasures. The celestial sounds of this traditional percussion music of Java and Bali has inspired Western composers like Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Benjamin Britten and have enchanted listeners around the world.
I Ketut Gede Asnawa, who taught gamelan at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance from 2003 to 2006, is returning to lead Gamelan Genta Kasturi in a program that will include several dance numbers performed by Asnawa’s wife, Putu Oka Mardiani, and two daughters, Yunirika and Yonitika.
Asnawa also will lead two, free hands-on gamelan workshops. They will be held Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Town Pavilion building, 1111 Main St.
The concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Quixotic School of the Performing Arts, 1616 Broadway. Free. For more information about Gamelan Genta Kasturi, visit www.gamelangentakasturi.org.
‘Turn of the Screw’
UMKC Opera Theatre will present one of 20th century’s finest chamber operas, Benjamin Britten’s “Turn of the Screw,” for four performances beginning Tuesday.
Based on the Henry James novel, “Turn of the Screw” is a gothic tale of possession and exorcism. Britten used every musical technique at his disposal to create a tense, gripping opera that explores the eternal theme of good versus evil.
Springsong at the Nelson
As much a herald of spring as cherry blossoms and baby bunnies, the Kansas City Chorale’s annual pre-Easter concert will take place this Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Springsong, conducted by Charles Bruffy, will feature music appropriate to the season. Expect extra excitement this year, as the chorale is still on cloud nine after recently winning the 2015 Grammy award for best choral performance for its recording of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil.”
Three make National Youth Orchestra
Congratulations are in order for three young Kansas musicians: violinist Akshay Dinakar of Prairie Village, cellist Dana Rath of Lawrence and violinist Emily Shehi of Olathe.
All three have been chosen for the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, sponsored by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Ranging in age from 16 to 19 and coming from 32 states, these young people are recognized by Carnegie Hall as some of the finest musicians in the country.
After an intensive three-week training residency at the State University of New York, Christoph Eschenbach will conduct two concerts with the orchestra in New York in July. One of the concerts will feature pianist Emanuel Ax.
After the New York concerts, the orchestra will tour European capitals in a series of concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev and featuring pianist Denis Matsuev.
You can reach freelance classical music writer Patrick Neas at email@example.com.