Don’t overlook the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance when it comes to opera, dance and classical music. The conservatory’s 2016-17 season will again feature world-class artists and its fine students.
In October, the conservatory’s excellent opera department will present two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini, “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.” Although not performed nearly as often as “La Boheme” or “Turandot,” both works feature some of Puccini’s most heart-melting music, like “O Mio Babbino Caro” from “Gianni Schicchi.”
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, Frank Almond, will give a recital in February. Almond’s 1715 Stradivarius violin, known as the “ex Lipinski,” was stolen in an armed robbery in 2014 but was recovered nine days later. Almond will be playing his precious Strad in White Recital Hall.
Other than “Julius Caesar,” George Frideric Handel’s operas rarely make it to American opera houses. That’s a shame because they’re some of the composer’s most glorious works. So it’s welcome news that the conservatory’s opera department, directed by Fenlon Lamb, will present one of Handel’s finest operas, “Rodelinda,” in March.
Oct. 20-23: Puccini’s “Suor Angelica: and “Gianni Schicchi.” White Recital Hall, 4949 Cherry St.
Feb. 2, 2017: Violinist Frank Almond. White Recital Hall.
March 17: Conservatory Wind Symphony. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
March 23-26: Handel’s “Rodelinda.” White Recital Hall.
April 13: Conservatory Jazz Bands. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
April 24: Conservatory Orchestra. Helzberg Hall.
April 27-29: Finale: Spring Dance. White Recital Hall.
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Bach Aria Soloists
Comprising violinist and founder Elizabeth Suh Lane, guitarist Beau Bledsoe, harpsichordist Elisa Williams Bickers and soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson, the Bach Aria Soloists present superbly performed off-the-beaten-path repertoire.
The group’s 2016-2017 season will showcase a variety of genres, ranging from British folk music to a modernist classic by Igor Stravinsky. Returning is an expanded version of one of the ensemble’s big hits of last season, “The Adventures of Don Quixote.” Actor Mark Robbins will narrate the befuddled knight’s escapades, and the ensemble will provide Spanish music from the time of Miguel Cervantes and from Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Don Quixote Suite.”
Oct. 23: “Folkways: Music of the British Isles and Its Migration to Missouri.” Hauskonzert at the home of Leslie Bowles Lerner.
Nov. 12: “Notes & Letters.” Kirk Hall, Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Feb. 18, 2017: Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat.” Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College. 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park.
April 22: “BAS Sings!” The Bach Aria Soloists and the Kansas City Chorale Quartet, featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten and John Dowland. Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road.
June 3: “The Adventures of Don Quixote.” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11 E. 40th St.
For more information, visit bachariasoloists.com.
Pops in the Park
Jason Seber will make his debut as the new assistant conductor for the Kansas City Symphony when he conducts Pops in the Park Monday at Shawnee Mission Park. Seber is taking over for Aram Demirjian, now the music director designate of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Packed with movie music and light classics, Pops in the Park is one of the Symphony’s most popular concerts of the year.
The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. and the gates at 5 p.m. Pre-concert entertainment includes an Instrument Petting Zoo and music provided by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.
7 p.m. Monday. Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. Free. 816-471-0400 or kcsymphony.org.
Dance in the Park
There’s something shamanic about celebrating the change of seasons with dance. You can get in touch with that primal feeling at the 18th annual Dance in the Park Saturday at Roanoke Park.
There will be booty-shaking of various sorts to mark the shift from summer to fall, from hip-hop to ballet, aerial to tap. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to take part in an East Indian dance class. Don’t forget blankets and lawn chairs, but, please, no pets.