The Kansas City Symphony has taken enormous strides, aided in a large part by the nearly perfect acoustic environment of Helzberg Hall. Friday’s concert was no exception, with guest conductor Carlos Kalmar leading a well-balanced ensemble in myriad exciting contrasts, joined by Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.
Peter Shaffer’s prize-winning psychological thriller about a British psychiatrist trying to help a troubled youth arrives at the Living Room with a cast and creative team who share impressive credits at other Kansas City theater companies. It runs through April 19.
Eric Rosen, artistic director of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre,has fashioned a concert version of the classic “American tribal love-rock musical” that calls on veterans of the original production to share their recollections of the 1960s and the show’s cultural impact. The show officially opens Friday and runs through April 12 at the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus.
Unusual among contemporary concert-dance companies because of its for-profit status, Momix has stretched further into the realms of popular and corporate culture than your typical artistic dance ensemble. It performs Friday and Saturday at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.
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The traditional presentation of “Giselle,” which continues through March 22 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, demonstrates why classics remain classics. Splendid dance, memorable music and engaging storytelling combined for a thoughtful display of love, heartbreak and redemption.
Camaraderie and energy marked Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood’s duo performance in Helzberg Hall on Saturday night, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series. Violinist Bell has the celebrity, with his iconic performance style, virtuosic abilities and highly publicized accomplishments. Yet pianist Haywood wasn’t just an accompanist, but rather an equal collaborator with a gentlemanly demeanor.
KC Fringe presents a unique play by an Iranian writer that turns an evening of theater into a complicit act between an actor, the playwright and an audience. It continues through March 30 at the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station.
After 56 years, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is going stronger than ever, recording and concertizing around the world. The Harriman-Jewell Series will present the renowned chamber orchestra this Friday at Helzberg Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk as special guest soloist.
Frank Higgins’ play, set in the Great Depression, is a speculative work of fiction based on real events that is by turns impressive, poignant, anachronistic and unconvincing. The production runs through March 22 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre.
Heroism can manifest in a single dramatic selfless action or in a lifetime of tireless persistence to aid the common good. Celebrating these aspects of heroism, the Kansas City Symphony, joined by guest clarinetist Anthony McGill, gave a forceful, energetic performance in Helzberg Hall on Friday, conducted by Michael Stern.
August Wilson’s play, which runs through March 22 at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, about a gypsy taxi station in Pittsburgh benefits from a convincing physical production and memorable performances by some of the best African-American actors in Kansas City.
The 19th century dreamlike tale of eternal love and revenge-minded ghosts will be told through the subtlest of movements by dancers Molly Wagner and Tempe Ostergren. The Kansas City Ballet will present “Giselle” for six performances beginning this Friday at Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Angels in America” and the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will be in Kansas City this week to speak at the UMKC Pride Breakfast. Kushner says the changes, politically and culturally, for the gay community since he wrote “Angels” are stunning.
“Black Pearl Sings,” one of the most widely produced plays by Kansas City-based playwright Frank Higgins, gets a local production with Nedra Dixon and Vanessa Severo, courtesy of Spinning Tree Theatre. Performances begin Friday and run through March 22 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre.
“Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, may show its age, but it remains an a singular work of deep anger, harsh humor and theatrical imagination. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre performs the two plays that comprise the work, “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika,” in repertory through March 29 at the Copaken Stage.