KC Fringe Festival runs July 19-29, 2018. Shows include “Overture the Musical,” “After Persephone,” “Medea: An American Tragedy,” “And God Did Shake the Pear,” “Rise,” “Intrusion,” “Lil Women: A Rap Musical,” “Miranda: One Woman’s Tempest”
Kansas City Mayor Sly James on Monday, July 9, announced Janelle Monae, The Roots and Vijay Iyer as the featured performers during the middle weekend of a new two-month-long arts festival called Open Spaces.
The American Guild of Organists brings its convention to Kansas City July 2-6, 2018, the first time there. A number of concerts will be open to the public. Performers include Jan Kraybill, Elise Bickers, Jennifer Pascual, Hector Olivera.
Classical CDs to sample this summer: Rameau: ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’; Pavel Chesnokov: ‘Teach Me Thy Statutes’; Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, Piano Concerto, Oboe Concerto, Flos Campi; Brahms: A German Requiem by KC’s Te Deum.
“There’s No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism From LGBT Kansas,” by C.J. Janovy, is the FYI Book Club’s latest selection. In it, Janovy finds quiet progress for LGBT residents in a state better known for anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
Kansas City Symphony will end its season and celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary with his “Age of Anxiety” and Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” June 22-24, 2018. Michael Stern conducts, Ran Dank is piano soloist.
KC Repertory Theatre artistic director Eric Rosen is stepping down to pursue opportunities in New York. In his decade with the theater, he's increased the annual budget and renovated its Spencer Theater. Jason Chanos will serve as interim artistic director.
The first efforts to found a university in Kansas City were led by Episcopal Methodists who dreamed of a school called Lincoln and Lee. But those efforts failed and another group surfaced to found the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Stan Herd's China project represents the most ambitious addition to the series of crop artworks on young indigenous women that the Kansas native launched in the early ’90s, with his rendering of a Kickapoo woman near Salina.
Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins Kansas City Symphony June 15-June 17, 2018, for a program of works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Thomas Ades, Einojuhani Rautavaara. Plus, Bach Aria Soloists, Kansas City Chorale join forces for June 16 concert.
Kansas City has ties to the early days of the telephone. Theodore Gary amassed a string of independent phone companies that eventually morphed into Verizon. Almon Brown Strowger developed the rotary dial phone.
The Friends of Chamber Music announces its 2018-2019 season, which includes Richard Goode and Jonathan Biss. Also: Kansas City Symphony’s Classics Uncorked; Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Ludus Tonalis; Musica Vocale’s Harmoniemusik.
Mike Stoller, one half of the iconic songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, will be honored at June 2, 2018, at the American Jazz Walk of Fame. He and Jerry Leiber (who died in 2011) wrote such hits as "Stand By Me," "Kansas City" and "Hound Dog."
“Dear Fahrenheit 451,” the FYI Book Club’s latest selection, inspired readers to share their love for books and libraries. In it, librarian Annie Spence describes the books she loves, those she doesn’t and why with wit and charm.
The American Jazz Walk of Fame induction ceremony June 2, 2018, will include a concert by David Sanborn, Marilyn Maye and Ruben Studdard. Also, on May 31: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with Deborah Brown, Bobby Watson and Sylwester Ostrowski.
The Kansas City Symphony will perform an adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on June 1-3, 2018. Also: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” with pianist Martin Helmchen as soloist. Plus, Kantorei performs June 2-June 3.