Celebration at the Station, Kansas City Symphony’s Memorial Day weekend concert, is May 27, 2018. Also, Park University’s International Center for Music season includes Dang Thai Son, Vladimir Viardo, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Behzod Abduraimov.
Kansas City Symphony Chorus will perform Mauric Durufle’s requiem on May 20, 2018. Charles Bruffy conducts. Pianist Yefim Bronfman will perform May 18, 2018, at Folly Theater. Noah Geller, Symphony concertmaster, may be Seattle-bound.
Jazz pianist Chris Neville performs at the Black Dolphin on May 14, 2018, while in Kansas City with the touring company of “The Lion King.” Also this week: “Blues People,” a new album from Logan Richardson.
Kansas City native Ben Jeffrey is bringing his character Pumbaa to Kansas City when “The Lion King” comes to the Music Hall May 9-27, 2018. Jeffrey, who grew up in Red Bridge and was home-schooled, has played the character for eight years.
LitUp, a book festival organized by 15-year-old Emery Uhlig, will run May 12 at Mid-Continent Public Library-North Independence Branch. Featured authors include Nnedi Okorafor, Maya Van Wagenen, Madeline Miller and Rainbow Rowell.
Hallmark's Mahogany cards descend from the black pride movement of the 1960s. With the recent rise of Black Lives Matter, the voice is evolving to encompass America's many black experiences, from black girl magic and black boy joy to "Black Panther."
Kansas City artist Aven Love painted her way into Kevin Hart's heart with her art. A portrait she painted of him stole the show when his "Irresponsible Tour" rocked the Sprint Center on April 27, 2018.
The documentary “Itzhak” follows the life of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. It opens May 4 in Kansas City at the Tivoli. Plus, Audra McDonald coming to KC; Harriman-Jewell’s Discovery Concerts announced; Gamelan Genta Kasturi to perform.
A new exhibit of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will showcase 190 years of the medium with works that were purchased with a $10 million grant from the Hall Family Foundation. "The Big Picture" is free and opens Saturday.
In Kansas City’s red light district, Annie Chambers had the most notorious brothel, but she was hardly alone: by 1910, 128 houses of ill-repute were known to police. A relic of those days, Chambers’ mirror, is at the National Archives in KC.
The annual Bachathon, a four-hour celebration of organ music and choral performance, will be Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Village Presbyterian Church. Also: “Night of Tango” April 21 and pianist Nelson Freire on April 22.
Mystery solved: Thomas Hart Benton called him "Mr. Sharkey" but forgot his real name. Now the identity of the black man portrayed in Benton's 1936 mural was identified Monday as powerful and respected St. Louis politico Jordan W. Chambers.
William Baker Festival Singers will present Mozart’s “Great” Mass and the world premiere of “Seven Last Words” on April 8, 2018. Also: KC Symphony presents Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Park University alum David Radzynski returns.
Clarinetist Anat Cohen brings her 10-piece band to the Gem Theater on April 7, 2018. Also this week: New albums from Lonnie McFadden and The Project H, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri comes to town.
The Kansas City Ballet marks 60 years with George Balanchine’s “Diamonds” and several acclaimed premieres of contemporary works. The 60th Anniversary Dance Festival takes place April 6-8 and April 13-15, 2018.
The Opera Department of UMKC presents “La Voix Humaine” and “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” on Sunday, March 25. Also: Kansas City Chorale “Springsong”; Te Deum “Seven Last Words From the Cross”; Musica Vocale “Shared Music Transcends Time.”
“Mean,” by Myriam Gurba, is the FYI Book Club’s latest selection. Readers said the memoir, in which Gurba deals with her sexual assault, was disturbing but rewarding. Some disliked the writing, a blend of true crime, ghost story and humor.