At the Institute for Healthy Singing, director Jamea Sale helps singers develop their voices without damaging them. Her insights help William Baker’s Summer Singers prepare to perform Carmina Burana on Aug. 19.
Bach Aria Soloists — Elizabeth Suh Lane, Elisa Williams Bickers and Sarah Tannehill Anderson — unveil a new season. Included: concerts at the Nelson and Kemper, a Shakespeare collaboration and a hauskonzert.
The Kansas City Symphony has released the seasons for its Classics Uncorked and happy hour series. Bach, Bluegrass and Bourbon kicks off Classics Uncorked Nov. 8, 2018. Piano Pizzazz on Sept. 11, 2018, is the first happy hour concert.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne will retire at the end of the 2018-19 season after presiding over a period of growth and stability, the Symphony has announced. Byrne is the man behind the Symphony in the Flint Hills concerts.
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.
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.
“Peter Pan” at the Kansas City Ballet, running Friday, May 11-Sunday, May 20, 2018, will feature choreography by artistic director Devon Carney, a jaunty score, colorful sets and costumes and lots of flying.
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.
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.
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.
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.