As a native of Seoul, South Korea, Karah Son believes she brings a special insight into the title character of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Lyric Opera will present it at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.
The most delightful thing about reading L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”? How different it is from the classic 1939 movie, said participants in The Star’s FYI Book Club. And now it’s a ballet.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” lives on in movies, a museum and now a new adaptation by the KC Ballet. Why are we still fascinated with Dorothy and the Emerald City 118 years after L. Frank Baum wrote the book?
University of Kansas film professor Kevin Willmott is getting Oscar buzz for his screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman.” His play “Becoming Martin,” about young Martin Luther King Jr., debuts at the Coterie theater.
KC Repertory Theatre mixes big band, baseball and bromance in an endearing premiere of the new 1940s musical “Last Days of Summer.” It’s adapted by Steve Kluger from his novel, with a score by Jason Howland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a gala performance of Hamilton in London on August 29, and the musical’s creator Lin Manuel Miranda was also there to witness the Prince’s reaction to the onstage depiction of his ancestor King George III.
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.