Performing Arts

New Friends of Chamber Music season features masters, favorites and powerhouses

The Parker String Quartet — violinist Ying Xue (from left), violinist Daniel Chong, violist Jessica Bodner and cellist Kee-Hyun Kim — will perform March 16, 2018, as part of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 2017-18 season.
The Parker String Quartet — violinist Ying Xue (from left), violinist Daniel Chong, violist Jessica Bodner and cellist Kee-Hyun Kim — will perform March 16, 2018, as part of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 2017-18 season.

The Friends of Chamber Music recently announced its 2017-18 season, and it features an especially strong lineup of early music, as well as internationally acclaimed chamber ensembles and a master pianists series boasting the likes of the legendary Nelson Freire and keyboard powerhouse Yefim Bronfman.

For those who love and appreciate medieval music, the new season has many delights. On Dec. 1, the Tallis Scholars will present their biennial Christmas concert. They always sing a program of Renaissance choral music composed for the season. It’s balm to the soul for those who love Christmas music.

In January, the Boston Camerata, one of America’s finest early music ensembles, will present the medieval liturgical drama “The Play of Daniel.” Written in the 12th century, it is a landmark work in music and theater history.

Many top tier chamber quartets will be making appearances, including the Pavel Haas, Ariel and Brentano string quartets.

The Friends is using the 1900 Building more and more. The midcentury venue on Shawnee Mission Parkway will host performances by Trio Solisti, the Parker String Quartet and the Dover Quartet.

Brazilian pianist Freire is somewhat reclusive, so it will be a true privilege to hear this keyboard giant live. Bronfman is a Kansas City favorite, having performed here many times, always to an enthusiastic reception.

Oct. 8: The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble will perform “Chamber Duets of Love and Longing” (Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.)

Oct. 27: The Pavel Haas String Quartet will perform music by Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich and Bedrich Smetana. (Folly)

Nov. 3: Trio Solisti will perform music by Franz Joseph Haydn, Ernest Chausson and Antonin Dvorak. (1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods)

Dec. 1: The Tallis Scholars. (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 W. 12th St.)

Jan. 12, 2018: The Ariel String Quartet with pianist Alon Goldstein and bassist Rachel Calin will perform music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bela Bartok and Schubert (Folly)

Jan. 19: “The Play of Daniel” performed by the Boston Camerata (Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St.)

Jan. 26: Pianist Llyr Williams will present an all-Schubert program. (Folly)

Feb. 18: Ricercar Consort will perform “Music for Anna-Magdalena Bach” (Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village)

Feb. 23: The Brentano String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss will perform music by Mozart, Anton Webern and Edward Elgar. (Folly)

March 10: Pianist Fabio Bidini will perform music by Muzio Clementi, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and Robert Schumann. (Folly)

March 16: Parker String Quartet will perform music by Igor Stravinsky, Gyorgy Ligeti and Beethoven. (1900 Building)

April 6: The Dover Quartet will perform music by Haydn, Arnold Schoenberg and Felix Mendelssohn. (1900 Building)

April 22: Pianist Nelson Freire will perform music by Mozart, Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Isaac Albeniz (Folly)

May 18: Pianist Yefim Bronfman will perform music by Schumann, Debussy and Stravinsky. (Folly)

For more information, call 816-561-9999 or visit

Kansas City Dance Festival

Dancers from the Kansas City Ballet are not putting up their feet for the summer. They have joined forces with Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Finnish National Ballet to present the Kansas City Dance Festival, June 16-24.

The festival will begin with an “Explorations” program of contemporary dance on June 16 at the Quixotic Studio. “Explorations” will feature several world premieres, including one by Jennifer Owen, artistic director of the Owen/Cox Dance Group. An “Artist Residency Performance” will take place June 24 at the Folly Theater.

The festival also includes master dance classes, open rehearsals and a dance forum.

Explorations: Black Box Performance. 7:30 p.m. June 16. Quixotic Studio, 1616 Broadway. $100.

Master dance class: 1:30 p.m. June 17. Ballet North, 6308 North Prospect Ave., Gladstone. $30.

Dance forum open rehearsal: 5:30 p.m. June 21. Quixotic Studio. Free.

Main event: 7:30 p.m. June 24. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th. $45-$100.

For tickets and more information, call 816-842-5500 or go to

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