Arts Calendar

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SEPTEMBER 
  • September 1 – 17: Spinning Tree Theatre; Finian’s Rainbow; The plucky “theater that could” takes on the E.Y. Harburg/Burton Lane classic. 
  • September 6 – October 1: Unicorn Theatre; Men on Boats. 816-531-7529 or unicorntheatre.org. 
  • September 10: Park University, International Center for Music; Kenneth Broberg, piano; The 23-year-old Park University graduate student, who just won the Silver Medal in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, makes his local professional debut. 816-474-4444 or follytheater.org.
  • September 10: Triumph! Van Cliburn Medalist Kenny Broberg In ConcertPark International Center for Music; Join us for a performance celebrating Kenny Broberg’s Silver Medal in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, considered the most prestigious and challenging piano competition in the world; 4 p.m.; Folly Theater; $10-$50; (816) 474-4444.
  • September 12: The 1900 Building; Harry S. Truman: From 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to the 1900 Building; This one-man show allows you to “meet” Truman as portrayed by actor Raymond Starzmann, who says his goal is to make history more accessible by “putting a face on it.” 816-221-4488 or 1900bldg.com.
  • September 13 – October 1: Kansas City Actors Theatre; A Lie of the Mind; Sam Shepard’s harrowing tale of pain and compassion is one of the great American plays of our time.
  • September 14 – 30: Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; Antigone; The indefatigable company opens its season with Jean Anhouilh’s retelling of Sophocles’ classic. 
  • September 15 – 17: Kansas City Symphony; Rachmaninoff and Capriccio Espagnol. Natasha Paremski, one of today’s rising-star pianists, joins Michael Stern to open the KCS season with “Rach 3.” 
  • September 19 – October 22: Coterie Theatre; We Shall Not Be Moved; Ed Simpson’s moving Civil Rights drama takes on the real-life confrontation when students in Greensboro, North Carolina, sat at a whites-only lunch counter: a ruckus heard ‘round the world. Coterie Producing Artistic Director Jeff Church directs. Crown Center. 816-474-6552 or thecoterie.org. 
  • September 14 – October 8: Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City; The Soldier’s Play; Charles Fuller’s path-forging World War II drama A Soldier’s Play is best known to the public through its excellent film adaptation (A Soldier’s Story), but on the stage it can convey an even more powerful impact. The Arts Asylum. 816-663-9966 or brtkc.org. 
  • September 22 – 23: Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College; New Dance Partners: The Ultimate Collaboration; Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company and Störling Dance Company perform new works by four choreographers. Yardley Hall, JCCC. 913-469-4445 or jccc.edu.
  • September 23: The True VineKantorei KC; A conversation with the Divine featuring the music of Arvo Part and Carlo Gesualdo; 07:30 pm; St. Peters Church- Brookside; $15 General, $10 Seniors; (816) 509-4406.
  • September 27 – November 26: New Theatre Restaurant; Driving Miss Daisy; Michael Learned (The Waltons) and Charlie Robinson (Night Court) star in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play; Dennis Hennessey directs. 913-649-7469 or newtheatre.com. 
  • September 29 – October 29: Quality Hill Playhouse; I’ve Got a Crush On You; QHP and J. Kent Barnhart start their stellar season of American Songbook classics with a program dedicated to the Gershwins, Irvin Berlin and the best of the best. 
  • September 30 – October 8: Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Eugene Onegin; Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin adaptation tells of a troubled aristocrat who meets his match in the strong-willed Tatyana. Tomer Zvulun directs a new production, with set designs by the always-surprising Erhard Rom.

OCTOBER
 
  • October 8: Friends of Chamber Music; Boston Early Music Festival, Chamber Duets of Love and Longing; Peerless early-music group performs Frescobaldi, Handel and others.
  • October 11: Harriman-Jewell Series; Chicago Symphony with Riccardo Muti; Arguably the greatest living conductor returns to the Series with music by a foundational composer we rarely hear in KC: Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony. 
  • October 13-22: Kansas City Ballet; Romeo and Juliet; KCB Artistic Director Devon Carney creates his own version of the classic, with Prokofiev’s music performed live by the KC Symphony. Kauffman Center. 816-931-8993 or kcballet.org.
  • October 13-22: Kansas City Actors Theatre: King Lear; In a co-production with UMKC Theatre, Theodore Swetz takes the title role. H&R Block City Stage (Shepard); Spencer Theatre (Shakespeare). 816-235-6222 or kcactors.org. 
  • October 13 – November 5: Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Fences; August Wilson’s blunt 1987 play about hope in the midst of family dysfunction, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, was a classic long before it was a blockbuster movie. Copaken Stage. 816-235-2700 or kcrep.org. 
  • October 14: Harriman-Jewell Series; Xavier Foley, double bass (Discovery Concerts).
  • October 14 and 17: Kansas City Chorale; A Haunted Evening; The Grammy Award-winning Chorale celebrates the spookiest choral music ever, from the dastardly Dies Irae chant to Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. The 1900 Building (Oct. 14) and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Oct. 17). 816-235-6222 or kcchorale.org. 
  • October 15: Te Deum; ‘Secret Service’ featuring William Byrd’s Mass for 5 Voices; This exciting young choir opens its 10th season with one of the most exhilarating products of the English Renaissance. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. te-deum.org.
  • October 16: An Evening with Rupi KaurKauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Rupi Kaur’s long-awaited second collection, the sun and her flowers, will be released in October 2017. Through this collection Kaur continues to explore a variety of themes including love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration and revolution. The event is presented in partnership Andrews McMeel Universal and Rainy Day Books; 7 p.m.; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; $28.50 plus applicable fees; (816) 994-7222.
  • October 17: Regional Juried Christian Arts Competition and Exhibition- Opening ReceptionCatholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas; 26 artists with over 50 pieces of work will be displayed in the Art Hall at Savior Pastoral Center. Our jurur, Dr. Dennis McNamara, will be in town the night of the Opening Reception to help present the 5 pre-selected awards and one “People’s Choice Award”; 5:30 p.m.; Savior Pastoral Center; Free; (913) 647-3060.
  • October 18 – November 12: Unicorn Theatre; Disgraced; The Pakistani-American playwright won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this reflection on Muslim-American self-identity and Islamophobia. Sidonie Garrett directs. 
  • October 21: Harriman-Jewell Series; Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax, violin and piano (musical power-duo).
  • October 21-22: Owen/Cox Dance Group and The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater KC; In the Rompus Room; KC’s feistiest young dance group joins one of its most raucous musical ensembles. Polsky Theatre. owencoxdance.org or 913-469-4445. 
  • October 27: Friends of Chamber Music; Pavel Haas String Quartet; Brilliant Czech ensemble in music of Schubert, Shostakovich and Smetana. Folly Theater. 816-561-9999 or chambermusic.org. 
  • October 27: Harriman-Jewell Series; Stars of American Ballet. Kauffman Center (except Oct. 14, which is at the Folly Theater). 816-415-5025 or hjseries.org. 
  • October 27 – November 12: Spinning Tree Theatre; Casa Valentina; STT presents the KC premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s play about a drag theater nestled in the Catskills, a clandestine hangout for 1960s gays in the Borscht Belt. 816-235-6222 or spinningtreetheatre.com.
  • October 28: Folly Jazz Series; Lee Ritenour; The Grammy Award-winning guitarist, who has played with legends, opens the Series’ spectacular 35th Anniversary Season, which also includes appearances by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (December 9) and others. 816-474-4444 or follytheater.org. 
  • October 28: Lee Ritenour; Folly Jazz Series; Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. He has received 17 Grammy nominations and recorded over 40 albums, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You”, which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org.  
 

 

NOVEMBER

  • November 2-19: MTH at Crown Center; Into the Woods; Sondheim’s delightful and perhaps most quizzical musical, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, is treated to a headlong production directed by the peerless Sarah Crawford, Musical Theater Heritage’s Producing Artistic Director for Musicals. MTH Theater at Crown Center. 816-221-6987 or www.musicaltheaterheritage.com.
  • November 3-5: Kansas City Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem and the French Impressionists; Brahms’ choral masterwork, with soloists and quirky texts that depart from the standard liturgy, is led by Robert Spano. Kauffman Center. 816-471-0400 or kcsymphony.org.
  • November 4: Performing Arts Series at JCCC; Festival of South African Dance, Featuring Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies.
  • November 7: The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra, with Valery Gergiev and pianists Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch. The world-renowned conductor is joined by Park University’s piano guru and one of his prize former pupils in Mozart’s Two-Piano Concerto. Kauffman Center. 816-415-5025 or hjseries.org.
  • November 9-16: Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; Cymbeline; This Shakespeare rarity is both comedy and romance. 816-569-3226 or metkc.org. 
  • November 10: Harlem String Quartet, with pianist Aldo López-Gavilán. Yardley Hall. 913-469-4445 or jccc.edu. 
  • November 11: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Vienna Boys ChoirCelebrated worldwide, the Vienna Boys Choir has delighted music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and a diverse repertoire encompassing Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, medieval chant and popular music; 8 p.m.; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; $19-$59; (816) 994-7222.
  • November 11 & 12: Te Deum Chamber Choir Presents: To Light the WorldTe Deum; The program will include William Walton’s The Twelve, James MacMillan’s Te Deum, and works by Tavener, Pärt, McDowell, and Dove. Concluding the concert will be a commissioned piece by award-winning German composer Ingrid Stölzel, with a text written in celebration of Te Deum’s 10th season by Dr. Robert Bode; 7:30 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; $15 General Admission | Students Free with ID.
  • November 11-19: Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Everest; First performed in 2015, this innovative opera is based on a real-life tragedy on the world’s highest peak. Kauffman Center. 816-471-7344 or kcopera.org.  
  • November 14-19: Theatre League/Kansas City Broadway Series; Waitress: The Musical; This show-stopper, inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, features music by six-time Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles.
  • November 17 – December 24: Kansas City Repertory Theatre; A Christmas Carol; Eric Rosen directs an all-new adaptation of the holiday fixture, now in its 37th season: You can bet he’ll bring his own polish to it. Spencer Theatre. 816-235-2700 or kcrep.org. 
  • November 24 – December 24: Quality Hill Playhouse; Christmas in Song. 816-421-1700 or qualityhillplayhouse.com. 

DECEMBER 
 
  • December 1: Friends of Chamber Music; The Tallis Scholars, Commemorating 500 Years of Heinrich Isaac​; This stellar British ensemble celebrates a Renaissance master not just with his own music but with that of Josquin and others. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 816-561-9999 or chambermusic.org. 
  • December 2, 3 and 8: Kansas City Chorale; The Holiday Concerts; The ensemble “sings in” the season with works by Mendelssohn, Abbie Betinis, Nico Muhly, Stephen Paulus, and others. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Dec. 2), The 1900 Building (Dec. 3) and Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church (Dec. 8). 816-235-6222 or kcchorale.org. 
  • December 2, 3 and 10: Heartland Men’s Chorus; Packages With Beaus; This year’s holiday program features a string quartet and an appearance (on Dec. 10) of singer-actor Claybourne Elder, star of the Broadway and (sometimes) the KC stage. Folly Theater (Dec. 2-3) and Yardley Hall (Dec. 10). 816-931-3338 or hmckc.org. 
  • December 5-10: Theatre League/Kansas City Broadway Series; Les Miserables. Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical is now making its 25th anniversary tour. Music Hall. 816-421-7500 or broadwayinkc.com.
  • December 7-24: Kansas City Ballet; The Nutcracker; Now in its third season, Devon Carney’s fresh production continues to sparkle. Kauffman Center. 816-931-8993 or kcballet.org. 
  • December 9: Folly Jazz Series; Spanish Harlem Orchestra; Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the two-time Grammy winning Salsa and latin Jazz Band, sets the standard for excellence for authentic, New York style, hard core salsa. Now in its fourteenth year, SHO is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 

JANUARY 2018
  • January 19: Folly Jazz SeriesMarcus Roberts Trio; In 2014, Marcus Roberts’ life and work was featured on a segment of the celebrated CBS News program 60 Minutes, entitled “The Virtuoso”, which traced Roberts’ life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at the Florida School for the deaf and blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 

FEBRUARY 
  • February 17: Folly Jazz Series; Cyrille Aimlee; Vocalist Cyrille Aimee was primarily raised in Samois-sur-Seine, France, the same place where legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt had lived, which contributed to her great love of gypsy musical influences; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 

MARCH 

  • March 9: Folly Jazz SeriesHot Sardines; Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 
  • March 16: Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary TourKauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will present three performances in Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in March 2018. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song; 7:30 pm; Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; $39-$79; (816) 994-7222.
  • March 17: Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary TourKauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will present three performances in Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in March 2018. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; $39-$79; (816) 994-7222.
  • March 24 & 25: Te Deum Chamber Choir Presents: Seven Last Words from the CrossTe Deum; Te Deum Chamber Choir offers another choral reflection for the Lenten season with James MacMillan’s virtuosic masterpiece depicting the crucified Christ’s final utterances. Commissioned by BBC Television in 1994, it was first heard in seven nightly episodes broadcast for English audiences during that year’s Holy Week, and has been described by reviewers as “mesmerizing” and “deeply, deeply moving” with “an inexorable sense of the drama in the text.; 7:30 p.m.; Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church; $15 General Admission; Students Free with ID.

 


APRIL 

  • April 17: Folly Jazz SeriesSFJazz Collective; An all star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org.