Summer in Kansas City used to be a pretty sleepy affair for classical music, theater and dance, but no longer. The Summer Solstice is not even upon us yet, and we’ve already had the Symphony in the Flint Hills, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, the MET’s Ragtime, the Starlight’s Catch Me if You Can, and several others things. Here are some highlights of upcoming events from now through Labor Day.
NO LIMITS – Stern on the Kansas City Symphony: We’re just getting started!
One of the exciting things about living in Kansas City through the last decade has been the chance to see the Kansas City Symphony claim its place in the community as a world-class institution alongside the Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Museums, the Harriman-Jewell and Friends of Chamber Music Series, the KC Rep and Unicorn Theatres and the Lyric Opera and KC Ballet.
TRIUMVIRATE OF GREATS: Chorale fills Helzberg with rich sound in choral milestones
Heavenly is the word that comes to mind in describing the Kansas City Chorale’s performance of Arvo Pärt’s The Beatitudes, the opening choral work on its March 24th program of three masterpieces that also included Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Duruflé’s Requiem.
CHORAL CLARITY: Three-year-old choir performs works by Harris and others at Bolender Center
Kansas City has long been a choral haven, and never as much as today. Of the dozen local professional or semi-professional choral ensembles I can think of just off-hand (not including church choirs), more than half were founded in the last decade. Some have fought hard and fizzled, others have found a niche – and funding – and have persevered. A few have flourished and built a following.
CHEERIO, NOT GOODBYE: Departing KC Ballet artistic director feted with heartfelt reception
The stars came out on May 12th, as the Kansas City Ballet bid farewell to its longtime artistic director, William Whitener. He departs this June 30th after 17 years at the company’s helm.