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London-based early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico breathed youthful energy into music of the Hapsburg court last Friday evening at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for The Friends of Chamber Music.
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In March the Kansas City Ballet brings us an immortal masterpiece, "Giselle," with a score by Adolphe Adam. Piano fans can hear the wonderful András Schiff with the Friends of Chamber Music, and the same group brings us another terrific pianist, Marc-André Hamelin, with Les Violons du Roy. The world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell returns to the Harriman-Jewell Series. Symphony music fans will celebrate the return of the Kansas City Symphony to Helzberg Hall with a concert featuring Schumann, Beethoven, and a new composition by Richard Danielpour for clarinet soloist Anthony McGill. Fans of contemporary music also can enjoy newEar’s second concert of the season. Other delights await as well, so please check the full listing.
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Theater League’s current Broadway presentation, "The Book of Mormon," is a riotous satire of faith and religion via a wholly original musical for the twenty-first century.
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Sarah VanLanduyt, executive director of the Arts Council of Johnson County, came home to Kansas by way of Wisconsin and joined the Arts Council in 2008. Since then, she has worked with artists, organizations, advocates, and volunteers to ensure the future of arts in Johnson County. Senior copy editor Liz Murray interviewed Sarah about her path to the Arts Council, budget concerns, and the upcoming Shooting Stars Gala on March 29.
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The UMKC Conservatory presented its Conservatory Orchestra with Xueli Liu, the winner of its Chancellor’s Concerto Competition, in a concert of masterful performances of monumental works.
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The Heritage Philharmonic presented a concert of three Russian composers February 21, at Blue Springs High School with guest soloist Susie Yang of the Kansas City Symphony.
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The Kansas City Chorale's “Music From North of the Border” had its genesis in the Chorale's trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Primarily by living composers and heard for the first in Kansas City, these Canadian pieces offered a glimpse of current composition trends in our neighbor to the north.
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The Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College brought South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo to a packed house at the Carlsen Center. The group’s warm vocal harmonies and tireless performance energy were received with great enthusiasm and excitement.
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For independent movie enthusiasts, here are a pair of upcoming March release dates of note in the Kansas City area that include a sequel to 2011 surprise hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and an action/thriller from the UK featuring "Unbroken" star Jack O’Connell.
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Michael Donovan, who has been on the staff of the Missouri Arts Council for 10 years, five of them as assistant director, has been appointed as the Council’s executive director.
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