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At this past weekend’s concerts, the Kansas City Symphony announced programming for its 2015–16 Classical Series. Additionally, the Symphony unveils its dates and guest artists for its 2015–16 Pops and Family Series, plus special and holiday concerts.
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Spring has sprung! Okay, not really (brrrr!)—but as 2015 gets underway, it’s time to look to the spring stretch of the 2014–15 theatre schedule; indeed, now’s the time to catch Kansas City’s major adult professional companies and presenters in mid-season form! As a guide, here are some highlights to anticipate. And come back often to KCMetropolis for more listings, previews, and reviews of the diverse theatre our area has to offer.
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Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City (All voice types: open) Rezound! Handbell Ensemble (Jan. 17); Midwest Dramatists Center (Playwrights wanted: Apply by Feb. 28); Charlotte Street Foundation (Rocket Grants: Proposals due Mar. 23)
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Everyone knows Kansas City is the place to be for great jazz, of course, and increasingly our world music scene has become something to behold as well. Kristin Shafel Omiccioli looks forward at this spring’s offerings in both genres.
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The Kansas City Symphony gets back into the swing in the second half of January with two concerts featuring works of Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy, with a world premiere by André Previn thrown in. You can also attend a preview concert of the Symphony’s next recording project, featuring the music of Gustav Holst. The Russian National Ballet brings "Giselle" to the Kauffman Center for the Harriman-Jewell Series, and the Ariel Quartet and Alon Goldstein perform for The Friends of Chamber Music. Although it is not until next month, prepare for the Sunday, February 1 joint recital of Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez on Super Bowl Sunday. It will truly make the day “super” for Kansas City music fans.
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Local and visiting dance troupes balance classical repertoire (including two productions of "Giselle") with adventuresome new works across the stages of the Kansas City metro area this spring.
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From trench warfare on the Western Front and women coming of age in nineteenth century New England to Mormon missionaries in Africa and hippie counterculture in the States, Kansas City’s stages have much to offer for opera and musical theatre lovers this spring.
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Kansas City Jazz Vespers is a new free series at the First Baptist Church of Kansas City. The monthly programs feature quality local performers.
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The year 2014 was filled with orchestral delights in Kansas City, and the spring of 2015 has its share of attractive offerings as well. There are far too many to list in this short article, but here are a few of the spring highlights.
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“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” at the Jewish Community Center; “That’s Entertainment: The MGM Years” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Waiting to Be Invited” at KC MeltingPot; “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Theatre Lawrence; “The Toughest Kid in the World” at Theatre for Young America; “Chicago” at Broadway Across America and Theater League; “Mary Stuart” at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; “An Iliad” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” at the Coterie; “Rapunzel” at Paul Mesner Puppets; “Lasso of Truth” at Unicorn Theatre; and more.
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