Start the holiday season right with weekend calendar picks from KC Studio editor Alice Thorson! This week Unicorn Theatre opens their production of Stupid Fucking Bird, a reimagining of Chekov’s The Seagull running through December 23rd. Friday night, The Friends of Chamber Music present Tallis Scholars, as they celebrate the life and work of composer Heinrich Issac (local choir Te Deum will be performing before the concert at 6:30 pm). On Saturday and Sunday, the Kansas City Chorale celebrates the season with a selection of winter carols and the Heartland Men’s Chorus presents their annual holiday concert at the Folly. Sunday night, Musica Sacra and Orchestra presents a concert of Baroque Christmas music at Arrupe Hall on the Rockhurst campus. For more ideas this weekend, visit Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.
November 29, 2017 – December 23, 2017
An aspiring director, a beautiful young actress, an aging Hollywood star and a famous author discover the messed up joys and thrilling heartbreaks of the struggle to create new art. In this hilarious reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner pits two tangled generations of star-crossed lovers against each other in the search for love and true meaning. With original songs, boundary-crossing innovation, and irreverent wit, Stupid Fucking Bird gives the finger to one classic play.
December 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This is the year to become acquainted with Heinrich Isaac, a towering musical figure in renaissance Europe, and the most prolific composer of his time . In 2017, we acknowledge the quincentennial of his death in Florence. Join the Tallis Scholars as they celebrate the life of this Flemish master in performance of his motets alongside those of his contemporaries John Browne, Nicolas Gombert, and Josquin des Prez.
The Chorale celebrates the season! Mendelssohn: Frohlocket, ihr Voelker auf Erden; Betinis: In the bleak Midwinter; Muhly: Sennex pueram; Coventry Carol; Ades: Fayrfax carol; Chilcott: Shepherd’s Carol; Paulus: Three Nativity Carols.
December 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
December 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Wrap yourself in HMC holiday packaging and finish it off with the perfect “beau” in this annual concert perfect to kick off your holiday merriment. At the C. Stephen Metzler Hall at the Folly Theater, December 2-3, we’re beside ourselves to announce that Well Strung, the hunkiest boys with bows will be joining us to share their world-renowned string quartet magic. On December 10, in Johnson County’s Yardley Hall, we’ll be coming back to JoCo for the second year and bringing our friend and Broadway sensation Claybourne Elder, fresh from New York in Sunday in the Park with George.
December 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | $12 – $22
Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall Auditorium at Rockhurst University
On Sunday, Dec. 3, Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra will present its Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Arrupe Hall on the Rockhurst University campus. The concert will feature Baroque Christmas music from Italy, Germany and France.
Francesco Durante’s Magnificat will serve as the highlight of the concert, while compositions including Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Christmas cantata and Dietrich Buxtehude’s Das neugeborne Kindelein will accompany it. The concert will conclude with traditional carols arranged by English composer and conductor David Willcocks.
Tickets, $22 for adults, or $12 for students and senior citizens, are available through the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222, online at rockhurst.edu or at the door. Free parking is available in the garage at 52nd Street and Troost Avenue and in all campus lots accessed through the University’s entrance at 54th Street and Troost Avenue. See rockhurst.edu/map.