Fall Season Highlights: A Calendar of Events

From the Kansas City Ballet’s much-anticipated production of “The Wizard of Oz” to Black Violin’s return to the Kauffman Center, Kansas City flies its flag as a culture town this season, with a whirlwind of concerts, plays, art exhibitions and more.

Above: Seen here in an Installation view, “Michael Rees: Pneumatopia” incorporates monumental inflatable vinyl cubes and an interactive app accessed by digital tablets. The exhibit continues at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, through Oct. 21. Photo by E.G. Schempf

Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents “West Side Story” Sept. 22 – 30 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (The Jet Boys dancing pictured above are from a Houston Grand Opera production, photo by Lynn Lane.)

SEPTEMBER

“Michael Rees: Pneumatopia”
Through Oct. 21
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas Focus Gallery
www.nermanmuseum.org

“Wendell Castle – Progression”
Through Oct. 21
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas Focus Gallery
www.nermanmuseum.org

Wendell Castle: Shifting Vocabularies
Through Jan. 20
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
www.nelson-atkins.org

“The Effect”
Sept. 5 – 30, times vary
Unicorn Theatre
www.UnicornTheatre.org

Kansas City Rep: “Last Days of Summer”
Sept. 7 – 30, times vary
Spencer Theater
www.kcrep.org

Bach Aria Soloists at the Kemper
Sept. 8, 2 p.m.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
www.bachariasoloists.com

The Ties that Bind: Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective
Sept. 8 – Jan. 7
Spencer Museum of Art
www.spencerart.ku.edu

Kansas City Actors Theatre: “A Moon for the Misbegotten”
Sept. 12 – 30, times vary
H&R Block City Stage in Union Station
www.kcactors.org

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre: “The Odd Couple”
Sept. 13 – 23, times vary
Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main St.
www.metkc.org

Flying Machines: A History of Early Aviation
Sept. 13 – March 9
Linda Hall Library
www.lindahall.org

Kansas City Melting Pot Theatre in collaboration with DNAWORKS: “Hollow Roots”
Sept.14, 7:30 p.m.; Sept.15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Just Off Broadway Theatre
www.kcmeltingpot.com

Kansas City Symphony: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Symphonic Dances”
Sept. 14 – 16, times vary
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcsymphony.org

Soundings
Sept. 15 – Dec. 16
Spencer Museum of Art
www.spencerart.ku.edu

Ensemble Ibérica: Fado Flamenco
Sept. 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m.
MTH Theater
www.ensembleiberica.org

Angela Dufresne: Making A Scene”
Sept. 20 – Jan. 6
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
www.kemperart.org

Park University — International Center for Music 1900 Series: Vladimir Viardo, Piano
Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
1900 Building
www.park.edu/icm

KC Melting Pot: “Radio Golf”
Sept. 21 – Oct. 6, times vary
Just Off Broadway Theatre
www.kcmeltingpot.com

Late Night Theatre — Las Vegas Legends Show
Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
Folly Theater
www.follytheater.org

Carlsen Center Presents: New Dance Partners
Sept. 21 and 22, 8 p.m.
Yardley Hall
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

Lyric Opera of Kansas City: “West Side Story”
Sept. 22, 23, 26, 28 and 30, times vary
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcopera.org

Harriman-Jewell Series: Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.hjseries.org

Folly Jazz Series: Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights
Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
Folly Theater
www.follytheater.org

Carlsen Center Presents: MOMIX “Opus Cactus”
Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Yardley Hall
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble: Our Ancient Past
Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
www.newear.org

Wendell Castle’s “100% In” (left) and “Remembering,” both from 2016, can be seen in this installation view of the exhibit “Wendell Castle: Shifting Vocabularies” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art through Jan. 20. (Photo: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art / Photo by Dana Anderson)

OCTOBER

Kauffman Center Presents: Black Violin
Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kauffmancenter.orgJoshua Bell, violin
Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center
www.lied.ku.edu

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company: “Dancing from the Heart”
Oct. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m.
UMKC Performing Arts Center, White Recital Hall
www.wylliams-henry.org

Kansas City Symphony: Beethoven’s Seventh and Grieg’s Piano Concerto
Oct. 5 – 7, times vary
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcsymphony.org

Bach Aria Soloists: The Annual Oktober Hauskonzert
Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
The Home of Jeff Zumsteg
www.bachariasoloists.com

Park University — International Center for Music 1900 Series: Schmuel Ashkenasi, Violin
Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
1900 Building
www.park.edu/icm

Open Spaces: The Weekend
Oct. 12 – 14
Locations vary
www.openspaceskc.com

Friends of Chamber Music: The Pacifica Quartet
Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
1900 Building
www.chambermusic.org

Kansas City Ballet: “The Wizard of Oz”
Oct. 12 – 21, times vary
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcballet.org

Kansas City Actors Theatre: “Dracula”
Oct. 12 – 21, times vary
Spencer Theater at UMKC
www.kcactors.org

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra: “Autumn in New York”
Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcjazzorchestra.net

Folly Jazz Series: Larry Carlton Quintet
Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
Folly Theater
www.follytheater.org

Kansas City Chorale: Kastalsky Requiem, Memory Eternal to the Slain Allies of the Great War
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Location TBA
www.kcchorale.org

Carlsen Center Presents: 10 Hairy Legs
Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Polsky Theatre
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

“Sweat”
Oct. 17 – Nov. 11, times vary
Unicorn Theatre
www.UnicornTheatre.org

Friends of Chamber Music: Vox Luminis
Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
www.chambermusic.org

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre: “Orphans’ Home Cycle”
Oct. 18 – Nov. 18
Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main St.
www.metkc.org

Kansas City Rep: “Of Mice and Men”
Oct. 19 – Nov. 11, times vary
Copaken Stage
www.kcrep.org

Carlsen Center Presents: Owen/Cox Dance Group “Morena” with Victoria Botero
Oct. 20, 8 p.m.; Oct. 21, 2 p.m.
Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

Kauffman Center Presents: Chanticleer
Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kauffmancenter.org

“Napoleon: Power and Splendor”
Oct. 26 – March 3
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
www.nelson-atkins.org

“Ralston Crawford”
Oct. 26 – April 7
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
www.nelson-atkins.org

Harriman-Jewell Series: Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Conductor; Denis Matsuev, Pianist
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.hjseries.org

The Friends of Chamber Music presents Víkingur Ólafsson, hailed as “Iceland’s Glenn Gould” by “The New York Times,” Nov. 2 at the Folly Theater. (Photo by Ari Magg)

NOVEMBER

Spinning Tree Theatre: “The Nance”
Nov. 2 – 18, times vary
Just Off Broadway Theatre
www.spinningtreetheatre.comFriends of Chamber Music: Víkingur Ólafsson
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Folly Theater
www.chambermusic.org

Harriman-Jewell Series: Ballet Folklórico de México
Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.hjseries.org

Lyric Opera of Kansas City: “Madama Butterfly”
Nov. 3, 7, 9, 11, times vary
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcopera.org

“Camelot”
Nov. 3 – 18, times vary
White Theatre
www.thewhitetheatre.org

Friends of Chamber Music: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Ari Avital and Ksenija Sidorova
Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.chambermusic.org

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble: The Joy of Childhood
Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; mini-tour at 7 p.m.
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
www.newear.org/

Carlsen Center Presents: Winterlude Marilyn Maye 90 at Last! featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra
Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Yardley Hall
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance: Fall Opera, Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera”
Nov. 15 – 17, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 18,
2:30 p.m.
White Recital Hall
www.conservatory.umkc.edu

Kansas City Symphony: Mozart, Bach and Schubert’s Ninth
Nov. 16 – 18, times vary
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcsymphony.org

Kansas City Symphony: Mozart’s “Jupiter” with Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto
Nov. 23 – 25, times vary
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcsymphony.org

“The Wolves”
Nov. 28 – Dec. 30, times vary
Unicorn Theatre
www.UnicornTheatre.org

The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center presents “An Evening with Amit Peled” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. (Photo courtesy of Amit Peled and the White Theatre at the J)

DECEMBER

Carlsen Center Presents: Bel Canto Trio
Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
Polsky Theatre
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

Carlsen Center Presents: Winterlude Angela Hagenbach Quintet
Dec. 2, 7 p.m.
Polsky Theatre
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

An Evening with Amit Peled
Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
White Theatre
www.thewhitetheatre.org

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
December 6-16, times vary
Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main St.
www.metkc.org

Friends of Chamber Music: Bach Collegium Japan
Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Folly Theater
www.chambermusic.org

Kansas City Chorale: Winter Song
Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.
Rozzelle Court, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
www.kcchorale.org

Kansas City Symphony & Chorus: Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 7 and 8, 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
www.kcsymphony.org

Carlsen Center Presents: A Winter’s Tale in Words and Song, performed by Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Bach Aria Soloists
Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College
www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter

A Winter’s Tale in Words and Song, performed by Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Bach Aria Soloists
Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library
Central Branch
www.bachariasoloists.com

Joyce Di Donato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Mezzo-soprano and Pianist in Recital
Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Folly Theater
www.hjseries.org

Ensemble Iberica: Road to Galicia
Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
St Paul’s Episcopal Church
www.ensembleiberica.org

Friends of Chamber Music: Stile Antico A Spanish Nativity
Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
www.chambermusic.org

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