Editor’s Weekend Calendar Picks, September 22 – 25

Time for weekend calendar picks from KC Studio editor Alice Thorson. Friday night, stop by La Esquina for the opening reception of I Am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen, an exhibition of visionary art presented by the Charlotte Street Foundation. UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance artist-in-residence Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company performs at White Recital Hall, and The Friends of Chamber Music present the Escher String Quartet with guitarist Jason Vieaux at the Folly. On Saturday, see the Sphinx Virtuosi (featured in our July/August 2016 issue) at the Folly, one of the Harriman-Jewell Series‘ free Discovery Concerts. Park University International Center for Music presents a night with violinist David Radzynski at the 1900 Karbank Building (featured in the September/October 2016 issue). For more ideas this weekend, visit Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.

Charlotte Street Presents Latest Exhibition, I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen


September 23 – October 29 | Free
la Esquina

Charlotte Street Foundation presents, I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen. The exhibition will be on display at La Esquina (1000 W 25th Street, KC, MO) Friday, September 23rd – October 29th with an opening reception Friday, September 23rd 6-9PM.

I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen presents a collective portrait of an idealized future, formed from the intersection of vision and action. Visionaries imagine and define utopias alongside activists that take risks and actions to make alternate futures possible. Both serve as catalysts that initiate and facilitate a positive change. Parallel universes, magical realism, optimism, and activism coexist to create a space where one can be immersed in the notion of a societal shift. We are creating a space in which amazing things can and do happen.

Featured artists include: Blaze Christopher (Kansas City, MO), Kelly John Clark (Kansas City, MO), Patricia Bordallo Dibildox + Hannah Carr (Kansas City, MO), Scott Dickson (Jonesboro, AK), Andrew Erdich (Kansas City, MO), Barbara Florez, (Kansas City, MO), Katie Hargrave + Brett Hunter (Chattanooga, TN), Elizabeth Huey (Los Angeles, CA), Julianna Lynn (Kansas City, MO), Victor Perez (Gainesville, FL), Samantha Persons (Houston,TX), Daniel Reneau (Kansas City, MO), Esther Ruiz (Brooklyn, NY), Edra Soto (Chicago, IL), Sopearb Touch (St Louis, MO), US English (St Louis, MO), Erin Zona (Kansas City, MO), Crys Yin (Brooklyn, NY)

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company


September 23 @ 7:30 pm
September 24 @ 7:30 pm
White Recital Hall

The Conservatory’s artist-in-residence, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, performs.

Escher String Quartet with Jason Vieaux, guitar


September 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | $35
Folly Theater

You will be spellbound by the unusual pairing of strings in this program, bringing together the string quartet and the guitar. The power of the bow meets the delicacy of plucked strings to bring you a program of the familiar and the unknown.As the resident ensemble for both Lincoln Center and the BBC (British Broadcasting Company), the Escher Quartet is much in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet and chosen by Pinchas Zukerman and Itzak Perlman to teach at their respective chamber music festivals, the Escher maintains a packed schedule as performers and mentors. They combine their exceptional gifts with those of Grammyaward winner, guitarist Jason Vieaux, the greatest classical guitarist of his generation. With concerts spanning Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America, concerts with 100 orchestras, and numerous recordings, Mr. Vieaux is one of classical music’s most sought-after artists.

Sphinx Virtuosi, chamber orchestra [Free Discovery Concert]

Sphinx Vurtuosi at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

September 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Folly Theater

This ensemble of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, led by the Catalyst Quartet, is composed of 18 alumni of the renowned Sphinx Competition who act as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. Of the group’s Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times praised Sphinx Virtuosi as “first-rate in every way.”

Park University International Center for Music Special Event: Violinist David Radzynski


September 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm | $40
Karbank 1900 Building

Radzynski is concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned a graduate certificate in violin performance from the ICM in 2014. He will be accompanied by Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM collaborative pianist.

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