The world-class series is back in force – KC STUDIO
Kansas City concert halls have been silent for too long. But this fall, they’ll be bursting with music and dancing when the Harriman-Jewell series returns with one of its most significant seasons since its premiere in 1965.
After more than a year of in-person events canceled due to the pandemic, the series is hosting a banquet for those hungry for live music. Featuring opera divas Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato, international piano superstars Khatia Buniatishvili and Daniil Trifonov, Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart and festive holiday music from Canadian Brass and discoveries and surprises along the way, this is the Harriman-Jewell series at its best.
The Harriman-Jewell series returns with exceptional performances on the Kansas City stages with its 57th season running from October to May 2022. Performers from left to right: Nashville Ballet in Lucy Negro Redux, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops On Tour.
The 2021-2022 season begins with the Kansas City favorites. Violinist Joshua Bell will be joined by pianist Alessio Bax for what promises to be a deeply moving and joyful event.
Fleming and DiDonato both plan concerts that go beyond the typical vocal recital.
“Renée is going to present an educational event in conjunction with the KU Med Center called Music and the Mind,” Morris said. “There will be a symposium on the impact of music on people’s brains and neural development. “
DiDonato collaborates with the early music ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro on a program called Eden. Inspired by the earth and nature, Eden will be a theatrical experience, with costumes, lighting and staging.
Another intriguing theatrical work is Lucy Negro Redux. Performed by dancers from the Nashville Ballet with live music provided by folk music icon Rhiannon Giddens, the piece is based on poetry by Caroline Randall Williams, who imagines who could be the “Dark Lady” of the sonnets. Shakespeare.
Kansas City native David Parsons returns with Parsons Dance. And the award-winning Dorrance Dance will provide a season-long tap finale.
Of course, there will be several free discovery concerts throughout the year, featuring artists like British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and her sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.
A special discovery will be pianist Samantha Ege, musicologist at the faculty of the University of Oxford. She will perform a recital by black female composers, whose music has been systematically neglected. Ege will also give lectures and participate in educational work while in Kansas City, highlighting this important body of music.
“Richard Harriman wanted to bring the best to the world and of course that includes people from all cultures and walks of life,” Morris said. “We are particularly aware of the importance of this work in the current social context, but it is certainly not a new job for us. It’s part of the show’s natural ethic.
For full details on the upcoming season, visit HJSERIES.ORG or dial 816-415-5025.