Posted by Bob Evans
New Visions, Revised Innovative Spring Programming:
Soundscapes in the City
Lyric Opera’s ALL NEW PRODUCTION of
Baseball: A Musical Love Letter
Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced new programming for the 2021 spring season. The revised remainder of the season will include the return of Soundscapes in the City series throughout the community and an ALL- NEW PRODUCTION of Baseball: A Musical Love Letter. The two remaining mainstage season productions of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and Carmen, originally announced as part of the 2020-2021 season in March 2020, are now postponed until they can be performed safely.
The 2021-2022 season will be announced later this spring.
Spring 2021 Programming
Soundscapes in the City
Soundscapes in the City, a series of short, outdoor concerts featuring Lyric Opera of Kansas City artists singing hits from opera and musical theatre, was launched last fall to great acclaim. We look forward to bringing them back this spring! So, pack a picnic, bring a blanket and chairs, and enjoy a beautiful performance of opera and musical theatre’s greatest hits. Fall 2020 concerts included the Lyric Opera Center; Rosedale Farmer’s Market in Kansas City, Kansas; Sar -Ko- Par Trails Park in Lenexa, Kansas, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
Upcoming performances include Saturday, April 17, Powell Gardens, Bloom Fest, 1p and 3p and Thursday, April 29, Johnson County, Meadowbrook Park, 6p. Tickets are $12 for an adult and must be must be purchased through Powell Gardens directly here. The Soundscapes concert in Meadowbrook Park is free. Please visit www.kcopera.org for the latest information.
ALL- NEW PRODUCTION
A live revue scheduled for May 7 – 14 at the Lyric Opera Production Arts Building.
When we hold a mirror up to the baseball diamond, we see a reflection of our society and culture. This 70-minute revue explores the link between what was happening on the diamond and what was happening in our country. America’s struggle with equality and racial justice and our quest to form a more perfect union are written into the music celebrating our national pastime. Just as baseball is a collage of the many people and cultures that make up our country, baseball’s music comes in a rich diversity of styles— from opera to jazz, musical theatre, and popular music. The Lyric Opera is thrilled to partner with the Negro Leagues Museum who is making part of their collections available to include in the production.
Our program combines a wide variety of songs about baseball, some old favorites with some re-discovered gems, such as songs by Count Basie, Ahrens & Flaherty, Rusty Magee, William Schuman, Kander & Ebb, and Alan Menken with documentary style narration and quotes from the men who played the game.
Four limited capacity performances
at the Lyric Opera’s Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
(718 E. 18th Street, Crossroads District, Kansas City, MO 64108)
- Friday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Created and Directed by Kathleen Belcher and Dan Rigazzi.
Tickets are $30 per person. Advance single tickets only. To maintain social distancing protocols, no walk ups allowed. For the latest Lyric Opera COVID-19 healthy and safety plan, please visit https://kcopera.org/covid-19-faq/.
For ticket information, visit www.kcopera.org or contact Lyric Opera Ticketing and Patron Services, (816) 471-7344. FAQs for the 2020-2021 season can be found at https://kcopera.org/covid-19-faq/. During this uncertain time, if you have tickets for an event and are not feeling well or are not comfortable attending in person, please contact us at (816) 471-7344 and let us know before the performance begins. The Ticketing and Patrons Service representative will be happy to provide a refund or credit for the future.
About Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Founded in 1958 and now one of the nation’s premiere regional opera companies, Lyric Opera of Kansas City brings high-quality live operatic performances to the people of the Kansas City and a five-state region. Repertoire choices encompass original-language performances of standard repertory, as well as contemporary and American operas. The company’s productions enrich the community it serves while reflecting the highest artistic standards of the profession. Lyric Opera offers innovative programs to further music and arts education in schools and in the community. Opera lovers can be fans of Lyric Opera of Kansas City on Facebook or follow the company on Twitter or Instagram at @kcopera and at www.kcopera.org.