Ballet

Ballet: George Balanchine / Jewels

Off to my first evening at the KC Ballet tonight – My instincts told me it would be a good one. And I was right!

The show is George Balanchine’s Jewels. I’m no ballet genius but I do know and love the composers whose works make up the score. The music was provided by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Since I could be happy just listening to a KC Symphony performance of those composers, disappointment with the event was an impossibility.

Opera

Opera: Richard Wagner / Journey To Valhalla

The capper to the KC Lyric Opera’s 2023-2024 season is the home-grown project, Journey to Valhalla. This KCLO exclusive is a compendium or Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung adapted by music director Michael Christie. In this arrangement each of the four individual Ring operas distilled down to one act apiece, each act running around 45 minutes.