KC festival to celebrate contributions of Stravinsky

— Plans are being made for a three-month-long festival to celebrate the works and life of composer Igor Stravinsky.

The Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music will present a variety of programs and activities, including 33 performances, celebrating the Russian composer from Jan. 13 to March 25.

A special focus of the festival is an exploration of Stravinsky's inspirations, including Russian folk song and ritual, Tchaikovsky, American jazz and Sophocles.

In addition to Kansas City-based participants, the festival will include Stravinsky scholars Richard Taruskin and Glenn Watkins and Russia's Pokrovsky Ensemble.

The festival's schedule includes:

� Jan. 13: Kansas City Stravinsky Partners Gala Festival Preview Concert and Party, 8 p.m., Lyric Theatre, 1029 Central Ave.

� Jan. 14: "Stories in Music and Dance," a Kansas City Symphony family concert, and "Fairy's Kiss" and "Sleeping Beauty," by the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, 2 p.m., Lyric Theatre.

� Jan. 30: "Stravinsky War Games," free lecture by Glenn Watkins, 4 p.m., Grant Hall, UMKC Conservatory of Music, 5228 Charlotte.

� Jan. 31: "Stravinsky and Jazz" and "Concerto for Piano and Winds," 7:30 p.m., White Hall, UMKC Conservatory of Music, 4949 Cherry.

� Feb. 1: "Stravinsky's Relationship to Earlier Composers," free lecture by Watkins, 4 p.m., Grant Hall, UMKC Conservatory of Music.

� Feb. 2-4: "The Nightingale" and "Oedipus Rex," 8 p.m. Feb. 2-3 and 2 p.m. Feb. 4, Lyric Theatre.

� Feb. 5: "Stravinsky Unplugged," free concert by conservatory students, 7:30 p.m., White Hall, UMKC Conservatory of Music.

� Feb. 7: The Pokrovsky Ensemble and Stravinsky's "Les noces," 7:30 p.m., White Hall, UMKC Conservatory of Music.

� Feb. 9-11: "The Rite of Spring" and "Fairy's Kiss," by Kansas City Symphony and The Pokrovsky Ensemble, 8 p.m. Feb. 9-10 , Lyric Theatre, and 2 p.m. Feb. 11, Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park.

� Feb. 14: "Stravinsky and Balanchine: The Journey of Invention," free lecture by Charles M. Joseph, 4 p.m., UMKC Performing Arts Center, 50th and Cherry streets.

� Feb. 15-18: "Renard, Agon, Donizetti Variations" and "Tchaikovsky's Pas de Deux," Kansas City Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Feb. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18, Lyric Theatre.

� Feb. 26: "Once at a border � life, passions and music of Stravinsky," free film, 6 p.m., Grant Hall, UMKC Conservatory of Music.

� March 5: "Decoding the Rake: What Makes Opera Real?" free presentation by David Schiff, 7 p.m., Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Conservatory of Music, 50th Street and Rockhill Road.

� March 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25: "The Rake's Progress," by Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 8 p.m. March 17 and 23, 7:30 p.m. March 19 and 21 and 2 p.m. March 25, Lyric Theatre.

For ticket information, call (877) 4MY-IGOR or (877) 469-4467.

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