Arts notes

Sunday, April 22, 2001

KC Symphony lists classical series

Kansas City, Mo. � The Kansas City Symphony has announced its 2001-2002 classical series.

The lineup includes: Sept. 6-7, Eroica Trio; Oct. 5-7, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; Nov. 15-18, pianist Helene Grimaud; Nov. 30-Dec. 2, violinist Corey Cerovsek; Jan. 4-6, pianist Robert Levin and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus; Jan. 18-20, cellist Alisa Weilerstein; Feb. 1-3, pianist Paul Crossley and Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein; Feb. 15-17, violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; March 1-3, pianist Alon Goldstein; April 5-7, bass-baritone Sanford Sylvan and the Male Chorus; and May 17-19, a Latin program with guest conductor Odaline de la Martinez.

A variety of ticket packages, ranging from $65 to $433, are available at (816) 471-0400 or

Lyric Opera season tickets on sale

Kansas City, Mo. � The Lyric Opera has announced its 2001-2002 season. The productions include "The Magic Flute," Sept. 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30; "Tosca," Nov. 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11; "Don Pasquale," March 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24; and "Cold Sassy Tree," May 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12.

Season tickets are on sale and range from $30 to $210. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 13, with prices from $10 to $60.

For ticket information, call the Lyric ticket office, (816) 471-7344.

Kansas railroad offers dinner trains

Abilene � The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad will be offering dinner trains May 5, 12 and 19 and June 2, 16 and 30.

The trains will depart from the Abilene depot at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations are required.

The Silver Flyer Railbus will offer 11-mile excursions starting May 5, running every other Saturday through October. The ride includes a German lunch at Brigitte's and the Stone House drive-by tour. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required. Call for times.

For more information, call (888) 426-6687 or (785) 263-1077.

Coterie, Unicorn combine auditions

Kansas City, Mo. � The Coterie Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre will hold combined auditions for their 2001-2002 seasons.

Both theaters are dedicated to multiracial, nontraditional casting. The Coterie also is looking for teen-age or college-age female musicians.

Auditions for the Unicorn are by appointment and will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. May 6 and noon-8 p.m. May 7 at the theater, 3828 Main St.

Actors should prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues, two minutes each. No musical material is needed. All actors should bring two photographs and two r�sum�s.

The Coterie is looking for adults actors age 19 and older. To schedule an appointment, call (816) 474-6785.

Ballet offers summer youth programs

Kansas City, Mo. � Kansas City Ballet will offer two summer programs for youths.

Summer Intensive Program I, for pre-professional dancers ages 8-9, will be June 11-July 6 at the ballet company' studios in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The program will feature Violette Verdy, who danced under George Balanchine and was the first woman appointed artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Summer Intensive Program II, for pre-professional dancers ages 11-19, will be June 23-July 13 at Crested Butte Academy in Crested Butte, Colo. The program will feature teachers Evelyn Cisneros and Janek Schergen.

For more information, contact the Kansas City Ballet by calling (816) 931-2299. e-mail or go to the Web site,

Applications open for touring program

Topeka � The Kansas Arts Commission is accepting applications from performing artists who live in Kansas and from Kansas-based groups, companies and ensembles for three-year appointments to the roster of the Kansas Touring Program.

The appointments are for fiscal years 2003 through 2006.

The roster lists artists in the areas of storytelling, mime, dance, theater for adults and children and classical, folk, ethnic, blues, jazz and gospel music.

Application deadline is July 11. Artists will be notified of acceptance in September.

In 2002, the arts commission is awarding up to five Kansas Artist Fellowships of $5,000 each in the categories of fiction, poetry, two-dimensional visual art, three-dimensional visual art and crafts.

Up to 12 Mini-Fellowships of $500 each will be offered in 2002. The categories are fiction, poetry, two-dimensional visual art, three-dimensional visual art, crafts, music composition, interdisciplinary/performance art, film/video, choreography and playwriting.

The application deadline for the fellowships and mini-grants is Oct. 17.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in February.

For guidelines and an application booklet, contact the Kansas Arts Commission by calling (785) 296-3335; e-mailing; faxing( 785) 296-4989; or downloading from www.arts.state.