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Classical music, opera and dance 2015: Ailey II, Time for Three coming to Wichita

Ailey II will dance its way into the Orpheum Theatre.
Ailey II will dance its way into the Orpheum Theatre. Courtesy of Eduardo Patino

International superstars are performing in Wichita in 2015. With performances from the world-renowned bassist Samuel Ramey, the Russian National Ballet Theatre and the Alvin Ailey dancers, Wichitans can expect to see high-quality dance, song and music in the Air Capital. Here are five highlights to mark on your calendar:

▪  “Bluebeard’s Castle”: This one-act opera stars Ramey as Bluebeard. Hungarian-born Bela Bartok’s psychological thriller examines the dark secrets that lie behind the doors in Bluebeard’s castle. More than 9,000 pounds of hand-blown Chihuly glass sculptures will decorate the set.

Details: Wichita Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. March 13, 3 p.m. March 15, Century II Concert Hall, $30-$80, 316-267-5259 or www.wichitasymphony.org

▪ Time for Three: This dynamic trio of two violinists and a double bassist is returning to Wichita. These celebrated musicians, comprised of three Curtis Institute graduates, perform music from Bach to Brahms to Katy Perry and the Beetles – all with their unique spin. They use a high-energy, interactive, technically superb approach.

Details: Wichita Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Jan. 30-31, 2 p.m. Feb. 1, Century II Concert Hall, $20-$67, 316-267-5259 or www.wichitasymphony.org

▪ Ailey II: The Alvin Ailey dancers use the beauty and themes of African-American culture and other heritages to produce astoundingly magnificent modern dance movements. With their high-energy dance, they seek to unite people of all ages and cultures.

Details: The Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway, 8 p.m. March 6, $30-$40, 1-855-755-7328 or www.selectaseat.com

▪ “Turandot”: Giacomo Puccini’s opera tells a story of love and honor. Bulgarian soprano Zvetelina Vassileva stars as the self-centered princess in this captivating opera that takes place in a palace in Peking.

Details: The Wichita Grand Opera. 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Century II Concert Hall, $20-$95, 1-855-755-7328 or www.selectaseat.com

▪ “Swan Lake”: Russian-trained dancers from the Moscow-based Russian National Ballet Theatre are bringing Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famed “Swan Lake” to Century II. More than 50 classically-trained dancers will tell the endearing tale of love and magic in this ballet that features beautiful choreography, music and costumes.

Details: The Wichita Grand Opera. 7 p.m. May 3, Century II Concert Hall, $20-$95, 1-855-755-7328 or www.selectaseat.com

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