Shakespeares fantastical romantic comedy The Tempest has inspired dozens of unique contemporary adaptations, including the avant-garde film (if not the store) Prosperos Books
and the sci-fi musical Return to the Forbidden Planet
. Paul Moravecs Tempest Fantasy
earned the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for music, and the composition for solo clarinet and piano trio ranks among the most acclaimed recent interpretations. In a Harry Potter-mad month, Tempest Fantasy
spotlights another sorcerer, Prospero, whos stranded on a desolate island after being exiled by his brother. Moravecs whimsical compositions conjure unseen wonders; his sparkling melodies communicate the essence of magic. The Kansas City chamber ensemble Summerfest Concerts plays Tempest Fantasy
at 7 tonight in White Recital Hall (4949 Cherry) and at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Marys Episcopal Church (1301 Holmes.) Tickets cost $25 ($10 for students). For more information, call 816-235-6222.