Aram Demirjian, now in his third year as music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, returns to Kansas City to lead the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus in their annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” While the Knoxville Orchestra has its own holiday traditions, what they don’t have is a “Messiah,” which, said Demirjian, […]
Q: What do you call 158 trombonists playing holiday tunes? A: A blast! Now, it’s not often that I get to toot my own horn, but last November, when I learned about the inaugural Trombone Christmas Kansas City concert at Union Station, I roused my instrument out of hibernation and signed up before you could finish saying fa-la-la-la la la-la la la.
One world might not be big enough for Baldemar Rivas. He’s a Kansas City transplant with California roots. The son of immigrants, he celebrates his Mexican heritage but doesn’t want to be known for it. And his art . . . he’s not tethering it to one realm or another, either.
Veteran art dealer Doug Drake no longer maintains a brick-and-mortar gallery space, but he is still very much in the art game. Following 20 years running Douglas Drake Gallery and subsequent stints in development and fundraising, Drake, 74, has spent the last 10 years working as an independent art consultant, operating Drake Fine Art out of his home in Prairie Village, Kansas.
For decades the subject of spirituality and/or religion in contemporary art has either been denied or repressed. The academy, art museums and galleries have dealt openly with sexuality and sexism, politics, racism, identity, the environment and effects of globalism, but God has been taboo. As a prominent art critic once said, “If you bring up […]
Vernon and Eddie are survivors of the street. Levon is an Iowa farm boy facing eviction. Noi is a pregnant Jamaican immigrant. It is Christmas Eve, so Vernon, in the spirit of the season, decides to provide shelter to this desperate couple. That shelter is a “house of ill repute,” run by Ms. Lacy and her two companions, Shanel and Carmen. But best laid plans often go awry.