Music and Dance Reviews

Comfort and Challenge: Friends of Chamber Music present new initiative, “Chamber Music Now,” with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center streaming concert

As we’ve navigated the last ten months, art has served two main purposes: to comfort and to comment. Arguably, these are often arts’ somewhat dichotomic emphases, no matter the era, but as we wrestle with our society’s value—or devaluation—of arts, with rampant artist unemployment or relief, loss of venue and access, stressed with uncertainty and isolation, […]

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William Baker Festival Singers in “Candlelight, Carols & Cathedral”

For many, singing is a non-negotiable necessity of holiday tradition. Unfortunately, that activity, without precautions, can be high risk for spreading coronavirus. William Baker Festival Singers, with the intention of spreading only holiday cheer, presented their annual holiday concerts while implementing strict safety procedures for performers and audiences. Traditions are strange things, ways of doing […]

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A “Hart”warming Thanksgiving Concert with The Wires

Part concert, part historical tour, The Wires Alternative String Duo presented a unique Thanksgiving Eve performance that paired an inside peak to a celebrated Missouri painter with their winsome string stylings. “A ‘Hart’warming Thanksgiving,” filmed at the Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio Historic Site in Kansas City, Missouri’s Roanoke neighborhood, was the second installment […]

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