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
Up close and personal is not something that’s happening within most arts these days. But the collaborative artists who reimagined this season’s New Dance Partners displayed elaborate, expressive internal worlds,
With a larger-than-life bust of a glowering Ludwig van Beethoven on one side and a sorrowful crucifix on the other, Kansas City ensemble Opus 76 performed the final concert in The Kansas City Beethoven Cycle, the complete string quartets. This series commemorates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, occurring December 17, 2020. It was an […]
Not so long ago we were debating if it was gauche to clap between the movements of a symphony. Now, the argument is whether or not pajama bottoms count as pants. With a stay-at-home order for Kansas City and, as of midnight Sunday, all of Kansas, there’s a new chamber music that is proving essential: concerts only available through social media. For the time being, at least, the small screen reigns supreme.
The city was bathed in fiery light the evening of newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble’s “Dislocation + Defiance” program. The anticipation of the Chiefs’ impending Super Bowl game has the city in a spirit of jubilant civic pride, eager to spotlight our culture, energy, and creativity, shared with two billion people tuned in worldwide. It’s a […]
The vibe was celebratory during the Kansas City Symphony’s opening Classical Series concert of 2020 and it had nothing at all to do with the impending Chiefs game, though the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was blasted with red light in support of the team. This year, organizations all over the world are commemorating the […]
I have never heard an audience boo and hiss during a concert before. But folks groaned when artistic director Charles Bruffy said they were cutting some songs from the Kansas City Chorale’s program during their sold out Friday concert, even though he announced the change wearing a festive, light-up stocking hat. The audience was not pleased at […]
We forget, too often, that love and grief are two sides of the same coin. If you love, you will, eventually, grieve; if you do not grieve, you have not loved. With the legend of Orfeo and Euridice, we see that inevitability played out. The popular myth, featuring the demi-god of song and a beautiful […]