The Kansas City Baroque Consortium is excited to present our final concert on our summer series, this coming Friday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in KCMO. Our concert’s theme explores the court of Louis XIV through music dating from the French Baroque (ca. 1600-1750). We are an historically-informed performance ensemble, […]
“Does anyone in a Noel Coward play live happily ever after?” This quote was repeated several times during the first rehearsal for “Blithe Spirit,” the first show of Kansas City Actors Theatre’s 14th season. And maybe they don’t, but if the constant laughter throughout the first read-through is anything to go by, at least it’ll […]
Who was Louis XIV? As the self-proclaimed “Sun King,” was he a tyrant who ruled the people of France with an iron fist? Or was he a titan of benevolence, who oversaw an extraordinary expansion of arts and culture as France flourished during his reign of over seventy years (1643-1714)? Of course, he was both—and […]
“If you’re not sweating you’re not working.” That sounds like something a spin class instructor might say, but it’s a popular phrase from Christy Elsner, founder and artistic director of Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, a community-based children’s choir. However, laughter and enthusiasm were the two defining takeaways after talking with Elsner. “It’s always an adventure,” she said.
Alison DeSimone specializes in Baroque period music, with focuses on opera history and 17th- and early 18th-century music in London. She has particular interest in the history of opera singers and George Frideric Handel’s music. Thanks to an American Handel Society research fellowship and a travel grant from the American Musicological Society, this summer she […]
It’s been almost forty years since a Lee’s Summit High School orchestra teacher noticed a Raytown student with extraordinary musical talent, and a “mutual admiration society” between Russ Berlin and Kirt Mosier has only grown stronger. Berlin, co-founder and conductor of the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra, will share duties with Mosier, who has been named Associate […]