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Good Tidings of Great Joy

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

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‘On Shoulders Now’

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

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“Wonderful Life” Succeeds With Simplicity and Charm

“Wonderful Life” Succeeds With Simplicity and Charm

Annual holiday shows are a tradition in Kansas City, but only this year did I make it to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” now in its third season at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Final verdict: It was worth the wait.  The MET production of Joe Landry’s adaptation of the classic 1947 Frank Capra film fills the […]

“A Winter’s Tale in Words and Song”: A Lively Collaboration by Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

“This is winter, which nonetheless brings its own delights.” Antonio Vivaldi, from “The Four Seasons” sonnets “A Winter’s Tale in Words and Song” exchanged “brrr” for brio in a crisp and comic performance by the Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. This was their sixth collaboration, interspersing intimate chamber music with script-in-hand […]

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DON’T MISS CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE! One Performance Only – Saturday, December 15

DON’T MISS CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE! One Performance Only – Saturday, December 15

What an embarrassment of riches!  There are hundreds of holiday concerts in the Kansas City area, ranging from school programs to the finest professional performances.  One highly-anticipated event is “Christmas in the Village,” a holiday concert presented by the outstanding Lee’s Summit Symphony on Saturday afternoon, December 15 at 3:00 pm.   The  word “village” refers […]

Aram Demirjian Returns to KC to Conduct Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Aram Demirjian Returns to KC to Conduct Handel’s ‘Messiah’

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, […]

Good Tidings of Great Joy

Good Tidings of Great Joy

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.

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