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
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
The stage has never been a comfortable home for sports stories — mainly because you can’t really show the fights, games or marathons — but Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves” is a remarkable effort to capture the politics, angst and hormone-driven conflicts on a girls’ soccer team. This play earned praise in New York and Chicago, […]
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.