So here’s a question: What does a theater company do during a pandemic? Some produce “virtual” shows. Others stage outdoor productions. One thing they don’t do is stage plays and musicals for full houses. In the case of Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, artistic director and co-founder Karen Paisley decided it was an ideal time to renovate.
In an early nod to the upcoming Christian Holy Week, Te Deum Antiqua and Kansas City Baroque Consortium presented Kreuzige: A German Passiontide in a virtual concert. These two period practice ensembles, choral and instrumental, combined forces to perform a selection of 17th and early 18th century works in a journey through the events leading […]
He likes to call it his “little music show.” Even so, Robert Moore’s “Sonic Spectrum,” a show as admirably accessible to the masses as it remains intensely personal to its creator/host, has spanned more than 19 years at three successive Kansas City radio stations, including the show’s latest incarnation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays on 90.9 the Bridge.
The current virtual production from the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City is an affecting, micro-budget evocation of music’s power to bridge divides between cultures and people. “Texas in Paris,” a play with music by historian/folklorist Alan Govenar, is based on a true story that he helped create. In 1989 Govenar took two authentic Texas […]
Sometimes, art serves as a living metaphor for the life of the artist, a physical embodiment of his or her life story. “Lady in Satin,” the last album released by Billie Holiday during her lifetime, contains an exhilaratingly painful rendition of “You’ve Changed.”
In an era of political paranoia, propaganda and literal armed uprisings, never has it been so essential for the people to have an ally in the arts. And in Kansas City, the people are fortunate to have a champion in artist Don Wilkison.