In 2009, Forrest Pierce wrote a set of songs for the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and local soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson. The premiere of Twelve Kisses was so successful that Bruce Sorrell, the orchestra’s music director, programmed it again last season. Margaret Marco played oboe d’amore on both performances.
Twenty years ago, when Kansas City Repertory Theatre artistic director Eric Rosen was beginning his career, he worked as an assistant director at the Goodman Theatre. The theater is located in the Grand Hall of the Art Institute of Chicago, where the Post-Impressionist masterwork, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat, hangs.