Review: Kansas City Symphony with Anthony McGill in Danielpour’s “From the Mountaintop”

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time, read the review here.


Reviewing requires a weird set of skills (writing in the dark and deciphering scribbles are just two) and there is never enough space to write everything that’s pertinent to a performance, especially when you’re trying to make every word count, overnight, and then consider the idiom “haste makes waste.” No one reviews performances for the glory of it all, trust me.

I was chagrined to see that it doesn’t get easier with experience, necessarily. Music critic Greg Sandow reviewed a concert for The Washington Post and then wrote a more extensive take on his blog. Worth comparing the two.

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