I reviewed the Kansas City Ballet’s “Rite of Spring” season finale for The Kansas City Star.
For a brief time read the review here.
During Viktor Plotnikov’s “Vesna” (a world premiere) the man behind me began to hum along with the Largo’s primary melody. At first it annoyed me, but then he stopped, elbowed, I guess, by his seat mate. During intermission, as he and his friends talked, it became clear that he’d never been in the theater, never goes to the ballet, hardly attends classical music events, and isn’t likely to start anytime soon, either.
Yet he knew the melody to a Czech (though arguably “first American”) symphony. Well, hey there ubiquity of classical music in contemporary culture! I’d been looking for yah!