The real story is that my brilliant pun didn't make the headline: La donna é mobilized: Verdi's "Rigoletto" through the #MeToo Lens Continue reading →

Arts Year End

Fail better. The arts in Kansas City had a pretty phenomenal year, some huge achievements, some huge, disastrously phenomenal events, but a big impact and plenty of challenges to meet in 2018. We can't overcome the deaths of people important to us, like Michelle Boisseau, but how fortunate for those who knew them and how... Continue Reading →

New Dance Partners

The 4th New Dance Partners project at Johnson County Community College; four world premiere works commissioned by the Carlsen Center featuring the best local dance companies and four national-level choreographers. Artistic advisor Michael Uthoff, organized by Emily Berhmann, and funded with local support. This is a notes version response. Störling Dance, performing Heather C. Gray's... Continue Reading →

BRAVA: a [fantasy] symphonic season

Our hometown Symphony opened their Classical Series with an all-Russian program: two Russian composers, Russian-born soloist, and an American piece based on extra-musical Russian associations. This is also the fifth season in which a piece by a female composer has not been included in the Classical Series. Since moving to Helzberg Hall, the Classical Series... Continue Reading →

July/August Review Round-Up

Summer is fading and the season is on the horizon. Reviews for The Kansas City Star. Summerfest Concert 1 Summerfest Concert 2 - with exceptional Ravel Piano Trio KC Baroque "Silence & Beauty" KC Fringe Fest KC Baroque "Music & Dance"  

Sidetracked by Netty Simons

Now, if the Internet doesn't immediately give you everything you ever wanted to know about someone (true or imagined) that's quite the goldmine in the research world. That's when it gets fun. While going through a set of old periodicals for an unbelievably dull, but necessary, task, I came across the 1972 cover for Music... Continue Reading →

The Last Byline

I gotta admit, even though I have less than a decade of regular contributions to The Kansas City Star, I get a little ... itchy ... when I don't have a byline in Monday's paper from a weekend review. As a freelance contributor, my office is my home, more specifically my couch. I've never set... Continue Reading →

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