Critical Masque

Shout out to the hustlers who didn't stop when the world caught fire, whether it was because they couldn't stop the hustle or they couldn't stop the fire. Many months ago, I put an innocuous notification in my calendar: 10 years ago was my first published article. My start, to some extent, as writer, critic,... Continue Reading →

A YEAR WITHOUT BEETHOVEN

Da Da Da Duuuuuuum. The entire classical music world is gearing up for Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th anniversary in 2020. We'll hear even more Beethoven than we would in a typical year, which is a feat in and of itself. After considering what's coming, I started imagining what the opposite would be - would it... Continue Reading →

Review for KCStudio: Kastalsky’s Requiem

The rumors are true: KC Studio is starting to review a select number of music and dance concerts! After the demise of KCMetropolis and with limited local outlets for criticism, KC Studio acquired funds to support timely, online reviews, joining the theater reviews by Robert Trussell. Please read, share and discuss! A healthy community welcomes... Continue Reading →

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 →

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