REVIEW: Lyric Opera’s “The Mikado”

I reviewed the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's new production of "The Mikado" for The Kansas City Star. I'm more of a "Penzance" girl myself (anyone raised on the Kevin Kline version would be) but "Mikado" is all fun, once you get past the steroetypes. The language itself is witty and amusing and takes multiple... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Eliane Elias at Folly Theater

I reviewed Brazilian pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias for The Kansas City Star, performing with her trio for the Folly Jazz Series. During intermission and as I walked out of the theater, I overheard numerous patrons commenting on her barefoot style of playing, as well as how smoothly and efficiently she slipping in and out of... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: KCSymphony with Jennifer Holliday

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony's pops concert with guest vocalist Jennifer Holliday and pianist Rich Ridenour for The Kansas City Star. The late, great Marvin Hamlisch was originally booked for this performance and the performers offered tribute and memories to him. For a short time, the review is available here.

REVIEW: KCSymphony with Garrick Ohlssohn

I reviewed pianist Garrick Ohlssohn with the Kansas City Symphony for The Kansas City Star. They played Dvorak Symphony No. 6 for the first half, earning a standing ovation. The second half featured American composers Aaron Copeland and George Gershwin, for their seminal works "Piano Concerto" and "Rhapsody in Blue," respectively.

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