I reviewed Chanticleer's Helzberg Hall debut performance for the Kansas City Star. The all-male a cappela ensemble is a favorite touring group of Kansas City audiences.
I reviewed the second program for Summerfest, Kansas City's summer chamber music concert series. Though there were great performances across the board, the highlight for me was Thomas Albert's "Thirteen Ways."
I reviewed the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers at the performance at Grace and Holy Trinity Catholic Church for the Kansas City Star. Because the AC unit was making so much noise and ruining the ambiance of a cappella singing it was turned off (an aesthetic decision I supported), but man alive was it hot! Fortunately,... Continue Reading →
I reviewed the Bach Aria Soloist's "Bach & Jazz Inventions" concert, which featured saxophonist Bobby Watson and bassist Jeff Harshbarger. The program contained many selections of J.S. Bach's work, obviously, along with some jazz pieces, a few jazz-ish interpretations of Bach, and songs from Brazilian composer, Guinga. And you can read a review of my review... Continue Reading →
I wrote an article for the Kansas City Star about a new piece, visible, that was partially developed in Kansas City by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Nora Chipaumire. Zollar is a Kansas City native and founder of the dance group Urban Bush Women. She brought the international ensemble, cast specifically for this project, to... Continue Reading →
I reviewed the Kansas City Chorale's Sunday, May 15th concert of "Shakespeare in Song." They performed song settings of Shakespeare's text interspersed with dramatic readings by actors from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: Robert Gibby Brand, Merle Moores, Jon Rensenhouse and Cinnamon Schultz.
I reviewed singer/pianist Karrin Allyson for the final performance of the 2010/2011 Folly Jazz Series for the Kansas City Star. She performed a number of pieces from her latest album, 'Round Midnight, with an amazing band: Rod Fleeman (guitar), Steve Nelson (vibes), Gerald Spaits (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums).
I reviewed the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for the Kansas City Star. They performed with legendary musician Gary Foster, vocalist Kathleen Holeman and performed a tribute to Tony DiPardo, long time leader of the KC Chiefs Pack Band. This was the first concert under new artistic director Kerry Strayer.