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Opening nights for a concert or subscription often serve to set the tone for the rest of the season. Themes to be explored, focus composers, emphasis on a certain era are introduced to the crowds, providing a taste of evenings yet to come. The opening weekend concerts of the 2013-14 Kansas City Symphony were a prime example.
Kansas City Symphony opened the 2013 season with a world renowned violinist, Stefan Jackiw, who returned to perform with KCS Oct. 4-6 where he playted Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64.
On its new double LP, the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band proves it is settling into a groove. That doesn't mean the band's material or sense of creative motion is growing stale — far from it.
I marvel at those players who hit the stage with the chops and confidence to offer up rock, jazz or classical standards for their audience. Pianist Eldar Djangirov is one such musician who has attained an uncommon level of virtuosity in two genres: jazz and classical.
Gretchen Parlato says she’s been singing since “the very beginning of my life.” But the journey to find her personal style, the style that’s taking her into the top ranks of jazz vocalists, took a very long time.
Among the recorded arrivals a little more than a week ago was a self-produced endeavor titled "A Kansas City Trumpet Summit" (3-Valve Music). A Post-it note attached to the shrink wrap simply said, "Hope you enjoy!
In a world connected by the Web, where volumes of information can be accessed at a fingertip's click, we might not be as deliberate as we once were about passing our histories, personal and universal, from one generation to the next.
Clear and mild with occasional light, gusty winds. A weather forecast, perhaps, but this could also serve as a description of Vladimir Feltsman’s recital on September 27th at the Folly Theater, the opening of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 38th season. It was a low-key affair, with flashes of brilliance and no small measure of the sharp musical insights for which the great Russian-born American pianist is known.
I’m glad now I never wrote it. Now I recognize these are two different events.
Two years ago I planned to type a blog post comparing the Prairie Village Jazz Festival to the Rhythm and Ribs Festival (this year renamed Kansas City’s 18th and Vine Jazz and Blues Festival). But the Prairie Village event was rained out. I then planned to write it last year, until Rhythm and Ribs was hit by rain.
“American Heroine” is Vi Tran’s first full-length recording. Friday night, he and his band will celebrate its release with a show at the Kill Devil Club. It has been a work long in the making and one delayed by a cruel twist of fate.
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