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Kansas City has long been a choral haven, and never as much as today. Of the dozen local professional or semi-professional choral ensembles I can think of just off-hand (not including church choirs), more than half were founded in the last decade. Some have fought hard and fizzled, others have found a niche – and funding – and have persevered. A few have flourished and built a following.
Cantus is an all-male a cappella ensemble consisting of nine singers who perform a most eclectic mix of music from all eras and genres. The group’s Harriman-Jewell Series debut on May 16th – bumped from its February date because of mounds of snow – displayed this variety to a dizzying degree, and at the same time showed off the ensemble’s delicious, highly refined choral blend.
The Harriman-Jewell Series presented an eclectic performance Thursday by Cantus, a nine-voice, Minneapolis-based men’s vocal chamber ensemble. “On the Shoulders of Giants” was a polished and rewarding program to hear.
Young performers these days are so often given to musical excess and personal flamboyance that it’s refreshing to find one with a solid and sensible foundation on which to build a substantial career. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, 18, has excellent technique, sensitive musicality and a reasoned approach to the piano.
“You're special fascination'll prove to be inspirational. We think you're just sensational, Mame.” and she was, and is, and forever will be, sensational. If you have any doubts about it, go see Auntie Mame’d, A Musical Parody, on the Jerome Stage at The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City and support the fight against AIDS at the same time.
The news of American Heartland Theater’s closing clangs through the theater world in Kansas City as the 25 year venue ends with only the current production and one more. Theater goers will miss the 400-seat venue that’s entertained theatergoers for over two decades.
There was a time, and it was not that long ago, when the promise of a free meal was enough to persuade people to accompany me to just about any event, no matter how stupid. But lately, everybody seems to have a little more money and a lot less time.
In “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage,” which runs through June 23 at the American Heartland Theatre, the writers tap-dance right up to the brink of saying something meaningful about society and sexual mores.
Four engaging young Canadians called The Tenors beguiled a capacity crowd at the Midland Theatre Friday evening with a polished road show that covered musical territory from immortal tenor arias to American religious music to Elvis Presley and Bob...