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The great violinist Gil Shaham returns to the stage to perform Alban Berg’s haunting Violin Concerto, dedicated “to the memory of an angel.” In keeping with that sentiment, the concert opens with Carl Ruggles’ Angels for muted brass. Franz Schubert’s magnificent Ninth Symphony, one of the greatest orchestral works of all time, provides the perfect conclusion to the program. Concerts are May 31 - June 2, 2013 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Next month, the Missouri Symphony Society will kickoff its annual Hot Summer Nights music festival. This year’s lineup features over 20 performances, spanning a variety of genres. That list includes traditional classical and opera, as well as more contemporary fare, including tributes to Michael Jackson and Elton John. There’ll also be a number of kid-friendly events, including one that draws upon the connections between pizza and music.
The combination of gold metalwork with blue paint on the wood has a serene and ennobling effect. One could look at it for hours. But when the hammers come out and the otherworldly tinkling and chiming begin, the effect is truly mesmerizing.
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...
Nebraskan Tom Trenney's Wednesday evening organ recital at Helzberg Hall proved one thing beyond a doubt: the hall's magnificent Casavant organ's beauty, range and power really jump out at you when the room is mostly empty.
Jo Huseman and Nancy Epoch, who, respectively, directed and music-directed scores of musicals at the Helen Hocker Theater, return to those roles by bringing to the stage "Edges," a song cycle about coming of age, growth and self-discovery.
On Sunday night, the Fella, Fella’s parents and I returned to the Kansas City Symphony. I think this is our fourth time this year? Ever since I saw a sneak peak of the Symphony’s new home at Helzberg Hall, I knew I wanted to experience their music as much as possible.
A standing ovation is the form of applause where members of a seated audience stand up while applauding after an extraordinary performance of acclaim. The collaborative voices and musicians at Quality Hill Playhouse for the current show, You’ve Got a Friend: Music That Raised the Baby Boomers, deserved every round of applause and the standing ovations.
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.
One night the owner was drunk or high, I’m not sure which, and talking obnoxiously loud right in the middle of the room, at a table up front, near the stage. The speakers dangling from the ceiling in there were never all that great. Sitting at the bar, I couldn’t enjoy the singer or the band. Dismayed, I left.
I have been working for the Kansas City Symphony for close to 10 years now and no part of it has ever been boring. The Symphony is a very well-run organization that takes good care of its musicians and staff, and of course I love that. But the things that have kept me motivated for a decade are not listed in any prospectus or catalog of employee benefits. They are the unexpected perks.
What is your opera about and what is your ritual? My opera is about morning coffee...and what happens when the ritual of morning coffee gets taken way too far. Is this your first opera? Do you have experience writing for opera singers?
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