Review: Anonymous 4

I reviewed Anonymous 4’s performance for The Kansas City Star.

This was their last Kansas City appearance.

For a brief time, read the review here.

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Review: KCBallet’s “The Nutcracker”

I reviewed Kansas City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for The Kansas City Star. This is the last year for Todd Bolender’s choreography.

12.7.14.bunnydrummerFor a brief time, read the review here.

I think I will miss, most of all, the little knock-knee bunny drummer.

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New Ink: Winston Churchill

In lieu of any pertinent personal writing, here are a few musings from Winston Churchill’s Painting As A Pastime, a slim book that is saving my sanity.

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Concerning the overwhelming need to read, read, read and the daily inability to satiate:

“What shall I do with all my books?” was the question; and the answer, “Read them,” sobered the questioner. But if you cannot read them, at any rate handle them and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open where they will. Read on from the first sentence that arrests the eye. Then turn to another. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas. Set them back on their shelves with your own hands. Arrange them on your own plan, so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. If they cannot be your friends, let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.

Concerning it’s never too late (and silencing the inner critic):

To have reached the age of forty without ever handling a brush or fiddling with a pencil, to have regarded with mature eye the painting of pictures of any kind as a mystery, to have stood agape before the chalk of the pavement artist, and then suddenly to find oneself plunged in the middle of a new and intense form of interest and action with paints and palettes and canvases, and not to be discouraged by results, is an astonishing and enriching experience. [emphasis added]

Concerning learning how to and to what one pays attention:

There is no better exercise for the would-be artist than to study and devour a picture, and then, without looking at it again, to attempt the next day to reproduce it. Nothing can more exactly measure the progress both of observation and memory.

Recent reading list:

  • Weather of Words Mark Strand
  • A Book of Silence Sara Maitland
  • Moonwalking with Einstein Joshua Foer
  • Wherever you go, there you are Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • On Looking Alexandra Horowitz
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Review: KCSymphony “The Planets” with Bramwell Tovey

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony for The Kansas City Star. They performed with guest conductor Bramwell Tovey.

For a brief time, you can read the review here.

An editing error, though, unintentionally ignored the back stage chorus, who sounded just as ethereal as one would wish. Nicely down, women of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.

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Review: KCSymphony and Philippe Quint

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony with violinist Philippe Quint for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time, read the review here.

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Review: San Francisco Symphony

I reviewed the San Francisco Symphony, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, for The Kansas City Star. They performed in Helzberg Hall in Kansas City as part of their national tour.

For a brief time, you can read the review here.

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Review: Lyric Opera “The Italian Girl in Algiers”

I reviewed the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers” for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time, you can read the review here.

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