Review: “Matilda: The Musical”

I reveiwed “Matilda: The Musical” – the touring production presented by Starlight Theatre – for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read the review here.

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KC Theater Summer Preview

I compiled the summer theater round-up for The Kansas City Star.

Check it out.

For a full list of summer arts activities, check this out.

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Review: KCSymphony

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony’s world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony no. 3 for The Kansas City Star. The program also included first KCS performances of Magnard’s “Hymne a la justice” and Tchaik 3. It was a great show.

For a brief time read the review here.

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Facsimiles of letters they used from the WWI Museum’s archives were blown up to poster sized and displayed outside the concert hall. That was very cool to see.

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Review: KCBallet’s “Rite of Spring”

I reviewed the Kansas City Ballet’s “Rite of Spring” season finale for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read the review here.

During Viktor Plotnikov’s “Vesna” (a world premiere) the man behind me began to hum along with the Largo’s  primary melody. At first it annoyed me, but then he stopped, elbowed, I guess, by his seat mate. During intermission, as he and his friends talked, it became clear that he’d never been in the theater, never goes to the ballet, hardly attends classical music events, and isn’t likely to start anytime soon, either.

Yet he knew the melody to a Czech (though arguably “first American”) symphony. Well, hey there ubiquity of classical music in contemporary culture! I’d been looking for yah!

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KC Studio May/June 2016

In this issue, I wrote a profile on countertenor Jay Carter and a piece about the Bach Aria Soloists upcoming trip to Thailand for the Thailand International Composition Festival  in July.

The entire issue can be read here, with Carter on page 26 and BAS on page 75.

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Review: Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Amadeus”

I reviewed theater – I know, I know, it’s been awhile – with a write up about Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Amadeus” for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read the review here.

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Review: Kansas City Chamber Orchestra

I reviewed the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read the review here.

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