Review: Summerfest Week 2

I reviewed week 2 of Summerfest for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read the review here.

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Review: Summerfest Week 1

I reviewed the first week of Summerfest chamber music series for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read it here.

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KC STUDIO: Classical Revolution KC

For the July/August 2016 issue of KC STUDIO I wrote a piece on Classical Revolution KC. Page 54 in the physical (and digital) edition. But once again the issue is packed with great articles about art and artists and art supporters in KC. Love it!

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Zeltjes Gezellig Verjaardagsfeestje

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Pardon my Dutch!

No, really. You see, I wrote this book in Dutch (and English) and I have no doubt there are glaring and hilarious grammatical errors, which I hope to a true Dutch speaker will read as endearing, but I hadn’t time to find a Dutch editor and just went with the most amusingly spelled option offered in Google Translate that seemed like the most fun to say out loud.

Vergeef me alsjeblieft!

But here is the result – inspired by artist/author/illustrator (and Dutch!) Dick Bruna – my very own Zeltje book!

And the best(ish) part? I’ve often joked that my sweet son, Jack, is a bit of a donkey, i.e. Jack-ass, and what do I discover? The “[E]zeltje” is a term for donkey in Dutch. And I just sort of made it up as a Dutch-ish iteration of “Zellie,” my daughter’s name, for whom this book was written.

The whole idea was inspired, in turn, by learning about the Dutch word “gezelligheid” and wanting to incorporate it (and Dutch-themed cultural stuff) into the celebration for Zellie’s (geZELLig/ZELLie….get it?) birthday. And I have learned so much! What an awesome and amusing culture that I was unaware of beyond Hans Brinker, tulips and wooden shoes (and, sadly, I’d visited Amsterdam as a high school student….though I do remember loving the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum). But now I’ve renewed and revitalized appreciation for the culture and can’t wait to go back with adult eyes.

Happy reading! Proost!

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Review: 4th annual Kansas City Dance Festival

I reviewed the Kansas City Dance Festival, now in its 4th year, for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read the review here.

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Review: KCSymphony Finale Concert

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus for The Kansas City Star. The season’s finale concert featured Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and I challenge anyone to sit through that and not end up smiling. What a ridiculous piece of wonderfulness!

For a brief time read the review here.

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Review: Heartland Men’s Chorus 30th Anniversary

Featuring the world premiere of Mark Hayes’ “I Rise” and with their signature mix of poignancy and high camp, the chorus celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. I reviewed Sunday’s performance for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time read the review here.

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