Monthly Archives: December 2011

HIGHLIGHTS from 2011

The old adage holds true: Never work with children or animals. Or try to compete with them…. Nothing Kansas City offered this past year – not the opening of the Kauffman Center, not the great programming at the Nelson-Atkins, not … Continue reading

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REVIEW for KCStar: Mark O’Connor at the Folly Jazz Series

I reviewed violinist Mark O’Connor and his American String Celebration ensemble at the Folly Jazz Series for The Kansas City Star.

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Je vous demande pardon, mon Croque Monsieur

It is difficult to believe that, despite the fact this blog is ostensibly about sandwiches and evokes the name of Proust, I was not aware of le croque-monsieur, the French version of grilled ham-and-cheese, or of its presence in volume … Continue reading

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REVIEW for KCMetropolis.org: “A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol”

I reviewed the Kansas City Young Audiences’ concert performance of “A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol” for KCMetropolis.org. This version of Dickens’ tale pulls inspiration from famous melodies from Gilbert & Sullivan’s extensive output. Read it here.

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Critiquing the critic, Part 1: Virgil T – yeah, you know me

As a music critic, it’s essential to my development to study the cultural commentary of the past. Though in recent times critcs have become speciliasts in a genre (to even more recent times when budgets mandate that critics became specialists … Continue reading

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REVIEW for KCStar: Kansas City Ballet “The Nutcracker”

I reviewed Kansas City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for the Kansas City Star. The company performed their 39th production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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