Author Archives: Libby Hanssen

BRAVA: a [fantasy] symphonic season

Our hometown Symphony opened their Classical Series with an all-Russian program: two Russian composers, Russian-born soloist, and an American piece based on extra-musical Russian associations. This is also the fifth season in which a piece by a female composer has … Continue reading

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KC Studio Sept/Oct

For this issue of KC Studio, I interviewed Van Cliburn silver medalist Kenny Broberg, a graduate student at Park University’s International Center for Music; the Kansas City Symphony’s 2017-2018, including the Century of Bernstein festival; and Mid America Freedom Band‘s … Continue reading

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July/August Review Round-Up

Summer is fading and the season is on the horizon. Reviews for The Kansas City Star. Summerfest Concert 1 Summerfest Concert 2 – with exceptional Ravel Piano Trio KC Baroque “Silence & Beauty” KC Fringe Fest KC Baroque “Music & … Continue reading

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Sidetracked by Netty Simons

Now, if the Internet doesn’t immediately give you everything you ever wanted to know about someone (true or imagined) that’s quite the goldmine in the research world. That’s when it gets fun. While going through a set of old periodicals … Continue reading

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KC Studio July/August 2017

This issue of KC Studio comes with a retrospective about Kansas City’s public art initiative. I wrote about Kansas City Baroque Consortium‘s summer series, “Between Silence and Light,” and about “The Classical Challenge,” the classical music radio show on KKFI … Continue reading

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June Review Roundup

Busy June, reviews for The Kansas City Star: KCS with Emanuel Ax Bach Aria Soloist’s “Don Quixote” Quixotic’s Firebird Kansas City Symphony Finale Concert

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KCStudio May/June Issue

The May/June 2017 issue of KC Studio is packed full of pieces on dance, including KC In The Spotlight For This Year’s Dance/USA Conference KC Ballet Spring Program Mines the ’40s for a Dynamic Mix Concert to Come: “Goldberg Variations”

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