Author Archives: Libby Hanssen

The Pitch Monthly Nov 2017

The Pitch is the alternative newspaper in KC, published monthly. I’ve got a piece (pg 42) on the Kansas City Symphony’s Classics Uncorked “Future Favorites” – all 21st century music. Get it. Advertisements

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KC Studio Nov/Dec 2017

Another dynamite issue of KC Studio is out.  I wrote about newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble’s 25th anniversary celebration and The Wires Alternative Strings Duo.

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KCUR Central Standard: Women Composers

I joined KCUR’s Central Standard program with host Gina Kaufmann and composer Ingrid Stölzel in conversation about the Kansas City Symphony’s lack of women composer programming within the broader topic of the gender gap in classical music. Listen to the … Continue reading

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Review for LOKC Eugene Onegin

I reviewed Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Eugene Onegin for The Kansas City Star.

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Is The Kansas City Star’s Clickbait Headline Real Journalism?

Of all the disrespectful, small minded… I won’t even link to community engagement editor Derek Donovan’s “opinion piece,” so here’s a screen shot of this appalling tweet. Short answer: uh, no? Not at all. Never, nada, nyet. Is this what … Continue reading

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New Dance Partners

The 4th New Dance Partners project at Johnson County Community College; four world premiere works commissioned by the Carlsen Center featuring the best local dance companies and four national-level choreographers. Artistic advisor Michael Uthoff, organized by Emily Berhmann, and funded … Continue reading

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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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