SIZZLING CLASSICS: Summerfest offers chamber music to musically needy fans
The key to finding a niche in Kansas City is to identify something that’s lacking in the community and go for it. That’s what a group of local musicians did 21 years ago, when they determined that July was a frightfully dead month for music locally—and that classical fans were left hungry for chamber-music fare.
BIG AND BOLD: Bolender Center to forge new paths for the KC Ballet and its School
Mark your calendars: In just a few days the Kansas City Ballet enters a new era of its 54-year history, as it moves into its new Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity and, just a month and a half later, begins dancing on the stage of the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
GRABBING THE RING: San Francisco Opera presents fascinating production of Wagner milestone
By Paul Horsley
SAN FRANCISCO – In this loveliest of West Coast cities, the San Francisco Opera has staged what is arguably the most intriguing production of Wagner’s Ring that one can currently see in America.
READY, SET, DANCE: KC Ballet inaugurates new $32 million Bolender Center to great fanfare
And they’re off! In a fall cultural season to be filled with exciting “firsts,” the Kansas City Ballet leapt from the starting gate on August 26th with the inauguration of its new Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, located in the restored Power House just west of Union Station.
REVIEW: Actors Theatre scores big with haunting Pinter classics
If you like everything spelled out for you in black and white, Harold Pinter is not your playwright. The late British author deals in alienation, love, power, menace, marital stress, sexual longing, and the sort of quotidian absurdity that lurks around the edges of bourgeois life.