AN AMERICAN BALLET: KCB PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF AMBITIOUS NEW PIECE
At first glance Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer might not seem an obvious choice for a novel on which to base a full-length ballet, and I confess that I approached William Whitener’s and Maury Yeston’s Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in Three Acts with some skepticism. But, wow.
THE BATTLE OVER TOM SAWYER: BALLET CONTINUES LONG TRADITION OF CONTROVERSY OVER MARK TWAIN CLASSIC
The New York Times’ prickly dance critic Alistair Macaulayseemed to have liked the Kansas City Ballet’s Tom Sawyeralmost as much as I did – though at times for different reasons. See my review here, and his here.
REVIEW: Weekend events include Accorda, KC Symphony and Bach’s WTC Book 2
The highlight of my musical weekend was the concert on Sunday, March 20th of Quartet Accorda. This was a big event in the Park University calendar, as it represented the first time in nearly a year that these four terrific musicians—violinistsKanako Ito and Ben Sayevich, violist Chung-Hoon Peter Chunand cellist Martin Storey—have been able to unite to make music.
MAKING THE OLD NEW: Boston Festival brings Handel gem to Friends of Chamber Music series
In what promises to be one of the most significant musical events of the Kansas City season, this week the Boston Early Music Festival brings Handel’s Acis and Galatea to the Friends of Chamber Music’s chamber series. This semi-staged production—at 8 p.m. on April 1st at the Folly Theater—strives for historical authenticity in all aspects.
REVIEW: KC Rep presents Kander & Ebb classic with polish and ingenuity
Circles can symbolize unity or closure, but they can also convey inertia, stasis, even claustrophobia.