HOMAGE TO HENRY: Orchestras, League commission top composer to honor visionary leader
How does one pay suitable homage to Henry Fogel, arts visionary, longtime orchestra executive, and current dean and distinguished professor of the arts at Roosevelt University? For the League of American Orchestras, which Henry led from 2003 to 2008, the best way to honor the man who has fought tirelessly for the continued importance of classical music in America was to commission a piece from one of the worl
REVIEW: KC Ballet dancers demonstrate mastery of classical idiom, with roots showing
The dancers of the Kansas City Ballet are known for their proficiency in a wide variety of styles, and we sometimes forget that classical ballet remains at the core of their training and artistry. The company’s mastery of this centuries-old art form—which stands at the center of Western dance—was on glorious display at its production of Giselle that opened March 10th.
REVIEW: German ensemble brings authenticity to Baroque masters
The Akademie für alte Musik Berlin performs Baroque music with a bright, solid sense of style, technique to spare and, where necessary, a sense of playfulness and mirth. Their performance on March 11th at the Folly Theater, part of the Friends of Chamber Music’s series, offered delights and, at times, frustrations but was ultimately a satisfying evening of Bach, Handel and Telemann.
BACH RETUNED: Local harpsichordists launch potentially revelatory Bach project
When we listen to Bach’s keyboard music today, do we hear the same thing he did 300 years ago? It’s the kind of question that spurs musicians and lay music-lovers alike to ponder and explore historical practices.
PASSAGES: Luskin will step down from top Lyric Opera post at end of first Kauffman Center season
Evan Luskin, who joined the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in 1986 and has been its general director since 1998, announced on March 15th that he would retire at the end of the 2011-2012 season, the company’s first year in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.