William Whitener http://kcur.org en [VIDEO] Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener http://kcur.org/post/video-five-questions-kansas-city-ballet-s-william-whitener <p>This marks Artistic Director William Whitener's final season with the Kansas City Ballet. After 17 years with the company, he's preparing to return to New York. Whitener answered a few questions before the final performances. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:34:53 +0000 Julie Denesha 36555 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener William Whitener: Taking A Final KC Bow http://kcur.org/post/william-whitener-taking-final-kc-bow <p><strong>William Whitener</strong> became <strong>Artistic Director of the <a href="http://kcballet.org" target="_blank">Kansas City Ballet</a></strong> in 1996.&nbsp; After having staged, taught, acquired, commissioned or created 85 works for the organization and seeing it move into its new rehearsal and performance spaces, Whitener <strong>now prepares to leave the Ballet</strong> and embark on yet another chapter in his remarkable career.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 02:35:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 36476 at http://kcur.org William Whitener: Taking A Final KC Bow [VIDEO] Developing Character Through Dance http://kcur.org/post/video-developing-character-through-dance <p>The Kansas City Ballet’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a Shakespeare comedy performed in dance. The process of developing a character through movement and pantomime is one that often takes a close collaboration between dancer and choreographer. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 33236 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Developing Character Through Dance [VIDEO] The Pounding Rhythms Of 'Carmina Burana' Open The Kansas City Ballet Season http://kcur.org/post/video-pounding-rhythms-carmina-burana-open-kansas-city-ballet-season <p>Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” is based on Medieval poems about love, drinking, and spirituality – some bawdy and irreverent. For the Kansas City Ballet's epic-scaled production, music director Ramona Pansegrau leads the Kansas City Symphony, and a chorus, on-stage and in the balconies.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 26059 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] The Pounding Rhythms Of 'Carmina Burana' Open The Kansas City Ballet Season Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-artistic-director-changes-steps-2013 <p>The <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> announced late Friday that longtime artistic director William Whitener will step down at the end of the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/performancestickets/newseason.html?psn=2584">2012-2013 season</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 03:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 20618 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013 Kansas City Ballet's "Tom Sawyer" Moves Into Kauffman Center [VIDEO] http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-tom-sawyer-moves-kauffman-center-video <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City Ballet's first season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in October with "Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in 3 Acts" (choreography: William Whitener, music: Maury Yeston).</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:58:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2267 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's "Tom Sawyer" Moves Into Kauffman Center [VIDEO] Composer Maury Yeston on the Collaborative Process http://kcur.org/post/composer-maury-yeston-collaborative-process <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d2a95f7f407-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d2a95f7f407-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d2a95f7f407-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-948942.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Maury Yeston, the Tony-award winning composer for Broadway hits like "Nine" and "Titanic," is writing the music for the first production the Kansas City Ballet is staging at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It's a ballet called "Tom Sawyer" and was inspired, as you might guess, by Mark Twain's coming-of age story.</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:44:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2109 at http://kcur.org Composer Maury Yeston on the Collaborative Process Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-announces-season-kauffman-center <p>Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Ballet is the first of the resident companies to announce its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:32:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2002 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center