Tools of the Trade http://kcur.org en WATCH: Tools Of The Trade, A Ballet Dancer's Shoes http://kcur.org/post/watch-tools-trade-ballet-dancers-shoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The modern </span>pointe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shoe has kept ballerinas on their toes since the early </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century.</span></p><p>Each delicate, custom-made satin and leather shoe endures a punishing routine that begins even before a dancer places a shoe on her foot.</p><p class="p1">As part of an occasional series called <em>Tools of the Trade&nbsp;</em>about performers and their relationship to the tools that make their work possible, I talked to members of the Kansas City Ballet about shoes.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 55643 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Tools Of The Trade, A Ballet Dancer's Shoes WATCH: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson On The Challenge Of A New Piano http://kcur.org/post/watch-pianist-garrick-ohlsson-challenge-new-piano <p>Touring for any professional musician can be challenging. But for concert pianists, it’s also about adapting to a new instrument at every stop.</p><p>American pianist <a href="http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/garrick-ohlsson"><span class="st">Garrick Ohlsson</span></a> is a frequent soloist in Kansas City. <a href="http://www.chambermusic.org/">The Friends of Chamber Music</a> presented Ohlsson in concert in January.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:09:05 +0000 Julie Denesha 51774 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson On The Challenge Of A New Piano [VIDEO] In Search Of The 'Krutz' Sound http://kcur.org/post/video-search-krutz-sound <p>In the first of a series called <em>Tools of the Trade</em>, we take a look inside KC Strings. It’s a workshop owned by Anton Krutz in downtown Merriam, Kan., where luthiers hand-build 50 concert-level instruments each year.&nbsp; A cellist and a violinist discuss the “Krutz” sound.</p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 31791 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] In Search Of The 'Krutz' Sound