classical http://kcur.org en LISTEN: Ben Folds Bridges Pop And Classical Music http://kcur.org/post/listen-ben-folds-bridges-pop-and-classical-music <p><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Singer-songwriter Ben Folds had a strongly worded message for an audience at a sold-out Kansas City Symphony concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts this week: "Cities without symphony orchestras are crap."</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:35:15 +0000 Laura Spencer 57175 at http://kcur.org LISTEN: Ben Folds Bridges Pop And Classical Music Violinist Angèle Dubeau Mines Cancer Experience In New CD http://kcur.org/post/violinist-ang-le-dubeau-mines-cancer-experience-new-cd <p>Canadian violinist <a href="http://www.angeledubeau.com/en/">Angèle Dubeau</a> was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013. Her latest CD, <em>Blanc</em>, traces the range of emotions during her illness - from anxiety to sadness to hope - with songs by composers such as Dave Brubeck, Mark O'Connor and Cat Stevens.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:19:52 +0000 Mark Edwards 56899 at http://kcur.org Violinist Angèle Dubeau Mines Cancer Experience In New CD newEar Closes Season With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer http://kcur.org/post/newear-closes-season-pulitzer-prize-winning-composer <p>The contemporary chamber ensemble, <a href="http://www.newear.org/">newEar</a>, brings its 21st season to a close with three pieces from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. This including <em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">songbirdsongs</span></em>, written between 1974 and 1980, by Alaskan composer<a href="http://www.johnlutheradams.com/new/index.html"> John Luther Adams</a>. Adams recently won the <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Music">2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music</a>.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 14:07:28 +0000 Julie Denesha 55134 at http://kcur.org newEar Closes Season With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Classical Music Superstar Joshua Bell Returns To KC http://kcur.org/post/classical-music-superstar-joshua-bell-returns-kc <p>Grammy Award-winning violinist <a href="http://www.joshuabell.com/">Joshua Bell</a> spends 250 days a year on the road, performing with orchestras around the world. This weekend, Bell returns to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as a featured soloist for the <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a>.&nbsp;<br /> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:32:54 +0000 Laura Spencer 52315 at http://kcur.org Classical Music Superstar Joshua Bell Returns To KC A New Contract For Kansas City Symphony Musicians http://kcur.org/post/new-contract-kansas-city-symphony-musicians <p></p><p>It’s been called a "tumultuous time" for orchestras across the United States with labor disputes leading to strikes and lockouts. But the <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a>, the city’s largest performing arts organization, announced a new three-year contract Friday with musicians signed a year ahead of schedule.</p><p>The Symphony's executive director Frank Byrne says work started on the contract in January 2013, about 18 months before the expiration.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 39642 at http://kcur.org A New Contract For Kansas City Symphony Musicians Aram Demirjian Promoted To Symphony's Associate Conductor http://kcur.org/post/aram-demirjian-promoted-symphonys-associate-conductor <p>After working as an assistant conductor with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/" target="_blank">Kansas City Symphony</a>&nbsp;for a year now,&nbsp;<span style="padding-bottom: 0px !important; background-image: url(http://kcur.org/) !important; background-repeat: repeat no-repeat !important; ">Aram</span>&nbsp;<span style="padding-bottom: 0px !important; background-image: url(http://kcur.org/) !important; background-repeat: repeat no-repeat !important; ">Demirjian</span>&nbsp;is taking on a new role: associate conductor for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:26:03 +0000 Kaitlin Brennan 39489 at http://kcur.org Aram Demirjian Promoted To Symphony's Associate Conductor Tenor Nathan Granner on "Hymn: Songs of Great Faith" and "The Monocle" http://kcur.org/post/tenor-nathan-granner-hymn-songs-great-faith-and-monocle <p></p><p>Tenor <strong>Nathan Granner</strong> has done his share of traditional work with the likes of the Lyric Opera here in Kansas City and as a member of The American Tenors trio.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:39:31 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 28368 at http://kcur.org Tenor Nathan Granner on "Hymn: Songs of Great Faith" and "The Monocle" Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen' http://kcur.org/post/mezzo-soprano-joyce-didonato-becomes-drama-queen <p></p><div>Opera superstar <strong>Joyce DiDonato</strong> won a <a href="http://www.grammy.com/" target="_blank">Grammy</a> this year for <a href="http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=5" target="_blank">Best Classical Vocal Solo</a>.<br><br>The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled <a href="http://kcpt.org/pbsartskc/">"<strong>Homecoming"</strong></a> produced by Kansas City's <a href="http://kcpt.org" target="_blank">KCPT</a> and PBS Arts. The concert with the <a href="http://kcsymphony.org" target="_blank">Kansas City Symphony </a>at the newly-opened <a href="http://kauffmancenter.org" target="_blank">Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts</a> was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a <strong>new disc</strong> out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.</div><p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:07:44 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 27569 at http://kcur.org Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen'