Kansas City Symphony 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 The Kansas City Symphony Tests Out Google Glass http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-symphony-tests-out-google-glass <p><a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/">Google Glass</a> has been in the news lately as more people are trying it out. This wearable technology is still in the beta version, but about 10,000 people are now testing it, including a Kansas City-based mobile development firm. And in January, they partnered with the <a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a> – to provide four&nbsp; different views on stage.</p><p><strong>Living with devices since the beginning of mobile</strong></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:48:57 +0000 Laura Spencer 53294 at http://kcur.org The Kansas City Symphony Tests Out Google Glass 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 Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-symphonys-noah-geller-steps-solo <p>This weekend, Kansas City Symphony concertmaster <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/ContentCtl/ViewAct/Musician/87">Noah Geller </a>performs his first solo performance in the Symphony's classical series with a beloved work by Beethoven, his Violin Concerto.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:23:50 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 49541 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo Audra McDonald: From Broadway To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/audra-mcdonald-broadway-kansas-city <p>She’s won Tony awards and dazzled Hollywood, and now <strong>Audra McDonald </strong>is blending her voice with the Kansas City Symphony.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with the versatile songstress about her career and how she’s using her fame to support causes like marriage equality and pet adoption.</span></p><p></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:15:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 46837 at http://kcur.org Audra McDonald: From Broadway To Kansas City Haunting Soundtrack For Silent Classic 'The Phantom Of The Opera' http://kcur.org/post/haunting-soundtrack-silent-classic-phantom-opera <p><a href="http://www.thephantomoftheopera-1925.com/"><em>The Phantom of the Opera</em></a>, a 1925 silent film, tells the story of an organist who lurks beneath an opera house. This Halloween night, organist <a href="http://www.aarondavidmiller.com/">Aaron David Miller</a> will be in plain sight at the Kauffman Center, when he provides the soundtrack for a screening of this film.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:30:03 +0000 Laura Spencer 46068 at http://kcur.org Haunting Soundtrack For Silent Classic 'The Phantom Of The Opera' Classical Connections In Symphony's Season http://kcur.org/post/classical-connections-symphonys-season <p></p><p></p><p>Violinist Stefan Jackiw rehearsed at Helzberg Hall before the <a href="http://www.kauffmancenter.org/">Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts</a> was open, but didn&#39;t get to play there. This weekend, Jackiw returns to perform on stage with the <a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a> - and also reconnects with a childhood friend.</p><p><strong>Getting back to work at Helzberg Hall </strong></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:24:03 +0000 Laura Spencer 44699 at http://kcur.org Classical Connections In Symphony's Season 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 Trading Flint Hills For Fort Riley, Concert-Goers Dive Into Military History http://kcur.org/post/trading-flint-hills-fort-riley-concert-goers-dive-military-history <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In years past, Bill and Julia McBride turned to their </span>tallgrass<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> prairie backyard in </span>Matfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Green, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., to hear the Kansas City Symphony echoing across the Flint Hills.</span></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:06:30 +0000 Sangeeta Shastry 39045 at http://kcur.org Trading Flint Hills For Fort Riley, Concert-Goers Dive Into Military History Off-Season: Kansas City Symphony's Miles Maner http://kcur.org/post/season-kansas-city-symphonys-miles-maner-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are some artists, like musicians and dancers, whose contracts are for roughly 40 weeks a year. So, how do they spend the rest of their time?</span></p><p>We asked&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a>&nbsp;musicians, on contract for a 42-week season, to share stories about their plans for the off-season.</p><p><em><strong><a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/ContentCtl/ViewAct/Musician/76">Miles&nbsp;Maner</a></strong>, associate principal, bassoonist and&nbsp;contrabassoonist</em></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 38738 at http://kcur.org Off-Season: Kansas City Symphony's Miles Maner Board Leadership Change For The Kansas City Symphony http://kcur.org/post/board-leadership-change-kansas-city-symphony <p>After nearly 20 years as the chairwoman of the Kansas City Symphony's board, arts patron Shirley Helzberg is stepping down. Bill Lyons, civic leader and former CEO of American Century Companies, Inc., succeeds Helzberg on July 1. Tue, 21 May 2013 17:48:33 +0000 Laura Spencer 37113 at http://kcur.org Board Leadership Change For The Kansas City Symphony Young Musicians Take The Stage At The Kansas City Symphony http://kcur.org/post/young-musicians-take-stage-kansas-city-symphony <p>In the second part of Wednesday's <em>Central Standard</em>, we'll talk with <strong>Stephanie Brimhall</strong>, <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/StaticCtl/EducationConcertsAct">Education Manager</a> at the <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a>, about the Young Artist Competition.</p><p>This weekend, on stage at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, young musicians will compete in the final round. Violinists <strong>Caleb Thill</strong> and <strong>Emily Shehi </strong>and vocalist<strong> Rudy Dibble</strong> also join us in the studio to discuss their musical backgrounds - and their hopes and fears about the competition.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:54:02 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton, Stephen Steigman & Claire McInerny 31551 at http://kcur.org Young Musicians Take The Stage At The Kansas City Symphony Big Tuba Turnout At This Year’s Tuba Christmas http://kcur.org/post/big-tuba-turnout-year-s-tuba-christmas <p><a href="http://www.tubachristmas.com/" target="_blank">Tuba Christmas</a> was founded by Harvey Phillips, a Missouri native, more than 30 years ago.&nbsp; It brings tuba and euphonium players together once a year to play a concert of traditional holiday songs for the season.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:50:00 +0000 Zack Lewandowski 29070 at http://kcur.org Big Tuba Turnout At This Year’s Tuba Christmas Kansas City Gets The Grammys Nod http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-gets-grammys-nod <p>The 2013 Grammy nominations are out - and two <a href="http://www.grammy.com/nominees">nominees</a> are based in Kansas City. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:46:25 +0000 Laura Spencer 28596 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Gets The Grammys Nod Work-In-Progress Inspired By Art At The Nelson http://kcur.org/post/work-progress-inspired-art-nelson <p>This season, the <a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a> focuses on the theme of “Symphonic Pictures," exploring the intersection between art and music.</p><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 25205 at http://kcur.org Work-In-Progress Inspired By Art At The Nelson Setting A New Beat At The Kansas City Symphony http://kcur.org/post/setting-new-beat-kansas-city-symphony <p><a href="http://aram-demirjian.com/html/about.php">Aram Demirjian</a> joined the <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/">Kansas City Symphony</a> as the new assistant conductor for the 2012-13 season. In this role, Demirjian conducts the Family and Pops Series concerts and other select concerts. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:26:33 +0000 Julie Denesha 24746 at http://kcur.org Setting A New Beat At The Kansas City Symphony Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win http://kcur.org/post/mezzo-soprano-joyce-didonato-returns-home-after-grammy-win <p>Prairie Village native <strong>Joyce DiDonato</strong> just won a <a href="http://www.joycedidonato.com/2012/02/14/joyce-didonato-wins-her-first-grammy%C2%AE-award/" target="_blank">Grammy</a> for best classical vocal solo and travels the world performing in opera houses far and wide as one of this planet&#39;s best-loved mezzo sopranos. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:12:53 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 14494 at http://kcur.org Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win A Move for "Messiah" http://kcur.org/post/move-messiah <p>This year marks the first time Handel’s Messiah will not be performed at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo. since 1916.</p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:56:19 +0000 Laura Spencer 283 at http://kcur.org A Move for "Messiah" Chen Yi's 'Fountains of Kansas City' http://kcur.org/post/chen-yis-fountains-kansas-city <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d20ee1314ca-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d20ee1314ca-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d20ee1314ca-"></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-987465.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. – Three world premieres are slated for the Kansas City Symphony's inaugural season in Helzberg Hall. And they all take inspiration from a Kansas City trademark: fountains. The first, by renowned composer Chen Yi, called <i>Fountains of Kansas City</i>, premieres this weekend.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:58:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2307 at http://kcur.org Chen Yi's 'Fountains of Kansas City'