Tools of the Trade

Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Thu May 15, 2014

WATCH: Tools Of The Trade, A Ballet Dancer's Shoes

Kansas City Ballet dancers perform in 'Cinderella."
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The modern pointe shoe has kept ballerinas on their toes since the early 20th Century.

Each delicate, custom-made satin and leather shoe endures a punishing routine that begins even before a dancer places a shoe on her foot.

As part of an occasional series called Tools of the Trade about performers and their relationship to the tools that make their work possible, I talked to members of the Kansas City Ballet about shoes.

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Arts & Culture
7:09 am
Wed February 26, 2014

WATCH: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson On The Challenge Of A New Piano

Garrick Ohlsson, American classical pianist with Cynthia Siebert's Steinway Model C Concert Grand.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Touring for any professional musician can be challenging. But for concert pianists, it’s also about adapting to a new instrument at every stop.

American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is a frequent soloist in Kansas City. The Friends of Chamber Music presented Ohlsson in concert in January.

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5:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

[VIDEO] In Search Of The 'Krutz' Sound

Luthier Alexander Svistunov works on a bass.
Julie Denesha KCUR

In the first of a series called Tools of the Trade, 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.  A cellist and a violinist discuss the “Krutz” sound.

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