Kansas City Symphony a source of home-town pride

Posted on: November 26, 2012

In Sunday’s (11/25) Kansas City Star, Steve Paul writes, “For a city whose civic pride is tied so closely to the fates of its professional sports teams, this has been a dismal year. … But there’s another professional outfit in town—a team of skilled, sometimes athletic, frequently dazzling performers who have made in the last year or so a genuine, inspired claim on our collective heart. Yes, I’m speaking of the Kansas City Symphony. … The Symphony has been on an upward trajectory for several years. Since Michael Stern arrived as music director about seven years ago, much of the effort has gone into retuning, refining and reorienting the orchestra in anticipation of its move to Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. … There’s more to appreciate and understand about the Symphony and its growing presence on the local cultural landscape. In addition to its subscription and pops concerts, the Symphony in recent weeks has begun three casual, low-cost or free weeknight series, offering accessible music and perhaps a glass of wine with which to attract new audiences. And its contributions to music education and awareness among thousands of area schoolchildren are essential in the shaping of young minds, future musicians and civic leaders.” Click here for the Star’s accompanying photo gallery.

Posted November 26, 2012