With concert hall closed during coronavirus, Kansas City Symphony adds “Beethoven Walks Into a Bar” podcast

Posted on: March 27, 2020

“Usually at this time of year, Kansas City is filled with a joyful cacophony of musical and theater performances,” writes Patrick News in Wednesday’s (3/25) Kansas City Star (MO). During the coronavirus pandemic, there is an “eerie silence…. But Kansas City’s arts community is rising to the challenge…. Musicians are making their performances available on social media, and the Kansas City Symphony has recently started a podcast to ease the pain of local classical fans. ‘Beethoven Walks Into a Bar’ features associate conductor Jason Seber, flutist Michael Gordon and education manager Stephanie Brimhall rapping about music…. Executive director Danny Beckley [writes] in a press release, ‘The hope is our new podcast will … bring a little joy into your day. This is one of several new ventures we are starting in light of the current situation.’ ” Other Kansas City-based performing arts groups cited in the article include Opus 76 string quartet, Harriman-Jewell Series, Unicorn Theatre, and KC Rep. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, a native of the area, says she is “so grateful for the artists still creating and contributing…. I encourage everyone to reach out in the way they are able…. That will be the key to our emotional survival.”