willie nelson + my top ten

Last Thursday I was really excited to see American music icon Willie Nelson at the Kauffman Center. It was truly a thrill to see him perform live, and I was very impressed with his stamina and showmanship. The Red Headed Stranger packed a lot of music in his practically non-stop 90-minute set. It was just a great time and I will remember this show for years to come! Read my review in full at KCMetropolis.org: Crazy for Nelson’s country and blues

Also in this week’s issue, I list my favorite performances from the 2011–12 season. There were so many I loved to choose from, and it was really difficult to make my final selections. But ultimately I have five local groups and five outside acts that made my list. I made my decisions based on what held my attention the best, what was the most fun, and what I thought about for days and days afterwards. In no order:

Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Eroica Trio (Harriman-Jewell Series)
Turtle Island Quartet (JCCC Performing Arts Series)
KC Symphony’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Egads! Theatre Company)
Danú (JCCC Performing Arts Series)
Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with Bobby Watson performing Gates BBQ Suite
Mnozil Brass (Lied Center of Kansas)
Sweeney Todd (Musical Theater Heritage)
Aretha Franklin (Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts)
Heartland Men’s Chorus’s “All You Need is Love” concert

Read why I chose these at KCMetropolis.org! Click here: Editor’s Picks: Kristin