my top ten 2012–13

KCMetropolis.orgIt’s that time of year again! Every summer the editors and writers of pick their favorite shows from the recent season. This past year I saw some incredible stuff, from famous big-name acts to local hidden gems. Here’s what made my top ten:

• Bassist Esperanza Spalding on her Radio Music Society tour at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in October 2012.

Jasper String Quartet performing Ligeti on the Music Alliance series in October 2012, co-presented by the Friends of Chamber Music and the UMKC Conservatory.

• The James Carter Organ Trio on the Folly Jazz Series, January 2013.

• The Harlem Quartet performing selections from Wynton Marsalis’s At the Octaroon Balls at Yardley Hall on the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, February 2013.

• The cast of Life Could Be a Dream, one of American Heartland Theatre‘s last productions, April 2013.

Bobby McFerrin, inimitable vocal master, performing in Helzberg Hall on the Harriman-Jewell Series, May 2013.

• Violinist Gil Shaham performing Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Kansas City Symphony, June 2013.

Egads! Theatre Company‘s presentation of cult classic The Rocky Horror Show at Off Center Theatre, June 2013.

Opera Ooh-La-La! on the Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 2013.

• Local alternative strings duo The Wires on the Kansas City Museum‘s Summer Concert Series, August 2013.

Read my full list and thoughts at Editor’s Picks 2012–13 season: Kristin

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