New issue of KCMetropolis.org today, and I have one review: Yo-Yo Ma, cello and Kathryn Stott, piano on the Harriman-Jewell Series. The recital was on my wedding anniversary, October 16, but my husband was out of town! So this was a nice treat that evening, even though Nick wasn’t with me—we’ll find another time to celebrate. Anyway, the recital was brilliant, masterful, so amazing. Yo-Yo Ma exceeded all my expectations—he is really a wonderful musician to witness live, he plays with such joy and passion. He even shouted “Go Royals!” on his way off stage after the performance! (For those who don’t know, our Kansas City Royals are in the World Series this week… the last time they were in the World Series was 1985, 29 years ago! So we’re all pretty excited here in the City of Fountains.)
On Friday night I headed to the Folly Theater for the Harriman-Jewell Series latest Discovery Series presentation, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan. He won the Gold Medal in the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, which is a pretty big deal! Since then he’s been appearing as a featured soloist with tons of orchestras around the world, and it was a real treat to see him in an intimate recital setting. The repertoire was mostly Romantic—Beethoven, Schumann, Paganini—with one twentieth-century work by Shostakovich. I loved the encores too, by Arutunian and Tchaikovsky. It was a well programmed recital and I hope Harriman-Jewell brings him back on its main series!
I also conducted an interview with two members of the Heartland Men’s Chorus in anticipation of its upcoming production, I Am Harvey Milk at the Folly. Unfortunately I’m not sure I can make it to the shows, so I am glad to have talked about it with these two well spoken gentlemen! I’m sure it’s going to be an inspiring and moving performance.