kcm interview: beau bledsoe

This week on KCMetropolis.org I interviewed Ensemble Ibérica‘s artistic director Beau Bledsoe in the latest installment of our Movers, Shakers, and Stalwarts series, in which we feature important figures in the arts community. Beau has been studying, playing, and presenting the music of the Iberian Peninsula for years now, and is a driving force behind Kansas City’s experience of this music. And he’s an awesome guitarist! Ensemble Ibérica has a couple shows this month; I hope to get to the one on July 23.

beau bledsoe

Read the full interview at KCMetropolis.org: Movers, Shakers, Stalwarts: Beau Bledsoe

[Photo credit: Jeff Evrard]

narek hakhnazaryan + hmc preview

KCMetropolis.orgHUGE new issue of KCMetropolis.org this week, and I have a couple of articles:

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.

Read my full articles at KCMetropolis.org: