The Kansas City Chorale celebrated an early St. Patricks Day with its The Music of Ireland concert Saturday night at St. Michael the Archangel. The beautifully wrought performance featured works from Irish tenor, composer and choral conductor Michael McGlynn.
The Kansas City Symphony presented a robust program of nationalistic flavor in Helzberg Hall on Friday night, conducted by music director Michael Stern. Virtuosic performances ranged through the ensemble, along with a passionate presence from guest soloist Joshua Bell.
Did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer use technology to help make his astonishing images? He did, according to “Tim’s Vermeer,” a documentary written and narrated by Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and directed by Teller, who uses one name. It opens in Kansas City on Friday.
Abstraction soars Friday, with new Missouri Bank Artboards by Caleb Taylor and Rie Egawa and some hot shows on the ground. For his Artboards, Taylor took black and white photographs of architectonic paper structures and layered them to create enigmatic geometric abstractions.
David Giffels, assistant professor of English at the University of Akron, tends to drive a particular idea home over and over from one essay to the next, then suddenly slip in the opposite of that exact point in his nonfiction collection, The Hard Way on Purpose.
In Clever Girl, British author Tessa Hadley uses intimate narration to bring fresh insight to everyday moments of a woman who grows youth to middle age.