Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Symphony of Local Culture

Last night we attended the KC Symphony and were completely entranced by Joshua Bell's performance of Corigliano's Red Violin which he played on his 300 year-old Stradivarius. I had never heard Joshua Bell before. What a hole in my cultural experience! If you have not heard Joshua perform, listen to him on this NPR interview. His music is heavenly and there is no doubt that he pours his heart and soul into his performance. A couple of years ago, before I started down the journey to greater connectedness with my community I was simply looking for a unique holiday activity. We went to a holiday performance of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. It was love at first sight (and sound). Before the end of the evening we had purchased a subscription to the rest of the season and became annual subscribers the following season. Last year a local theater group, The Kansas City Repertory Theater, performed a Sherlock Holmes play. My husband is a fan of Sherlock Holmes so we attended the performance. We found live theater to be very engaging and wanted more. We are in our second season subscription with the Repertory Theater. We were curious about the Kansas City Symphony and had a similar experience. I guess you could predict what came next. Last night we re-upped for our third annual subscription for next season. Continuing our love-affair with Kansas City, We joined the Nelson Adkins Museum as annual subscribers. So what next? All of this has sparked our desire to move downtown to the River Market area and find our own cozy loft. You just never know what happens next when you fall in love. Engage in the Arts! Visit the local museums, art galleries, attend plays, ballets, concerts of the local symphony and local bands. Feel the beating heart of your city. Maybe you too will fall in love. Buzz it up

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