I was at a concert: Stern/Kansas City Symphony in Ravel, Barber, & Mahler

Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

Due to having guests in our midst, we ended up exchanging our normal Friday night tickets at the Lyric for some Sunday afternoon tickets in Yardley Hall, somewhere in Kansas. I had only attended one previous concert in Yardley, a Christmas performance by mens choir Cantus, which remains one of the most interesting and exciting performances I’ve ever been in attendance for. I must admit, though, that I was apprehensive about the acoustics in Yardley Hall for a full orchestra. Sadly, I had my Pyrrhic victory, and the thought of hearing another Mahler symphony in that hall would surely send me back to Epirus alone. Continue reading

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