I had the enormous privilege of making my Kansas City Symphony debut this past weekend as a guest soloist. Although I sing on the famous international stages of the world, being a native of Prairie Village and current resident of Kansas City, this particular debut was one of the most special of my career. I’ve seen firsthand the unbounded growth and meteoric rise of my hometown “band.” The Kansas City Symphony, under the vibrant direction of Michael Stern, is on its way to becoming a world-class institution.
I have a feeling that this city doesn’t yet realize what an enormous impact our new performing arts center is going to have. It will redefine our skyline and scream out to the world that we are a vibrant, progressive and principled city that believes in building a strong cultural backbone and that has made an enormous commitment to ensuring a lasting place for the arts. This new building will give birth to the international arrival of not only the Kansas City Symphony, but the Lyric Opera and Kansas City Ballet as well.
Brace yourselves, Kansas City — it’s going to be an amazing ride!