Welcome to Season Three of The Local Show. This week, the arts are where we turn our attention, in part because tomorrow night we get the rare chance to share Kansas City with the entire country on the PBS Arts Summer Festival. The program is called Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony presents Joyce DiDonato.
DiDonato is an amazing singer who still makes her home in Kansas City, even though she’s a star on stages around the world. In fact, she won the Grammy for Best Opera performance last year. As you’ll see, she’s a big fan of her hometown and of the symphony as it has developed under the guidance of music director Michael Stern. Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony presents Joyce DiDonato will air on Friday, July 20 at 9 p.m. on KCPT.
Randy Mason talks with both of them about the TV special and more, as well as with Paula Kerger, the president of PBS. But first, we want to share a behind-the-scenes peek at the Kauffman Center festivities in a piece we call Homecoming 101.