Anthony Rodgers

Anthony Rodgers

Classical, Vocal and Music Theatre Contributor. Copy Editor.

Anthony Rodgers holds degrees from Truman State University (B.M.) and the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance (M.M.), where he also pursued an Artist’s Certificate and a Master’s degree in musicology. During his time at Truman, he performed with the University ensembles and participated in various academic endeavors, including a presentation at the 2009 Student Research Conference. At UMKC, he similarly performed with the school’s large and chamber ensembles and worked in the Music/Media Library, where he shelved books and answered tricky reference questions.  As a recipient of a doctoral fellowship, Anthony studied at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he further developed his fondness of twentieth-century compositions and sushi.

A passionate Germanophile, Anthony has traveled extensively in Germany, performing at the 2011 Lätzsch Trombone Festival in Heek and studying language at the Goethe-Institut in Heidelberg during the summer of 2012. With his love of travel, he has served as a staff member for the International Trombone Festival in several locations, including Salt Lake City; Nashville; Paris, France; and recently Valencia, Spain. He is a member of the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band, Kansas City’s premier British-style brass band, in addition to teaching privately and working as a freelance musician in the greater Kansas City area. In 2016, Anthony began teaching a general K–5 music class at CS1 Elementary in Mission Hills, KS. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys binging on Netflix, reading, and spending quality time with his friends’ pets.

Cantatas and serenades

Two local ensembles joined forces this weekend, as Bach Aria Soloists and the Kansas City Chorale performed collaborative works including cantatas by Bach and Britten and a soothing serenade...

A reflective Requiem

This past weekend, the Kansas City Symphony Chorus performed works that featured its lush sound in Helzberg Hall, including Duruflé’s meditative Requiem.

Classical horizons

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra was joined by students from the Park University's International Center for Music at Helzberg Hall this past weekend for a program of nineteenth-century concertos...

Mass relevance

The UMKC Conservatory Singers with the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir acknowledged troubled times with an uplifting performance of Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.”

Time in song

Musica Vocale performed a varied program ranging from Brahms motets to contemporary works by composers with local ties.

Germanic connections

Touring North America, the Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra of Germany visited the Lied Center with a program of poetic works by Wagner and Strauss that showcased remarkable sounds and impassioned...

Mighty voice

After nearly 20 years, Kathleen Battle returned to Kansas City on the Harriman-Jewell Series with a dynamic program of spirituals, joined by Joel A. Martin, piano and an incredible,...

Revenge is no joking matter

Featuring music both haunting and familiar, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City opened Verdi’s "Rigoletto," full of strong performers and powerful secrets.

A community in parts

The Heritage Philharmonic separated into orchestral sections for an evening of chamber music that featured lively dances and intimate settings.

Collaborative concertos

Celebrating both the past and present, the Northland Symphony Orchestra filled Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church this weekend with a pairing of concertos led by Jim Murray and featuring clarinetist...

The drama of Schubert sonatas

World-renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida returned to Kansas City as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series in an all-Schubert program that highlighted her sensitivity and genius as one of the greatest...

A shared journey

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Exploration Series produced the contemporary chamber opera "As One," exploring themes of identity, compassion, and freedom within the context of a transgender person’s...

Winds of change

The Midwest Chamber Ensemble challenged listeners with fantastic programming of “Chamber Winds,” featuring works by Gounod, Milhaud, Pärt, and a world premiere commission by Lee Hartman.

PREVIEW: Spring 2018 Large Ensembles

Kansas City is catching the eyes and ears of the country with continuous high-quality performances and remarkable guest artists. The second half of this season offers some unique opportunities...

“O” is for holiday

Kantorei KC performed incredible settings of texts and carols for the holiday season, including the sacred "O Antiphons" with stunning sounds suited for all audiences.

An evening of legends

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and local choir Musica Vocale presented a timely celebration of the life and works of St. Nicolas with some additional Baroque pieces thrown in...

Festive five

Superstar brass quintet, Canadian Brass, joined the Kansas City Symphony for an evening of holiday classics that brightened the hall and hearts.

From Russia with love

A long way from home, the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra performed a well-rounded program at Helzberg Hall under the direction of famed Valery Gergiev.

Impressive remembrances

Led by Robert Spano, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and guest soloists Jessica Rivera and Nmon Ford performed Brahms’ emotional Requiem, and classic examples of...

Magnificent pickin’

Banjo masters Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn put on an impressive show at the Lied Center this past weekend that was nothing short of marvelous.
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