Paul Horsley, Performing Arts Editor
When Paul joined the staff of The Independent in 2008 he brought a lifetime of experience to the job and a national reputation as arts critic. Formerly the Music and Dance Critic for The Kansas City Star and, before that, the Program Annotator for the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has written for a variety of national publications (The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Symphony, Musical America) and has conducted musicological research throughout Europe and the U.S. He loves cinema, museums, swimming and the literature of the American South. Paul’s musical tastes range from Copland to Country, Ligeti to Latin music. He has taught music history at Park University, Louisiana State University and Cornell University. Some of his favorite things about Our Town are Lidia’s, Union Station with its 95-foot ceilings, Caravaggio’s “John the Baptist” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, AMC Theatres with their remote-reclining seats, and Case Park with its statue of Lewis, Clark, York and Sacagawea (holding baby Jean Baptiste Charbonneau) and its spectacular view of The Bottoms. He is devoted to such charities as Kansas City Rescue Mission, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Arts in Prison.