Paris musicians present baroque music
Kansas City, Mo. Les Arts Florissants, a Paris-based vocal and instrumental ensemble directed by William Christie, will perform baroque holiday music at 8 p.m. Friday at Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway.
The program includes "Messe de Minuit pour Noel" and "In nativitatem Domini canticum."
The ensemble is made up of nearly 60 performers, including an orchestra, chorus, soloists and actors.
Tickets are $35 and are available at (913) 469-4445, (816) 561-9999 or www.jccc.net/carlsencenter.
KC Symphony slates Christmas concert
Kansas City, Mo. "The Magic of Christmas" will be presented by the Kansas City Symphony at 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Music Hall, 13th and Central streets.
Guest artists include soprano Rebecca Sherburn, baritone Jim Korinke, the Paul Mesner Puppets, juggler Brian Wendling, the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and the Young MAIsterSingers.
The concert features traditional carols and popular Christmas songs.
Tickets are from $24 to $50 and are available at (816) 471-0400 or www.kcsymphony.org.
KU professor becoming known as germ expert
A Kansas University professor and author has become a source on germs and germ warfare since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent anthrax threats.
John "Jack" Brown, a professor of molecular biosciences and author of "Don't Touch That Doorknob! How germs can zap you and how you can zap back," says people seem less concerned with fighting germs in the home and more concerned about the threats of biological warfare.
"I believe that it is human nature to be concerned about the unknown," Brown said. "But as a consequence, we may be more fearful of things like anthrax or other events over which we have little, if any, individual control instead of things with which we are more familiar."
In the book, Brown outlines the areas people can control, from the difference between bacteria and viruses to the most effective way to clean the bathroom.