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AN AMERICAN BALLET: KCB PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF AMBITIOUS NEW PIECE At first glance Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer might not seem an obvious choice for a novel on which to base a full-length ballet, and I confess that I approached William Whitener’s and Maury Yeston’s Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in Three Acts with some skepticism. But, wow. On October 14th the ambitious piece […]

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THE BATTLE OVER TOM SAWYER: BALLET CONTINUES LONG TRADITION OF CONTROVERSY OVER MARK TWAIN CLASSIC   The New York Times’ prickly dance critic Alistair Macaulayseemed to have liked the Kansas City Ballet’s Tom Sawyeralmost as much as I did – though at times for different reasons. See my review here, and his here. Much was hanging on the new full-length ballet […]

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REVIEW: Weekend events include Accorda, KC Symphony and Bach’s WTC Book 2 The highlight of my musical weekend was the concert on Sunday, March 20th of Quartet Accorda. This was a big event in the Park University calendar, as it represented the first time in nearly a year that these four terrific musicians—violinistsKanako Ito and Ben Sayevich, violist Chung-Hoon Peter Chunand cellist Martin […]

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MAKING THE OLD NEW: Boston Festival brings Handel gem to Friends of Chamber Music series In what promises to be one of the most significant musical events of the Kansas City season, this week the Boston Early Music Festival brings Handel’s Acis and Galatea to the Friends of Chamber Music’s chamber series. This semi-staged production—at […]

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REVIEW: KC Rep presents Kander & Ebb classic with polish and ingenuity Circles can symbolize unity or closure, but they can also convey inertia, stasis, even claustrophobia. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret at Spencer Theatre uses the circle to represent all of those things, by placing the action on a rotating […]

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REVIEW: Boston Early Music Festival presents a Kansas City first, a fully authentic Baroque opera Performances of Baroque operas are rare enough, but rarer still are productions that take into account all aspects of 18th-century performance practice—not just historically informed singing and period instruments but also costumes, décor, gestures and stage direction that reflect what […]

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ICON OF DANCE: KC Ballet and Rainy Day Books cosponsor appearance by Jacques D’Amboise Legendary and iconic dancer Jacques D’Amboise was in Our Town on April 1st to promote his new memoir, I Was a Dancer (Borzoi Books: Alfred A. Knopf, $35). Born Joseph Aheard in Massachusetts, D’Amboise would become one of George Balanchine’s most indispensable muses: Over the course of […]

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