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CENTER OF ATTENTION: As the world watches, Kauffman opens with wildly successful inaugural weekend It was the moment Kansas City had waited for, anxiously and at times with faltering hopes, for 16 years. Suddenly, there it was: This September 16th through the 18th the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened with a celebration that was as […]

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COMPOSER’S NEW PIECE HONORS KANSAS CITY’S BELOVED FOUNTAINS When the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern open their 2011-2012 season September 23rd through the 25th at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall they will also be inaugurating a series of commissions to be spread throughout the season. Chen Yi’s Fountains of KC is the first of three “water-themed” pieces commissioned by the […]

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WEEK IN REVIEW: August: Osage County at KC Rep, Red at the Unicorn, and Emanuel Ax with the KC Symphony Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is like a slowly tightening clock-spring, building tension with stealth in Act 1 and releasing that tension with a sproing in Act 2, then finally unraveling messily in the last act. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s current production […]

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ICE, ICE BABY: LYRIC’S AMBITIONS TAKE COMPANY INTO NEW TERRITORY Amidst the bevy of high-profile soloists, the huge chorus and complement of supernumeraries, the children’s choir and the over-the-top scenic and costume designs, one thing was abundantly clear about the October 1st opening of Turandot at the Kauffman Center: With this production the Lyric Opera is entering […]

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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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