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In Review

Harriman-Jewell presents up-and-coming violin and piano luminaries on Discovery series Elena Urioste and Gabriela Martinez effect a fine collaboration, playing with a unified and intuitive feel for each other’s musical outlook and direction. At the duo’s violin-piano recital on June 7th, part of the Harriman-Jewell’s Discovery Series, one was aware at times that the sharp […]

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TRIUMVIRATE OF GREATS: Chorale fills Helzberg with rich sound in choral milestones Heavenly is the word that comes to mind in describing the Kansas City Chorale’s performance of Arvo Pärt’s The Beatitudes, the opening choral work on its March 24th program of three masterpieces that also included Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Duruflé’s Requiem. […]

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CHORAL CLARITY: Three-year-old choir performs works by Harris and others at Bolender Center Kansas City has long been a choral haven, and never as much as today. Of the dozen local professional or semi-professional choral ensembles I can think of just off-hand (not including church choirs), more than half were founded in the last decade. […]

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NINE FOR THE NINE THAT DRESSED SO FINE: Harriman-Jewell Series presents Cantus Cantus is an all-male a cappella ensemble consisting of nine singers who perform a most eclectic mix of music from all eras and genres. The group’s Harriman-Jewell Series debut on May 16th – bumped from its February date because of mounds of snow […]

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BRASH BUT HUMBLE: Young Canadian brings honest pianism to Harriman-Jewell Series Young performers these days are so often given to musical excess and personal flamboyance that it’s refreshing to find one with a solid and sensible foundation on which to build a substantial career. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, 18, has excellent technique, sensitive musicality and a […]

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To be a serious ballet company these days you can’t just do an endless series of Swan Lakes: You’ve got to push things forward. The Kansas City Ballet in its current form has rarely flinched from risky artistic choices, works that might have left us scratching our heads at times. At the season finale that […]

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Good People is a remarkable play with a cast of six players and a tangle of ambiguities that send you out of the theater wondering what just happened. Whoare the “good” people in David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 play, and what defines them as good? The Unicorn Theatre and the Kansas City Actors Theatre have gathered an engrossing sextet of actors […]

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The Kansas City Ballet’s current season is to some extent a tribute to its visionary artistic director, William Whitener, who bids farewell to the company this spring after 17 years here. The winter program that opened on March 15th at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre highlighted two important aspects of William’s legacy that will continue to echo for years […]

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When a ballet audience gasps audibly at the sheer “look” of a piece, before the dancers have made a single move, you know you’re in for a ride. When the curtain went up on George Balanchine’s Serenade, the opening piece of the Kansas City Ballet’s final 2011-2012 production, the translucent azure lighting and ballerinas frozen in […]

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