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LOCAL MEZZO TURNS SUPERSTAR

OUR JOYCE: Grammy-winning mezzo is in her prime as she appears on the Harriman-Jewell Series
Is there any stopping Joyce DiDonato? Every time you turn around, America’s favorite mezzo-soprano has won new awards, fresh accolades and effulgent encomiums. The 43-year-old Prairie Village native and Grammy Award-winner is one of the greatest performing artists ever to come out of Our Town, and she is in the best voice of her life.

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OUR TOP 25 EVENTS OF THE FALL SEASON

BRAVE NEW HALLS: Kauffman Center is poised to spur Kansas City’s culture to new heights
 
The 2011-2012 performing-arts season is one of the most exciting in Kansas City’s history, thanks partly to the inauguration of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. But the new downtown icon is not the only game in town: In fact its presence seems to have spurred other groups to new heights, in the spirit of competition.

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KANSAS CITY BALLET

REVIEW: KCB OPENS SEASON WITH AMBITIOUS ‘CARMINA,’ TWO OTHER WORKS 
So far the performances we’ve seen in this second Kauffman Center season have made it clear that the wildly successful first season was not a fluke: The sheer grandeur of the place seems to be spurring local performing arts groups to ambitious new heights. I call it the “Kauffman effect,” as performers in a world-class facility just naturally strive to put world-class art on its stages.

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HARRIMAN AT THE KAUFFMAN

REVIEW: MORRIS GROUP BRINGS MULTI-FACETED PROGRAM TO HARRIMAN-JEWELL SERIES
Mark Morris is one of the great innovators of American dance, but his works rarely have what you would call “the shock of the new.” In fact his choreography is so deftly and intuitively attuned to the music that it often has an almost organic feel to it, a naturalness that grows from both musicality and sharp visual perception.

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