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REVIEW: AX OPENS HARRIMAN SEASON WITH BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT

There are good reasons why Emanuel Ax is held in such high esteem in the American classical scene. He has an innate, “natural” musicality that seems to adapt to any period or style, he plays with extreme delicacy but can also tear into a thunderous fortissimo without banging, and he can “sing” you a melody as if it had words to it. (Plus he’s a gregarious guy you would want to invite to dinner some night.

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KC BALLET PERFORMS PIMBLE, TAYLOR-CORBETT AND STEVENSON

FORTUNE, INDEED: BALLET OFFERS MULTISENSORY SPECTACLE TO OPEN SECOND KAUFFMAN SEASON
There’s something about Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, whose thunderous opening chorus “O Fortuna” is one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music ever, that makes you want to pull out all the stops. And that’s just what the Kansas City Ballet plans to do at their season opener that starts on October 12th at the Kauffman Center.

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Harriman-Jewell Series

MAKING A MARK: HARRIMAN-JEWELL SERIES BRINGS STORIED DANCE GROUP TO KAUFFMAN CENTER

If you want to be a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, you’d better get busy. For not only are the auditions for his 18-member company as rigorous as just about anything in modern dance, some 300 men and women show up to fill one position, but Mark requires much more than just dance chops.

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REVIEW: Lyric Opera concludes season with witty, attractive production

It’s hard to say which opera is the most popular in the repertoire, but The Barber of Seville certainly ranks among the top five. This wittiest of comedies formed a fitting conclusion to what may have been the Lyric Opera’s most distinguished season so far – its first in the Kauffman Center – and the four originally scheduled performances of it were selling so briskly that the company added a fifth. (The show runs through April 29th.

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TOP PICKS IN MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE FOR FALL OF 2012

After one of the most gruelingly hot summers in Kansas City history, Our Town gets a fabulously hot autumn – culturally speaking, that is – with a sizzling selection of musical artists, dancers, visiting celebrities, vibrant drama, and raucous comedies available for your pleasure. Below are our highly opinionated suggestions of choices for the fall season.

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