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WEEKEND AT THE KAUFFMAN

REVIEW: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet nudges contemporary dance into intriguing areas

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has been called one of the standard-bearers for the future of American dance, and their programs of almost entirely new works suggest that, while ballet remains at the foundation of what we do, dance must continue to explore new territory to keep growing.

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WEEK IN REVIEW: MIDORI, BRAHMS AND CARNAGE

Midori possesses an exceptional gift for rhetorical expression and soaring melodic lines, and her violin tone is rich and full, never forced, even when she bears down hard. On October 27th at the Folly Theater she and her pianist, Özgür Aydin, were best in Shostakovich’s Sonata, Op. 134, where their inner musical personalities meshed beautifully to convey the composer’s dark vision of pain under Soviet rule.

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SHAVE AND A BIG LAUGH

Lyric closes season with classic Rossini opera
Sure The Barber of Seville is a frothy, wry and at times deliciously silly comedy. But it can’t be played as pure farce, says William Theisen, who directs the Lyric Opera’s production opening on April 21st at the Kauffman Center. “These characters cannot be cartoons,” said the director. “You do have a heightened reality here, and certainly Bartolo is very much a buffo character. But you have to care about these people.

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In Review

Unicorn production of ambitious war drama rides on fine direction, choice performances

During the second Iraq war that began in 2003 we had plenty of movies, books, plays, documentaries and news stories about the impact of the war on those who fought it, and on the Iraqi people who lived through it.

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COMING OUT IS (STILL) HARD TO DO

WHEN YOU KNEW: Heartland Men’s Chorus program confronts tough topics about gay awareness, bullying, and more
The Heartland Men’s Chorus has an uncanny knack for picking timely, even “hot” topics for their programs. In 2003 they performed The Few, the Proud, a multimedia concert that told stories about gays and lesbians in the armed forces throughout American history – literally the same week that we entered into the Iraq war.

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