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‘ROMEO AND JULIET

WHEREFORE ART THOU: KC Ballet’s version of Shakespeare classic conveys drama through pure dance
You might think of Shakespeare as being all about language, but several of his works have been made into ballets in which the entire dramatic arc is expressed without a single word being uttered. Perhaps the most powerful of these is Romeo and Juliet, which owes much of its cache to a brilliant score by Prokofiev.

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BEHZOD MAKES KC SYMPHONY DEBUT

SKY’S THE LIMIT:  PARK PIANO STUDENT HAS EYE ON INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Behzod Abduraimov almost didn’t become a pianist. At age 6 he failed his very first piano examination, getting stuck in the middle of Schumann’s The Wild Horsemanseveral times before his teacher finally told him to stop. “After that my teacher said I would never be able to play a piece on piano from beginning to end without making mistakes, ever,” says the 21-year-old Park University student with a laugh.

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTED BY KAUFFMAN OPENING

THE BIG 12: TOP MOMENTS IN KC PERFORMING ARTS FOR 2011 
This year will go down in history as a milestone in Kansas City’s performing arts life, as the opening of the Kauffman Center has spurred all of our local arts groups to new heights. Here are a few of my favorite moments of the year, listed in chronological order. All of these have been reviewed on this blog: Use Search screen at upper right.

 
Harriman-Jewell Series: Joshua Bell, violin, and Sam Haywood, piano.

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25 EVENTS YOU SHOULD SEE THIS SPRING

NOT TO BE MISSED: SPRING 2012’S TOP 25 EVENTS IN MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATER
 January 6th-February 9th: Beer for Breakfast (American Heartland Theatre). Four buddies plan a weekend hunting trip, only to have one of the wives show up instead of her husband. What ensues is a sort of battle of the sexes “country-style,” with plenty of wit.
January 20th-26th: Yo-Yo Ma, cello (Kansas City Symphony).

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REVIEW: NUTCRACKER MEETS KAUFFMAN

OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES: KC BALLET PRESENTS FINE ‘NUTCRACKER’ IN KAUFFMAN CENTER

The production of The Nutcracker that the late Todd Bolender created for the Kansas City Ballet is 30 years old this year, but at the opening performance on the afternoon of December 3rd it had a bright new look. That’s partly because it was being presented for the first time in the Kauffman Center’s state-of-the-art Muriel Kauffman Theatre, after languishing in decrepit downtown halls since 1981.

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