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COME THOU FOUNT

COMPOSER’S NEW PIECE HONORS KANSAS CITY’S BELOVED FOUNTAINS

When the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern open their 2011-2012 season September 23rd through the 25th at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall they will also be inaugurating a series of commissions to be spread throughout the season.

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WHAT A WEEKEND

WEEK IN REVIEW: August: Osage County at KC Rep, Red at the Unicorn, and Emanuel Ax with the KC Symphony

Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is like a slowly tightening clock-spring, building tension with stealth in Act 1 and releasing that tension with a sproing in Act 2, then finally unraveling messily in the last act.

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‘TURANDOT’ OPENS LYRIC’S SEASON IN NEW KAUFFMAN THEATER

ICE, ICE BABY: LYRIC’S AMBITIONS TAKE COMPANY INTO NEW TERRITORY
Amidst the bevy of high-profile soloists, the huge chorus and complement of supernumeraries, the children’s choir and the over-the-top scenic and costume designs, one thing was abundantly clear about the October 1st opening of Turandot at the Kauffman Center: With this production the Lyric Opera is entering a new epoch in its history, and future productions will doubtless be measured by the ambitions of this show.

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‘TOM SAWYER’ IS OFFICIALLY A BALLET

AN AMERICAN BALLET: KCB PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF AMBITIOUS NEW PIECE
At first glance Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer might not seem an obvious choice for a novel on which to base a full-length ballet, and I confess that I approached William Whitener’s and Maury Yeston’s Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in Three Acts with some skepticism. But, wow.

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