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REVIEWS FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 18th

REVIEW: Weekend events include Accorda, KC Symphony and Bach’s WTC Book 2
The highlight of my musical weekend was the concert on Sunday, March 20th of Quartet Accorda. This was a big event in the Park University calendar, as it represented the first time in nearly a year that these four terrific musicians—violinistsKanako Ito and Ben Sayevich, violist Chung-Hoon Peter Chunand cellist Martin Storey—have been able to unite to make music.

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FRIENDS BRING PROMINENT EARLY-MUSIC FESITVAL TO KC

MAKING THE OLD NEW: Boston Festival brings Handel gem to Friends of Chamber Music series
In what promises to be one of the most significant musical events of the Kansas City season, this week the Boston Early Music Festival brings Handel’s Acis and Galatea to the Friends of Chamber Music’s chamber series. This semi-staged production—at 8 p.m. on April 1st at the Folly Theater—strives for historical authenticity in all aspects.

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HANDEL’S ‘ACIS AND GALATEA’ GRACES THE FOLLY STAGE

REVIEW: Boston Early Music Festival presents a Kansas City first, a fully authentic Baroque opera

Performances of Baroque operas are rare enough, but rarer still are productions that take into account all aspects of 18th-century performance practice—not just historically informed singing and period instruments but also costumes, décor, gestures and stage direction that reflect what an audience of the period might have experienced.

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DANCER VISITS KC TO TALK ABOUT MEMOIR

ICON OF DANCE: KC Ballet and Rainy Day Books cosponsor appearance by Jacques D’Amboise
Legendary and iconic dancer Jacques D’Amboise was in Our Town on April 1st to promote his new memoir, I Was a Dancer (Borzoi Books: Alfred A. Knopf, $35). Born Joseph Aheard in Massachusetts, D’Amboise would become one of George Balanchine’s most indispensable muses: Over the course of 33 years at New York City Ballet, Jacques had more works created for him than any other male dancer.

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