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HAYDN IN HOLLYWOOD: 32 short reviews of movies about classical music

HAYDN IN HOLLYWOOD: 32 short reviews of movies about classical music
Hollywood can make movies about playwrights, poets, painters. It can make you bawl over the death of a dog, feel you’re genuinely on board the Titanic or evoke precisely the melancholy of a small town in the Deep South. But when it comes to making films about classical music, it’s time to drag out every moth-eaten cliché about suffering artists, the nature of genius, and the vicissitudes of a life devoted to “high art.

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ACADEMIC, MY DEAR WATSON

Local colleges and universities announce powerful season lineups

This week we supplement the information placed on this blog in April summarizing the 2010-2011 seasons of the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Ballet, the Harriman-Jewell Series, and the Friends of Chamber Music. Today we look at the series offered by area institutions of higher learning, which over the years have become an essential part of Kansas City’s music, dance and entertainment scene.

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RICHARD HARRIMAN, WORLD-RENOWNED ARTS PRESENTER, DIES AT 77

Artists, arts lovers worldwide mourn loss of Harriman-Jewell Series co-founder
Richard Harriman, the William Jewell College professor who spent a half century building the Harriman-Jewell Series into one of the nation’s premier performing arts presenters, died July 15 at Liberty Hospital. He was 77. A gracious and amiable man who always greeted his audience members as they arrived at Series concerts, Harriman had suffered from Parkinson’s disease and leukemia for several years.

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WHAT A SWELL PARTY

Musical Theater Heritage and KC Chamber Orchestra join for gala featuring music from Purcell to Cole Porter
George Harter has a message for all who will listen: Just as jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll are indigenous American musical genres, musical theater was born here, too. And just as those forms drew from elements as disparate as hymnody and African folk song, the musical drew from European operetta and other sources but brought those elements together in a uniquely American way.

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REMEMBER ME

New composition for Lyric Arts Trio honors immigrant grandmother
n the early years of the 17th century, at Nipe Bay in northeastern Cuba, three fishermen weathered a tumultuous storm and prayed for deliverance. When the skies cleared, they found a statue of a girl floating in the water, with an inscription saying I Am the Virgin of Charity. As a tribute to this miracle, La Virgen de la Caridadbecame the patroness of Cuban Catholics.

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