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REVIEW: KC Chorale finds spiritual center of complex new Clausen Mass

The Kansas City Chorale is in a remarkably good place these days, both institutionally and artistically. This week the multiple-Grammy-winning chorus of local professionals opened its 2010-2011 season with a concert of music by René Clausen, which I attended on October 19 at Asbury Methodist Church. I marveled at the uniformity and beauty of sonority — especially considering that six of the 24 members are new this year.

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REVIEW: Youthful Houston Ballet II impresses in classical, contemporary repertoire

On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be all that much Beatle-ness to Stanton Welch’s The Long and Winding Road, a 25-minute ballet that the Houston Ballet II performed on the Harriman-Jewell Series on October 30 at the Folly. Peter Breiner’s arrangements of the songs are more Vivaldi than George Martin — they sound so much like Baroque concertos that they might as well be — and the dance itself is deeply rooted in ballet.

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BORIS AT THE MULTIPLEX

Met’s stellar production of Mussorgsky classic is a must-see at its November 10th encore broadcast
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov has always been an anomaly among operas. In addition to hovering, like much Russian opera, on the periphery of our Italian- and German-dominated repertoire, it has for most of its history been performed in a souped-up re-orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov that glazes over much of its austere, at times intentionally raw flavor.

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Bel canto classic at the Lyric

DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES: Lyric Opera presents classic tale of love, politics, betrayal and friendship
When men flake out, women just have to look after themselves — and each other. That’s a primary lesson in Norma, Vincenzo Bellini’s 1831 opera about love, betrayal, heroism and female friendship, which opens November the 6th at the Lyric Opera.

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