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NORMA AT THE LYRIC

REVIEW: Lyric Opera finds chemistry in company premiere of Bellini classic

Considering the number of elements that must come together for an operatic production to succeed, it’s a miracle that it ever happens. When it does, it’s sometimes hard to say why it does, but it nonetheless makes for an extremely satisfying evening of theater.

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CAPUÇON AND MONTERO AT THE HARRIMAN

REVIEW: Cello-piano duo offers frustrating night at the Folly
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero and French cellistGautier Capuçon are acclaimed musicians with international careers, and their gifts on their respective instruments are prodigious. Gautier has made a mark in collaborations with his brother, violinist Renard, and Gabriela you might remember from her appearance at President Obama’s inauguration withItzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Alessio Bax plays on Harriman-Jewell Series

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Pianist takes less obvious routes to career, music-making
Alessio Bax has made a career of taking roads less traveled. The Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient from Bari, Italy has circled the globe performing the widest variety of music, not just in Europe and Asia but in Tel Aviv and Mexico City.

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Zukerman and Bronfman rock the Friends

REVIEW: Musical giants collaborate in a night of conversations with the masters
Few things in concert life are as satisfying as hearing musicians who have attained near-legendary status actually live up to those legends. On November the 19th at the Folly Theater, Pinchas Zukerman and Yefim Bronfman played the Brahms’ Second Viola Sonata so gorgeously and insightfully, and with such detailed nuance and color, that one was reminded why these artists have achieved the stature they have.

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Mark Twain classic becomes a ballet for the first time

AN AMERICAN FABLE: Kansas City Ballet to open inaugural Kauffman Center season with historic ‘first’
Imagine a full-length ballet like Swan Lake or The Nutcracker,but based on an American subject and crafted by an entirely American creative team. You’ll have to imagine it, because such a thing has not existed – at least not until now. More than a quarter-century ago, composer Maury Yeston began to ponder this gap in the repertoire, and he determined to do something about it.

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