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CRAFTING THE NUTCRACKER

MAN OF THE HOUR: Ballet Master is in charge of getting the KCB’s Nutcracker onto the stage
There’s one person you won’t see onstage in the Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, even though he is perhaps the most important element in putting the whole thing together.

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KC BALLET IN REVIEW

REVIEW: The Kansas City Ballet’s durable Nutcracker opens to acclaim
The Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker remains fresh partly because of a continual infusion of new talent that permits the production to evolve in subtle ways. For the 2012-2013 season nearly a third of the company dancers are new (eight out of 28), and though the premiere on December 1st was as sure-footed as ever it included some fresh faces we hadn’t seen before in Todd Bolender’s Nutcracker.

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LOCAL MEZZO TURNS SUPERSTAR

OUR JOYCE: Grammy-winning mezzo is in her prime as she appears on the Harriman-Jewell Series
Is there any stopping Joyce DiDonato? Every time you turn around, America’s favorite mezzo-soprano has won new awards, fresh accolades and effulgent encomiums. The 43-year-old Prairie Village native and Grammy Award-winner is one of the greatest performing artists ever to come out of Our Town, and she is in the best voice of her life.

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OUR TOP 25 EVENTS OF THE FALL SEASON

BRAVE NEW HALLS: Kauffman Center is poised to spur Kansas City’s culture to new heights
 
The 2011-2012 performing-arts season is one of the most exciting in Kansas City’s history, thanks partly to the inauguration of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. But the new downtown icon is not the only game in town: In fact its presence seems to have spurred other groups to new heights, in the spirit of competition.

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KANSAS CITY BALLET

REVIEW: KCB OPENS SEASON WITH AMBITIOUS ‘CARMINA,’ TWO OTHER WORKS 
So far the performances we’ve seen in this second Kauffman Center season have made it clear that the wildly successful first season was not a fluke: The sheer grandeur of the place seems to be spurring local performing arts groups to ambitious new heights. I call it the “Kauffman effect,” as performers in a world-class facility just naturally strive to put world-class art on its stages.

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