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A NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY

REVIEW: Kansas City Symphony presents premiere of appealing new work
Adam Schoenberg’s American Symphony adopts an accessible style but does not stray so far into a Hollywood idiom that it grows cheesy. The agreeable new piece, a Kansas City Symphony commission, received its world premiere on March 4th at the Lyric Theatre, with the Symphony led by music director Michael Stern.

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STEPHEN COSTELLO DEBUTS AT THE HARRIMAN

REVIEW: After variable start, tenor impresses in second half of American recital debut

Tenor Stephen Costello possesses a natural, rich-auburn voice with a durable top, a pleasantly feathery lower register, a sweet head-voice that can shift into full voice with fetching ease, and a big capacity for warm pathos. The American artist, who made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 and won the Richard Tucker Award in 2009, seems destined for a big career.

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SYMPHONY TO PERFORM GOLIJOV’S STARRY TRIBUTE TO ARTS VISIONARY

HOMAGE TO HENRY: Orchestras, League commission top composer to honor visionary leader
How does one pay suitable homage to Henry Fogel, arts visionary, longtime orchestra executive, and current dean and distinguished professor of the arts at Roosevelt University? For the League of American Orchestras, which Henry led from 2003 to 2008, the best way to honor the man who has fought tirelessly for the continued importance of classical music in America was to commission a piece from one of the worl

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‘Giselle’ at the Kansas City Ballet

REVIEW: KC Ballet dancers demonstrate mastery of classical idiom, with roots showing
The dancers of the Kansas City Ballet are known for their proficiency in a wide variety of styles, and we sometimes forget that classical ballet remains at the core of their training and artistry. The company’s mastery of this centuries-old art form—which stands at the center of Western dance—was on glorious display at its production of Giselle that opened March 10th.

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