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THE FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC PRESENTS THE AKADEMIE FUER ALTE MUSIK

REVIEW: German ensemble brings authenticity to Baroque masters
The Akademie für alte Musik Berlin performs Baroque music with a bright, solid sense of style, technique to spare and, where necessary, a sense of playfulness and mirth. Their performance on March 11th at the Folly Theater, part of the Friends of Chamber Music’s series, offered delights and, at times, frustrations but was ultimately a satisfying evening of Bach, Handel and Telemann.

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LYRIC GENERAL DIRECTOR SLATED TO RETIRE IN 2012

PASSAGES: Luskin will step down from top Lyric Opera post at end of first Kauffman Center season
Evan Luskin, who joined the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in 1986 and has  been its general director since 1998, announced on March 15th that he would retire at the end of the 2011-2012 season, the company’s  first year in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Reminiscences of music past

Symphony offers world premiere by promising newcomer
Composers have long delighted in creating elaborate narrative “programs” for their instrumental works, then instructing us not to rely on the programs too much, or even asking us to ignore them altogether. At issue is a tension over whether a piece conceived programmatically can also stand on its own as “pure” music. Avner Dorman’s new Piano Concerto No.

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