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Rouse in the house

American’s piece scores with audience at Symphony season opener
It’s not often that a 12-minute piece by a living American composer proves to be the musical highlight of a two-hour concert of classical favorites. Usually the “modern” piece is that cacophonous thing that you grin and bear to get through to the good stuff.

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Rock on

New Parsons work tells love story using dance, visuals, rock music and — opera
Choreographer David Parsons’ earnest new piece Remember Me takes as its ambition to do Jesus Christ Superstar and Movin’ Out one better, by creating not just rock-opera or rock-ballet but rock-opera-ballet.

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Whitman sampler

Choreographer confirms his place in pantheon of American heroes
Are you as tired as I am of country singers and demagogues telling you what it is that makes America great? Freedom, family values, guns, pickup trucks. Choreographer Paul Taylor embodies, as much as any American I know, the values that have made this country strong:  At 79, he still works like the devil every day, using his God-given genius to make art that enriches our lives year in, year out.

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Eight that stood at the gate

In its seventh season, Octarium continues to refine and grow
Octarium continues to refine its sonority and musical profile, and its distinguished concert on November 14 and 15, Modern Masters, showed that the group is gaining heft with leading choral composers around the country as well. The program included two world premieres and marked the release of a CD by the same title containing the music performed at these concerts.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Young dancers talk about The Nutcracker and their roles in local production
If you want to know what the six youngsters playing the lead parts in the Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker think about what they do, just ask them. Not only can they pirouette, plié and jeté, these boys and girls aged 9 to 14 can also talk about dance with clarity, thoughtfulness and no small amount of humor.

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