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GET THEE TO A NUNNERY

Lyric Opera of KC presents star-studded production of Verdi’s tragic ‘Rigoletto’
Verdi’s Rigoletto rings true because, like much great art, it deals in subject matter that most of us can relate to. A loving father smothers his teenage daughter with overprotective zeal, and the sheltered girl falls for the first guy who gives her the time of day. (The guy, naturally, turns out to be a jerk.

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JOSEPH’S MANY COLORS

UMKC Flummerfelt residency will culminate in performance of Brahms’ choral masterpiece
For about the first 20 years of my acquaintance with Joseph Flummerfelt’s artistry, I had no idea what he looked like. He was the silent presence behind great recordings of choral-orchestral works by the New York Philharmonic and other orchestras that I and many Americans cut our classical teeth on. As director of the Westminster College Choir (the chorus of the school in Princeton, N.J.

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STILL BEATING

In Harriman-Jewell recital, Ma continues his quest to the heart of music
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a restless soul. When he plays a piece like Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, which he has no doubt played hundreds of times, you can feel him struggle to take a new look at each phrase and gesture, each dynamic shading, each mood shift — so that the piece can remain fresh not just for the audience but for him.

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COULROPHOBE’S DELIGHT

Lyric Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’ offers world-class lead, almost adds up to an evening of great theater
Verdi’s Rigoletto is like a Lifetime Movie Network potboiler, complete with contrived crises, gratuitous violence and a cast of inexplicably mean characters who only occasionally seem like real people. The Lyric Opera’s current production rarely flinches from the work’s unseemly tawdriness, and that is, in some measure, its strength.

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