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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

Kansas City’s world-famous chamber music series, is strongest among local 2010-2011 seasons just announced
In 1975, Cynthia Siebert had a dream. She began by holding concerts in local homes, inviting top musicians to perform music of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and others. But these were not just social soirees, Cynthia says. “The vision was always to make a fine chamber music series.” That’s exactly what she did.

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WHEN OLD IS NEW

Choir from Oxford’s not-so-new college to perform at Venue Visitation
Europeans have a different concept of the passage of time than we do. The “New College” at Oxford and the famous choir associated with it were founded in the 14th century (imagine how old the oldcollege was!). Six centuries later the Choir of New College continues to sing services six days a week at one of Oxford’s most splendid chapels — a sort of continuity that Americans find difficult to fathom.

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ALL DOLLED UP

Harriman series presents Russian troupe in classic tale of love and dolls
We have a fascination with tales of man-made things that come to life — whether to fascinate us (Pinocchio), hurt us (Frankenstein) or steal our hearts (Tales of Hoffmann, the Pygmalion of Greek mythology).

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DON’ BEDEVILLED

Lyric Opera production of Mozart classic falters
A well-oiled operatic production relies on the convergence of so many elements that it seems a miracle when it actually does all come together. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City was thrown a curve-ball recently when the singer contracted to sing the title role of Don Giovanni pulled out because of illness. Less than two weeks before opening, the company rushed in a replacement who luckily was a veteran of the role.

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