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KC Chamber Orchestra to finish season with Mozart classic
Bruce Sorrell has spent a great deal of his life thinking about Mozart, and it shows when he conducts the composer’s music: He has a special understanding of this most challenging of Classicists. Astonishingly, the founding music director of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra finds that he has never conducted Mozart’s iconic Requiem, and this week he plans to rectify that situation.

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The Lied Center

2010-2011 season
The Lied Center of Kansas has also announced an intriguing series for 2010-2011, with “something for everyone,” in the words of executive director Tim Van Leer. Of special interest are the rock musical Spring Awakening with choreography by Bill T.

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Farewell, and hello

Ballet pays tribute to Barksdale, welcomes Lawrence native Armitage
The Kansas City Ballet continues to be the envy of mid-sized American companies, maintaining fiscal health while continuing to challenge itself artistically. At Thursday’s season finale opener, veterans and younger dancers mingled like a well-oiled machine in two distinguished world premieres and a reprise of Twyla Tharp’s elegant Nine Sinatra Songs.

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Pirates at the Lyric

Gilbert & Sullivan standard keeps ‘em laughing
Is there anything worse than an evening of bad Gilbert & Sullivan? If there is, let me know. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of The Pirates of Penzance came as a shock to my system, perhaps because I’ve become too accustomed to mediocre-to-awful productions of the operettas by this celebrated team of Victorian satirists. This version, to my surprise and relief, was immensely entertaining and very, very funny.

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The long goodbye

Guarneri and Johannes Quartets present engaging program for farewell tour
Saying goodbye is an art form unto itself. You want a farewell to be just the right length, use just the right words and contain the perfect mix of sentiment and encouragement, tristesse and hope. Saturday’s Friends of Chamber Music concert at the Folly Theater was part of a 60-city farewell tour of the Guarneri String Quartet, which steps down this year after a 45-year career at the top of the music world.

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