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THE BARD IN SONG, NATURALLY

STRATFORD ON THE MISSOURI: Chorale, Shakespeare Festival present lyrical tribute
“If music be the food of love, sing on.” Thus the Bard might have written his famous line from Twelfth Night if he had heard the Kansas City Chorale singing works set to his poetry. This week the Grammy Award-winning Chorale performs a whole program of music set to, or inspired by, the greatest poet in the English language.

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WEEKEND IN REVIEW

AS YOU LIKE IT: KC Chorale teams with Shakespeare Festival for satisfying program

Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious spring, through a series of collaborations the likes of which Kansas City has rarely seen before. “Chromatic Collaboration” fused the Owen/Cox Dance Group with the musicians of NewEar, and “Symphonic Quixotic” saw the Kansas City Symphony joining forces with Quixotic Dance Fusion, both to great impact.

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REVIEW: KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

NEVSKY REDUX: Symphony, mezzo-soprano, impress with noisy Prokofiev classic

The Alexander Nevsky Cantata is a big, raucous masterpiece, one of Prokofiev’s most richly detailed compositions and an orchestral tour de force to boot. The Kansas City Symphony’s performance of it on May 20th did not stint on theatrics, and the orchestra rose to the virtuosic challenge, with Michael Stern’s natural affinity for Russian music on full display.

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SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS CALENDAR

SUN IN THE FUN: Kansas City’s cultural summer sizzles in 2011
Ah, summer. Kansas City used to be a downright sleepy place during the warm months, culturally speaking—but no longer. In recent years, perennial favorites such as the Starlight Theatre, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Summerfest have been joined by all sorts of presentations large and small.

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