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‘TURANDOT’ OPENS LYRIC’S SEASON IN NEW KAUFFMAN THEATER

ICE, ICE BABY: LYRIC’S AMBITIONS TAKE COMPANY INTO NEW TERRITORY
Amidst the bevy of high-profile soloists, the huge chorus and complement of supernumeraries, the children’s choir and the over-the-top scenic and costume designs, one thing was abundantly clear about the October 1st opening of Turandot at the Kauffman Center: With this production the Lyric Opera is entering a new epoch in its history, and future productions will doubtless be measured by the ambitions of this show.

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‘TOM SAWYER’ IS OFFICIALLY A BALLET

AN AMERICAN BALLET: KCB PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF AMBITIOUS NEW PIECE
At first glance Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer might not seem an obvious choice for a novel on which to base a full-length ballet, and I confess that I approached William Whitener’s and Maury Yeston’s Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in Three Acts with some skepticism. But, wow.

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REVIEWS FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 18th

REVIEW: Weekend events include Accorda, KC Symphony and Bach’s WTC Book 2
The highlight of my musical weekend was the concert on Sunday, March 20th of Quartet Accorda. This was a big event in the Park University calendar, as it represented the first time in nearly a year that these four terrific musicians—violinistsKanako Ito and Ben Sayevich, violist Chung-Hoon Peter Chunand cellist Martin Storey—have been able to unite to make music.

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FRIENDS BRING PROMINENT EARLY-MUSIC FESITVAL TO KC

MAKING THE OLD NEW: Boston Festival brings Handel gem to Friends of Chamber Music series
In what promises to be one of the most significant musical events of the Kansas City season, this week the Boston Early Music Festival brings Handel’s Acis and Galatea to the Friends of Chamber Music’s chamber series. This semi-staged production—at 8 p.m. on April 1st at the Folly Theater—strives for historical authenticity in all aspects.

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