Arts Corner

DEATH, LOVE AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Lyric Opera presents local premiere of true-story drama

By Paul Horsley
Opera since its beginnings has reveled in hot political topics, from the injustices of feudal society in The Marriage of Figaro to the hapless political prisoners in works such as Andrea Chénier and Tosca. Contemporary opera occasionally takes on controversial historical issues, too, crafting real-life events not so much to make political statements as to create effective works of art.

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TOP THIS, KC: Our Spring 2017 picks for some of the hottest events in music, dance, theater, jazz and more

By Paul Horsley
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FEBRUARY
8-19: Theater League/Kansas City Broadway Series; The Phantom of the Opera; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multiple Tony Award-winning hit now tours in a new version by Cameron Mackintosh; ALSO: March 8-April 2: Beautiful; May 2-7: 42nd Street; May 30-June 4: Fun Home, which won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. Music Hall or Kauffman Center. broadwayinkc.com.

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TALES AS OLD AS THE DEVIL HIMSELF: Local chamber group confronts Stravinsky classic head-on

By Paul Horsley
Often when you scratch the surface of something that seems utterly new, you find the oldest of sources underneath. The Lord of the Rings draws on Wagner and Norse legend, West Side Story is Shakespeare, and so forth. The piece that Igor Stravinsky and his collaborators called The Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du Soldat) was so innovative that even its authors didn’t know what to call it, and 100 years later it still baffles both the music and the theater worlds.

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WHAT A CITY NEEDS: Actor-director galvanizes community for bold new venture

By Paul Horsley
Minneapolis has one. Even Detroit has one. Berkeley has one, and so does Washington, D.C. Winston-Salem, Fort Worth and St. Louis all have one: So why doesn’t Kansas City?
Well, now it does. Until 2016 our city didn’t have a full-time professional African-American theater company. The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City is now a fully operational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and it hopes to help take theater in KC to a new level of diversity.

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SOUL OF DANCE: Choreographer draws upon wide stylistic range to create unique, at times startling, dance

By Paul Horsley
Ronen “Roni” Koresh’s background in dance is clearly defined, yet his quirky, dynamic choreography remains difficult to categorize. He studied ballet, jazz, folk dance and contemporary styles in his native Israel, danced with the second company of Martha Graham’s Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, and made a beeline to New York after his military service to study at the school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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