Arts Corner

JOYCE AND ALL THAT JAZZ: Harriman season takes us from gospel to Gershwin, Fleming to floods

By Paul Horsley
What makes a performing-arts series great? For starters, you need the confidence of concert-goers, who have learned over the years you’ll do everything in your power to bring the world’s best (both among established artists and rising talent). In addition, you need the faith of the artists themselves, who know from experience that they’re going to have a wonderful time here (and will want to come back).

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IN THE SERVICE OF MYTH: Donizetti favorite can’t be taken too seriously

By Paul Horsley
The Lyric Opera’s production of Donizetti’s frothy The Elixir of Love, which runs through March 20th at the Kauffman Center, has several things going for it. First, it offers richly detailed set designs by Allen Moyer, including a downstage curtain-drop painted in playful hues: a rural landscape in the style of Grant Wood that has the eye moving even before the action begins.

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TWO HEARTS THAT BEAT AS ONE: KC Ballet presents its first full-length ‘Swan Lake’

By Paul Horsley
It’s true that dancing the lead in Swan Lake is the dream of many young ballerinas, but not necessarily for the reasons you might expect. Quite simply, the dual role of Odette/Odile contains such an array of artistic, technical and psychological complexities that for more than a century it has remained an infinite source of fascination: for audiences, choreographers and especially dancers.

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