Arts Corner

HUMBLE BEFORE BACH: Violinist brings daring solo program to Harriman-Jewell Series

By Paul Horsley
Gil Shaham has been playing Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin privately since he was a wunderkind, but only in the last few years has he begun to perform them publicly. These six masterpieces, which Bach composed in the first quarter of the 18th century, during a period of creativity that almost defies human comprehension, have long formed a sort of Rosetta Stone for musicians — and violinists are the lucky ones who get to play them.

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ARRIVEDERCI, 2013: KC performing-arts scene experiences notable shifts in “the year that was”

By Paul Horsley
Kansas Citians might look back at 2013 as a year of sea-change in the local performing-arts scene. It was the year the Lyric Opera spent record amounts on magnificent productions that garnered substantial national attention. It was the year the Harriman-Jewell Series brought the greatest Wagnerian soprano of our time to town, and also presented both the local debut of the 801-year-old boys’ choir from Leipzig that J.S.

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LOCAL HERO: Armed with Midas touch, Patterson built KC’s opera company from the ground up

AN APPRECIATION
By Paul Horsley
Russell Patterson was a “player,” and not just in the musical sense. Anyone who played tennis or bridge or even poker with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s founding general director, who died October 1st in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at age 85, knows that his single-minded goal was to win. “That’s why I never played tennis or bridge with him,” says his widow, Teri Patterson, with a smile, “because he had to win.

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