Arts Corner

NUTCRACKER AND BEYOND: A DISCUSSION WITH DEVON CARNEY

By Paul Horsley
Devon Carney, who began as KC Ballet’s new artistic director in July, has made some tweaks to Todd Bolender’s Nutcracker for 2013, though most of the changes will be unnoticeable to all but the most seasoned KCB fans. “I really don’t want to fool around with Todd’s production too much,” says the former Boston Ballet principal dancer, who was previously associate AD for Cincinnati Ballet. “Certainly I’ve done a few adjustments, that’s what I’d call them.

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SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED: KC Ballet spiffs up Nutcracker as it sets sights on a new one

By Paul Horsley
It’s true that the production of The Nutcracker Todd Bolender created for the Kansas City Ballet is more than 40 years old, but through the years many a hand has helped freshen up the holiday classic, which runs at the Kauffman Center from December 7th through the 24th. An altered variation here, a structural tweak there, even a celebrity supernumerary now and then.

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BACH AS HE MIGHT HAVE HEARD IT: Leipzig choir’s local debut is another coup for Harriman series

By Paul Horsley
When a choir counts J.S. Bach among those who have led it over its 801-year history, and still functions in the church where the master and his offspring thrived, performance expectations are high. The Thomanerchor, or St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, has weathered all manner of political and cultural vicissitudes through its history, from Augustinian monks to Prussian insurgencies, from Lutheranism to world wars and Erich Honecker.

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