Arts Corner

DEBBY RIDES AGAIN: Met Valkyrie brings smart, wistful, low-key program to Harriman series

Paul Horsley
Deborah Voigt is one of the great sopranos of our age or any other, and although her voice has diminished in recent years she can still delight an audience at the drop of a hat, in just about any context. At her Harriman-Jewell Series recital on October 25th she presented a personal side of herself through some winning songs, some warhorses and some surprises.

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GLORY BE: Trumpeter, composer, visionary brings magnum opus to the Harriman-Jewell Series

By Paul Horsley
In 2008 the world-renowned trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wynton Marsalis determined to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church with an ambitious mass for choir, soloists and jazz orchestra. Abyssinian 200: a Celebration was a hit, and on October 19th the Grammy-winning performer, author, classical celebrity, ambassador of peace and Jazz from Lincoln Center artistic director brought the piece to the Harriman-Jewell Series.

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WELCOME BACK: Dance company returns in fine form after eight-year pause

By Paul Horsley
What a delight it was to see the Dance Theatre of Harlem back on the local stage, in its first appearance on the Harriman-Jewell Series, or in Kansas City for that matter, since April of 2001. After experiencing an eight-year hiatus, the performing company returned to the stage last season, and it looks as fresh and vibrant as ever – as do the works they brought to the Kauffman Center on October 4th.

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