Arts Corner

RECENT REVIEWS: Cantus at the Harriman, Asher Fisch at KC Symphony, ‘American Buffalo’ at KC Rep

NINE FOR THE NINE THAT DRESSED SO FINE: Harriman-Jewell Series presents Cantus
Cantus is an all-male a cappella ensemble consisting of nine singers who perform a most eclectic mix of music from all eras and genres. The group’s Harriman-Jewell Series debut on May 16th – bumped from its February date because of mounds of snow – displayed this variety to a dizzying degree, and at the same time showed off the ensemble’s delicious, highly refined choral blend.

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REVIEW: HJ SERIES DISCOVERY CONCERT

BRASH BUT HUMBLE: Young Canadian brings honest pianism to Harriman-Jewell Series
Young performers these days are so often given to musical excess and personal flamboyance that it’s refreshing to find one with a solid and sensible foundation on which to build a substantial career. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, 18, has excellent technique, sensitive musicality and a reasoned approach to the piano.

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In Review

Ballet closes 2012-2013 season with one of its best programs ever
To be a serious ballet company these days you can’t just do an endless series of Swan Lakes: You’ve got to push things forward. The Kansas City Ballet in its current form has rarely flinched from risky artistic choices, works that might have left us scratching our heads at times.

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Bravo

GONE? HARDLY: KC Ballet presents world premiere by edge-cutting choreographer
You’d be hard-pressed to find an American artist in any field as interesting and engaging as Karole Armitage. The Wisconsin native, who grew up partly in Lawrence, learned classical ballet initially and absorbed the work of George Balanchine at the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève before becoming a dancer with the legendary Merce Cunningham.

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