Arts Corner

KC REP CONCLUDES SEASON WITH ‘PEER GYNT’

PEERING INTO INFINITY: Ibsen classic gets smart, affectionate adaptation for ambitious KC Rep production
Concluding the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 2010-2011 season is Henryk Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, in an adaptation by David Schweizer, who also directs it. The production is already in previews and opens April 29th at the Copaken Stage downtown.

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HAYDN IN HOLLYWOOD: 32 short reviews of movies about classical music

HAYDN IN HOLLYWOOD: 32 short reviews of movies about classical music
Hollywood can make movies about playwrights, poets, painters. It can make you bawl over the death of a dog, feel you’re genuinely on board the Titanic or evoke precisely the melancholy of a small town in the Deep South. But when it comes to making films about classical music, it’s time to drag out every moth-eaten cliché about suffering artists, the nature of genius, and the vicissitudes of a life devoted to “high art.

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ACADEMIC, MY DEAR WATSON

Local colleges and universities announce powerful season lineups

This week we supplement the information placed on this blog in April summarizing the 2010-2011 seasons of the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Ballet, the Harriman-Jewell Series, and the Friends of Chamber Music. Today we look at the series offered by area institutions of higher learning, which over the years have become an essential part of Kansas City’s music, dance and entertainment scene.

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RICHARD HARRIMAN, WORLD-RENOWNED ARTS PRESENTER, DIES AT 77

Artists, arts lovers worldwide mourn loss of Harriman-Jewell Series co-founder
Richard Harriman, the William Jewell College professor who spent a half century building the Harriman-Jewell Series into one of the nation’s premier performing arts presenters, died July 15 at Liberty Hospital. He was 77. A gracious and amiable man who always greeted his audience members as they arrived at Series concerts, Harriman had suffered from Parkinson’s disease and leukemia for several years.

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