Arts Corner

WHAT A SWELL PARTY

Musical Theater Heritage and KC Chamber Orchestra join for gala featuring music from Purcell to Cole Porter
George Harter has a message for all who will listen: Just as jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll are indigenous American musical genres, musical theater was born here, too. And just as those forms drew from elements as disparate as hymnody and African folk song, the musical drew from European operetta and other sources but brought those elements together in a uniquely American way.

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REMEMBER ME

New composition for Lyric Arts Trio honors immigrant grandmother
n the early years of the 17th century, at Nipe Bay in northeastern Cuba, three fishermen weathered a tumultuous storm and prayed for deliverance. When the skies cleared, they found a statue of a girl floating in the water, with an inscription saying I Am the Virgin of Charity. As a tribute to this miracle, La Virgen de la Caridadbecame the patroness of Cuban Catholics.

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IN REVIEW

Trey McIntyre Project enchants Harriman-Jewell Series opening night audience
Richard Harriman would have been happy to see the activity on September 18 at the teeming Folly Theater. Harriman, who died in August of leukemia, had an eye for what was going to be the Next Big Thing in music, dance and theater. That’s how he made the Harriman-Jewell Series into a national presenting powerhouse.

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TREY CHIC

Kansan who took dance world by storm opens Harriman-Jewell season
Nobody knows for sure why the Basques came to Idaho, but come they did: The state boasts one of the largest Basque populations in the world. Even the mayor of Boise is Basque.

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READY, SET, DESIGN

Lyric’s scenic genius creates bold visuals for new Carmen
It began with a circle. R. Keith Brumley’s scenic design for the Lyric Opera’s new production of Carmen took as its point of departure the circular shape of the bullfight ring of Act 4, where the searing drama of Bizet’s opera reaches its breaking point.

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