Arts Corner

Zukerman and Bronfman rock the Friends

REVIEW: Musical giants collaborate in a night of conversations with the masters
Few things in concert life are as satisfying as hearing musicians who have attained near-legendary status actually live up to those legends. On November the 19th at the Folly Theater, Pinchas Zukerman and Yefim Bronfman played the Brahms’ Second Viola Sonata so gorgeously and insightfully, and with such detailed nuance and color, that one was reminded why these artists have achieved the stature they have.

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Mark Twain classic becomes a ballet for the first time

AN AMERICAN FABLE: Kansas City Ballet to open inaugural Kauffman Center season with historic ‘first’
Imagine a full-length ballet like Swan Lake or The Nutcracker,but based on an American subject and crafted by an entirely American creative team. You’ll have to imagine it, because such a thing has not existed – at least not until now. More than a quarter-century ago, composer Maury Yeston began to ponder this gap in the repertoire, and he determined to do something about it.

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REVIEW: ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Music Hall

OLD WINE, NEW TOUCHES: Kansas City Ballet’s freshened-up ‘Nutcracker’ looking long in the tooth but still rock solid
The Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker remains one of the city’s most refined holiday offerings, with Balanchine- and Robbins-influenced choreography by Todd Bolender, great dancing by the company members, well-trained kids from the Ballet School and a Christmas tree that grows to enormous proportions.

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The Year in Review: 2010

BIG TWELVE:  Top dozen moments in music and dance for 2010

It was an auspicious year for the performing arts in Kansas City, with few signs that arts groups were “holding back” in anticipation of next year’s first season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We obviously weren’t able to attend everything in 2010: It’s been a long time, in fact, since Kansas City’s burgeoning arts scene has permitted any one person to cover the whole scene.

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Hottest upcoming arts events

25 MOST WANTED: Spring 2011 highlights in music, dance and theater
January 14-February 6: Another American: Asking and Telling (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Actor/playwright Marc Wolf interviewed some 150 individuals about the U.S. military’s recently repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and the play that resulted won an Obie Award.
January 21: Sequentia, Voices from the Island Sanctuary(Friends of Chamber Music).

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