Arts Corner

Eight that stood at the gate

In its seventh season, Octarium continues to refine and grow
Octarium continues to refine its sonority and musical profile, and its distinguished concert on November 14 and 15, Modern Masters, showed that the group is gaining heft with leading choral composers around the country as well. The program included two world premieres and marked the release of a CD by the same title containing the music performed at these concerts.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Young dancers talk about The Nutcracker and their roles in local production
If you want to know what the six youngsters playing the lead parts in the Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker think about what they do, just ask them. Not only can they pirouette, plié and jeté, these boys and girls aged 9 to 14 can also talk about dance with clarity, thoughtfulness and no small amount of humor.

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JITTERS AND GENIUS

Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker remains a local holiday favorite
If you are looking for just one holiday event to attend, the Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker might not be the most inexpensive offering in town, but it’s probably the most solidly satisfying aesthetically.

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Tickle, fiddle and tap

The KC spring culture-feast begins
The Kansas City Symphony has an intriguing array of soloists lined up for the spring, from superstars to newcomers, and the first one I’m looking forward to is Benedetto Lupo, a marvelous Italian pianist with a substantial European career who only recently has begun to attract due notice on these shores.

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QUINK AND A NOD

Dutch vocal quintet slated for Venue Visitation sings music from nine centuries
Musical groups of all kinds have drawn on word-play for their names — from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Chanticleer (Geoffrey Chaucer’s “clear-singing” rooster in The Canterbury Tales) and Anonymous 4 (a quartet named for the unknown author of a famous 13th-century musical treatise). But one Dutch vocal ensemble may have gone those groups one further, by basing its name on a triple pun.

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