Arts Corner

TASHKENT DREAMIN’

Student-teacher piano duo headlines busy KC concert calendar
One of the most electrifying pianists I’ve heard recently is a 19-year-old college student right here in Our Town. Uzbek-bornBehzod Abduraimov, a protégé of Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University, is quickly garnering international renown.

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PYOTR, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

Musicianly conductor, spotty players present all-Tchaikovsky concert at the Folly
Sometimes a conductor of strong musicianship can make up for a multitude of orchestral sins. Such was the case, almost, on Saturday at the Folly Theater, when the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra offered an all-Tchaikovsky program on the prestigious Harriman-Jewell Series.

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GET THEE TO A NUNNERY

Lyric Opera of KC presents star-studded production of Verdi’s tragic ‘Rigoletto’
Verdi’s Rigoletto rings true because, like much great art, it deals in subject matter that most of us can relate to. A loving father smothers his teenage daughter with overprotective zeal, and the sheltered girl falls for the first guy who gives her the time of day. (The guy, naturally, turns out to be a jerk.

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JOSEPH’S MANY COLORS

UMKC Flummerfelt residency will culminate in performance of Brahms’ choral masterpiece
For about the first 20 years of my acquaintance with Joseph Flummerfelt’s artistry, I had no idea what he looked like. He was the silent presence behind great recordings of choral-orchestral works by the New York Philharmonic and other orchestras that I and many Americans cut our classical teeth on. As director of the Westminster College Choir (the chorus of the school in Princeton, N.J.

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STILL BEATING

In Harriman-Jewell recital, Ma continues his quest to the heart of music
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a restless soul. When he plays a piece like Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, which he has no doubt played hundreds of times, you can feel him struggle to take a new look at each phrase and gesture, each dynamic shading, each mood shift — so that the piece can remain fresh not just for the audience but for him.

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