Music and Dance Reviews

Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s luminous “The Pearl Fishers” resonates with modern imagination.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City presented Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” (Les pêcheurs de perles) with passionate performances, athletic dancing and dazzling visual display in Saturday’s opening night performance. Set in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) in an unspecified time period, it is of a world straddling ancient traditions and modern influences, demonstrated here with […]

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Refreshing and Expressive: San Francisco Symphony Stops in Helzberg Hall on US Tour for an Uplifting Performance

San Francisco Symphony’s performance in Helzberg Hall was breathtaking, certainly, presented with fresh, exploratory curiosity. Thursday night was the orchestra’s third Kansas City appearance, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series, and the final US tour with long time music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who steps down in 2020. While it’s surprising that the program didn’t include […]

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Can’t Buy Me Love: Kansas City Ballet’s “Lady of the Camellias”

Kansas City Ballet’s “Lady of the Camellias” is gorgeous. The costuming, the dancing, the sets and lighting evoke a shimmering dream world, enhanced by the romantic music of Frédéric Chopin. Saturday’s performance at the Kauffman Center earned resounding praise from the audience. Choreographer Val Caniparoli used the popular and familiar (and semi-autobiographical) story by Alexander […]

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