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"La bohème" is a compact and organic opera, traits that no doubt have contributed to the love affair that audiences have been having with the work since its 1896 premiere. By letting the music speak for itself, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City honored what audiences love most about the masterwork: poignant, unforgettable melodies and the chance to share in the beautiful story that is Rodolfo and Mimi’s heartbreaking, ill-fated love affair.
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Egads! Theatre Company breaks from form to present Stephen Schwartz’s updated “Godspell,” a musical menagerie of parables and biblical teachings.
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Opera and vocal music fans have special occasion to celebrate during the second half of March, as the Lyric Opera produces La bohème, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance performs Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, the Heartland Men’s Chorus performs a musical biography entitled I am Harvey Milk, and the Midwest Chamber Ensemble gives us Stravinsky’s Mass. In addition, Musica Vocale and the Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra perform works of classic composers. In the symphonic realm, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic come to town on March 14, and later in the month the Kansas City Symphony performs works of Prokofiev and Rodrigo. Also, Peter Richard Conte performs as part of the Organ Series at the Kauffman Center.
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Highlights of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's upcoming season include the Kansas City premiere of "Silent Night" and significant Lyric Opera debuts of Melody Moore, Joyce El-Khoury, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Irene Roberts, Patrick Carfizzi, and James Valenti.
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Reference Recording's "Miraculous Metamorphoses" features the works of Hindemith, Prokofiev, and Bartók as performed by the Kansas City Symphony. This recording is the first orchestral recording made in Helzberg Hall.
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The new Heartland Adult Chamber Music Workshop for amateur adult musicians will feature faculty from the Heartland Chamber Music Festival including members from the Kansas City Symphony.
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The Johnson County Community College Cavalier Film Festival is back this year with a new name and a new format.
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The Mid America Freedom Band, Kansas City’s community band of LGBT and allied musicians, is partnering with Turn the Page KC, Mayor Sly James’ initiative to promote third-grade literacy and reading readiness.
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Joshua Bell played Lalo’s "Symphonie espagnole" with great style and élan, and the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern offered light and not-so-light music.
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Family dynamics and family secrets drive Jon Robin Baitz’s living-room drama, “Other Desert Cities,” now at the Unicorn Theatre in a production marked by strong performances and tight direction.
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