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Now in her 20th season with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival—as assistant director, artistic director, and now executive artistic director—Sidonie Garrett has helped bring the Bard’s work to life for a generation of Kansas Citians. However, the accomplished director is just as energized by the dozens of modern classics and new plays, as well as symphony concerts and opera productions that she has staged across town and across the country. Days before the Festival’s newest production, "The Winter’s Tale," opens in Southmoreland Park, senior editor Victor Wishna met Garrett in her office to discuss her career, the lure of storytelling, and why the work of Shakespeare, who turns 450 this year, is more relevant than ever.
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Verdi’s Requiem was a triumphant success for the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus and assembled soloists under the baton of Michael Stern.
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The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company performed seven works Friday at UMKC's White Recital Hall, closing their season with breathtaking, inventive, gripping performances.
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The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company performed seven diverse works Friday at UMKC's White Recital Hall, closing their 23rd season with some exciting highlights.
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Editor-in-chief Lee Hartman interviewed Mary Kennedy, CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a nonprofit regional arts organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, that works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. M-AAA’s federal partners are the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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The first half of June is rich with classical music performances, courtesy of the Kansas City Symphony and the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka. The Symphony’s final concert of the year features the spectacular pianist Yuja Wang performing a work of her favorite composer, Rachmaninoff. The Sunflower Music Festival, meanwhile, offers a two-week long cornucopia of classical music performances sure to delight the ear; the Festival routinely attracts some of the finest classical musicians in the country, and this summer is sure to be no exception. Meanwhile pianist George Li appears with the Harriman-Jewell Series and the Bach Aria Soloists perform their final concert of the season.
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Kantorei of Kansas City presented a serene evening of settings of biblical texts from the Old and New Testaments and concluded with Paul Mealor’s “Crucifixus.”
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The famous foursome of crooning comedy return to life in this tribute performance at the Kauffman Theatre for the Theatre League of Kansas City.
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A collection of upcoming release dates for art-house cinema and other films of note in the Kansas City area, including the Juliette Binoche/Clive Owen romantic comedy "Words and Pictures."
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The University of Kansas will launch the inaugural season of the Kansas Classical Repertory Theatre this summer. With the theme of translation and adaptation as its founding mission, the KCRT will present the classical drama “The Comedy of Errors” and its musical adaptation, “The Boys from Syracuse,” in rotating repertory.
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