Festivals: Camping on Olympus

Everything was out of date in Kansas City—and they went about as far as they could go to make it that way.

At the Nelson Gallery of Art, a stage festooned with candelabras was the setting for a recital of faded favorites by such composers as Rossini, Liszt and Chabrier. On the Liberty Memorial Mall, an old-fashioned fireworks display climaxed a promenade concert of orchestral chestnuts (Suppé's Poet and Peasant Overture, Strauss's Blue Danube). All over town last week—from century-old French costumes and sketches at the public library to art nouveau table settings...

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