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Sweet summer flings may soon freeze, but love and dreams linger with the opening of the Kansas City Ballet’s 51st fall season, today through Sunday. Showcasing three works each night at the Lyric Theatre (1029 Central), the season begins with Naughty Boy, from choreographer Trey McIntyre, Wichita native and one of People magazine’s “25 Hottest Bachelors” in 2003. Navigating the emotional entanglements of four couples and Cupid, romance erupts atop Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G. The second piece, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, portrays the tendency of concertgoers to daydream while listening to music. Comedic in tone, Robbins’ ballet ruminates on such conundrums as chair arrangements and concession prices. Closing the program is Rodeo, a story about a cowgirl seeking to lasso herself a stud, with choreography by Agnes de Mille and music by Aaron Copland. The Kansas City Symphony accompanies. Tickets cost $35-$70. For more information, call 816-931-2232 or see kcballet.org.

Thu., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 2 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 2 p.m., 2008