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Plaza Art Fair Sept 22-24

Festivals
August 31, 2017

This year the 86th Annual Plaza Art Fair is Sept. 22-24 at the Country Club Plaza. The city celebrates art, artists, and a rollicking good time Friday through Sunday in an unofficial welcome to the Read more…

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We Shall Not Be Moved

10-22-2017

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 26 @ 9:45 am Tue, Sep 26 @ 11:45 am Wed, Sep 27 @ 9:45 am + 41 more dates and times

Wed, Sep 27 @ 11:45 am Thu, Sep 28 @ 9:45 am Thu, Sep 28 @ 11:45 am Fri, Sep 29 @ 9:45 am Fri, Sep 29 @ 11:45 am Fri, Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 03 @ 9:45 am Tue, Oct 03 @ 11:45 am Wed, Oct 04 @ 9:45 am Wed, Oct 04 @ 11:45 am Thu, Oct 05 @ 9:45 am Thu, Oct 05 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 06 @ 9:45 am Fri, Oct 06 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 06 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Oct 07 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 08 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 10 @ 9:45 am Tue, Oct 10 @ 11:45 am Wed, Oct 11 @ 9:45 am Wed, Oct 11 @ 11:45 am Thu, Oct 12 @ 9:45 am Thu, Oct 12 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 13 @ 9:45 am Fri, Oct 13 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 17 @ 9:45 am Tue, Oct 17 @ 11:45 am Wed, Oct 18 @ 9:45 am Wed, Oct 18 @ 11:45 am Thu, Oct 19 @ 9:45 am Thu, Oct 19 @ 11:00 am Fri, Oct 20 @ 9:45 am Fri, Oct 20 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led... [more+]
By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. This non-violent demonstration in Greensboro gained such momentum that it quickly inspired a new generation to stand up for their Civil Rights. This is the story of ordinary citizens who stand witness to a movement forming before their eyes, and the multiple perspectives they have. [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Kansas City Symphony presents Classics Uncorked: Future Favorites

09-26-2017

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Featuring some of the best music written by today’s American composers, your Kansas City Symphony performs works sure to become your... [more+]
Featuring some of the best music written by today’s American composers, your Kansas City Symphony performs works sure to become your future favorites. Hear Jonathan Leshnoff’s Starburst and Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body, then experience Helzberg Hall morphing into a techno club with Mason Bates’ Mothership. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by BMO Wealth Management. Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor   [less-]
Tags:  Music

Men on Boats

10-01-2017

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm + 3 more dates and times

Fri, Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

By Jaclyn Backhaus Directed by Missy Koonce A Co-Production with UMKC Theatre The Levin Stage Ten manly explorers. Four boats. One... [more+]
By Jaclyn Backhaus Directed by Missy Koonce A Co-Production with UMKC Theatre The Levin Stage Ten manly explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. And an all-female cast! Men on Boats tells the true story of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of daring volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River, dodging rapids and naming every landmark. This rowdy satire written in modern language about fearless pioneers takes on a whole new meaning with women at the helm. [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Between the Lines

10-01-2017

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Spencer Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Sat, Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

What happens when the line between fiction and fantasy becomes blurred with reality? When the handsome hero in her favorite book... [more+]
What happens when the line between fiction and fantasy becomes blurred with reality? When the handsome hero in her favorite book literally starts speaking to her, seventeen-year-old Delilah thinks she has found the perfect escape from the challenges of her life. Is it possible to live the story you want, if it’s not the story you’re in? [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Kinky Boots

10-01-2017

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 8:00 pm
Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this... [more+]
Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes audiences from a gentleman’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamourous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Adult subject matter; national tour recommends for ages 10+ [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Eugene Onegin

10-08-2017

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 04 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 06 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Oct 08 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas.... [more+]
With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas. Awash in aristocratic formality and extravagance, Onegin’s youthful disillusionment snowballs into a tragic love story saturated with drama, death, and desperation. Yet, along this cold, dark descent, Tchaikovsky never fails to flood us in famed arias, renowned ballroom dance numbers, and unforgettable moments. Sung in Russian with English subtitles. [less-]
Tags:   TheatreMusic

Kansas City Symphony Family Series begins: Superheroes at the Symphony

10-01-2017

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 01 @ 2:00 pm
Kids of all ages will love the Kansas City Symphony’s musical depictions of favorite movie heroes from “Superman,” “The... [more+]
Kids of all ages will love the Kansas City Symphony’s musical depictions of favorite movie heroes from “Superman,” “The Incredibles” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” plus heroes from the classical repertoire including music by Strauss and Wagner. Be sure to wear your favorite superhero costumes or capes! Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor Francisco Javier Villegas, Actor [less-]
Tags:  Music

Peter Mack, Piano, Guest Artist Recital

10-01-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 01 @ 5:00 pm
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance proudly presents free guest artist recitals to the Kansas City community each semester,... [more+]
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance proudly presents free guest artist recitals to the Kansas City community each semester, showcasing the breadth of talent our guests bring to the arts. Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. Subsequent study was at Trinity College, Dublin, and with Bela Siki at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Washington where he earned his doctorate in piano performance. Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman–Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty–five concertos with orchestras. He is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions. “Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents. He has perfect piano hands, his technique is all but infallible, he has boundless temperament, style and taste, and above all, he communicates directly…. In all capacities he is indefatigable….” –Los Angeles Times [less-]
Tags:  Music

Musical Monday and Tuesday!

11-21-2017

Presented by Musical Theater Heritage, Inc. at MTH Theater at Crown Center, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 02 @ 7:30 pm Tue, Oct 03 @ 7:30 pm Mon, Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Tue, Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

A high-energy evening of musical theater flavored cabaret starring KC's top performers & backed by a full band! Each show revolves... [more+]
A high-energy evening of musical theater flavored cabaret starring KC's top performers & backed by a full band! Each show revolves around a featured musical, composer, or theme.   [less-]
Tags:   TheatreMusic

Conservatory Artist Series: Conservatory Orchestra with Benny Kim, violin

10-04-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 04 @ 7:00 pm
The Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Robert Olson. The program includes Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, with Benny Kim,... [more+]
The Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Robert Olson. The program includes Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, with Benny Kim, violin, and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100. Internationally known and acclaimed violinist Benny Kim has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Hong Kong, and South Africa to name a few. In recital, he has performed in virtually every major city including two critically acclaimed recitals at the 92nd St. Y in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has collaborated with many of today's leading artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Jaime Laredo, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Ida Kavafian. With Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg he appears on two recordings for EMI, Bella Italia and Night and Day. He was a winner of the 1983 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School in 1986. Mr. Kim has given countless masterclasses around the world and has been on the UMKC Conservatory faculty since 1995.   [less-]
Tags:  Music

"Duets of Love and Longing" performed by The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

10-08-2017

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 08 @ 2:30 pm
The works had many admirers (including George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach) because of their deft contrapuntal writing and... [more+]
The works had many admirers (including George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach) because of their deft contrapuntal writing and delicate instrumentation. The instruments of this particular program will be the more intimate of the Baroque instruments, such as the Baroque harp, guitar, viola da gamba, lute, and harpsichord — a rare combination on any stage, and never before heard on ours. Lutenists and co-artistic directors Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette unite an international all-star ensemble of musicians from the Boston Early Music Festival to present these masterpieces of Baroque chamber music, punctuated with instrumental interludes. [less-]
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Akropolis Reed Quintet

10-09-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Grant Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 09 @ 7:30 pm
The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its makeup to win a... [more+]
The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its makeup to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014), Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and 6 national chamber music prizes in total. Hailed by Fanfare for its "imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality", Akropolis has performed from Juneau to Abu Dhabi and has showcased at five national conferences, including as a participant in APAP's prestigious Young Performers Career Advancement Program (YPCA). Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis conducts extensive educational residencies and impacts thousands of children each year. A maverick of new wind music, Akropolis has commissioned over 25 reed quintet works and recorded three albums, including its 2017 release, The Space Between Us, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls, "pure gold". Akropolis has received grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs & Chamber Music America for its community programming in Detroit, MI, as well as operating support from the Aaron Copland for Music. [less-]
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, Music Director

10-11-2017

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm
After the rapturous applause died down when the Series presented the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its first time in Helzberg Hall,... [more+]
After the rapturous applause died down when the Series presented the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its first time in Helzberg Hall, conductor Riccardo Muti promised that they would return. This time the powerhouse ensemble will scale the mountainous heights of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, also known as the “Romantic.” [less-]
Tags:  Music

KC CARE Benefit Concert: University Singers, Conservatory Singers, and Canticum Novum

10-12-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Old Mission United Methodist Church, Mission
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm
UMKC’s All-Campus Choir, the University Singers, is an auditioned mixed ensemble comprised of singers from all fields of academic... [more+]
UMKC’s All-Campus Choir, the University Singers, is an auditioned mixed ensemble comprised of singers from all fields of academic study as well as members of the Kansas City choral community. They share in an ability and love for making music at a high level. The University Singers perform a wide variety of challenging and diverse choral repertoire from numerous historical eras and cultures. The Conservatory Singers is a select chamber ensemble (24-34 singers) dedicated to performing music of the 16-21st centuries at the highest possible artistic level. Canticum Novum is a small select mixed chamber ensemble (12-20 singers). The Kansas City CARE Clinic is an integral part of the health care delivery system in the Kansas City community. As it was formed to do in 1971, the Clinic provides basic health care services to people who cannot afford them and to those challenged with access to care. [less-]
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Romeo & Juliet

10-22-2017

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Fri, Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Choreography by Devon Carney Music by Sergei Prokofiev With Kansas City Symphony William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ranks among... [more+]
Choreography by Devon Carney Music by Sergei Prokofiev With Kansas City Symphony William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ranks among the world’s most enduring stories. The refreshing interpretation of this classic masterpiece, brought by Artistic Director Devon Carney, illustrates soaring choreography and sweeping characters. Don’t miss one of the most popular ballets in the world, the fateful embrace of star-crossed lovers.   [less-]
Tags:  Dance

Fences

11-05-2017

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm + 20 more dates and times

Tue, Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Nov 01 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 02 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 03 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Nov 04 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 05 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh... [more+]
The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle [less-]
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Cyprus Avenue Live Presents: An Evening with Sam Baker

10-13-2017

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
Sam Baker grew up in a prairie town, Itasca, TX, where he was exposed to a wide array of music as a child by his mother, a local church... [more+]
Sam Baker grew up in a prairie town, Itasca, TX, where he was exposed to a wide array of music as a child by his mother, a local church organist, and his father, who shared a hefty collection of country blues artists. Sam is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. Sam turned inward, to relearn the use of his body and brain after a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. It’s taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in art, poetry, and music. ‘Mercy’ released in 2004, was the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by ‘Pretty World’ in 2007 and ‘Cotton’ in 2009. Each piece is imprinted with a theme:
Everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dreams, how beautiful are these days, and talk about forgiveness.
Comparisons have included Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman and even Lou Reed. But a better comparison might be that of Raymond Carver. Baker’s pen is precise, cunning and original, often weaving humor with human suffering and tender beauty. His new release, Land Of Doubt, will be released June 21, 2017. Baker’s musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.  Perhaps Baker describes the record best, “I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of sparsity and tension and beauty…I always come back to beauty on my records. That’s shorthand for something that’s bigger than me.” www.sambakermusic.com [less-]
Tags:  Music

Kansas City Symphony - Symphony Guild Special Event: Rhapsody in Denim and Pearls

10-14-2017

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at The National Golf Course, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 14 @ 10:00 am
Grab your denim and pearls and spend a full day supporting your Kansas City Symphony with three special events presented by the Symphony... [more+]
Grab your denim and pearls and spend a full day supporting your Kansas City Symphony with three special events presented by the Symphony Guild. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., tour a magnificent home located at The National Golf Course for $25. Then, attend an exclusive private performance at the National at 4:30 p.m. where you can mingle with musicians while enjoying drinks and appetizers by the pool for $125. For $75, attend the evening social only from 6:30 to 10 p.m. where you’ll also enjoy local food and drink, a coffee bar and silent auction. Visit kcsymphonyguild.org for tickets and more details. [less-]
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Xavier Foley, double bassist in recital [Free Discovery Concert]

10-14-2017

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm
Discovery Concerts not only provide an opportunity to discover artists but, sometimes, instruments. It's not often that the rich sound... [more+]
Discovery Concerts not only provide an opportunity to discover artists but, sometimes, instruments. It's not often that the rich sound of the double bass is featured in recital, but Xavier Foley (a member of the recently presented Sphinx Virtuosi) will demonstrate the beauty and power of the deep-timbered giant. [less-]
Tags:   FreeMusic

The Bernstein Songbook

10-14-2017

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
The creators of last year’s brilliant Schubert | Beatles program, the New York Festival of Song, now bring us The Bernstein Songbook.... [more+]
The creators of last year’s brilliant Schubert | Beatles program, the New York Festival of Song, now bring us The Bernstein Songbook. This special second collaboration with Lyric Opera of Kansas City focuses on the remarkable musical output of the iconic Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, in celebration of the centennial of his birth.  The program will include Bernstein’s final song cycle, Arias and Barcarolles, along with other favorites and rarities, and will bring fascinating insights into one of the 20th Century’s American musical legends. [less-]
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We Shall Not Be Moved

10-22-2017

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 26 @ 9:45 am Tue, Sep 26 @ 11:45 am Wed, Sep 27 @ 9:45 am + 41 more dates and times

Wed, Sep 27 @ 11:45 am Thu, Sep 28 @ 9:45 am Thu, Sep 28 @ 11:45 am Fri, Sep 29 @ 9:45 am Fri, Sep 29 @ 11:45 am Fri, Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 03 @ 9:45 am Tue, Oct 03 @ 11:45 am Wed, Oct 04 @ 9:45 am Wed, Oct 04 @ 11:45 am Thu, Oct 05 @ 9:45 am Thu, Oct 05 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 06 @ 9:45 am Fri, Oct 06 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 06 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Oct 07 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 08 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 10 @ 9:45 am Tue, Oct 10 @ 11:45 am Wed, Oct 11 @ 9:45 am Wed, Oct 11 @ 11:45 am Thu, Oct 12 @ 9:45 am Thu, Oct 12 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 13 @ 9:45 am Fri, Oct 13 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 17 @ 9:45 am Tue, Oct 17 @ 11:45 am Wed, Oct 18 @ 9:45 am Wed, Oct 18 @ 11:45 am Thu, Oct 19 @ 9:45 am Thu, Oct 19 @ 11:00 am Fri, Oct 20 @ 9:45 am Fri, Oct 20 @ 11:45 am Fri, Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led... [more+]
By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. This non-violent demonstration in Greensboro gained such momentum that it quickly inspired a new generation to stand up for their Civil Rights. This is the story of ordinary citizens who stand witness to a movement forming before their eyes, and the multiple perspectives they have. [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Kansas City Symphony presents Classics Uncorked: Future Favorites

09-26-2017

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Featuring some of the best music written by today’s American composers, your Kansas City Symphony performs works sure to become your... [more+]
Featuring some of the best music written by today’s American composers, your Kansas City Symphony performs works sure to become your future favorites. Hear Jonathan Leshnoff’s Starburst and Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body, then experience Helzberg Hall morphing into a techno club with Mason Bates’ Mothership. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by BMO Wealth Management. Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor   [less-]
Tags:  Music

Men on Boats

10-01-2017

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm + 3 more dates and times

Fri, Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

By Jaclyn Backhaus Directed by Missy Koonce A Co-Production with UMKC Theatre The Levin Stage Ten manly explorers. Four boats. One... [more+]
By Jaclyn Backhaus Directed by Missy Koonce A Co-Production with UMKC Theatre The Levin Stage Ten manly explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. And an all-female cast! Men on Boats tells the true story of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of daring volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River, dodging rapids and naming every landmark. This rowdy satire written in modern language about fearless pioneers takes on a whole new meaning with women at the helm. [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Between the Lines

10-01-2017

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Spencer Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Sat, Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

What happens when the line between fiction and fantasy becomes blurred with reality? When the handsome hero in her favorite book... [more+]
What happens when the line between fiction and fantasy becomes blurred with reality? When the handsome hero in her favorite book literally starts speaking to her, seventeen-year-old Delilah thinks she has found the perfect escape from the challenges of her life. Is it possible to live the story you want, if it’s not the story you’re in? [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Kinky Boots

10-01-2017

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 01 @ 8:00 pm
Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this... [more+]
Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes audiences from a gentleman’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamourous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Adult subject matter; national tour recommends for ages 10+ [less-]
Tags:  Theatre

Eugene Onegin

10-08-2017

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 04 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 06 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Oct 08 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas.... [more+]
With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas. Awash in aristocratic formality and extravagance, Onegin’s youthful disillusionment snowballs into a tragic love story saturated with drama, death, and desperation. Yet, along this cold, dark descent, Tchaikovsky never fails to flood us in famed arias, renowned ballroom dance numbers, and unforgettable moments. Sung in Russian with English subtitles. [less-]
Tags:   TheatreMusic

Kansas City Symphony Family Series begins: Superheroes at the Symphony

10-01-2017

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 01 @ 2:00 pm
Kids of all ages will love the Kansas City Symphony’s musical depictions of favorite movie heroes from “Superman,” “The... [more+]
Kids of all ages will love the Kansas City Symphony’s musical depictions of favorite movie heroes from “Superman,” “The Incredibles” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” plus heroes from the classical repertoire including music by Strauss and Wagner. Be sure to wear your favorite superhero costumes or capes! Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor Francisco Javier Villegas, Actor [less-]
Tags:  Music

Peter Mack, Piano, Guest Artist Recital

10-01-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 01 @ 5:00 pm
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance proudly presents free guest artist recitals to the Kansas City community each semester,... [more+]
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance proudly presents free guest artist recitals to the Kansas City community each semester, showcasing the breadth of talent our guests bring to the arts. Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. Subsequent study was at Trinity College, Dublin, and with Bela Siki at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Washington where he earned his doctorate in piano performance. Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman–Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty–five concertos with orchestras. He is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions. “Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents. He has perfect piano hands, his technique is all but infallible, he has boundless temperament, style and taste, and above all, he communicates directly…. In all capacities he is indefatigable….” –Los Angeles Times [less-]
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Musical Monday and Tuesday!

11-21-2017

Presented by Musical Theater Heritage, Inc. at MTH Theater at Crown Center, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 02 @ 7:30 pm Tue, Oct 03 @ 7:30 pm Mon, Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Tue, Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

A high-energy evening of musical theater flavored cabaret starring KC's top performers & backed by a full band! Each show revolves... [more+]
A high-energy evening of musical theater flavored cabaret starring KC's top performers & backed by a full band! Each show revolves around a featured musical, composer, or theme.   [less-]
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Conservatory Artist Series: Conservatory Orchestra with Benny Kim, violin

10-04-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 04 @ 7:00 pm
The Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Robert Olson. The program includes Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, with Benny Kim,... [more+]
The Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Robert Olson. The program includes Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, with Benny Kim, violin, and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100. Internationally known and acclaimed violinist Benny Kim has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Hong Kong, and South Africa to name a few. In recital, he has performed in virtually every major city including two critically acclaimed recitals at the 92nd St. Y in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has collaborated with many of today's leading artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Jaime Laredo, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Ida Kavafian. With Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg he appears on two recordings for EMI, Bella Italia and Night and Day. He was a winner of the 1983 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School in 1986. Mr. Kim has given countless masterclasses around the world and has been on the UMKC Conservatory faculty since 1995.   [less-]
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"Duets of Love and Longing" performed by The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

10-08-2017

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 08 @ 2:30 pm
The works had many admirers (including George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach) because of their deft contrapuntal writing and... [more+]
The works had many admirers (including George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach) because of their deft contrapuntal writing and delicate instrumentation. The instruments of this particular program will be the more intimate of the Baroque instruments, such as the Baroque harp, guitar, viola da gamba, lute, and harpsichord — a rare combination on any stage, and never before heard on ours. Lutenists and co-artistic directors Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette unite an international all-star ensemble of musicians from the Boston Early Music Festival to present these masterpieces of Baroque chamber music, punctuated with instrumental interludes. [less-]
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Akropolis Reed Quintet

10-09-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Grant Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 09 @ 7:30 pm
The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its makeup to win a... [more+]
The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its makeup to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014), Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and 6 national chamber music prizes in total. Hailed by Fanfare for its "imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality", Akropolis has performed from Juneau to Abu Dhabi and has showcased at five national conferences, including as a participant in APAP's prestigious Young Performers Career Advancement Program (YPCA). Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis conducts extensive educational residencies and impacts thousands of children each year. A maverick of new wind music, Akropolis has commissioned over 25 reed quintet works and recorded three albums, including its 2017 release, The Space Between Us, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls, "pure gold". Akropolis has received grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs & Chamber Music America for its community programming in Detroit, MI, as well as operating support from the Aaron Copland for Music. [less-]
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, Music Director

10-11-2017

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm
After the rapturous applause died down when the Series presented the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its first time in Helzberg Hall,... [more+]
After the rapturous applause died down when the Series presented the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its first time in Helzberg Hall, conductor Riccardo Muti promised that they would return. This time the powerhouse ensemble will scale the mountainous heights of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, also known as the “Romantic.” [less-]
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KC CARE Benefit Concert: University Singers, Conservatory Singers, and Canticum Novum

10-12-2017

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Old Mission United Methodist Church, Mission
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm
UMKC’s All-Campus Choir, the University Singers, is an auditioned mixed ensemble comprised of singers from all fields of academic... [more+]
UMKC’s All-Campus Choir, the University Singers, is an auditioned mixed ensemble comprised of singers from all fields of academic study as well as members of the Kansas City choral community. They share in an ability and love for making music at a high level. The University Singers perform a wide variety of challenging and diverse choral repertoire from numerous historical eras and cultures. The Conservatory Singers is a select chamber ensemble (24-34 singers) dedicated to performing music of the 16-21st centuries at the highest possible artistic level. Canticum Novum is a small select mixed chamber ensemble (12-20 singers). The Kansas City CARE Clinic is an integral part of the health care delivery system in the Kansas City community. As it was formed to do in 1971, the Clinic provides basic health care services to people who cannot afford them and to those challenged with access to care. [less-]
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Romeo & Juliet

10-22-2017

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Fri, Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Choreography by Devon Carney Music by Sergei Prokofiev With Kansas City Symphony William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ranks among... [more+]
Choreography by Devon Carney Music by Sergei Prokofiev With Kansas City Symphony William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ranks among the world’s most enduring stories. The refreshing interpretation of this classic masterpiece, brought by Artistic Director Devon Carney, illustrates soaring choreography and sweeping characters. Don’t miss one of the most popular ballets in the world, the fateful embrace of star-crossed lovers.   [less-]
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Fences

11-05-2017

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm + 20 more dates and times

Tue, Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Nov 01 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 02 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 03 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Nov 04 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 05 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh... [more+]
The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle [less-]
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Cyprus Avenue Live Presents: An Evening with Sam Baker

10-13-2017

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
Sam Baker grew up in a prairie town, Itasca, TX, where he was exposed to a wide array of music as a child by his mother, a local church... [more+]
Sam Baker grew up in a prairie town, Itasca, TX, where he was exposed to a wide array of music as a child by his mother, a local church organist, and his father, who shared a hefty collection of country blues artists. Sam is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. Sam turned inward, to relearn the use of his body and brain after a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. It’s taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in art, poetry, and music. ‘Mercy’ released in 2004, was the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by ‘Pretty World’ in 2007 and ‘Cotton’ in 2009. Each piece is imprinted with a theme:
Everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dreams, how beautiful are these days, and talk about forgiveness.
Comparisons have included Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman and even Lou Reed. But a better comparison might be that of Raymond Carver. Baker’s pen is precise, cunning and original, often weaving humor with human suffering and tender beauty. His new release, Land Of Doubt, will be released June 21, 2017. Baker’s musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.  Perhaps Baker describes the record best, “I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of sparsity and tension and beauty…I always come back to beauty on my records. That’s shorthand for something that’s bigger than me.” www.sambakermusic.com [less-]
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Kansas City Symphony - Symphony Guild Special Event: Rhapsody in Denim and Pearls

10-14-2017

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at The National Golf Course, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 14 @ 10:00 am
Grab your denim and pearls and spend a full day supporting your Kansas City Symphony with three special events presented by the Symphony... [more+]
Grab your denim and pearls and spend a full day supporting your Kansas City Symphony with three special events presented by the Symphony Guild. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., tour a magnificent home located at The National Golf Course for $25. Then, attend an exclusive private performance at the National at 4:30 p.m. where you can mingle with musicians while enjoying drinks and appetizers by the pool for $125. For $75, attend the evening social only from 6:30 to 10 p.m. where you’ll also enjoy local food and drink, a coffee bar and silent auction. Visit kcsymphonyguild.org for tickets and more details. [less-]
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Xavier Foley, double bassist in recital [Free Discovery Concert]

10-14-2017

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm
Discovery Concerts not only provide an opportunity to discover artists but, sometimes, instruments. It's not often that the rich sound... [more+]
Discovery Concerts not only provide an opportunity to discover artists but, sometimes, instruments. It's not often that the rich sound of the double bass is featured in recital, but Xavier Foley (a member of the recently presented Sphinx Virtuosi) will demonstrate the beauty and power of the deep-timbered giant. [less-]
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The Bernstein Songbook

10-14-2017

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
The creators of last year’s brilliant Schubert | Beatles program, the New York Festival of Song, now bring us The Bernstein Songbook.... [more+]
The creators of last year’s brilliant Schubert | Beatles program, the New York Festival of Song, now bring us The Bernstein Songbook. This special second collaboration with Lyric Opera of Kansas City focuses on the remarkable musical output of the iconic Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, in celebration of the centennial of his birth.  The program will include Bernstein’s final song cycle, Arias and Barcarolles, along with other favorites and rarities, and will bring fascinating insights into one of the 20th Century’s American musical legends. [less-]
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