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Classical Music
January 5, 2018

Violinist Maxim Vengerov and pianist Mitsuko Uchida are considered two of the finest musicians in the world. The Harriman-Jewell Series presented both artists early in their careers in memorable concerts. But those concerts were 20 Read more…

Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited

Chamber Music
January 2, 2018

The Friends of Chamber Music present the Boston Camerata’s performance of The Play of Daniel at 7:30 PM on Friday, January 19 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. The Play of Daniel will feature local Read more…

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The Secret of Courage

02-11-2018

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jan 24 @ 9:45 am Thu, Jan 25 @ 9:45 am Thu, Jan 25 @ 11:45 am + 27 more dates and times

Fri, Jan 26 @ 9:45 am Fri, Jan 26 @ 11:45 am Fri, Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Jan 30 @ 9:45 am Tue, Jan 30 @ 11:45 am Wed, Jan 31 @ 9:45 am Wed, Jan 31 @ 11:45 am Thu, Feb 01 @ 9:45 am Thu, Feb 01 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 02 @ 9:45 am Fri, Feb 02 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 02 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Feb 06 @ 9:45 am Tue, Feb 06 @ 11:45 am Wed, Feb 07 @ 9:45 am Wed, Feb 07 @ 11:45 am Thu, Feb 08 @ 9:45 am Thu, Feb 08 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 09 @ 9:45 am Fri, Feb 09 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 09 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

A hero’s journey filled with magic and wonderment, the story begins as 13-year-old Jack McCall learns some very bad news about his...

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A hero’s journey filled with magic and wonderment, the story begins as 13-year-old Jack McCall learns some very bad news about his health. As the seriousness of the news sets in, reality begins blending with fantasy and Jack is drawn back to the magical park and imaginary friends of his childhood. He soon finds himself, along with an elf, an owl, a troll, and a ghost, on an adventure to save the park from an evil imprisoned in a massive tree. But when Jack begins to question whether the adventure is real or imagined, he quickly learns how facing this adversary may be the key to facing his illness.

For Families with Ages 11+

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Project Dawn

02-18-2018

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm + 20 more dates and times

Sat, Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 01 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Feb 06 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 07 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

By Karen Hartman

24 Jan - -18 Feb

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

Directed by Heidi Van

The Levin...

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By Karen Hartman

24 Jan - -18 Feb

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

Directed by Heidi Van

The Levin Stage

Philadelphia is home to a revolutionary court designed by a passionate and shockingly funny group of women. Every day these lawyers, judges, parole officers and staff work to transform the lives of women repeatedly convicted for prostitution. In this daring and vital new play in which seven actresses portray multiple participants and members of the court, Karen Hartman probes the thin lines between freedom and slavery, activism and obsession for women on both sides of the law, inside the real life Project Dawn Court in Philadelphia, PA.

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Llŷr Williams, piano

01-26-2018

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Pianist Llŷr Williams has been celebrated as having the “precious ability to shed new light on the most familiar music” (The...

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Pianist Llŷr Williams has been celebrated as having the “precious ability to shed new light on the most familiar music” (The Guardian), his performances are heralded as “transcendently dramatic” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2014, Mr. Williams garnered international attention after performing the complete sonatas of Beethoven in two-weeks at the Edinburgh International Festival winning him the South Bank Show award, a feat he has since repeated over three seasons.

In the brief 31 years Schubert was alive, he left us with over a thousand works rooted in the classical tradition, yet innovative and foreshadowing the romantics to come. Llŷr Williams showcases the incomparable lyricism of Schubert in a program featuring works exclusively by the composer.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

02-18-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Spencer Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm + 18 more dates and times

Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Feb 01 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Feb 06 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Feb 07 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 09 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, Curious Incident tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an...

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Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, Curious Incident tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an extraordinary brain who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped for dealing with everyday life. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing the neighbor’s dog, he sets out on a journey to find the real culprit that will change his life forever.

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Kansas City Symphony Classical Concert: Mahler’s Seventh

01-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm

Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in its debut performances of Mahler’s Seventh — an epic work that traverses a...

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Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in its debut performances of Mahler’s Seventh — an epic work that traverses a staggering variety of subjects and moods. The first four movements depict various aspects of nature and the mysteries of the night. Out of darkness, the finale emerges with radiant, euphoric sunshine. Scholars suggest the Seventh portrays the contrast of Mahler’s peaceful summers in the idyllic Austrian countryside with the frenzied schedule he maintained the rest of the year in Vienna.

Michael Stern, conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 7

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Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series: Chamber Music with Michael Stern

01-27-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 27 @ 11:00 am

Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern hosts a special chamber music workshop featuring two student ensembles in Helzberg...

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Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern hosts a special chamber music workshop featuring two student ensembles in Helzberg Hall. Throughout the session, Stern will share feedback and ideas with these young artists as well as the audience. The Symphony invites college and high school groups to apply.

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As One

01-28-2018

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at The Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Bui..., Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm

In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet, by composer Laura Kaminsky and co-librettists Mark Campbell and filmmaker...

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In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet, by composer Laura Kaminsky and co-librettists Mark Campbell and filmmaker Kimberly Reed, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. The New York Observer says “As One is everything we hope for in a contemporary opera: topical, poignant, daring, and beautifully written.”

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Four Score and Seven Years Ago

01-29-2018

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Jan 29 @ 9:45 am Mon, Jan 29 @ 11:30 am

3rd – 8th Grades

Produced by Arts Power

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had...

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3rd – 8th Grades

Produced by Arts Power

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man are challenged however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier.  The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.

Tickets Go On Sales June 30th.

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Forbidden Broadway

02-04-2018

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 01 @ 7:30 pm + 4 more dates and times

Fri, Feb 02 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Forbidden Broadway is the fall-down-funny musical roast of Broadway – and now it’s coming to Starlight Indoors with a new season,...

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Forbidden Broadway is the fall-down-funny musical roast of Broadway – and now it’s coming to Starlight Indoors with a new season, new victims and new laughs! Just when Broadway thought it was safe from comedy writer Gerard Alessandrini, he returns with new targets like Pippin and Kinky Boots that join favorites including Wicked and The Book of Mormon. This Broadway parody has been performed in more than a dozen different forms since 1982.

Whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or new to Broadway, Forbidden Broadway is your one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs.

Due to snubs at certain Broadway hits, this show is suggested for ages 8+.

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Kansas City Symphony Classical Concert: Beethoven's “Eroica” with Bernstein's Serenade

02-04-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm

In honor of countless contributions to American music, the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern join in the worldwide...

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In honor of countless contributions to American music, the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern join in the worldwide celebration of the incomparable Leonard Bernstein, who would have been 100 in 2018. Bernstein’s lyrical Serenade culminates in a jazzy episode with the arrival of a band of drunken revelers. The first two chords of Beethoven’s Third Symphony launch a musical odyssey that includes an epic battle, a solemn march, a joyous scherzo, and a breathtaking theme and variations finale that hurtles the “Eroica” to its triumphant conclusion.

Michael Stern, conductor

Sharon Roffman, violin

 

JOHN CORIGLIANO Elegy for Orchestra

BERNSTEIN Serenade for Violin and Orchestra

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

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Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series Christine Grossman, Viola

02-03-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 03 @ 11:00 am

It’s all about the viola as the Kansas City Symphony’s very own Principal Viola Christine Grossman shares her musical insights with...

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It’s all about the viola as the Kansas City Symphony’s very own Principal Viola Christine Grossman shares her musical insights with two area students on stage in Helzberg Hall. This event is perfect for performers and non-performers alike! Visit kcsymphony.org for more information and free tickets.

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

02-18-2018

Presented by The White Theatre at The White Theatre, Leawood
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 03 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee is a riotous musical ride complete with audience participation and comedic genius. This Tony and...

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The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee is a riotous musical ride complete with audience participation and comedic genius. This Tony and Drama Desk Award winning musical features an eclectic group of 6 awkward tweens as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

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Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert: Bernstein and Beyond

02-07-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 07 @ 6:00 pm

Bring friends to the Kansas City Symphony for a delightful FREE chamber music performance. Celebrating 100 years of the great Leonard...

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Bring friends to the Kansas City Symphony for a delightful FREE chamber music performance. Celebrating 100 years of the great Leonard Bernstein all season, Kansas City Symphony musicians will share his works and words that influenced their lives from an early age.

 

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Conservatory Orchestra

02-08-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm

The Conservatory Orchestra is led by Robert Olson and performs several concerts each year in the Conservatory’s White Recital Hall...

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The Conservatory Orchestra is led by Robert Olson and performs several concerts each year in the Conservatory’s White Recital Hall and also at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall.

Robert Olson earned degrees from Northern Illinois, Michigan State, and the University of Washington and had further study at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik as a recipient of the coveted Fulbright Scholarship. He served on the faculties of Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Colorado before joining the UMKC faculty in 1990.

In addition to the two orchestras he conducts at UMKC, he is also the music director and conductor for the Longmont Symphony (Colorado) and was founder and artistic director of the renowned Colorado MahlerFest, having just retired in May 2015 after 28 years; the festival has achieved international praise through its critically acclaimed CDs and performances. In September 2005, Olson shared the stage with the New York Philharmonic as recipient of the coveted Mahler Gold Medal, a rarely bestowed honor presented by the International Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna to the world’s most prestigious artists and orchestras for their outstanding contributions to the music of Mahler.

For fourteen years Olson was conductor for the Kansas City Ballet, conducting more than 600 performances for the company with the Kansas City and St. Louis Symphonies.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

02-09-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 09 @ 7:30 pm

Harlem is one of America’s most important cultural centers, and there is no better advocate of the Harlem spirit than Dance Theatre of...

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Harlem is one of America’s most important cultural centers, and there is no better advocate of the Harlem spirit than Dance Theatre of Harlem. Founded shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to inspire children with dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem has evolved into an outstanding institution.

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Kansas City Symphony — A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: From Basie to Bebop featuring Bobby Watson

02-11-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm

From the great Count Basie to Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson, the Kansas City Symphony pays tribute to Kansas City’s homegrown jazz...

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From the great Count Basie to Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson, the Kansas City Symphony pays tribute to Kansas City’s homegrown jazz musicians and timeless tunes. Special appearances by trumpet player Hermon Mehari, vocalists David Basse and Deborah Brown plus Chuck Haddix, the producer of KCUR-FM’s “Fish Fry.” You’ll love this saucy, special performance of KC jazz, presented in association with the American Jazz Museum.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

 

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Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull…

02-18-2018

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm + 4 more dates and times

Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

She’s back! After her acclaimed one-woman show, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, which appeared as part of Starlight Indoors in 2016,...

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She’s back! After her acclaimed one-woman show, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, which appeared as part of Starlight Indoors in 2016, fast-talking, honky-tonking Dixie Longate is ready to take on Kansas City once more.

Learn what a jeweled crown, a cardboard cutout of Julie Andrews and a box of moon pies all have in common as Dixie bestows the wisdom she gained after a hard night of drinking. Spend a night with Dixie as she swaps her Tupperware bowls for a mechanical bull!

This show is suggested for ages 16+. Dixie’s hilarious hit contains mature adult content

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From the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

02-18-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. The Kansas City Symphony will perform...

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The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. The Kansas City Symphony will perform John Williams’ renowned score as the entire film is projected simultaneously on the big screen in Helzberg Hall.

Justin Freer, guest conductor

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

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New Moves

02-18-2018

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

New Moves is a chance for audiences to see tomorrow’s sought after choreographers today! It is a very up close and visceral experience...

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New Moves is a chance for audiences to see tomorrow’s sought after choreographers today! It is a very up close and visceral experience for audience and dancer alike, with all performances held in the Bolender Center’s intimate Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Come see our Kansas City Ballet artists and emerging choreographers together discover bold new ways of expression and feel the athleticism, beauty, power and passion of never before seen new creations out on the edge!

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Mitsuko Uchida

02-16-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, praised by the New York Times for possessing an “elegant and profound musicianship,” is indeed a very rare...

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Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, praised by the New York Times for possessing an “elegant and profound musicianship,” is indeed a very rare talent. She made her mark performing the music of Mozart, but her sublime touch with all composers has drawn universal praise from audiences and critics. Her first return to the Series since 1992 will feature Schubert’s poetic music.

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Conservatory Choirs: Celebration of Peace Festival

02-17-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Community of Christ Temple, Independence
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

The Conservatory Choirs join with several area high school choirs to present the sixth annual Celebration of Peace Festival, a concert...

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The Conservatory Choirs join with several area high school choirs to present the sixth annual Celebration of Peace Festival, a concert to benefit the Rose Brooks Center. FREE event, with donations graciously accepted.

ABOUT THE ROSE BROOKS CENTER: Rose Brooks Center was founded in 1978, after Rosa Brooks left her home to be our first domestic violence shelter. We are about saving lives. Not just protecting the hundreds of individuals and pets who need our emergency shelter to escape immediate danger, but the thousands of families who dream of a life safe from violence – a complete life built on respect, love, and compassion.

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The Secret of Courage

02-11-2018

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jan 24 @ 9:45 am Thu, Jan 25 @ 9:45 am Thu, Jan 25 @ 11:45 am + 27 more dates and times

Fri, Jan 26 @ 9:45 am Fri, Jan 26 @ 11:45 am Fri, Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Jan 30 @ 9:45 am Tue, Jan 30 @ 11:45 am Wed, Jan 31 @ 9:45 am Wed, Jan 31 @ 11:45 am Thu, Feb 01 @ 9:45 am Thu, Feb 01 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 02 @ 9:45 am Fri, Feb 02 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 02 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Feb 06 @ 9:45 am Tue, Feb 06 @ 11:45 am Wed, Feb 07 @ 9:45 am Wed, Feb 07 @ 11:45 am Thu, Feb 08 @ 9:45 am Thu, Feb 08 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 09 @ 9:45 am Fri, Feb 09 @ 11:45 am Fri, Feb 09 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

A hero’s journey filled with magic and wonderment, the story begins as 13-year-old Jack McCall learns some very bad news about his...

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A hero’s journey filled with magic and wonderment, the story begins as 13-year-old Jack McCall learns some very bad news about his health. As the seriousness of the news sets in, reality begins blending with fantasy and Jack is drawn back to the magical park and imaginary friends of his childhood. He soon finds himself, along with an elf, an owl, a troll, and a ghost, on an adventure to save the park from an evil imprisoned in a massive tree. But when Jack begins to question whether the adventure is real or imagined, he quickly learns how facing this adversary may be the key to facing his illness.

For Families with Ages 11+

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Project Dawn

02-18-2018

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm + 20 more dates and times

Sat, Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 01 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Feb 06 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 07 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

By Karen Hartman

24 Jan - -18 Feb

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

Directed by Heidi Van

The Levin...

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By Karen Hartman

24 Jan - -18 Feb

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

Directed by Heidi Van

The Levin Stage

Philadelphia is home to a revolutionary court designed by a passionate and shockingly funny group of women. Every day these lawyers, judges, parole officers and staff work to transform the lives of women repeatedly convicted for prostitution. In this daring and vital new play in which seven actresses portray multiple participants and members of the court, Karen Hartman probes the thin lines between freedom and slavery, activism and obsession for women on both sides of the law, inside the real life Project Dawn Court in Philadelphia, PA.

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Llŷr Williams, piano

01-26-2018

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Pianist Llŷr Williams has been celebrated as having the “precious ability to shed new light on the most familiar music” (The...

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Pianist Llŷr Williams has been celebrated as having the “precious ability to shed new light on the most familiar music” (The Guardian), his performances are heralded as “transcendently dramatic” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2014, Mr. Williams garnered international attention after performing the complete sonatas of Beethoven in two-weeks at the Edinburgh International Festival winning him the South Bank Show award, a feat he has since repeated over three seasons.

In the brief 31 years Schubert was alive, he left us with over a thousand works rooted in the classical tradition, yet innovative and foreshadowing the romantics to come. Llŷr Williams showcases the incomparable lyricism of Schubert in a program featuring works exclusively by the composer.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

02-18-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Spencer Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm + 18 more dates and times

Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Feb 01 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Feb 06 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Feb 07 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 09 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, Curious Incident tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an...

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Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, Curious Incident tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an extraordinary brain who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped for dealing with everyday life. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing the neighbor’s dog, he sets out on a journey to find the real culprit that will change his life forever.

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Kansas City Symphony Classical Concert: Mahler’s Seventh

01-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm

Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in its debut performances of Mahler’s Seventh — an epic work that traverses a...

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Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in its debut performances of Mahler’s Seventh — an epic work that traverses a staggering variety of subjects and moods. The first four movements depict various aspects of nature and the mysteries of the night. Out of darkness, the finale emerges with radiant, euphoric sunshine. Scholars suggest the Seventh portrays the contrast of Mahler’s peaceful summers in the idyllic Austrian countryside with the frenzied schedule he maintained the rest of the year in Vienna.

Michael Stern, conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 7

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Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series: Chamber Music with Michael Stern

01-27-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 27 @ 11:00 am

Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern hosts a special chamber music workshop featuring two student ensembles in Helzberg...

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Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern hosts a special chamber music workshop featuring two student ensembles in Helzberg Hall. Throughout the session, Stern will share feedback and ideas with these young artists as well as the audience. The Symphony invites college and high school groups to apply.

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As One

01-28-2018

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at The Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Bui..., Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm

In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet, by composer Laura Kaminsky and co-librettists Mark Campbell and filmmaker...

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In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet, by composer Laura Kaminsky and co-librettists Mark Campbell and filmmaker Kimberly Reed, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. The New York Observer says “As One is everything we hope for in a contemporary opera: topical, poignant, daring, and beautifully written.”

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Four Score and Seven Years Ago

01-29-2018

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Jan 29 @ 9:45 am Mon, Jan 29 @ 11:30 am

3rd – 8th Grades

Produced by Arts Power

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had...

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3rd – 8th Grades

Produced by Arts Power

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man are challenged however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier.  The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.

Tickets Go On Sales June 30th.

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Forbidden Broadway

02-04-2018

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 01 @ 7:30 pm + 4 more dates and times

Fri, Feb 02 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Forbidden Broadway is the fall-down-funny musical roast of Broadway – and now it’s coming to Starlight Indoors with a new season,...

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Forbidden Broadway is the fall-down-funny musical roast of Broadway – and now it’s coming to Starlight Indoors with a new season, new victims and new laughs! Just when Broadway thought it was safe from comedy writer Gerard Alessandrini, he returns with new targets like Pippin and Kinky Boots that join favorites including Wicked and The Book of Mormon. This Broadway parody has been performed in more than a dozen different forms since 1982.

Whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or new to Broadway, Forbidden Broadway is your one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs.

Due to snubs at certain Broadway hits, this show is suggested for ages 8+.

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Kansas City Symphony Classical Concert: Beethoven's “Eroica” with Bernstein's Serenade

02-04-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm

In honor of countless contributions to American music, the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern join in the worldwide...

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In honor of countless contributions to American music, the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern join in the worldwide celebration of the incomparable Leonard Bernstein, who would have been 100 in 2018. Bernstein’s lyrical Serenade culminates in a jazzy episode with the arrival of a band of drunken revelers. The first two chords of Beethoven’s Third Symphony launch a musical odyssey that includes an epic battle, a solemn march, a joyous scherzo, and a breathtaking theme and variations finale that hurtles the “Eroica” to its triumphant conclusion.

Michael Stern, conductor

Sharon Roffman, violin

 

JOHN CORIGLIANO Elegy for Orchestra

BERNSTEIN Serenade for Violin and Orchestra

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

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Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series Christine Grossman, Viola

02-03-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 03 @ 11:00 am

It’s all about the viola as the Kansas City Symphony’s very own Principal Viola Christine Grossman shares her musical insights with...

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It’s all about the viola as the Kansas City Symphony’s very own Principal Viola Christine Grossman shares her musical insights with two area students on stage in Helzberg Hall. This event is perfect for performers and non-performers alike! Visit kcsymphony.org for more information and free tickets.

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

02-18-2018

Presented by The White Theatre at The White Theatre, Leawood
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 03 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 04 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee is a riotous musical ride complete with audience participation and comedic genius. This Tony and...

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The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee is a riotous musical ride complete with audience participation and comedic genius. This Tony and Drama Desk Award winning musical features an eclectic group of 6 awkward tweens as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

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Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert: Bernstein and Beyond

02-07-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Feb 07 @ 6:00 pm

Bring friends to the Kansas City Symphony for a delightful FREE chamber music performance. Celebrating 100 years of the great Leonard...

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Bring friends to the Kansas City Symphony for a delightful FREE chamber music performance. Celebrating 100 years of the great Leonard Bernstein all season, Kansas City Symphony musicians will share his works and words that influenced their lives from an early age.

 

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Conservatory Orchestra

02-08-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 08 @ 7:30 pm

The Conservatory Orchestra is led by Robert Olson and performs several concerts each year in the Conservatory’s White Recital Hall...

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The Conservatory Orchestra is led by Robert Olson and performs several concerts each year in the Conservatory’s White Recital Hall and also at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall.

Robert Olson earned degrees from Northern Illinois, Michigan State, and the University of Washington and had further study at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik as a recipient of the coveted Fulbright Scholarship. He served on the faculties of Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Colorado before joining the UMKC faculty in 1990.

In addition to the two orchestras he conducts at UMKC, he is also the music director and conductor for the Longmont Symphony (Colorado) and was founder and artistic director of the renowned Colorado MahlerFest, having just retired in May 2015 after 28 years; the festival has achieved international praise through its critically acclaimed CDs and performances. In September 2005, Olson shared the stage with the New York Philharmonic as recipient of the coveted Mahler Gold Medal, a rarely bestowed honor presented by the International Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna to the world’s most prestigious artists and orchestras for their outstanding contributions to the music of Mahler.

For fourteen years Olson was conductor for the Kansas City Ballet, conducting more than 600 performances for the company with the Kansas City and St. Louis Symphonies.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

02-09-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 09 @ 7:30 pm

Harlem is one of America’s most important cultural centers, and there is no better advocate of the Harlem spirit than Dance Theatre of...

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Harlem is one of America’s most important cultural centers, and there is no better advocate of the Harlem spirit than Dance Theatre of Harlem. Founded shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to inspire children with dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem has evolved into an outstanding institution.

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Kansas City Symphony — A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: From Basie to Bebop featuring Bobby Watson

02-11-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm

From the great Count Basie to Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson, the Kansas City Symphony pays tribute to Kansas City’s homegrown jazz...

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From the great Count Basie to Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson, the Kansas City Symphony pays tribute to Kansas City’s homegrown jazz musicians and timeless tunes. Special appearances by trumpet player Hermon Mehari, vocalists David Basse and Deborah Brown plus Chuck Haddix, the producer of KCUR-FM’s “Fish Fry.” You’ll love this saucy, special performance of KC jazz, presented in association with the American Jazz Museum.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

 

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Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull…

02-18-2018

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm + 4 more dates and times

Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

She’s back! After her acclaimed one-woman show, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, which appeared as part of Starlight Indoors in 2016,...

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She’s back! After her acclaimed one-woman show, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, which appeared as part of Starlight Indoors in 2016, fast-talking, honky-tonking Dixie Longate is ready to take on Kansas City once more.

Learn what a jeweled crown, a cardboard cutout of Julie Andrews and a box of moon pies all have in common as Dixie bestows the wisdom she gained after a hard night of drinking. Spend a night with Dixie as she swaps her Tupperware bowls for a mechanical bull!

This show is suggested for ages 16+. Dixie’s hilarious hit contains mature adult content

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From the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

02-18-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. The Kansas City Symphony will perform...

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The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. The Kansas City Symphony will perform John Williams’ renowned score as the entire film is projected simultaneously on the big screen in Helzberg Hall.

Justin Freer, guest conductor

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

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New Moves

02-18-2018

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

New Moves is a chance for audiences to see tomorrow’s sought after choreographers today! It is a very up close and visceral experience...

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New Moves is a chance for audiences to see tomorrow’s sought after choreographers today! It is a very up close and visceral experience for audience and dancer alike, with all performances held in the Bolender Center’s intimate Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Come see our Kansas City Ballet artists and emerging choreographers together discover bold new ways of expression and feel the athleticism, beauty, power and passion of never before seen new creations out on the edge!

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Mitsuko Uchida

02-16-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, praised by the New York Times for possessing an “elegant and profound musicianship,” is indeed a very rare...

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Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, praised by the New York Times for possessing an “elegant and profound musicianship,” is indeed a very rare talent. She made her mark performing the music of Mozart, but her sublime touch with all composers has drawn universal praise from audiences and critics. Her first return to the Series since 1992 will feature Schubert’s poetic music.

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Conservatory Choirs: Celebration of Peace Festival

02-17-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Community of Christ Temple, Independence
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

The Conservatory Choirs join with several area high school choirs to present the sixth annual Celebration of Peace Festival, a concert...

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The Conservatory Choirs join with several area high school choirs to present the sixth annual Celebration of Peace Festival, a concert to benefit the Rose Brooks Center. FREE event, with donations graciously accepted.

ABOUT THE ROSE BROOKS CENTER: Rose Brooks Center was founded in 1978, after Rosa Brooks left her home to be our first domestic violence shelter. We are about saving lives. Not just protecting the hundreds of individuals and pets who need our emergency shelter to escape immediate danger, but the thousands of families who dream of a life safe from violence – a complete life built on respect, love, and compassion.

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