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UMKC Opera brings early Mozart romp to the stage

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October 19, 2018

Feigned identities, illicit intrigues and spurned lovers frolic and mourn within a hothouse of love and insanity in this latest production from the UMKC Conservatory Opera, led by guest artistic director Rachel M. Harris. By Read more…

KC Ballet Presents The Wizard of Oz

Dance
September 27, 2018

In just a few short weeks, Kansas City Ballet will perform the World Premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz! We anticipate 10 sold-out performances, so be sure to share that you’re seeing this fantastical Read more…

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Becoming Martin

10-21-2018

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through...

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This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights.

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Kansas City Ballet Presents “The Wizard of Oz”

10-21-2018

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
With Kansas City Symphony

The much anticipated world premiere by Septime Webre,...

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Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
With Kansas City Symphony

The much anticipated world premiere by Septime Webre, the creator of Alice (in wonderland), will take audiences on a fantastical journey to the Emerald City. Filled with all the familiarity of the classic story – Dorothy and Toto swept to Oz join up with three unlikely heroes to see the Wizard, their triumph over the Wicked Witch, and the quest to return home – yet realized with a bold, new spectacle of music, costumes, sets, projections and special effects. This is the must-see family event of the season.

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Broadway and All That Jazz: Songbook of the 20s and 30s

10-28-2018

Presented by Quality Hill Playhouse at Quality Hill Playhouse, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm + 5 more dates and times

Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s...

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From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s and 30s. Throughout it all, the founders of the Great American Songbook – George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern – produced timeless songs for jazz clubs and Broadway stages. With songs like “Love Is Here To Stay,” “Get Happy,” and “Fascinating Rhythm,” plus favorites from PORGY AND BESS and SHOWBOAT, this cabaret revue sets the foundation for our season through the foundations of American popular song.

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Sweat (+Pay What You Can!)

11-11-2018

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm + 16 more dates and times

Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 01 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Nov 06 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Nov 07 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

by Lynn Nottage

A group of close friends share everything: secrets, laughs, and drinks at the local watering hole in Reading, PA. But...

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by Lynn Nottage

A group of close friends share everything: secrets, laughs, and drinks at the local watering hole in Reading, PA. But when layoffs begin at the factory where they work, friendships are shattered and loyalties are questioned in the fight for survival. This prize winning play by Unicorn favorite Lynn Nottage (Ruined, By the Way Meet Vera Stark) explores the collapse of working class America and the impact on communities when Union workers are locked out and racial tensions run high.

 

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Songs of Life and Love: Choral Benefit Concert for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

10-21-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 3:30 pm

The Conservatory Concert Choir is a large mixed ensemble of Freshmen and Sophomores which specializes in the performance of a wide...

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The Conservatory Concert Choir is a large mixed ensemble of Freshmen and Sophomores which specializes in the performance of a wide variety of choral music, including classical masterworks as well as spirituals and multicultural choral music. Open to all students by audition.

Canticum Novum is a small, select mixed chamber ensemble (12-24 singers), conducted by graduate choral conducting students. Open to all students by audition.

 

 

 

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Of Mice and Men

11-11-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm + 19 more dates and times

Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 01 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Nov 06 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Nov 07 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a...

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A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a ranch someday. Straight-shooter George protects Lennie, whose sweet, simple-mindedness is juxtaposed by his formidable strength. When the two find work on Curly’s ranch, a series of tragic events lead to one of the most heartbreaking conclusions in American literature. John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life.

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Chanticleer: 40th Anniversary Tour

10-24-2018

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm

Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to...

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Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary compositions. The group’s 40th anniversary tour – Then and There, Here and Now – is a panoramic look at Chanticleer’s complete musical history, featuring classical pieces, traditional songs, and modern melodies.

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Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra

10-25-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra is the region's premier salsa & latin jazz ensemble. Founded and directed by Pablo Sanhueza, this...

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The Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra is the region's premier salsa & latin jazz ensemble. Founded and directed by Pablo Sanhueza, this collective integrates intercultural and intergenerational local, national and international artists, to preserve, project and foster Afro-Latin American orchestral and social dance music. Vibrant and timeless music for international all-ages dance and listening audiences.

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Glorious Gershwin featuring Patti Austin

10-27-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm

 

We’re celebrating the genius of George Gershwin! From irresistible musicals to iconic works for piano and orchestra, Gershwin...

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We’re celebrating the genius of George Gershwin! From irresistible musicals to iconic works for piano and orchestra, Gershwin endures as one of America’s most beloved composers. You’ll enjoy the exuberant An American in Paris as well as Grammy® Award-winner Patti Austin singing “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” plus “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess. Topping off an unforgettable evening, your Kansas City Symphony welcomes Park University graduate student and 2017 Van Cliburn silver medalist Kenny Broberg to perform Gershwin’s groundbreaking favorite, Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets from $40.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

Patti Austin, vocalist

Kenny Broberg, piano

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UMKC Conservatory Singers and University Singers Fall Concert

10-25-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Old Mission United Methodist Church, Leawood
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm
Robert Bode received his doctorate in Conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to attending...
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Robert Bode received his doctorate in Conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to attending the Cincinnati Conservatory, Dr. Bode won a conducting scholarship at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, where he studied opera conducting with Fiora Contino.

In 1982, Bode studied in Wales as a Conducting Fellow at the University-College of Music in Cardiff. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1990, conducting the Walla Walla Symphony Chorale in the New York premiere of John David Earnest's The Waking. In addition to his distinguished teaching career, Dr. Bode has enjoyed a successful international conducting career as guest conductor of the Kammerorchester Leipzig, Germany; Filharmonia Sudecka, Walbryzch, Poland; Vratca Philharmonic, Vratca, Bulgaria; and the Yunnan Provincial Chorus, Kunming, China; among many others.

Dr. Bode is noted for his dedication to the commissioning and performance of music by American composers. At Whitman he initiated the Whitman Commissioning Project, which commissioned new works by David Conte, Richard Hundley, John David Earnest, Giselle Wyers, Gwyneth Walker, and others. Dr. Bode is also the Artistic Director of Choral Arts, a semi-professional chamber chorus in Seattle, WA. In spring 2010, the organization received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, presented by Chorus America. Choral Arts' CD, Mornings Like This, was released by Gothic Records in 2010.

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Fall Dance Concert

10-27-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

In a city with abundant dance opportunities, the dance faculty pride themselves on producing motivated and advanced students who perform...

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In a city with abundant dance opportunities, the dance faculty pride themselves on producing motivated and advanced students who perform throughout their student careers and are ready to join professional companies. Students have performed the Kansas City Ballet's Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Firebird, the Nutcracker tour with Albany Berkshire Ballet; Setting the Stage with Friends of Alvin Ailey, and with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company.

As an equal-emphasis program in ballet and modern dance, students' experiences conform to the current repertoire of national companies. Through the Dance Division's Great Works Projects, our students have the opportunity to dance in masterpieces including George Balanchine's Serenade, Robert Battle's Battlefield, Twyla Tharp's Torelli, Petipa's Paquita, Philip Jerry's Our Town, and Paul Taylor's Aureole.

Students are taught by an impressive faculty of professional dancers and choreographers including Paula Weber (principal ballerina Milwaukee Ballet and Albany Berkshire Ballet), Mary Pat Henry (artistic director of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company), Sabrina Madison-Cannon (Philadanco), DeeAnna Hiett (Alvin Ailey, Deeply Rooted), Gary Abbott (Deeply Rooted), and Ronald Tice (Joffrey School).

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Max Groove

10-26-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:30 pm

Max Groove is one of the pioneers of the smooth jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years....

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Max Groove is one of the pioneers of the smooth jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years. He has twelve internationally released CDs, three in the top twenty Billboard Jazz.  His current release “Night Owl” has his signature urban smooth jazz sound while showcasing his innovative Funky jazz structures.

Along with Garland Smith on drums, and Clay Johnson on bass, they bring their world of sound, melody, and emotion to the stage, a refreshing combination of original and contemporary jazz that guarantees to satisfy the most avid fan.

Over the years, national tour appearances with performers such as Joe Sample & the Crusaders, the Temptations, Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, Joan Armatrading, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, and many other greats have added to the reputation of “The Groove.”

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Halloween Symphony Spooktacular

10-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm

Your little ghosts and goblins will love our frightfully fun Halloween concert filled with creepy-crawly surprises! Experience symphonic...

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Your little ghosts and goblins will love our frightfully fun Halloween concert filled with creepy-crawly surprises! Experience symphonic chills and thrills as the orchestra guides you through spooky and silly music that’s not too scary but plenty extraordinary. The Kansas City Symphony invites the entire family to dress up in their favorite costumes and trick-or-treat afterward in the Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $10 for children.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

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The People's Liberation Big Band

10-29-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm

The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City was formed in 2006. The group has built a large repertoire...

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The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City was formed in 2006. The group has built a large repertoire of original compositions and unique arrangements by Kansas City composers Brad Cox, Patrick Alonzo Conway, Matt Otto, Forest Stewart, Jeffrey Rickman, Roger Wilder, Nick Howell, Jeff Harshbarger, Gerald Spaits, Mark Southerland, Bill McKemy, Peter Lawless, Hunter Long, Russell Thorpe, and others.

The group's large scale works include "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" with Owen/Cox Dance Group, new film scores for the silent films "Battleship Potemkin," "The Cameraman's Revenge," "Frogland," and "The Mascot," new arrangements of music from Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera," and Mark Southerland's "Revisionist Jazz History."

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Thomas Stein, tuba

10-29-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas G. Stein is associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and...

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Thomas G. Stein is associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance. A native of Michigan, he received the Bachelor of Music (with high distinction) and the Master of Music in tuba performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to Missouri, Stein taught at Central Michigan University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and University of Southern Mississippi.

Stein is very active throughout the United States as a recitalist, clinician, and chamber musician. He has appeared several times at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (ITEC) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conferences, at all of the regional conferences since 1996, and has appeared in six European countries and at numerous universities throughout the United States.

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Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Conductor; Denis Matsuev, Pianist

10-29-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm

After an astounding appearance in November 2017 leading the Stradivarius Ensemble, Valery Gergiev returns to conduct the...

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After an astounding appearance in November 2017 leading the Stradivarius Ensemble, Valery Gergiev returns to conduct the maximum-strength Mariinsky Orchestra. Praised for his "full-blooded and engrossing" musicianship by the UK Telegraph, Gergiev will conduct another unforgettable evening of music in Helzberg Hall. The great Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who played a magnificent 2016 Series recital, will join Gergiev and the Orchestra for Rachmaninov's dazzling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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Bill and Peggy Lyons Support School Music

10-30-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Wyandotte High School, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm

Enjoy fabulous music at this benefit concert to support Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. Established in 2003, the Kansas City...

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Enjoy fabulous music at this benefit concert to support Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. Established in 2003, the Kansas City Symphony’s Bill and Peggy Lyons Support School Music initiative provides area school districts the opportunity to host the Symphony and raise funds to support their music programs — nearly $165,000 total since the program’s inception. Find concert details and tickets, available starting September 4, at kcsymphony.org.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Concert

10-31-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm

Our amazing guest organist Dorothy Papadakos revives the 1923 classic silent horror film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with a...

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Our amazing guest organist Dorothy Papadakos revives the 1923 classic silent horror film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with a completely improvised score played on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. The program also features Kansas City Symphony Principal Percussionist Christopher McLaurin improvising on orchestral chimes as Quasimodo. Starring Lon Chaney in the title role that launched his career as a major actor and featuring a 19-acre set filled with thousands of extras, “Hunchback” is a visual spectacle on a grand and spooky scale. Sponsored by Russell Stover Chocolates. Please note: the Kansas City Symphony does not perform during this presentation. Tickets from $25.

Dorothy Papadakos, organ

Christopher McLaurin, percussion

 

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Show Boat

11-18-2018

Presented by Musical Theater Heritage, Inc. at MTH Theater at Crown Center, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 01 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 2:00 pm + 13 more dates and times

Sat, Nov 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

One of the most influential musicals in history, Show Boat redefined how musical stories were told. The landmark collaboration between...

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One of the most influential musicals in history, Show Boat redefined how musical stories were told. The landmark collaboration between Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over 40 years from 1887 to 1927.

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Víkingur Ólafsson in Concert

11-02-2018

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at Folly Theater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Nov 02 @ 7:30 pm

Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity, and intellectual curiosity, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson...

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Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity, and intellectual curiosity, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has been heralded “Iceland’s Glenn Gould” by the New York Times (Anthony Tommasini, August 2017). Before lighting up the international scene in 2016, Víkingur won all the major prizes in his native country, including the Order of the Falcon, four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards, and the Icelandic Optimism Prize. About the program: Víkingur’s program creates a fascinating juxtaposition of miniatures from two ends of the musical spectrum in time. Bach’s works are some of the oldest masterworks composed for the keyboard while Glass’s works are some of the newest. We will also experience several composers’ impressions of Bach’s music through their transcriptions (including the soloist!). This program is not only for the Master Pianist Series devotee but is also a wonderful introduction to classical piano music, both old and new.

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The Nance

11-18-2018

Presented by Spinning Tree Theatre at Just Off Broadway Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Nov 02 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Wed, Nov 07 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The Nance tells the story of burlesque’s stereotypically camp character and master of comic double entendre, almost always played by a...

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The Nance tells the story of burlesque’s stereotypically camp character and master of comic double entendre, almost always played by a straight man (so to speak). Mayor LaGuardia wants to clean up the city before the 1937 World’s Fair, and one of his targets is burlesque. What happens when our nance is gay…and has fallen in love? The Nance - equal parts drama and comedy - includes generous splashes of outrageous song-and-dance burlesque sketches.

Artistic Director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst and Nicole Marie Green co-direct, continuing their collaboration from 2017’s Casa Valentina. Their assembled cast: Andy Perkins (Chauncey Miles), Katie Gilchrist (Sylvie), Timothy Michael Houston (Ned), Ashley Personett (Joan), R.H. Wilhoit (Efram) and Sarah Montoya (Carmen). Perkins was featured in 2017’s Casa Valentina; Personett in 2016’s Nine. The rest of the cast are making their Spinning Tree debuts.

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Becoming Martin

10-21-2018

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through...

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This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights.

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Kansas City Ballet Presents “The Wizard of Oz”

10-21-2018

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
With Kansas City Symphony

The much anticipated world premiere by Septime Webre,...

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Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
With Kansas City Symphony

The much anticipated world premiere by Septime Webre, the creator of Alice (in wonderland), will take audiences on a fantastical journey to the Emerald City. Filled with all the familiarity of the classic story – Dorothy and Toto swept to Oz join up with three unlikely heroes to see the Wizard, their triumph over the Wicked Witch, and the quest to return home – yet realized with a bold, new spectacle of music, costumes, sets, projections and special effects. This is the must-see family event of the season.

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Broadway and All That Jazz: Songbook of the 20s and 30s

10-28-2018

Presented by Quality Hill Playhouse at Quality Hill Playhouse, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm + 5 more dates and times

Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s...

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From the ridiculous to the sublime to the breadlines, American popular culture rode a roller coaster of epic proportions in the 1920s and 30s. Throughout it all, the founders of the Great American Songbook – George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern – produced timeless songs for jazz clubs and Broadway stages. With songs like “Love Is Here To Stay,” “Get Happy,” and “Fascinating Rhythm,” plus favorites from PORGY AND BESS and SHOWBOAT, this cabaret revue sets the foundation for our season through the foundations of American popular song.

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Sweat (+Pay What You Can!)

11-11-2018

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm + 16 more dates and times

Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 01 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Nov 06 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Nov 07 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

by Lynn Nottage

A group of close friends share everything: secrets, laughs, and drinks at the local watering hole in Reading, PA. But...

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by Lynn Nottage

A group of close friends share everything: secrets, laughs, and drinks at the local watering hole in Reading, PA. But when layoffs begin at the factory where they work, friendships are shattered and loyalties are questioned in the fight for survival. This prize winning play by Unicorn favorite Lynn Nottage (Ruined, By the Way Meet Vera Stark) explores the collapse of working class America and the impact on communities when Union workers are locked out and racial tensions run high.

 

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Songs of Life and Love: Choral Benefit Concert for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

10-21-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 3:30 pm

The Conservatory Concert Choir is a large mixed ensemble of Freshmen and Sophomores which specializes in the performance of a wide...

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The Conservatory Concert Choir is a large mixed ensemble of Freshmen and Sophomores which specializes in the performance of a wide variety of choral music, including classical masterworks as well as spirituals and multicultural choral music. Open to all students by audition.

Canticum Novum is a small, select mixed chamber ensemble (12-24 singers), conducted by graduate choral conducting students. Open to all students by audition.

 

 

 

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Of Mice and Men

11-11-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm + 19 more dates and times

Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 01 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Nov 06 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Nov 07 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a...

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A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a ranch someday. Straight-shooter George protects Lennie, whose sweet, simple-mindedness is juxtaposed by his formidable strength. When the two find work on Curly’s ranch, a series of tragic events lead to one of the most heartbreaking conclusions in American literature. John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life.

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Chanticleer: 40th Anniversary Tour

10-24-2018

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm

Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to...

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Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary compositions. The group’s 40th anniversary tour – Then and There, Here and Now – is a panoramic look at Chanticleer’s complete musical history, featuring classical pieces, traditional songs, and modern melodies.

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Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra

10-25-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra is the region's premier salsa & latin jazz ensemble. Founded and directed by Pablo Sanhueza, this...

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The Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra is the region's premier salsa & latin jazz ensemble. Founded and directed by Pablo Sanhueza, this collective integrates intercultural and intergenerational local, national and international artists, to preserve, project and foster Afro-Latin American orchestral and social dance music. Vibrant and timeless music for international all-ages dance and listening audiences.

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Glorious Gershwin featuring Patti Austin

10-27-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm

 

We’re celebrating the genius of George Gershwin! From irresistible musicals to iconic works for piano and orchestra, Gershwin...

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We’re celebrating the genius of George Gershwin! From irresistible musicals to iconic works for piano and orchestra, Gershwin endures as one of America’s most beloved composers. You’ll enjoy the exuberant An American in Paris as well as Grammy® Award-winner Patti Austin singing “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” plus “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess. Topping off an unforgettable evening, your Kansas City Symphony welcomes Park University graduate student and 2017 Van Cliburn silver medalist Kenny Broberg to perform Gershwin’s groundbreaking favorite, Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets from $40.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

Patti Austin, vocalist

Kenny Broberg, piano

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UMKC Conservatory Singers and University Singers Fall Concert

10-25-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Old Mission United Methodist Church, Leawood
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm
Robert Bode received his doctorate in Conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to attending...
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Robert Bode received his doctorate in Conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to attending the Cincinnati Conservatory, Dr. Bode won a conducting scholarship at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, where he studied opera conducting with Fiora Contino.

In 1982, Bode studied in Wales as a Conducting Fellow at the University-College of Music in Cardiff. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1990, conducting the Walla Walla Symphony Chorale in the New York premiere of John David Earnest's The Waking. In addition to his distinguished teaching career, Dr. Bode has enjoyed a successful international conducting career as guest conductor of the Kammerorchester Leipzig, Germany; Filharmonia Sudecka, Walbryzch, Poland; Vratca Philharmonic, Vratca, Bulgaria; and the Yunnan Provincial Chorus, Kunming, China; among many others.

Dr. Bode is noted for his dedication to the commissioning and performance of music by American composers. At Whitman he initiated the Whitman Commissioning Project, which commissioned new works by David Conte, Richard Hundley, John David Earnest, Giselle Wyers, Gwyneth Walker, and others. Dr. Bode is also the Artistic Director of Choral Arts, a semi-professional chamber chorus in Seattle, WA. In spring 2010, the organization received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, presented by Chorus America. Choral Arts' CD, Mornings Like This, was released by Gothic Records in 2010.

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Fall Dance Concert

10-27-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

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In a city with abundant dance opportunities, the dance faculty pride themselves on producing motivated and advanced students who perform...

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In a city with abundant dance opportunities, the dance faculty pride themselves on producing motivated and advanced students who perform throughout their student careers and are ready to join professional companies. Students have performed the Kansas City Ballet's Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Firebird, the Nutcracker tour with Albany Berkshire Ballet; Setting the Stage with Friends of Alvin Ailey, and with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company.

As an equal-emphasis program in ballet and modern dance, students' experiences conform to the current repertoire of national companies. Through the Dance Division's Great Works Projects, our students have the opportunity to dance in masterpieces including George Balanchine's Serenade, Robert Battle's Battlefield, Twyla Tharp's Torelli, Petipa's Paquita, Philip Jerry's Our Town, and Paul Taylor's Aureole.

Students are taught by an impressive faculty of professional dancers and choreographers including Paula Weber (principal ballerina Milwaukee Ballet and Albany Berkshire Ballet), Mary Pat Henry (artistic director of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company), Sabrina Madison-Cannon (Philadanco), DeeAnna Hiett (Alvin Ailey, Deeply Rooted), Gary Abbott (Deeply Rooted), and Ronald Tice (Joffrey School).

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Max Groove

10-26-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 26 @ 8:30 pm

Max Groove is one of the pioneers of the smooth jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years....

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Max Groove is one of the pioneers of the smooth jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years. He has twelve internationally released CDs, three in the top twenty Billboard Jazz.  His current release “Night Owl” has his signature urban smooth jazz sound while showcasing his innovative Funky jazz structures.

Along with Garland Smith on drums, and Clay Johnson on bass, they bring their world of sound, melody, and emotion to the stage, a refreshing combination of original and contemporary jazz that guarantees to satisfy the most avid fan.

Over the years, national tour appearances with performers such as Joe Sample & the Crusaders, the Temptations, Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, Joan Armatrading, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, and many other greats have added to the reputation of “The Groove.”

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Halloween Symphony Spooktacular

10-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm

Your little ghosts and goblins will love our frightfully fun Halloween concert filled with creepy-crawly surprises! Experience symphonic...

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Your little ghosts and goblins will love our frightfully fun Halloween concert filled with creepy-crawly surprises! Experience symphonic chills and thrills as the orchestra guides you through spooky and silly music that’s not too scary but plenty extraordinary. The Kansas City Symphony invites the entire family to dress up in their favorite costumes and trick-or-treat afterward in the Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $10 for children.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

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The People's Liberation Big Band

10-29-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm

The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City was formed in 2006. The group has built a large repertoire...

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The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City was formed in 2006. The group has built a large repertoire of original compositions and unique arrangements by Kansas City composers Brad Cox, Patrick Alonzo Conway, Matt Otto, Forest Stewart, Jeffrey Rickman, Roger Wilder, Nick Howell, Jeff Harshbarger, Gerald Spaits, Mark Southerland, Bill McKemy, Peter Lawless, Hunter Long, Russell Thorpe, and others.

The group's large scale works include "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" with Owen/Cox Dance Group, new film scores for the silent films "Battleship Potemkin," "The Cameraman's Revenge," "Frogland," and "The Mascot," new arrangements of music from Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera," and Mark Southerland's "Revisionist Jazz History."

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Thomas Stein, tuba

10-29-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm

Thomas G. Stein is associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and...

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Thomas G. Stein is associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance. A native of Michigan, he received the Bachelor of Music (with high distinction) and the Master of Music in tuba performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to Missouri, Stein taught at Central Michigan University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and University of Southern Mississippi.

Stein is very active throughout the United States as a recitalist, clinician, and chamber musician. He has appeared several times at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (ITEC) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conferences, at all of the regional conferences since 1996, and has appeared in six European countries and at numerous universities throughout the United States.

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Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Conductor; Denis Matsuev, Pianist

10-29-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm

After an astounding appearance in November 2017 leading the Stradivarius Ensemble, Valery Gergiev returns to conduct the...

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After an astounding appearance in November 2017 leading the Stradivarius Ensemble, Valery Gergiev returns to conduct the maximum-strength Mariinsky Orchestra. Praised for his "full-blooded and engrossing" musicianship by the UK Telegraph, Gergiev will conduct another unforgettable evening of music in Helzberg Hall. The great Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who played a magnificent 2016 Series recital, will join Gergiev and the Orchestra for Rachmaninov's dazzling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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Bill and Peggy Lyons Support School Music

10-30-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Wyandotte High School, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm

Enjoy fabulous music at this benefit concert to support Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. Established in 2003, the Kansas City...

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Enjoy fabulous music at this benefit concert to support Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. Established in 2003, the Kansas City Symphony’s Bill and Peggy Lyons Support School Music initiative provides area school districts the opportunity to host the Symphony and raise funds to support their music programs — nearly $165,000 total since the program’s inception. Find concert details and tickets, available starting September 4, at kcsymphony.org.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Concert

10-31-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm

Our amazing guest organist Dorothy Papadakos revives the 1923 classic silent horror film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with a...

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Our amazing guest organist Dorothy Papadakos revives the 1923 classic silent horror film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with a completely improvised score played on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. The program also features Kansas City Symphony Principal Percussionist Christopher McLaurin improvising on orchestral chimes as Quasimodo. Starring Lon Chaney in the title role that launched his career as a major actor and featuring a 19-acre set filled with thousands of extras, “Hunchback” is a visual spectacle on a grand and spooky scale. Sponsored by Russell Stover Chocolates. Please note: the Kansas City Symphony does not perform during this presentation. Tickets from $25.

Dorothy Papadakos, organ

Christopher McLaurin, percussion

 

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Show Boat

11-18-2018

Presented by Musical Theater Heritage, Inc. at MTH Theater at Crown Center, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 01 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 02 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 2:00 pm + 13 more dates and times

Sat, Nov 03 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

One of the most influential musicals in history, Show Boat redefined how musical stories were told. The landmark collaboration between...

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One of the most influential musicals in history, Show Boat redefined how musical stories were told. The landmark collaboration between Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over 40 years from 1887 to 1927.

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Víkingur Ólafsson in Concert

11-02-2018

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at Folly Theater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Nov 02 @ 7:30 pm

Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity, and intellectual curiosity, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson...

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Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity, and intellectual curiosity, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has been heralded “Iceland’s Glenn Gould” by the New York Times (Anthony Tommasini, August 2017). Before lighting up the international scene in 2016, Víkingur won all the major prizes in his native country, including the Order of the Falcon, four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards, and the Icelandic Optimism Prize. About the program: Víkingur’s program creates a fascinating juxtaposition of miniatures from two ends of the musical spectrum in time. Bach’s works are some of the oldest masterworks composed for the keyboard while Glass’s works are some of the newest. We will also experience several composers’ impressions of Bach’s music through their transcriptions (including the soloist!). This program is not only for the Master Pianist Series devotee but is also a wonderful introduction to classical piano music, both old and new.

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The Nance

11-18-2018

Presented by Spinning Tree Theatre at Just Off Broadway Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Nov 02 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Nov 03 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Nov 04 @ 2:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Wed, Nov 07 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 08 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 09 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The Nance tells the story of burlesque’s stereotypically camp character and master of comic double entendre, almost always played by a...

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The Nance tells the story of burlesque’s stereotypically camp character and master of comic double entendre, almost always played by a straight man (so to speak). Mayor LaGuardia wants to clean up the city before the 1937 World’s Fair, and one of his targets is burlesque. What happens when our nance is gay…and has fallen in love? The Nance - equal parts drama and comedy - includes generous splashes of outrageous song-and-dance burlesque sketches.

Artistic Director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst and Nicole Marie Green co-direct, continuing their collaboration from 2017’s Casa Valentina. Their assembled cast: Andy Perkins (Chauncey Miles), Katie Gilchrist (Sylvie), Timothy Michael Houston (Ned), Ashley Personett (Joan), R.H. Wilhoit (Efram) and Sarah Montoya (Carmen). Perkins was featured in 2017’s Casa Valentina; Personett in 2016’s Nine. The rest of the cast are making their Spinning Tree debuts.

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