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Go behind-the-scenes with PRIDE & PREJUDICE at KCRep

KC Live Arts
March 21, 2019

Next up in Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 2018/2019 season is the multiple award-winning and much-heralded production, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE written by Kate Hamill, directed by KCRep’s recently-departed Associate Artistic Director, Marissa Wolf, and based on Read more…

Celebrating Women in Jazz in the Blue Room

Jazz
February 14, 2019

March is Women in Jazz Month, and the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum is featuring local and national women jazz performers all month long! You can get more information on our featured performances, Read more…

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

03-31-2019

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Mar 26 @ 10:00 am + 10 more dates and times

Tue, Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Mar 27 @ 10:00 am Wed, Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Mar 28 @ 10:00 am Thu, Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 10:00 am Fri, Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

In this charming musical adaptation of the beloved book, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives take an adventurous turn when a mysterious box...

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In this charming musical adaptation of the beloved book, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives take an adventurous turn when a mysterious box arrives on their doorstep with a penguin inside. Not long after, the local aquarium sends over a female penguin and soon, the Poppers are hearing the patter of 20 little feet. What starts for Mr. Popper as a giant bill for canned shrimp leads to an imaginative journey across America – one that ends in the Antarctic to place the penguin colony in a “life they were meant to lead.”

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Broadway and All That Jazz: Songbook of the 50s

04-07-2019

Presented by Quality Hill Playhouse at Quality Hill Playhouse, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm + 15 more dates and times

Tue, Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Apr 02 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 03 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Apr 03 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 04 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 05 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 06 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 07 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

Perhaps no decade had more personalities to its music than the 1950s. From the crooners who dominated the early years (Frank Sinatra,...

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Perhaps no decade had more personalities to its music than the 1950s. From the crooners who dominated the early years (Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Perry Como) to the rise of rock-and-roll and pop stars (Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, Jerry Lee Lewis), and from the heyday of many jazz legends (Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday) to classic musicals such as GUYS AND DOLLS, MY FAIR LADY, and WEST SIDE STORY, this decade had it all – and so will this dynamite cabaret revue!

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The Humans (+Pay What You Can!)

03-31-2019

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Wed, Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

by Stephen Karam

Breaking with tradition, the Blake clan gathers for Thanksgiving dinner in lower Manhattan at their daughter’s new...

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by Stephen Karam

Breaking with tradition, the Blake clan gathers for Thanksgiving dinner in lower Manhattan at their daughter’s new apartment. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle duplex, family tensions reach a boiling point and the secrets that bubble up threaten to change this modern American family forever.

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Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits

03-23-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm

Her powerful voice touched our hearts and inspired our souls. Join the Kansas City Symphony and vocal sensation Amanda Cole for an...

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Her powerful voice touched our hearts and inspired our souls. Join the Kansas City Symphony and vocal sensation Amanda Cole for an evening of Whitney’s biggest hits, including “How Will I Know,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” “I Will Always Love You” and many more.  Tickets from $40.

Richard Carsey, guest conductor

Amanda Cole, vocalist

 

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Così fan tutte

03-24-2019

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

LOVE IS NEVER A SURE THING.

With a name that practically screams “master manipulator,” the cynical Don Alfonso goads two friends...

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LOVE IS NEVER A SURE THING.

With a name that practically screams “master manipulator,” the cynical Don Alfonso goads two friends into making a wager. Its outcome will either defend the virtue of the two sisters they love, or expose a duplicitous streak supposedly inherent in all women. Unknown to their brides-to-be, a battle of the sexes has begun, and the two men set out to test the faithfulness of their fiancées, but end up tempting Fate in the process.

*Photos by Cory Weaver for San Francisco Opera
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Carmina Burana

03-31-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

 

In the wonderfully indulgent Carmina burana, you’ll hear an irresistible, nonstop and thunderous celebration of life, love and the...

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In the wonderfully indulgent Carmina burana, you’ll hear an irresistible, nonstop and thunderous celebration of life, love and the philosophy of carpe diem performed by your Kansas City Symphony and Chorus. One of the most popular classical works of all time, Carmina burana appears in countless movies, TV shows, commercials and sporting events. This musical extravaganza begins with a kaleidoscope of sound in pieces by two prominent American composers, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Augusta Read Thomas. Tickets from $30.

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Something for the Dark

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS EOS: Goddess of the Dawn 

ORFF Carmina burana

Ryan McAdams, guest conductor

Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Hugh Russell, baritone
Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Charles Bruffy,
chorus director

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New Moves

03-31-2019

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Sat, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

New Moves, one of Kansas City Ballet’s most popular performances, showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. This...

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New Moves, one of Kansas City Ballet’s most popular performances, showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. This limited-run production gives audiences a chance 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 Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Come see our Kansas City Ballet artists and emerging choreographers discover bold new ways of expression and feel the athleticism, beauty, power and passion of never before seen dance creations!

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Morgenstern Trio in Concert

03-29-2019

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm

About the Morgenstern Trio: After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by...

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About the Morgenstern Trio: After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein–Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. For the prize concerts, the Morgenstern Trio has received superlative reviews and immediate re-invitations for following seasons. This prize catapulted them onto the music scene in the USA with performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall and other venues in NY, followed by concerts in such cities as Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Carmel, Louisville, Lexington, and Palm Beach. The Washington Post wrote: “the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio”. About the program: Martin was inspired by the Irish countryside and folk music, while Jalbert’s trio by the “desolate and calm” Texan desert landscape at night and the Houston skyscape by day. Schubert’s trio is one of the most beautiful and uplifting works ever written. It is one of life’s greatest testimonials and one of Schubert’s most profound creations.

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The Coterie ACTS Theatre School - Spring Session

05-09-2019

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 30 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 01 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 02 @ 12:00 am + 27 more dates and times

Wed, Apr 03 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 04 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 06 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 08 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 09 @ 12:00 am Wed, Apr 10 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 11 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 13 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 15 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 16 @ 12:00 am Wed, Apr 17 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 18 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 20 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 22 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 23 @ 12:00 am Wed, Apr 24 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 25 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 27 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 29 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 30 @ 12:00 am Wed, May 01 @ 12:00 am Thu, May 02 @ 12:00 am Sat, May 04 @ 12:00 am Mon, May 06 @ 12:00 am Tue, May 07 @ 12:00 am Wed, May 08 @ 12:00 am Thu, May 09 @ 12:00 am - less dates and times

Creativity thrives in The Coterie's theatre classes. Acting builds confidence, empathy, cooperation, and listening skills that last a...

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Creativity thrives in The Coterie's theatre classes. Acting builds confidence, empathy, cooperation, and listening skills that last a lifetime. Each class is a new adventure, inspired by the students themselves and letting imagination lead the way. Our classes use creative, process-based education to encourage growth in imaginative storytelling, on-the-spot thinking, and confident movement. Students will be challenged to grow as actors and creative thinkers while learning collaboration and self-assurance, tools that will remain valuable throughout their lives.

SPRING 2019 CLASSES:

  • BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES for Ages 3-5 (Pre-K)
  • IMAGINATIVE INVENTORS for Grades K-1
  • LEGENDS AND MYTHMAKERS for Grades 2-4
  • ROCK 'N' ROLL ROADSHOW for Grades 4-6
  • AUDITION LAB for Grades 5-7 and Grades 8-12

SPRING 2019 LOCATIONS:

  • Midtown - The Coterie in Crown Center
  • Lee's Summit - MCC-Longview Campus
  • Overland Park - Miller-Marley School of Dance & Voice
  • Northland - MCC-Maple Woods Campus

All Coterie Teaching Artists are theatre professionals and experienced theatre teachers under the direction of Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director, and Amanda Kibler, Education Director. Many instructors have extensive professional acting credits; others work professionally as directors, choreographers, designers or in other aspects of theatre.

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Nicholas Phan, Tenor

03-30-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 30 @ 11:00 am

We are delighted to present accomplished tenor Nicholas Phan in this special vocal workshop with two area music students on stage in...

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We are delighted to present accomplished tenor Nicholas Phan in this special vocal workshop with two area music students on stage in Helzberg Hall. Phan is in town to perform with the Kansas City Symphony. This event is perfect for all vocal students and performers. Visit kcsymphony.org for student nomination forms, more information and free tickets.

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The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

03-30-2019

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm

The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 in The Summit, a thrilling musical collaboration that brings together two dynamic vocal groups with...

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The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 in The Summit, a thrilling musical collaboration that brings together two dynamic vocal groups with more than 20 combined GRAMMY Awards. These powerful ensembles will perform songs from their own catalogues, then join forces on more than a dozen numbers. Tickets for this event range from $49 to $99 plus applicable fees and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13.

Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s most innovative vocal groups with their blend of pop, jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, swing and a cappella music. Founded by Tim Hauser in 1972, the current group features Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Cureless (bass), who replaced Hauser following his passing in 2014.

Take 6 showcases six voices united in crystal clear harmony, placed against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. Members Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley have been heralded by Quincy Jones as “the baddest vocal cats on the planet.”

 

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Radiant Ravel

04-02-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 02 @ 6:00 pm

Kansas City Symphony musicians shine in this free concert featuring Steve Reich’s hypnotic Mallet Quartet and Ravel’s gorgeous...

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Kansas City Symphony musicians shine in this free concert featuring Steve Reich’s hypnotic Mallet Quartet and Ravel’s gorgeous String Quartet, which film buffs will know from “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Presented by the Kansas City Symphony, cash bars open at 5 p.m. and the casual one-hour concert begins at 6 p.m. Reserve your FREE general admission tickets in advance starting February 1 by visiting kcsymphony.org. Sponsored by Lead Bank.

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Conservatory Choirs: For the Children

04-02-2019

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Visitation Catholic Church, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 02 @ 7:30 pm

The Conservatory Choirs, directed by Robert Bode and Charles Robinson, perform For the Children, the annual choral concert to benefit...

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The Conservatory Choirs, directed by Robert Bode and Charles Robinson, perform For the Children, the annual choral concert to benefit Operation Breakthrough.

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Glamour Profession: The Music of Steely Dan

04-04-2019

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 04 @ 7:00 pm

Glamour Profession is an 11 piece band made up of KC’s top studio and jazz musicians that plays the music of Steely Dan. The band...

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Glamour Profession is an 11 piece band made up of KC’s top studio and jazz musicians that plays the music of Steely Dan. The band plays faithful arrangements of the Dan’s songbook arranged by Music Director and keyboardist, Paul Roberts. A band highlight is the performance of the entire Aja album from front to back.

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Billy Elliot

04-20-2019

Presented by Spinning Tree Theatre at Just Off Broadway Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 04 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 05 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 06 @ 7:30 pm + 11 more dates and times

Sun, Apr 07 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

Elton John (music) and Lee Hall (book and lyrics) adapted the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film into the winner of 10 Tony Awards,...

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Elton John (music) and Lee Hall (book and lyrics) adapted the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film into the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Follow Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever. Time Magazine’s Best Musical of the Decade.

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Pink Martini with the Kansas City Symphony

04-07-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 05 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 06 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 07 @ 2:00 pm

Brimming with “fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication” (Chicago Sun-Times), the sensational Pink Martini joins your Kansas City...

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Brimming with “fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication” (Chicago Sun-Times), the sensational Pink Martini joins your Kansas City Symphony for an evening of glitz and glamour, led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and featuring vocalist China Forbes. Experience an alluring mix of Brazilian samba, ’30s Cuban dance and Parisian café music as “one of the world’s most elegant live bands” (The Times UK) mingles with your Symphony for an unforgettable party. Tickets from $40.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

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Charles Williams Quintet featuring Sharon Thompson

04-05-2019

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 05 @ 8:30 pm

Charles Williams is a Kansas City musician, pianist, trombonist, band leader, private piano instructor, producer, writer, and...

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Charles Williams is a Kansas City musician, pianist, trombonist, band leader, private piano instructor, producer, writer, and clinician/educator. Charles is current pianist for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and has been since its beginning. As a performer, Charles plays at many local venues with his own trio, accompanying many local vocalist, and pianist for The Louis Neal Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Williams is very dedicated to supporting the American Jazz Museum & Blue Room.

Sharon Thompson has opened for various national acts, performed the National Anthem for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals, inaugural balls for former Mayors Emanuel Cleaver II and Kay Barnes along with continued private functions and benefits.

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Max Groove

04-06-2019

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 06 @ 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.

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tenThing, Brass Ensemble

04-07-2019

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 07 @ 7:30 pm

Helzberg Hall will ring when tenThing brass ensemble makes its Harriman-Jewell Series debut. tenThing's sparkling arrangements have...

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Helzberg Hall will ring when tenThing brass ensemble makes its Harriman-Jewell Series debut. tenThing's sparkling arrangements have been delighting audiences since the all-female, ten-member ensemble was formed by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in 2007. The group performs brassy arrangements ranging from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein, and Lully to Bartok.

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Friends! The Musical Parody at Starlight

04-14-2019

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 09 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Fri, Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends — celebrating the wacky...

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FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends — celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a seemingly typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear!

This delightfully naughty confection plucks the best scenes from the show’s ten years and recreates the moments through an uncensored, fast-paced, music filled romp, winning over audiences everywhere. FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, not only keeps you laughing, but tugs at the heart strings drawing audiences into stories we know and love. Will Rachel and Ross get together or won’t they? Will Monica ever find love? Will Joey have an acting career? You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi!

Suitable for audiences born before the TV show’s finale in 2004 (ages 14+).

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Chamber Music with Michael Stern

04-11-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm

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. Visit kcsymphony.org for nomination forms, more information and free tickets.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

03-31-2019

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Mar 26 @ 10:00 am + 10 more dates and times

Tue, Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Mar 27 @ 10:00 am Wed, Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Mar 28 @ 10:00 am Thu, Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 10:00 am Fri, Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

In this charming musical adaptation of the beloved book, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives take an adventurous turn when a mysterious box...

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In this charming musical adaptation of the beloved book, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives take an adventurous turn when a mysterious box arrives on their doorstep with a penguin inside. Not long after, the local aquarium sends over a female penguin and soon, the Poppers are hearing the patter of 20 little feet. What starts for Mr. Popper as a giant bill for canned shrimp leads to an imaginative journey across America – one that ends in the Antarctic to place the penguin colony in a “life they were meant to lead.”

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Broadway and All That Jazz: Songbook of the 50s

04-07-2019

Presented by Quality Hill Playhouse at Quality Hill Playhouse, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm + 15 more dates and times

Tue, Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Apr 02 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 03 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Apr 03 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 04 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 05 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 06 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 07 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

Perhaps no decade had more personalities to its music than the 1950s. From the crooners who dominated the early years (Frank Sinatra,...

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Perhaps no decade had more personalities to its music than the 1950s. From the crooners who dominated the early years (Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Perry Como) to the rise of rock-and-roll and pop stars (Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, Jerry Lee Lewis), and from the heyday of many jazz legends (Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday) to classic musicals such as GUYS AND DOLLS, MY FAIR LADY, and WEST SIDE STORY, this decade had it all – and so will this dynamite cabaret revue!

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The Humans (+Pay What You Can!)

03-31-2019

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Wed, Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

by Stephen Karam

Breaking with tradition, the Blake clan gathers for Thanksgiving dinner in lower Manhattan at their daughter’s new...

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by Stephen Karam

Breaking with tradition, the Blake clan gathers for Thanksgiving dinner in lower Manhattan at their daughter’s new apartment. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle duplex, family tensions reach a boiling point and the secrets that bubble up threaten to change this modern American family forever.

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Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits

03-23-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm

Her powerful voice touched our hearts and inspired our souls. Join the Kansas City Symphony and vocal sensation Amanda Cole for an...

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Her powerful voice touched our hearts and inspired our souls. Join the Kansas City Symphony and vocal sensation Amanda Cole for an evening of Whitney’s biggest hits, including “How Will I Know,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” “I Will Always Love You” and many more.  Tickets from $40.

Richard Carsey, guest conductor

Amanda Cole, vocalist

 

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Così fan tutte

03-24-2019

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

LOVE IS NEVER A SURE THING.

With a name that practically screams “master manipulator,” the cynical Don Alfonso goads two friends...

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LOVE IS NEVER A SURE THING.

With a name that practically screams “master manipulator,” the cynical Don Alfonso goads two friends into making a wager. Its outcome will either defend the virtue of the two sisters they love, or expose a duplicitous streak supposedly inherent in all women. Unknown to their brides-to-be, a battle of the sexes has begun, and the two men set out to test the faithfulness of their fiancées, but end up tempting Fate in the process.

*Photos by Cory Weaver for San Francisco Opera
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Carmina Burana

03-31-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

 

In the wonderfully indulgent Carmina burana, you’ll hear an irresistible, nonstop and thunderous celebration of life, love and the...

[more+]

 

In the wonderfully indulgent Carmina burana, you’ll hear an irresistible, nonstop and thunderous celebration of life, love and the philosophy of carpe diem performed by your Kansas City Symphony and Chorus. One of the most popular classical works of all time, Carmina burana appears in countless movies, TV shows, commercials and sporting events. This musical extravaganza begins with a kaleidoscope of sound in pieces by two prominent American composers, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Augusta Read Thomas. Tickets from $30.

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Something for the Dark

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS EOS: Goddess of the Dawn 

ORFF Carmina burana

Ryan McAdams, guest conductor

Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Hugh Russell, baritone
Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Charles Bruffy,
chorus director

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New Moves

03-31-2019

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Sat, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

New Moves, one of Kansas City Ballet’s most popular performances, showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. This...

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New Moves, one of Kansas City Ballet’s most popular performances, showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. This limited-run production gives audiences a chance 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 Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Come see our Kansas City Ballet artists and emerging choreographers discover bold new ways of expression and feel the athleticism, beauty, power and passion of never before seen dance creations!

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Morgenstern Trio in Concert

03-29-2019

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm

About the Morgenstern Trio: After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by...

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About the Morgenstern Trio: After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein–Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. For the prize concerts, the Morgenstern Trio has received superlative reviews and immediate re-invitations for following seasons. This prize catapulted them onto the music scene in the USA with performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall and other venues in NY, followed by concerts in such cities as Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Carmel, Louisville, Lexington, and Palm Beach. The Washington Post wrote: “the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio”. About the program: Martin was inspired by the Irish countryside and folk music, while Jalbert’s trio by the “desolate and calm” Texan desert landscape at night and the Houston skyscape by day. Schubert’s trio is one of the most beautiful and uplifting works ever written. It is one of life’s greatest testimonials and one of Schubert’s most profound creations.

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The Coterie ACTS Theatre School - Spring Session

05-09-2019

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 30 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 01 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 02 @ 12:00 am + 27 more dates and times

Wed, Apr 03 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 04 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 06 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 08 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 09 @ 12:00 am Wed, Apr 10 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 11 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 13 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 15 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 16 @ 12:00 am Wed, Apr 17 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 18 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 20 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 22 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 23 @ 12:00 am Wed, Apr 24 @ 12:00 am Thu, Apr 25 @ 12:00 am Sat, Apr 27 @ 12:00 am Mon, Apr 29 @ 12:00 am Tue, Apr 30 @ 12:00 am Wed, May 01 @ 12:00 am Thu, May 02 @ 12:00 am Sat, May 04 @ 12:00 am Mon, May 06 @ 12:00 am Tue, May 07 @ 12:00 am Wed, May 08 @ 12:00 am Thu, May 09 @ 12:00 am - less dates and times

Creativity thrives in The Coterie's theatre classes. Acting builds confidence, empathy, cooperation, and listening skills that last a...

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Creativity thrives in The Coterie's theatre classes. Acting builds confidence, empathy, cooperation, and listening skills that last a lifetime. Each class is a new adventure, inspired by the students themselves and letting imagination lead the way. Our classes use creative, process-based education to encourage growth in imaginative storytelling, on-the-spot thinking, and confident movement. Students will be challenged to grow as actors and creative thinkers while learning collaboration and self-assurance, tools that will remain valuable throughout their lives.

SPRING 2019 CLASSES:

  • BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES for Ages 3-5 (Pre-K)
  • IMAGINATIVE INVENTORS for Grades K-1
  • LEGENDS AND MYTHMAKERS for Grades 2-4
  • ROCK 'N' ROLL ROADSHOW for Grades 4-6
  • AUDITION LAB for Grades 5-7 and Grades 8-12

SPRING 2019 LOCATIONS:

  • Midtown - The Coterie in Crown Center
  • Lee's Summit - MCC-Longview Campus
  • Overland Park - Miller-Marley School of Dance & Voice
  • Northland - MCC-Maple Woods Campus

All Coterie Teaching Artists are theatre professionals and experienced theatre teachers under the direction of Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director, and Amanda Kibler, Education Director. Many instructors have extensive professional acting credits; others work professionally as directors, choreographers, designers or in other aspects of theatre.

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Nicholas Phan, Tenor

03-30-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 30 @ 11:00 am

We are delighted to present accomplished tenor Nicholas Phan in this special vocal workshop with two area music students on stage in...

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We are delighted to present accomplished tenor Nicholas Phan in this special vocal workshop with two area music students on stage in Helzberg Hall. Phan is in town to perform with the Kansas City Symphony. This event is perfect for all vocal students and performers. Visit kcsymphony.org for student nomination forms, more information and free tickets.

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The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

03-30-2019

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm

The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 in The Summit, a thrilling musical collaboration that brings together two dynamic vocal groups with...

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The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 in The Summit, a thrilling musical collaboration that brings together two dynamic vocal groups with more than 20 combined GRAMMY Awards. These powerful ensembles will perform songs from their own catalogues, then join forces on more than a dozen numbers. Tickets for this event range from $49 to $99 plus applicable fees and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13.

Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s most innovative vocal groups with their blend of pop, jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, swing and a cappella music. Founded by Tim Hauser in 1972, the current group features Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Cureless (bass), who replaced Hauser following his passing in 2014.

Take 6 showcases six voices united in crystal clear harmony, placed against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. Members Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley have been heralded by Quincy Jones as “the baddest vocal cats on the planet.”

 

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Radiant Ravel

04-02-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 02 @ 6:00 pm

Kansas City Symphony musicians shine in this free concert featuring Steve Reich’s hypnotic Mallet Quartet and Ravel’s gorgeous...

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Kansas City Symphony musicians shine in this free concert featuring Steve Reich’s hypnotic Mallet Quartet and Ravel’s gorgeous String Quartet, which film buffs will know from “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Presented by the Kansas City Symphony, cash bars open at 5 p.m. and the casual one-hour concert begins at 6 p.m. Reserve your FREE general admission tickets in advance starting February 1 by visiting kcsymphony.org. Sponsored by Lead Bank.

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Conservatory Choirs: For the Children

04-02-2019

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Visitation Catholic Church, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 02 @ 7:30 pm

The Conservatory Choirs, directed by Robert Bode and Charles Robinson, perform For the Children, the annual choral concert to benefit...

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The Conservatory Choirs, directed by Robert Bode and Charles Robinson, perform For the Children, the annual choral concert to benefit Operation Breakthrough.

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Glamour Profession: The Music of Steely Dan

04-04-2019

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 04 @ 7:00 pm

Glamour Profession is an 11 piece band made up of KC’s top studio and jazz musicians that plays the music of Steely Dan. The band...

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Glamour Profession is an 11 piece band made up of KC’s top studio and jazz musicians that plays the music of Steely Dan. The band plays faithful arrangements of the Dan’s songbook arranged by Music Director and keyboardist, Paul Roberts. A band highlight is the performance of the entire Aja album from front to back.

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Billy Elliot

04-20-2019

Presented by Spinning Tree Theatre at Just Off Broadway Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 04 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 05 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 06 @ 7:30 pm + 11 more dates and times

Sun, Apr 07 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

Elton John (music) and Lee Hall (book and lyrics) adapted the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film into the winner of 10 Tony Awards,...

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Elton John (music) and Lee Hall (book and lyrics) adapted the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film into the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Follow Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever. Time Magazine’s Best Musical of the Decade.

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Pink Martini with the Kansas City Symphony

04-07-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 05 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 06 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 07 @ 2:00 pm

Brimming with “fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication” (Chicago Sun-Times), the sensational Pink Martini joins your Kansas City...

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Brimming with “fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication” (Chicago Sun-Times), the sensational Pink Martini joins your Kansas City Symphony for an evening of glitz and glamour, led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and featuring vocalist China Forbes. Experience an alluring mix of Brazilian samba, ’30s Cuban dance and Parisian café music as “one of the world’s most elegant live bands” (The Times UK) mingles with your Symphony for an unforgettable party. Tickets from $40.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

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Charles Williams Quintet featuring Sharon Thompson

04-05-2019

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 05 @ 8:30 pm

Charles Williams is a Kansas City musician, pianist, trombonist, band leader, private piano instructor, producer, writer, and...

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Charles Williams is a Kansas City musician, pianist, trombonist, band leader, private piano instructor, producer, writer, and clinician/educator. Charles is current pianist for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and has been since its beginning. As a performer, Charles plays at many local venues with his own trio, accompanying many local vocalist, and pianist for The Louis Neal Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Williams is very dedicated to supporting the American Jazz Museum & Blue Room.

Sharon Thompson has opened for various national acts, performed the National Anthem for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals, inaugural balls for former Mayors Emanuel Cleaver II and Kay Barnes along with continued private functions and benefits.

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Max Groove

04-06-2019

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 06 @ 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.

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tenThing, Brass Ensemble

04-07-2019

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 07 @ 7:30 pm

Helzberg Hall will ring when tenThing brass ensemble makes its Harriman-Jewell Series debut. tenThing's sparkling arrangements have...

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Helzberg Hall will ring when tenThing brass ensemble makes its Harriman-Jewell Series debut. tenThing's sparkling arrangements have been delighting audiences since the all-female, ten-member ensemble was formed by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in 2007. The group performs brassy arrangements ranging from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein, and Lully to Bartok.

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Friends! The Musical Parody at Starlight

04-14-2019

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 09 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Fri, Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends — celebrating the wacky...

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FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends — celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a seemingly typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear!

This delightfully naughty confection plucks the best scenes from the show’s ten years and recreates the moments through an uncensored, fast-paced, music filled romp, winning over audiences everywhere. FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, not only keeps you laughing, but tugs at the heart strings drawing audiences into stories we know and love. Will Rachel and Ross get together or won’t they? Will Monica ever find love? Will Joey have an acting career? You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi!

Suitable for audiences born before the TV show’s finale in 2004 (ages 14+).

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Chamber Music with Michael Stern

04-11-2019

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm

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. Visit kcsymphony.org for nomination forms, more information and free tickets.

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