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Friends of Chamber Music Presents Benjamin Grosvenor

Chamber Music
March 5, 2020

On Friday, March 20, 7:30 pm at the C. Stephen Metzler Hall at the Folly Theater, come enjoy the piano music of Benjamin Grosvenor. An acclaimed “keyboard visionary” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Grosvenor will be performing solo piano music Read more…

How KC Live Arts Brings Local Arts To Life

KC Live Arts
February 20, 2020

KC Live Arts strives to serve as a voice that brings together the arts, music, dance and theatre in Kansas City every day. We’re created from several performing arts organizations in the Greater Kansas City Read more…

Kansas City Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Dance
February 4, 2020

For more than 100 years, Swan Lake has enchanted audiences with its imaginative characters and timeless love story. In 2016, Swan Lake broke Kansas City Ballet box office records. Now it’s back for a highly-anticipated Read more…

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VIRTUAL - Legacy Land

04-15-2020

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 07 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 08 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 09 @ 10:00 am + 6 more dates and times

Fri, Apr 10 @ 10:00 am Sat, Apr 11 @ 10:00 am Sun, Apr 12 @ 10:00 am Mon, Apr 13 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 14 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 15 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Legacy Land, an honorable mention on the 2019 Kilroys List, is an unflinching dark comedic dive into the bizarre legacy that sexual...

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Legacy Land, an honorable mention on the 2019 Kilroys List, is an unflinching dark comedic dive into the bizarre legacy that sexual abuse imprints upon the lives of sisters Barbara and Denise. Denise’s unexpected Thanksgiving homecoming upends Barbara and her young lover Marcus’s plans for a cozy weekend. When Denise’s domineering boyfriend Freddie reveals the true reason for the visit, a battle ensues unearthing years of resentment and repressed memories forcing the sisters to choose whether they will succumb to, or overcome their family legacy.PLEASE READ: Please be advised this production is recommended for ages 18+. The production contains graphic depictions of sex and sexual abuse that may be triggering for some audience members. If you have any questions about content that might have a bearing on patron comfort, or for more info, please email info@kcrep.org.

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POSTPONED - Pete the Cat

05-17-2020

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 07 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 08 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 09 @ 10:00 am + 59 more dates and times

Thu, Apr 09 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 10 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 14 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 16 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 21 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 28 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 01 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 01 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 02 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 03 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 05 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 05 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 06 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 06 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 07 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 07 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 08 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 08 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 08 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 09 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 12 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 12 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 13 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 13 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 14 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 14 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 15 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 15 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 15 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 16 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 17 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The grooviest, guitar-slinging cat in town meets the Biddles and rocks their world.  Pete, who normally lives in a VW bus, has been...

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The grooviest, guitar-slinging cat in town meets the Biddles and rocks their world.  Pete, who normally lives in a VW bus, has been sent to the Biddle’s to learn some manners, much to the annoyance of Jimmy (the world’s most organized grade schooler).  But it doesn’t take long before Pete turns house arrest into a crusade to help Jimmy pass second grade and take him on the inspirational road trip of a lifetime! The whole family will love Pete's hilarious, jazzy antics in this toe-tapping musical.

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CANCELED - Noises Off!

04-19-2020

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Spencer Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 07 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Apr 08 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Apr 09 @ 7:00 pm + 12 more dates and times

Fri, Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

“Easily one of the funniest plays ever written,” raves London’s Guardian about Michael Frayn’s 1982 crowd-pleaser that delights...

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“Easily one of the funniest plays ever written,” raves London’s Guardian about Michael Frayn’s 1982 crowd-pleaser that delights in the mayhem of an English theatrical troupe’s production gone horribly wrong. Flubbed lines, missed cues, slamming doors, lost contact lenses, falling trousers, and sardines—flying sardines—have made Frayn’s play-within-a-play a modern comedy classic. Says the New York Times: It “voyages to the outer limits of hilarity.”

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Brian Steever Trio

04-09-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 09 @ 7:00 pm

Brian Steever is a drummer on a mission to inject joy into every musical situation that he finds himself.  The drums have been his...

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Brian Steever is a drummer on a mission to inject joy into every musical situation that he finds himself.  The drums have been his passion since he was born. He began his studies with Loyd Warden in Columbia Missouri and is an alumnus of UMKC where he was fortunate enough to study with Doug Auwarter, Brandon Draper, Curtis Lundy, Michael Carvin and Bobby Watson.

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Indigo Hour: Da Truth Band

04-10-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm

Indigo Hour in The Blue Room features drink specials, free live music, and the best Kansas City R&B and Neo-Soul acts every Friday night...

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Indigo Hour in The Blue Room features drink specials, free live music, and the best Kansas City R&B and Neo-Soul acts every Friday night from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. This week's Indigo Hour is hosted by Da Truth Band.
Da Truth Band has been performing together in the Greater Metropolitan area for 10 years.  Started by Anthony Harvey, keyboardist and MD for the band, he envisioned a group not only perform popular music, but be versatile enough to play any genre of music that will allow them to play any venue in the city.  Comprised of Keys, Drums, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Vocals, Da Truth has become a fixture in the Kansas City live music scene.

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Marcus Lewis Quintet

04-10-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 10 @ 8:30 pm

Marcus holds a BM in jazz performance from Valdosta State University and MM in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska at...

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Marcus holds a BM in jazz performance from Valdosta State University and MM in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Marcus currently lives in Kansas City, MO where he leads his own quintet, 18-piece big band and continues to tour with Grammy nominated vocalist, Janelle Monáe. Lewis also has a passion for education, as he is the Founder and Artistic Director of Future Jazz, a nonprofit dedicated to jazz education. In addition to that, he is the Adjunct Jazz Trombone Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

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VIRTUAL - The Coterie Theatre School's Spring 2020 Online Drama Classes

05-16-2020

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 11 @ 9:00 am Sat, Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm + 34 more dates and times

Tue, Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 9:00 am Sat, Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 9:00 am Sat, Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm Sat, May 02 @ 9:00 am Sat, May 02 @ 1:00 pm Mon, May 04 @ 5:00 pm Tue, May 05 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 06 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 06 @ 6:30 pm Thu, May 07 @ 5:00 pm Sat, May 09 @ 9:00 am Sat, May 09 @ 1:00 pm Mon, May 11 @ 5:00 pm Tue, May 12 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 13 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 13 @ 6:30 pm Thu, May 14 @ 5:00 pm Sat, May 16 @ 9:00 am Sat, May 16 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

The Coterie Theatre School’s new online acting classes are designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically....

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The Coterie Theatre School’s new online acting classes are designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Classes of no more than ten students will be led by a trained teaching artist who can see and respond to every student, encouraging active participation. Using lesson plans that focus on the growth of each student individually, processbased learning establishes a foundation of invaluable skills that all acting training builds on, including important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future.
Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate in the class with their child, leading to interactive play that lets loose the child’s imagination and becomes part of the larger story being created by the entire class. Older students are challenged to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field. Parents or guardians are invited to observe all class sessions and enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone, and an internet connection. Coterie acting classes offer quality screen time that will allow students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and help add structure and positivity to their week.

SPRING 2020 ONLINE CLASSES:
For Ages 3-5 (Pre-K)
ANIMAL TALES: ZOO-VENTURES!
When the animals escape from the zoo, there’s no telling what their adventures will be! Get ready to jump, swing, and climb as we use our imagination to develop animal characters and stories inspired by books and movies. Whether you’re a tiger, flamingo, sloth, or any other animal, we’re excited to act out your story!
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:00am
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm

For Grades K-1
GROOVY TALES WITH PETE THE CAT
When trouble comes his way, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He keeps walking along and singing his songs. Using the popular book series Pete the Cat, we’ll act out our favorite stories and create new adventures. Are you ready to hang with this cool cat?
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
- April 6 - May 11: Mondays 5:00-6:30pm
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 2-4
ARTISTIC ADVENTURES
Incredible pieces of art have been left on the wall for far too long. It’s time to jump in and make up stories about paintings created by artists from around the world. Students will create scenes and characters based on famous artwork and even some of their very own masterpieces! Get your imaginations ready, because it’s time to explore!
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
- April 7 - May 12: Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 4-6
TIME TRAVEL SURVIVAL GUIDE
The past, present, and future are always hanging in careful balance. It’s up to you and your team of heroes to keep that balance and maintain order! Students will explore scenes and characters from various decades and eras, bringing to life days gone by and days yet to come. Are you up for the task?
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
- April 8 - May 13: Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 5-7 & Grades 8-12
AUDITION LAB
Audition Lab is a great way to prepare for upcoming auditions! With the help of a professional teaching artist, students will choose audition monologues that match their age, personality, and individual audition needs. Students will prepare a monologue, develop successful strategies for cold readings, and learn how to create a professional resume. The final class includes a special audition with Jeff Church, Coterie Producing Artistic Director, or a member of The Coterie staff, for youth roles in the upcoming Coterie season. This class offers an opportunity for consideration in The Coterie’s Master Class.
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (simultaneous sessions for Grades 5-7 and 8-12)
- April 9 - May 14: Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm (Grades 5-7); 6:35-8:05pm (Grades 8-12)
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (simultaneous sessions for Grades 5-7 and 8-12)

The Coterie's drama classes are designed to:
- Engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically
- Be no larger than 10 students so teaching artists can see and respond to every student and encourage active participation
- Use process-based lesson plans which focus on the growth of each student individually and establish a foundation critical for all future training
- Encourage parents of younger children to participate in the class for fun, interactive play
- Challenge older students to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field
- Teach important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future

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Will Matthews Organ Trio

04-11-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at American Jazz Museum, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 11 @ 8:30 pm

Kansas City native Will Matthews is the guitarist for the world famous Count Basie Orchestra, joining the group in 1996 under the...

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Kansas City native Will Matthews is the guitarist for the world famous Count Basie Orchestra, joining the group in 1996 under the direction of trombonist Grover Mitchell to fill the coveted chair of the late legendary guitarist and composer, Freddie Green who was with the band for over fifty years. Matthews has traveled and toured all over the world and has played on many studio recordings with the group, including two Grammy-winning recordings, Count Basie Orchestra Live at Manchester Guild in 1997 and Count Plays Duke 1999, as well as the Grammy-nominated recording Swing Shift in 2000.

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Blue Monday Jam Session: Seth Lee

04-13-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm

Seth Lee is one of Kansas City’s finest bass players. He’s a graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. He is a player...

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Seth Lee is one of Kansas City’s finest bass players. He’s a graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. He is a player in much demand, and performs regularly with artists like Roger Wilder, Sam Wisman, Matt Otto, and has performed with many other top Kansas City jazz artists as well.

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CANCELED - UMKC Jazz Night (Conservatory Artist Series)

04-14-2020

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm

Join the Conservatory jazz bands in a hot collage concert featuring a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies...

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Join the Conservatory jazz bands in a hot collage concert featuring a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies at the Conservatory. This is always a must-see, great night of jazz with our talented students and faculty!

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The Lifespan of a Fact

05-10-2020

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm + 20 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 01 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 02 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 03 @ 3:00 pm Tue, May 05 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 06 @ 7:30 pm Thu, May 07 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 08 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 09 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 10 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

How negotiable is a fact? The ultimate showdown between fact and fiction takes the stage in this unexpected comedy. In the world of fake...

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How negotiable is a fact? The ultimate showdown between fact and fiction takes the stage in this unexpected comedy. In the world of fake news, one determined young fact checker is keen to make a name for himself. When his demanding editor asks him to review a groundbreaking piece by an unorthodox author, they search for the meaning of truth and the accuracy of art.

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6th Annual Birthday Bash: Gary Cardile & TooBig2Fail

04-16-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

TooBig2Fail's frontman Gary Cardile began his professional career at the age of 16 as a singer/dancer/percussionist working with R&B...

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TooBig2Fail's frontman Gary Cardile began his professional career at the age of 16 as a singer/dancer/percussionist working with R&B acts in the Kansas City area. For the next 30 years Gary continued to work professionally, sometimes as a vocalist, but more often as a percussionist.

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Indigo Hour: Just A Taste A Jazz

04-17-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm

Just A Taste A Jazz can be heard performing all over the greater Kansas City Area with emphasis on The 18th & Vine Jazz District and The...

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Just A Taste A Jazz can be heard performing all over the greater Kansas City Area with emphasis on The 18th & Vine Jazz District and The Blue Room's weekly Indigo Hour. The group is lead by percussionist Bobby Adams, a versatile musician, singer/songwriter, and arranger.

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La Cage aux Folles at Spinning Tree Theatre

05-03-2020

Presented by Spinning Tree Theatre at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Wed, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 01 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 02 @ 7:30 pm Sun, May 03 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Spinning Tree Theatre concludes the 2019-20 season April 17 – May 3 with Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles, starring Broadway's...

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Spinning Tree Theatre concludes the 2019-20 season April 17 – May 3 with Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles, starring Broadway's Jerry Jay Cranford as Albin/Zaza. The 1983 musical, based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, has music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein. La Cage aux Folles won the 1984 Tony Award for Best Musical, and both Broadway revivals (2005 and 2010) won Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical.
The 20-year relationship between club owner Georges and head drag performer Albin faces a test when their son announces his engagement to the daughter of ultra-conservative parents. To please their son, Georges and Albin agree to hide their relationship and play it straight for a dinner with the potential in-laws. A fabulously fun musical featuring the iconic song “I Am What I Am” about family, identity and loving who you are.

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Beethoven’s Fifth

04-19-2020

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm

Michael Stern, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

KENJI BUNCH Chorus Mysticus
BEETHOVEN Romance No. 2 in F Major
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto...

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Michael Stern, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

KENJI BUNCH Chorus Mysticus
BEETHOVEN Romance No. 2 in F Major
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Da-Da-Da-DUM. With its unmistakable four-note opening, Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony has the most recognizable hook in all of classical music. Experience the purest form of triumph-over-adversity as Michael Stern conducts Beethoven’s iconic masterpiece. Renowned violinist Isaac Stern helped bring many up-and-comers into the spotlight, including Vadim Gluzman. Our guest violinist honors his mentor by performing two works Isaac Stern recorded — Prokofiev’s captivating Second Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s lovely Romance No. 2.

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Max Groove

04-17-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 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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Ida McBeth

04-18-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:30 pm

Over the years, Ida McBeth's repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known...

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Over the years, Ida McBeth's repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known standards.
Critics have described her as “a jazz singer,” “a blues singer,” “a pop singer” and “a cabaret singer.” Still others have referred to her as “a story teller,” “a professor emeritus of body language,” “a consummate actress” and “the complete entertainer.”
By the age of five, Ida knew she wanted to be a singer. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Ida was provided early exposure to a variety of talented vocalists by her mother. These singers included such greats as Nancy Wilson, Arthur Prysock, Nat King Cole, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight and Sarah Vaughan.

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Free Happy Hour: Chamber Music with Vadim Gluzman

04-20-2020

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm

Enjoy a program featuring Gluzman and Kansas City Symphony musicians performing Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 and Brahms’ Sextet No....

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Enjoy a program featuring Gluzman and Kansas City Symphony musicians performing Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 and Brahms’ Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major. Sponsored by Lead Bank.

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Blue Monday Jam Session: Daniel Dissmore

04-20-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm

Bring your instrument and sit in at the weekly Blue Monday Jam Session – or just take in the sounds of one of Kansas City’s best jam...

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Bring your instrument and sit in at the weekly Blue Monday Jam Session – or just take in the sounds of one of Kansas City’s best jam sessions. Each Monday night begins with a set by a featured ensemble and then we open the mic to interested musicians. Doors open at 5:00 pm, live music starts at 7:00 pm, jam session starts at 8:00 pm. Arrive early to sign up! This week's Blue Monday Jam Session is hosted by trumpeter Daniel Dissmore. Daniel Dissmore is a trumpet player based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Versatile in a multitude of styles and settings, he has played with various groups of diverse offerings around KC. Groups such as the Marcus Lewis Big Band, Mariachi Oro de Mexico, Relativity Brass, the Phantastics, Mundo Nouvo, and many more. Being interested in a wide range of styles and being the son of immigrant and military parents, a multiplicity of perspectives and influences have informed his artistry. His music, while rooted in the traditions and contributions of his predecessors, is unique to him. Though young, Daniel Dissmore serves as a continuum in the cycle that is Black American Music.

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CANCELED - DANCE SPEAKS: Celts

04-22-2020

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 22 @ 5:30 pm

5:30-6:00pm | Company Open Rehearsal
6:00-7:00pm | Panel Discussion

Kansas City Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney moderates...

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5:30-6:00pm | Company Open Rehearsal
6:00-7:00pm | Panel Discussion

Kansas City Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney moderates what promises to be an interesting panel discussion with the choreographer of Celts, Lila York, and other special guests. Celts, a stunning fusion of Irish Folk Dance and Ballet is set to the music of The Chieftans. A celebration of Irish culture it brought audiences to their feet with its intense choreographed jig and captivating energy. Come to see a rehearsal with Lila York and KCB company dancers before the production opens to experience this marriage of ballet and Irish dance!

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David Valdez

04-23-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm

For the last thirty-five years David Valdez, an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, and clinician, has performed at...

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For the last thirty-five years David Valdez, an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, and clinician, has performed at major jazz and music festivals in Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, India, and across the United States, with some of the biggest names in Jazz. He has released six CDs as a leader. His 2007 CD, Oasis, received radio airplay in 14 countries worldwide. In 2017, Valdez released a Chamber-Jazz CD, Shades of Happiness, on the ARC label.

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VIRTUAL - Legacy Land

04-15-2020

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 07 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 08 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 09 @ 10:00 am + 6 more dates and times

Fri, Apr 10 @ 10:00 am Sat, Apr 11 @ 10:00 am Sun, Apr 12 @ 10:00 am Mon, Apr 13 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 14 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 15 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Legacy Land, an honorable mention on the 2019 Kilroys List, is an unflinching dark comedic dive into the bizarre legacy that sexual...

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Legacy Land, an honorable mention on the 2019 Kilroys List, is an unflinching dark comedic dive into the bizarre legacy that sexual abuse imprints upon the lives of sisters Barbara and Denise. Denise’s unexpected Thanksgiving homecoming upends Barbara and her young lover Marcus’s plans for a cozy weekend. When Denise’s domineering boyfriend Freddie reveals the true reason for the visit, a battle ensues unearthing years of resentment and repressed memories forcing the sisters to choose whether they will succumb to, or overcome their family legacy.PLEASE READ: Please be advised this production is recommended for ages 18+. The production contains graphic depictions of sex and sexual abuse that may be triggering for some audience members. If you have any questions about content that might have a bearing on patron comfort, or for more info, please email info@kcrep.org.

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POSTPONED - Pete the Cat

05-17-2020

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 07 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 08 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 09 @ 10:00 am + 59 more dates and times

Thu, Apr 09 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 10 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 14 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 16 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 21 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 28 @ 10:00 am Tue, Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 10:00 am Wed, Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 10:00 am Thu, Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 01 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 01 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 01 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 02 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 03 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 05 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 05 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 06 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 06 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 07 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 07 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 08 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 08 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 08 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 09 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 12 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 12 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 13 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 13 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 14 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 14 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 15 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 15 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 15 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 16 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 17 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

The grooviest, guitar-slinging cat in town meets the Biddles and rocks their world.  Pete, who normally lives in a VW bus, has been...

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The grooviest, guitar-slinging cat in town meets the Biddles and rocks their world.  Pete, who normally lives in a VW bus, has been sent to the Biddle’s to learn some manners, much to the annoyance of Jimmy (the world’s most organized grade schooler).  But it doesn’t take long before Pete turns house arrest into a crusade to help Jimmy pass second grade and take him on the inspirational road trip of a lifetime! The whole family will love Pete's hilarious, jazzy antics in this toe-tapping musical.

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CANCELED - Noises Off!

04-19-2020

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Spencer Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 07 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Apr 08 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Apr 09 @ 7:00 pm + 12 more dates and times

Fri, Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

“Easily one of the funniest plays ever written,” raves London’s Guardian about Michael Frayn’s 1982 crowd-pleaser that delights...

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“Easily one of the funniest plays ever written,” raves London’s Guardian about Michael Frayn’s 1982 crowd-pleaser that delights in the mayhem of an English theatrical troupe’s production gone horribly wrong. Flubbed lines, missed cues, slamming doors, lost contact lenses, falling trousers, and sardines—flying sardines—have made Frayn’s play-within-a-play a modern comedy classic. Says the New York Times: It “voyages to the outer limits of hilarity.”

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Brian Steever Trio

04-09-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 09 @ 7:00 pm

Brian Steever is a drummer on a mission to inject joy into every musical situation that he finds himself.  The drums have been his...

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Brian Steever is a drummer on a mission to inject joy into every musical situation that he finds himself.  The drums have been his passion since he was born. He began his studies with Loyd Warden in Columbia Missouri and is an alumnus of UMKC where he was fortunate enough to study with Doug Auwarter, Brandon Draper, Curtis Lundy, Michael Carvin and Bobby Watson.

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Indigo Hour: Da Truth Band

04-10-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm

Indigo Hour in The Blue Room features drink specials, free live music, and the best Kansas City R&B and Neo-Soul acts every Friday night...

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Indigo Hour in The Blue Room features drink specials, free live music, and the best Kansas City R&B and Neo-Soul acts every Friday night from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. This week's Indigo Hour is hosted by Da Truth Band.
Da Truth Band has been performing together in the Greater Metropolitan area for 10 years.  Started by Anthony Harvey, keyboardist and MD for the band, he envisioned a group not only perform popular music, but be versatile enough to play any genre of music that will allow them to play any venue in the city.  Comprised of Keys, Drums, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Vocals, Da Truth has become a fixture in the Kansas City live music scene.

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Marcus Lewis Quintet

04-10-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 10 @ 8:30 pm

Marcus holds a BM in jazz performance from Valdosta State University and MM in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska at...

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Marcus holds a BM in jazz performance from Valdosta State University and MM in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Marcus currently lives in Kansas City, MO where he leads his own quintet, 18-piece big band and continues to tour with Grammy nominated vocalist, Janelle Monáe. Lewis also has a passion for education, as he is the Founder and Artistic Director of Future Jazz, a nonprofit dedicated to jazz education. In addition to that, he is the Adjunct Jazz Trombone Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

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VIRTUAL - The Coterie Theatre School's Spring 2020 Online Drama Classes

05-16-2020

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 11 @ 9:00 am Sat, Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm + 34 more dates and times

Tue, Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 9:00 am Sat, Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 9:00 am Sat, Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm Sat, May 02 @ 9:00 am Sat, May 02 @ 1:00 pm Mon, May 04 @ 5:00 pm Tue, May 05 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 06 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 06 @ 6:30 pm Thu, May 07 @ 5:00 pm Sat, May 09 @ 9:00 am Sat, May 09 @ 1:00 pm Mon, May 11 @ 5:00 pm Tue, May 12 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 13 @ 5:00 pm Wed, May 13 @ 6:30 pm Thu, May 14 @ 5:00 pm Sat, May 16 @ 9:00 am Sat, May 16 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

The Coterie Theatre School’s new online acting classes are designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically....

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The Coterie Theatre School’s new online acting classes are designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Classes of no more than ten students will be led by a trained teaching artist who can see and respond to every student, encouraging active participation. Using lesson plans that focus on the growth of each student individually, processbased learning establishes a foundation of invaluable skills that all acting training builds on, including important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future.
Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate in the class with their child, leading to interactive play that lets loose the child’s imagination and becomes part of the larger story being created by the entire class. Older students are challenged to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field. Parents or guardians are invited to observe all class sessions and enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone, and an internet connection. Coterie acting classes offer quality screen time that will allow students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and help add structure and positivity to their week.

SPRING 2020 ONLINE CLASSES:
For Ages 3-5 (Pre-K)
ANIMAL TALES: ZOO-VENTURES!
When the animals escape from the zoo, there’s no telling what their adventures will be! Get ready to jump, swing, and climb as we use our imagination to develop animal characters and stories inspired by books and movies. Whether you’re a tiger, flamingo, sloth, or any other animal, we’re excited to act out your story!
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:00am
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm

For Grades K-1
GROOVY TALES WITH PETE THE CAT
When trouble comes his way, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He keeps walking along and singing his songs. Using the popular book series Pete the Cat, we’ll act out our favorite stories and create new adventures. Are you ready to hang with this cool cat?
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
- April 6 - May 11: Mondays 5:00-6:30pm
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 2-4
ARTISTIC ADVENTURES
Incredible pieces of art have been left on the wall for far too long. It’s time to jump in and make up stories about paintings created by artists from around the world. Students will create scenes and characters based on famous artwork and even some of their very own masterpieces! Get your imaginations ready, because it’s time to explore!
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
- April 7 - May 12: Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 4-6
TIME TRAVEL SURVIVAL GUIDE
The past, present, and future are always hanging in careful balance. It’s up to you and your team of heroes to keep that balance and maintain order! Students will explore scenes and characters from various decades and eras, bringing to life days gone by and days yet to come. Are you up for the task?
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
- April 8 - May 13: Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 5-7 & Grades 8-12
AUDITION LAB
Audition Lab is a great way to prepare for upcoming auditions! With the help of a professional teaching artist, students will choose audition monologues that match their age, personality, and individual audition needs. Students will prepare a monologue, develop successful strategies for cold readings, and learn how to create a professional resume. The final class includes a special audition with Jeff Church, Coterie Producing Artistic Director, or a member of The Coterie staff, for youth roles in the upcoming Coterie season. This class offers an opportunity for consideration in The Coterie’s Master Class.
- April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (simultaneous sessions for Grades 5-7 and 8-12)
- April 9 - May 14: Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm (Grades 5-7); 6:35-8:05pm (Grades 8-12)
- April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (simultaneous sessions for Grades 5-7 and 8-12)

The Coterie's drama classes are designed to:
- Engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically
- Be no larger than 10 students so teaching artists can see and respond to every student and encourage active participation
- Use process-based lesson plans which focus on the growth of each student individually and establish a foundation critical for all future training
- Encourage parents of younger children to participate in the class for fun, interactive play
- Challenge older students to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field
- Teach important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future

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Will Matthews Organ Trio

04-11-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at American Jazz Museum, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 11 @ 8:30 pm

Kansas City native Will Matthews is the guitarist for the world famous Count Basie Orchestra, joining the group in 1996 under the...

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Kansas City native Will Matthews is the guitarist for the world famous Count Basie Orchestra, joining the group in 1996 under the direction of trombonist Grover Mitchell to fill the coveted chair of the late legendary guitarist and composer, Freddie Green who was with the band for over fifty years. Matthews has traveled and toured all over the world and has played on many studio recordings with the group, including two Grammy-winning recordings, Count Basie Orchestra Live at Manchester Guild in 1997 and Count Plays Duke 1999, as well as the Grammy-nominated recording Swing Shift in 2000.

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Blue Monday Jam Session: Seth Lee

04-13-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm

Seth Lee is one of Kansas City’s finest bass players. He’s a graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. He is a player...

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Seth Lee is one of Kansas City’s finest bass players. He’s a graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. He is a player in much demand, and performs regularly with artists like Roger Wilder, Sam Wisman, Matt Otto, and has performed with many other top Kansas City jazz artists as well.

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CANCELED - UMKC Jazz Night (Conservatory Artist Series)

04-14-2020

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm

Join the Conservatory jazz bands in a hot collage concert featuring a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies...

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Join the Conservatory jazz bands in a hot collage concert featuring a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies at the Conservatory. This is always a must-see, great night of jazz with our talented students and faculty!

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The Lifespan of a Fact

05-10-2020

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm + 20 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm Tue, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 01 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 02 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 03 @ 3:00 pm Tue, May 05 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 06 @ 7:30 pm Thu, May 07 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 08 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 09 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 10 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

How negotiable is a fact? The ultimate showdown between fact and fiction takes the stage in this unexpected comedy. In the world of fake...

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How negotiable is a fact? The ultimate showdown between fact and fiction takes the stage in this unexpected comedy. In the world of fake news, one determined young fact checker is keen to make a name for himself. When his demanding editor asks him to review a groundbreaking piece by an unorthodox author, they search for the meaning of truth and the accuracy of art.

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6th Annual Birthday Bash: Gary Cardile & TooBig2Fail

04-16-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

TooBig2Fail's frontman Gary Cardile began his professional career at the age of 16 as a singer/dancer/percussionist working with R&B...

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TooBig2Fail's frontman Gary Cardile began his professional career at the age of 16 as a singer/dancer/percussionist working with R&B acts in the Kansas City area. For the next 30 years Gary continued to work professionally, sometimes as a vocalist, but more often as a percussionist.

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Indigo Hour: Just A Taste A Jazz

04-17-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm

Just A Taste A Jazz can be heard performing all over the greater Kansas City Area with emphasis on The 18th & Vine Jazz District and The...

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Just A Taste A Jazz can be heard performing all over the greater Kansas City Area with emphasis on The 18th & Vine Jazz District and The Blue Room's weekly Indigo Hour. The group is lead by percussionist Bobby Adams, a versatile musician, singer/songwriter, and arranger.

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La Cage aux Folles at Spinning Tree Theatre

05-03-2020

Presented by Spinning Tree Theatre at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Wed, Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm Thu, Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 01 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 02 @ 7:30 pm Sun, May 03 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Spinning Tree Theatre concludes the 2019-20 season April 17 – May 3 with Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles, starring Broadway's...

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Spinning Tree Theatre concludes the 2019-20 season April 17 – May 3 with Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles, starring Broadway's Jerry Jay Cranford as Albin/Zaza. The 1983 musical, based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, has music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein. La Cage aux Folles won the 1984 Tony Award for Best Musical, and both Broadway revivals (2005 and 2010) won Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical.
The 20-year relationship between club owner Georges and head drag performer Albin faces a test when their son announces his engagement to the daughter of ultra-conservative parents. To please their son, Georges and Albin agree to hide their relationship and play it straight for a dinner with the potential in-laws. A fabulously fun musical featuring the iconic song “I Am What I Am” about family, identity and loving who you are.

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Beethoven’s Fifth

04-19-2020

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm

Michael Stern, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

KENJI BUNCH Chorus Mysticus
BEETHOVEN Romance No. 2 in F Major
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto...

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Michael Stern, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

KENJI BUNCH Chorus Mysticus
BEETHOVEN Romance No. 2 in F Major
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Da-Da-Da-DUM. With its unmistakable four-note opening, Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony has the most recognizable hook in all of classical music. Experience the purest form of triumph-over-adversity as Michael Stern conducts Beethoven’s iconic masterpiece. Renowned violinist Isaac Stern helped bring many up-and-comers into the spotlight, including Vadim Gluzman. Our guest violinist honors his mentor by performing two works Isaac Stern recorded — Prokofiev’s captivating Second Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s lovely Romance No. 2.

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Max Groove

04-17-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 17 @ 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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Ida McBeth

04-18-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 18 @ 8:30 pm

Over the years, Ida McBeth's repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known...

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Over the years, Ida McBeth's repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known standards.
Critics have described her as “a jazz singer,” “a blues singer,” “a pop singer” and “a cabaret singer.” Still others have referred to her as “a story teller,” “a professor emeritus of body language,” “a consummate actress” and “the complete entertainer.”
By the age of five, Ida knew she wanted to be a singer. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Ida was provided early exposure to a variety of talented vocalists by her mother. These singers included such greats as Nancy Wilson, Arthur Prysock, Nat King Cole, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight and Sarah Vaughan.

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Free Happy Hour: Chamber Music with Vadim Gluzman

04-20-2020

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm

Enjoy a program featuring Gluzman and Kansas City Symphony musicians performing Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 and Brahms’ Sextet No....

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Enjoy a program featuring Gluzman and Kansas City Symphony musicians performing Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 and Brahms’ Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major. Sponsored by Lead Bank.

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Blue Monday Jam Session: Daniel Dissmore

04-20-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm

Bring your instrument and sit in at the weekly Blue Monday Jam Session – or just take in the sounds of one of Kansas City’s best jam...

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Bring your instrument and sit in at the weekly Blue Monday Jam Session – or just take in the sounds of one of Kansas City’s best jam sessions. Each Monday night begins with a set by a featured ensemble and then we open the mic to interested musicians. Doors open at 5:00 pm, live music starts at 7:00 pm, jam session starts at 8:00 pm. Arrive early to sign up! This week's Blue Monday Jam Session is hosted by trumpeter Daniel Dissmore. Daniel Dissmore is a trumpet player based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Versatile in a multitude of styles and settings, he has played with various groups of diverse offerings around KC. Groups such as the Marcus Lewis Big Band, Mariachi Oro de Mexico, Relativity Brass, the Phantastics, Mundo Nouvo, and many more. Being interested in a wide range of styles and being the son of immigrant and military parents, a multiplicity of perspectives and influences have informed his artistry. His music, while rooted in the traditions and contributions of his predecessors, is unique to him. Though young, Daniel Dissmore serves as a continuum in the cycle that is Black American Music.

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CANCELED - DANCE SPEAKS: Celts

04-22-2020

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Apr 22 @ 5:30 pm

5:30-6:00pm | Company Open Rehearsal
6:00-7:00pm | Panel Discussion

Kansas City Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney moderates...

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5:30-6:00pm | Company Open Rehearsal
6:00-7:00pm | Panel Discussion

Kansas City Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney moderates what promises to be an interesting panel discussion with the choreographer of Celts, Lila York, and other special guests. Celts, a stunning fusion of Irish Folk Dance and Ballet is set to the music of The Chieftans. A celebration of Irish culture it brought audiences to their feet with its intense choreographed jig and captivating energy. Come to see a rehearsal with Lila York and KCB company dancers before the production opens to experience this marriage of ballet and Irish dance!

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David Valdez

04-23-2020

Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm

For the last thirty-five years David Valdez, an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, and clinician, has performed at...

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For the last thirty-five years David Valdez, an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, and clinician, has performed at major jazz and music festivals in Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, India, and across the United States, with some of the biggest names in Jazz. He has released six CDs as a leader. His 2007 CD, Oasis, received radio airplay in 14 countries worldwide. In 2017, Valdez released a Chamber-Jazz CD, Shades of Happiness, on the ARC label.

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