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Unicorn Theatre presents ‘Informed Consent’

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March 22, 2018

A brilliant and ambitious genetic anthropologist, Jillian is driven to find a cure for early-onset Alzheimer’s to save herself and possibly her young daughter from the disease. When the opportunity arises to research the genes Read more…

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Jack and the Bean Mágico!

05-20-2018

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm + 34 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 01 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 01 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 02 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 02 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 03 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 03 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 04 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 04 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 04 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 05 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 08 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 08 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 09 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 09 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 10 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 10 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 11 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 11 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 11 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 15 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 15 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 16 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 16 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 17 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 17 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 18 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 18 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 18 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 20 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

This delightful production is both bi-lingual and interactive!

The classic fairytale, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is told with the...

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This delightful production is both bi-lingual and interactive!

The classic fairytale, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is told with the audience’s help, who assist Jack as he climbs the beanstalk and emerges on the giant’s land. In the giant’s rich and fertile garden - where young audiences become tiny bugs to help keep the soil healthy - Jack uncovers the source of troubles with his own farmland and learns how to make it fertile again by understanding and balancing the life cycle

For Families with Ages 4-8

¡Esta encantadora producción es bilingüe e interactiva!

El clásico cuento de hadas, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” es contado con la ayuda de la audiencia, que asiste a Jack mientras el escala la planta de frijol hacia la tierra fértil y rica del gigante. Mientras están ahí, Jack descubre que la fuente de problemas para su campo de cultivo, aprendiendo como hacer la tierra fértil nuevamente al entender y balancear el ciclo de la vida. La audiencia de jóvenes se convertirá en pequeños bichos en el jardín del gigante. ¡El gigante ama a los bichos por que mantienen saludable a su tierra y sus plantas!

Para familias con edades entre 4-8 años

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Conservatory Artist Series: Spring Dance

04-28-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

The extraordinary creativity of the UMKC Conservatory dance faculty's choreography is combined with our dance students and...

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The extraordinary creativity of the UMKC Conservatory dance faculty's choreography is combined with our dance students and collaborations with Conservatory musicians.

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

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Vietgone

05-13-2018

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm + 12 more dates and times

Tue, May 01 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 02 @ 7:30 pm Thu, May 03 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 04 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 05 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 3:00 pm Tue, May 08 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 09 @ 7:30 pm Thu, May 10 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 11 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 13 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

By Qui Nguyen

Original Music by Shane Rettig

18 Apr - 13 May

Directed by Cynthia Levin

The Levin Stage

In Vietgone, award-winning...

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By Qui Nguyen

Original Music by Shane Rettig

18 Apr - 13 May

Directed by Cynthia Levin

The Levin Stage

In Vietgone, award-winning pioneer of "geek theater" ,Qui Nguyen, brilliantly chronicles the love story of his parents' meeting in an Arkansas refugee center after fleeing Vietnam. It's a buddy story, an all-American romance, and a motorcycle road-trip adventure that revisits how we think about he heroes and victims of the Vietnam War. Vietgone skips through time and roams the globe with snarky humor, hip-hop, and lots of sex. It's one ironic, foul-mouthed, bad-ass new play.

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SFJazz Collective

04-27-2018

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm

An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each...

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An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living ever-relevant art form.  In 2017-2018, they pay tribute to trumpeter, composer and innovator Miles Davis.  More than any other figure, Davis changed the sound of jazz throughout his career.

Individual Tickets Go On Sale August 18th.

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Brother Toad

05-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm Wed, May 02 @ 7:00 pm + 13 more dates and times

Fri, May 04 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 7:00 pm Tue, May 08 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 10 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 13 @ 2:00 pm Wed, May 16 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 18 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 22 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 24 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 26 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 27 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Mellon Foundation KCRep Resident Playwright and Kansas City, KS resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come...

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Mellon Foundation KCRep Resident Playwright and Kansas City, KS resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come To Die), brings us an arresting new play about two families’ from different stations in life as they search for answers to gun violence right here on our own city streets.

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Max Groove

04-27-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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Julia Bullock, soprano in recital [Free Discovery Concert]

04-28-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

The New York Times heralded that Julia Bullock is “poised for a significant career.” The charismatic soprano has been lighting up...

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The New York Times heralded that Julia Bullock is “poised for a significant career.” The charismatic soprano has been lighting up stages around the world, performing vocal repertoire from Schubert to Broadway. Her Folly Theater recital will show off her amazing range.

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The Barber of Seville

05-06-2018

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 02 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 04 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, May 06 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Check your powdered wigs at the door and join us in Seville, Spain for a Barber of a different color. While true to every character,...

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Check your powdered wigs at the door and join us in Seville, Spain for a Barber of a different color. While true to every character, every wink and every note, this vibrant performance of The Barber of Seville draws inspiration from the magical realism of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar to stretch the opera’s Spanish setting into an experience that is as ’60s psychedelic as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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Welcome to Fear City

05-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 01 @ 7:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Thu, May 03 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 05 @ 7:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 2:00 pm Wed, May 09 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 11 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 15 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 17 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 20 @ 2:00 pm Wed, May 23 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 25 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 26 @ 3:00 pm Sun, May 27 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

It’s July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT — from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and...

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It’s July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT — from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from the number of fires burning throughout the borough. WELCOME TO FEAR CITY takes a jarring, yet hopeful and funny, look at a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, apathy, poverty, and a whole new art form that’s about to electrify the world.

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Arthur White & Merge

04-28-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm

Dr. Arthur White, an ANDREAS EASTMAN Jazz and Saxophone Artist, is a nationally recognized composer, arranger, educator, and is enjoying...

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Dr. Arthur White, an ANDREAS EASTMAN Jazz and Saxophone Artist, is a nationally recognized composer, arranger, educator, and is enjoying a renaissance as a touring saxophonist. All About Jazz calls White’s ensembles “solidly impressive”, while referring to his “virile tenor solos”, “scorching alto broadsides”, and his ability to “vacate(s) the podium to fashion ‘splendid’ tenor solos…”.

White performs throughout the US, though he keeps his home, and roots firmly planted, in the Midwest with his wife Megan, his son Sam, and his dog Lily. He performs as a full-time member with Kansas City’s iconic Boulevard Big Band, St. Louis’s Dave Dickey Big Band, and MERGE, his original jazz quintet. He is also a frequent collaborator with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and the Jim Widner Big Band. His debut album, recorded in August 2017, will be released this fall on the Artists Recording Collective label.

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Kansas City Symphony Guild Special Event: Cabaret Concert

04-29-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Embassy Suites KCI Hotel, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony Guild and benefitting the Symphony, this event includes a fun cabaret-style themed concert...

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Sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony Guild and benefitting the Symphony, this event includes a fun cabaret-style themed concert featuring the orchestra. Bid on many silent auction items during the cocktail hour prior to dinner. Visit kcsymphonyguild.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

 

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Conservatory Artist Series Finale: Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs

05-01-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 01 @ 7:00 pm

This exciting program includes Stravinsky's Sumphony of Psalms, directed by Robert Bode, with orchestra, choirs and Conservatory...

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This exciting program includes Stravinsky's Sumphony of Psalms, directed by Robert Bode, with orchestra, choirs and Conservatory dancers. Stravinsky's 1930 work was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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TJ Hooker-Taylor

05-03-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 03 @ 7:00 pm

TJ Hooker-Taylor comes from a musical family. His mother, Mary Ann Hooker, and father, the late Great Johnnie Taylor, raised him in the...

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TJ Hooker-Taylor comes from a musical family. His mother, Mary Ann Hooker, and father, the late Great Johnnie Taylor, raised him in the church. Along with his family and at the age of ten he joined his first group, The Young Golden Voices, who performed at all the churches in the Kansas City area. At the age of 16, TJ started an R&B band called The Grand Jury Band, who opened for many top acts that came to the city, like The Bar-Kays, Cameo Slave and many more. Some of the members of that band went on to become the group Low-Key, which was signed by top R&B poducers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

At the age of 21, TJ's young voice started to change. "I could hear that [Taylor sound]. I had never tried to sound like my dad, I didn't even like the Blues. But on my 25th birthday I was given a chance to open for my dad and get paid," says Hooker-Taylor. "That's when the Blues hit me."

Unapologetically proud of his lineage, Hooker-Taylor has released CD's independently with that Johnnie Taylor sound, albeit with mostly new, original songs. His most recent, The Total Package, featured the hit song, "Player Haters."

CDS Records signed TJ Hooker-Taylor and released two albums with him: 2009's Your Babies Need a Daddy and 2012's Taylorized. In 2015, Taylor began performing with local Gospel group, The KC Clouds.

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Audra McDonald with the Kansas City Symphony

05-05-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 05 @ 8:00 pm

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actor. With a record six Tony...

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Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actor. With a record six Tony Awards®, two Grammy® Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is equally at home on Broadway, opera stages and in concert halls as she is in roles on film and television. Share in this special one-night-only performance with the Kansas City Symphony as Audra visits the American Songbook as only she can.

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Kansas City Ballet presents Peter Pan

05-20-2018

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 11 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 12 @ 7:30 pm Sun, May 13 @ 2:00 pm + 5 more dates and times

Thu, May 17 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 18 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 19 @ 2:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 7:30 pm Sun, May 20 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

It’s the classic family adventure for those who never want to grow up! Witness the magic of Peter Pan as he flies into the Darling...

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It’s the classic family adventure for those who never want to grow up! Witness the magic of Peter Pan as he flies into the Darling family nursery, convincing Wendy, John and Michael to join him for the adventure of a lifetime in Never Never Land, his enchanted home. The troublesome Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, their nemesis Captain Hook and a hungry crocodile all help bring J.M. Barrie’s fantastical tale to life. Peter Pan makes its delightful Kansas City premiere with world premiere choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney and a soaring score by Carmon DeLeone, performed live by Kansas City Symphony.

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The 40th Anniversary Celebration: A Tribute to Bill Shapiro ft. Kelley Hunt

05-11-2018

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 11 @ 8:00 pm

After 40 years on the air, KCUR will be retiring the Cyprus Avenue show and the Folly will host its final Cyprus Avenue LIVE! at...

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After 40 years on the air, KCUR will be retiring the Cyprus Avenue show and the Folly will host its final Cyprus Avenue LIVE! at the Folly show. On May 11th, we’ll spend the evening celebrating Bill Shapiro, host of KCUR’s Cyprus Avenue, with one of his favorite artists, Kelley Hunt performing on the C. Stephen Metzler Hall stage at the Folly Theater. Kelley brings a 9 piece ensemble and new material to this show as a special honor to Bill.

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Alan Cumming

05-13-2018

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 13 @ 7:00 pm

Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur. Legal...

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Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur. Legal Immigrant, his latest cabaret show, features songs and stories of the Scottish-born performer’s life and loves in his adopted U.S. homeland, where he’s been a citizen since 2008.

Alan Cumming won a Tony Award for his performance as the emcee in the revival of Cabaret and an Olivier Award for Accidental Death of an Anarchist. His portrayal of Eli Gold on television’s The Good Wife earned him Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. He has won more than 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, recognizing his contributions to the arts and LGBT equality.

 

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Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert: Here Comes the Sun

05-15-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 15 @ 6:00 pm

Enjoy a warm-weather inspired performance by Kansas City Symphony musicians. Haydn’s “Sunrise” String Quartet.

Sponsored by Lead...

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Enjoy a warm-weather inspired performance by Kansas City Symphony musicians. Haydn’s “Sunrise” String Quartet.

Sponsored by Lead Bank.

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Yefim Bronfman, piano

05-18-2018

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 18 @ 7:30 pm

Grammy award winning pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to The Friends’ stage where he last appeared as a soloist in 2003. Joining the...

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Grammy award winning pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to The Friends’ stage where he last appeared as a soloist in 2003. Joining the ranks of many living-legends, his celebrated collaborations include duo piano concerts with Martha Argerich, recitals with violinist Pinchas Zukerman (as presented by The Friends in 2010), and concerto performances under the batons of numerous world-renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, and Riccardo Muti.

Audiences will delight in Mr. Bronfman’s imaginative interpretations as he compares Schumann’s “Humoresque,” with those of the contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann, whose “Eleven Humoresken” were inspired by Schumann. The program continues with Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque (with its beloved Clair de lune), and climaxes in a performance of Stravinsky’s Petruschka, based on the famous macabre Russian fairytale.

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Symphony Chorus Presents Duruflé’s Requiem

05-20-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 20 @ 3:00 pm

Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director

Join us for this very special afternoon performance of Duruflé’s...

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Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director

Join us for this very special afternoon performance of Duruflé’s Requiem, a soaring Gregorian chant-themed masterpiece. You’ll also enjoy Kansas City composer Mark Hayes’ This Moment and witness an exciting 20th anniversary performance of Morten Lauridsen’s radiant Lux Aeterna.

Note: The Kansas City Symphony does not perform during this presentation.

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On Your Feet! The Musical

05-27-2018

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 22 @ 8:00 pm Wed, May 23 @ 8:00 pm Thu, May 24 @ 8:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Fri, May 25 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 26 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 27 @ 8:00 pm - less dates and times

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover...

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From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century – and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

Suitable for all audiences.

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Jack and the Bean Mágico!

05-20-2018

Presented by The Coterie Theatre at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 10:00 am Fri, Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm + 34 more dates and times

Sat, Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 01 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 01 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 02 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 02 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 03 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 03 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 04 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 04 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 04 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 05 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 08 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 08 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 09 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 09 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 10 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 10 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 11 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 11 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 11 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 15 @ 10:00 am Tue, May 15 @ 12:00 pm Wed, May 16 @ 10:00 am Wed, May 16 @ 12:00 pm Thu, May 17 @ 10:00 am Thu, May 17 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 18 @ 10:00 am Fri, May 18 @ 12:00 pm Fri, May 18 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 2:00 pm Sun, May 20 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

This delightful production is both bi-lingual and interactive!

The classic fairytale, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is told with the...

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This delightful production is both bi-lingual and interactive!

The classic fairytale, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is told with the audience’s help, who assist Jack as he climbs the beanstalk and emerges on the giant’s land. In the giant’s rich and fertile garden - where young audiences become tiny bugs to help keep the soil healthy - Jack uncovers the source of troubles with his own farmland and learns how to make it fertile again by understanding and balancing the life cycle

For Families with Ages 4-8

¡Esta encantadora producción es bilingüe e interactiva!

El clásico cuento de hadas, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” es contado con la ayuda de la audiencia, que asiste a Jack mientras el escala la planta de frijol hacia la tierra fértil y rica del gigante. Mientras están ahí, Jack descubre que la fuente de problemas para su campo de cultivo, aprendiendo como hacer la tierra fértil nuevamente al entender y balancear el ciclo de la vida. La audiencia de jóvenes se convertirá en pequeños bichos en el jardín del gigante. ¡El gigante ama a los bichos por que mantienen saludable a su tierra y sus plantas!

Para familias con edades entre 4-8 años

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Conservatory Artist Series: Spring Dance

04-28-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

The extraordinary creativity of the UMKC Conservatory dance faculty's choreography is combined with our dance students and...

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The extraordinary creativity of the UMKC Conservatory dance faculty's choreography is combined with our dance students and collaborations with Conservatory musicians.

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

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Vietgone

05-13-2018

Presented by Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm + 12 more dates and times

Tue, May 01 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 02 @ 7:30 pm Thu, May 03 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 04 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 05 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 3:00 pm Tue, May 08 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 09 @ 7:30 pm Thu, May 10 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 11 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 13 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

By Qui Nguyen

Original Music by Shane Rettig

18 Apr - 13 May

Directed by Cynthia Levin

The Levin Stage

In Vietgone, award-winning...

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By Qui Nguyen

Original Music by Shane Rettig

18 Apr - 13 May

Directed by Cynthia Levin

The Levin Stage

In Vietgone, award-winning pioneer of "geek theater" ,Qui Nguyen, brilliantly chronicles the love story of his parents' meeting in an Arkansas refugee center after fleeing Vietnam. It's a buddy story, an all-American romance, and a motorcycle road-trip adventure that revisits how we think about he heroes and victims of the Vietnam War. Vietgone skips through time and roams the globe with snarky humor, hip-hop, and lots of sex. It's one ironic, foul-mouthed, bad-ass new play.

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SFJazz Collective

04-27-2018

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm

An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each...

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An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living ever-relevant art form.  In 2017-2018, they pay tribute to trumpeter, composer and innovator Miles Davis.  More than any other figure, Davis changed the sound of jazz throughout his career.

Individual Tickets Go On Sale August 18th.

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Brother Toad

05-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm Wed, May 02 @ 7:00 pm + 13 more dates and times

Fri, May 04 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 7:00 pm Tue, May 08 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 10 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 13 @ 2:00 pm Wed, May 16 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 18 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 22 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 24 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 26 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 27 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Mellon Foundation KCRep Resident Playwright and Kansas City, KS resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come...

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Mellon Foundation KCRep Resident Playwright and Kansas City, KS resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come To Die), brings us an arresting new play about two families’ from different stations in life as they search for answers to gun violence right here on our own city streets.

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Max Groove

04-27-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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Julia Bullock, soprano in recital [Free Discovery Concert]

04-28-2018

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

The New York Times heralded that Julia Bullock is “poised for a significant career.” The charismatic soprano has been lighting up...

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The New York Times heralded that Julia Bullock is “poised for a significant career.” The charismatic soprano has been lighting up stages around the world, performing vocal repertoire from Schubert to Broadway. Her Folly Theater recital will show off her amazing range.

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The Barber of Seville

05-06-2018

Presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm Wed, May 02 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 04 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, May 06 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Check your powdered wigs at the door and join us in Seville, Spain for a Barber of a different color. While true to every character,...

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Check your powdered wigs at the door and join us in Seville, Spain for a Barber of a different color. While true to every character, every wink and every note, this vibrant performance of The Barber of Seville draws inspiration from the magical realism of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar to stretch the opera’s Spanish setting into an experience that is as ’60s psychedelic as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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Welcome to Fear City

05-28-2018

Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm Tue, May 01 @ 7:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Thu, May 03 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 05 @ 7:00 pm Sun, May 06 @ 2:00 pm Wed, May 09 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 11 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 12 @ 2:00 pm Tue, May 15 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 17 @ 7:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 20 @ 2:00 pm Wed, May 23 @ 7:00 pm Fri, May 25 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 26 @ 3:00 pm Sun, May 27 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

It’s July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT — from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and...

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It’s July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT — from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from the number of fires burning throughout the borough. WELCOME TO FEAR CITY takes a jarring, yet hopeful and funny, look at a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, apathy, poverty, and a whole new art form that’s about to electrify the world.

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Arthur White & Merge

04-28-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm

Dr. Arthur White, an ANDREAS EASTMAN Jazz and Saxophone Artist, is a nationally recognized composer, arranger, educator, and is enjoying...

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Dr. Arthur White, an ANDREAS EASTMAN Jazz and Saxophone Artist, is a nationally recognized composer, arranger, educator, and is enjoying a renaissance as a touring saxophonist. All About Jazz calls White’s ensembles “solidly impressive”, while referring to his “virile tenor solos”, “scorching alto broadsides”, and his ability to “vacate(s) the podium to fashion ‘splendid’ tenor solos…”.

White performs throughout the US, though he keeps his home, and roots firmly planted, in the Midwest with his wife Megan, his son Sam, and his dog Lily. He performs as a full-time member with Kansas City’s iconic Boulevard Big Band, St. Louis’s Dave Dickey Big Band, and MERGE, his original jazz quintet. He is also a frequent collaborator with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and the Jim Widner Big Band. His debut album, recorded in August 2017, will be released this fall on the Artists Recording Collective label.

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Kansas City Symphony Guild Special Event: Cabaret Concert

04-29-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Embassy Suites KCI Hotel, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony Guild and benefitting the Symphony, this event includes a fun cabaret-style themed concert...

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Sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony Guild and benefitting the Symphony, this event includes a fun cabaret-style themed concert featuring the orchestra. Bid on many silent auction items during the cocktail hour prior to dinner. Visit kcsymphonyguild.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

 

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Conservatory Artist Series Finale: Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs

05-01-2018

Presented by UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 01 @ 7:00 pm

This exciting program includes Stravinsky's Sumphony of Psalms, directed by Robert Bode, with orchestra, choirs and Conservatory...

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This exciting program includes Stravinsky's Sumphony of Psalms, directed by Robert Bode, with orchestra, choirs and Conservatory dancers. Stravinsky's 1930 work was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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TJ Hooker-Taylor

05-03-2018

Presented by American Jazz Museum at Blue Room Jazz Club, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 03 @ 7:00 pm

TJ Hooker-Taylor comes from a musical family. His mother, Mary Ann Hooker, and father, the late Great Johnnie Taylor, raised him in the...

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TJ Hooker-Taylor comes from a musical family. His mother, Mary Ann Hooker, and father, the late Great Johnnie Taylor, raised him in the church. Along with his family and at the age of ten he joined his first group, The Young Golden Voices, who performed at all the churches in the Kansas City area. At the age of 16, TJ started an R&B band called The Grand Jury Band, who opened for many top acts that came to the city, like The Bar-Kays, Cameo Slave and many more. Some of the members of that band went on to become the group Low-Key, which was signed by top R&B poducers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

At the age of 21, TJ's young voice started to change. "I could hear that [Taylor sound]. I had never tried to sound like my dad, I didn't even like the Blues. But on my 25th birthday I was given a chance to open for my dad and get paid," says Hooker-Taylor. "That's when the Blues hit me."

Unapologetically proud of his lineage, Hooker-Taylor has released CD's independently with that Johnnie Taylor sound, albeit with mostly new, original songs. His most recent, The Total Package, featured the hit song, "Player Haters."

CDS Records signed TJ Hooker-Taylor and released two albums with him: 2009's Your Babies Need a Daddy and 2012's Taylorized. In 2015, Taylor began performing with local Gospel group, The KC Clouds.

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Audra McDonald with the Kansas City Symphony

05-05-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 05 @ 8:00 pm

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actor. With a record six Tony...

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Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actor. With a record six Tony Awards®, two Grammy® Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is equally at home on Broadway, opera stages and in concert halls as she is in roles on film and television. Share in this special one-night-only performance with the Kansas City Symphony as Audra visits the American Songbook as only she can.

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Kansas City Ballet presents Peter Pan

05-20-2018

Presented by Kansas City Ballet at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 11 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 12 @ 7:30 pm Sun, May 13 @ 2:00 pm + 5 more dates and times

Thu, May 17 @ 7:30 pm Fri, May 18 @ 7:30 pm Sat, May 19 @ 2:00 pm Sat, May 19 @ 7:30 pm Sun, May 20 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

It’s the classic family adventure for those who never want to grow up! Witness the magic of Peter Pan as he flies into the Darling...

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It’s the classic family adventure for those who never want to grow up! Witness the magic of Peter Pan as he flies into the Darling family nursery, convincing Wendy, John and Michael to join him for the adventure of a lifetime in Never Never Land, his enchanted home. The troublesome Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, their nemesis Captain Hook and a hungry crocodile all help bring J.M. Barrie’s fantastical tale to life. Peter Pan makes its delightful Kansas City premiere with world premiere choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney and a soaring score by Carmon DeLeone, performed live by Kansas City Symphony.

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The 40th Anniversary Celebration: A Tribute to Bill Shapiro ft. Kelley Hunt

05-11-2018

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 11 @ 8:00 pm

After 40 years on the air, KCUR will be retiring the Cyprus Avenue show and the Folly will host its final Cyprus Avenue LIVE! at...

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After 40 years on the air, KCUR will be retiring the Cyprus Avenue show and the Folly will host its final Cyprus Avenue LIVE! at the Folly show. On May 11th, we’ll spend the evening celebrating Bill Shapiro, host of KCUR’s Cyprus Avenue, with one of his favorite artists, Kelley Hunt performing on the C. Stephen Metzler Hall stage at the Folly Theater. Kelley brings a 9 piece ensemble and new material to this show as a special honor to Bill.

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Alan Cumming

05-13-2018

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 13 @ 7:00 pm

Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur. Legal...

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Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur. Legal Immigrant, his latest cabaret show, features songs and stories of the Scottish-born performer’s life and loves in his adopted U.S. homeland, where he’s been a citizen since 2008.

Alan Cumming won a Tony Award for his performance as the emcee in the revival of Cabaret and an Olivier Award for Accidental Death of an Anarchist. His portrayal of Eli Gold on television’s The Good Wife earned him Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. He has won more than 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, recognizing his contributions to the arts and LGBT equality.

 

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Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert: Here Comes the Sun

05-15-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 15 @ 6:00 pm

Enjoy a warm-weather inspired performance by Kansas City Symphony musicians. Haydn’s “Sunrise” String Quartet.

Sponsored by Lead...

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Enjoy a warm-weather inspired performance by Kansas City Symphony musicians. Haydn’s “Sunrise” String Quartet.

Sponsored by Lead Bank.

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Yefim Bronfman, piano

05-18-2018

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 18 @ 7:30 pm

Grammy award winning pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to The Friends’ stage where he last appeared as a soloist in 2003. Joining the...

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Grammy award winning pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to The Friends’ stage where he last appeared as a soloist in 2003. Joining the ranks of many living-legends, his celebrated collaborations include duo piano concerts with Martha Argerich, recitals with violinist Pinchas Zukerman (as presented by The Friends in 2010), and concerto performances under the batons of numerous world-renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, and Riccardo Muti.

Audiences will delight in Mr. Bronfman’s imaginative interpretations as he compares Schumann’s “Humoresque,” with those of the contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann, whose “Eleven Humoresken” were inspired by Schumann. The program continues with Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque (with its beloved Clair de lune), and climaxes in a performance of Stravinsky’s Petruschka, based on the famous macabre Russian fairytale.

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Symphony Chorus Presents Duruflé’s Requiem

05-20-2018

Presented by Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 20 @ 3:00 pm

Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director

Join us for this very special afternoon performance of Duruflé’s...

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Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director

Join us for this very special afternoon performance of Duruflé’s Requiem, a soaring Gregorian chant-themed masterpiece. You’ll also enjoy Kansas City composer Mark Hayes’ This Moment and witness an exciting 20th anniversary performance of Morten Lauridsen’s radiant Lux Aeterna.

Note: The Kansas City Symphony does not perform during this presentation.

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On Your Feet! The Musical

05-27-2018

Presented by Starlight Theatre at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 22 @ 8:00 pm Wed, May 23 @ 8:00 pm Thu, May 24 @ 8:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Fri, May 25 @ 8:00 pm Sat, May 26 @ 8:00 pm Sun, May 27 @ 8:00 pm - less dates and times

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover...

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From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century – and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

Suitable for all audiences.

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