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Miami String Quartet

07-31-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Miami String Quartet performs at Yardley Hall as part of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Tickets are $10. Miami String Quartet...

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The Miami String Quartet performs at Yardley Hall as part of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Tickets are $10. Miami String Quartet Members: Benny Kim, violin Cathy Meng Robinson, violin Scott Lee, viola Keith Robinson, cello Winners of the 2000 Cleveland Quartet Award presented by Chamber Music America, and Chamber Music Society Two ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1999-2001, the Miami String Quartet has been in residence at Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University since 2004. They were Quartet in Residence at the Hartt School in Hartford from 2003 to 2009. Other previous residencies include Florida International University and the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where the group was founded in 1988.

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The Unexpected: Within the Red Lines

08-10-2024

Presented by Tristian Griffin Dance Company at The Gem Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm

Tristian Griffin Dance Company's new work, The Unexpected: Within the Red Lines premieres Saturday August 10th at the Gem Theatre. This...

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Tristian Griffin Dance Company's new work, The Unexpected: Within the Red Lines premieres Saturday August 10th at the Gem Theatre. This provocative duet looks closely at the narrative of a Black and Latino man whose identities are wedged between polarizing communities, examining the barriers they face within and their attempts to breach beyond "redlining." 

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Light Up the Lawn: The Freedom Affair

08-23-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 23 @ 8:30 pm

Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the...

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Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the best live music Kansas City has to offer. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets for these free, fun events!

The Freedom Affair is a female-fronted soul powerhouse inspired by the traditions of the genre’s past with an enduring message that looks toward the future. Three dynamic, awe-inspiring singers – Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, and Shon Ruffin – share lead and background vocals, blending refined harmonies while backed by an airtight band that meets every musical moment with taste, precision, and a deep pocket.

The magic The Freedom Affair captures in the studio is exponentially magnified live, in person. Crowds rave about the fireworks this group brings to the stage. The band is poised to continue bringing their brand of inspired soul to new crowds across the world.

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Light Up the Lawn: Marty Bush

08-30-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 30 @ 8:30 pm

Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the...

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Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the best live music Kansas City has to offer.

Hailing from the plains of Eastern Kansas, Bush is a torchbearer of the American songwriting tradition. His songs resonate with the weight of his influences, such as Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, and Kris Kristofferson, but he has channeled their emotional honesty and unvarnished truth-telling into something uniquely his own.

While his 2022 solo debut, “The Long Way Home,” established him as a devout follower of the country and western songwriting tradition, his follow-up LP, “Cowboy Chords,” takes a bold step forward in establishing his voice as both a songwriter and performer.

Taking the reins as both producer and engineer, Bush plays every instrument on the album, with the exception of pedal steel, which is skillfully manned by Devon Teran (Timbers). The result is a clear and precise vision of songs that honor the past while thinking to the present.

Touring extensively, Bush played over 250 shows in 2022. He continued that breakneck pace into 2023, writing songs from behind the wheel and testing material in dives, honky-tonks, and juke joints all over the U.S. He paused last summer to record, then hit the road for months with Natalie Prauser and Johnny Lawhorn of The Pentagram String Band.

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“Voyage of Love”

09-13-2024

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City proudly opens its Forty-Ninth Season with “Voyage of Love” — a celebration of the most...

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The Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City proudly opens its Forty-Ninth Season with “Voyage of Love” — a celebration of the most sublime human feeling with three works exploring its multiple facets. The intimate side is revealed in Clara Schumann’s Violin Romances, the transformative side uncovered in Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and its majestic affirmation displayed in Johannes Brahms’s String Sextet No.2. Join us this Friday the 13th, as we celebrate (to the day) Arnold’s 150th and Clara’s 205th birthdays in the company of spectacular virtuosos Jennifer Frautschi, Oliver Neubauer, Che-Yen Chen, Hsin-Yun Huang, Nicholas Canellakis, and FCMKC Artistic Directors Dmitri Atapine and Hyeyeon Park.

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Kids Jam - Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

09-14-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 14 @ 11:00 am

Justin Roberts’ songs are the kind of get-stuck-in-your-head pop nuggets that draw comparisons to Elvis Costello, Fountains of Wayne,...

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Justin Roberts’ songs are the kind of get-stuck-in-your-head pop nuggets that draw comparisons to Elvis Costello, Fountains of Wayne, and Paul Simon rather than simple nursery rhymes, prompting USA Today to call him “hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” Along with his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, Justin has traveled the globe, from Hong Kong to New York and Miami to Seattle. His latest album, “Space Cadet,” is a return to his power pop all-ages sound. Heavily inspired by his life as a new dad, the feel-good album offers themes of inclusion and acceptance that wind through emotionally intelligent songs. Roberts creates a welcoming space for children to celebrate their uniqueness and dance it all out. Alongside his epic five-piece rock band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, Roberts is joined by jazz horns, ’80s synthesizers, soaring strings, harp, and plenty of hand clapping.

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The Righteous Brothers: Lovin' Feelin' Farewell Tour

09-14-2024

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm

From heartwarming ballads to energetic rock anthems, every performance is a testament to the enduring power of The Righteous Brothers'...

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From heartwarming ballads to energetic rock anthems, every performance is a testament to the enduring power of The Righteous Brothers' music and their connection to fans across the globe.

Take a journey through decades of timeless hits that have defined a generation, including "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin,'" "Unchained Melody," "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "Soul and Inspiration," "Ebb Tide" and "Rock and Roll Heaven."

Bill Medley has been entertaining audiences for more than 60 years. His iconic bass-baritone helped earn The Righteous Brothers their place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is interwoven with the cherished memories of a lifetime of fans.

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Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

09-17-2024

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm

She made her Kansas City and Harriman-Jewell Series debut in 2019 (with an audience representing patrons from 20 states in attendance)...

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She made her Kansas City and Harriman-Jewell Series debut in 2019 (with an audience representing patrons from 20 states in attendance) and we are thrilled she will make her highly anticipated return in our 60th Anniversary Season! Buniatishvili has gained international recognition for her extraordinary musical abilities and has performed and collaborated with many prestigious orchestras and conductors around the world. Her repertoire includes works by classical composers such as Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ludwig van Beethoven, and many others. She has won numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010, which recognizes exceptional young musicians. Buniatishvili's performances are known for their passion, technical brilliance, and emotional depth, captivating audiences and critics alike. Her sense of fashion and style ads to her commanding stage presence. In addition to her performances on stage, she has released several critically acclaimed recordings, including solo albums and collaborations with other artists. Her recordings showcase her virtuosity and musical sensitivity, earning her a dedicated following among classical music enthusiasts worldwide. Buniatishvili continues to be a highly sought-after performer around the globe, captivating audiences with her mesmerizing performances and leaving a lasting impact on the world of classical music.

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Karrin Allyson

09-21-2024

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

The Folly Theater is excited to welcome hometown favorite, Karrin Allyson, back to Kansas City! Allyson’s performance will feature...

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The Folly Theater is excited to welcome hometown favorite, Karrin Allyson, back to Kansas City! Allyson’s performance will feature material and players from her newest release, A Kiss for Brazil. Join us on September 21 for the opening performance of the longest running Jazz Series in Kansas City!

Vocalist, pianist, and composer Karrin Allyson writes the long-awaited next chapter in her series of love letters to Brazil on the aptly titled A Kiss for Brazil, released on May 17 by Origin Records. The sequel to 1999’s From Paris to Rio and 2008’s Imagina: Songs of Brasil adds a bold spice to the sauce: Brazilian singer, guitarist, and national treasure Rosa Passos appears on two songs alongside Allyson and all-star accompanists Vitor Gonçalves (piano, Rhodes, accordion), Yotam Silberstein (guitar), Harvie S (bass), and Rafael Barata (drums).

The collaboration with Passos was the seed from which the album bloomed. Brazilian music is one of the through-lines in Allyson’s distinguished career, going all the way back to the rendition of Antonio Carlos  Jobim’s “Insensatez” on her 1993 debut I Didn’t Know About You. The two singers are friends as well as mutual fans, and when Allyson learned that Passos would be visiting New York in March 2023, she arranged a recording session for the two of them.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do with the recordings,” she recalls. “Maybe they would just be for posterity. I just knew I had to document the music.”

What had originally been planned for just two songs stretched into a full album when the band—all, save for Allyson and S, Brazilian musicians—sounded too good to let go so quickly. Allyson led them through eight more tunes, including works by such titans as Djavan, Ivan Lins, and Luiz Bonfá as well as Jobim.

As you might expect, the record quickly took on a life of its own. There’s no indication of an afterthought in “The Gift (Recado Bossa Nova),” performed by all and sundry with terrific precision and topped off with Allyson’s effortless vocal nuance—or in “Flor de Lis” and “Manhã de Carnaval,” both of which she sings in flawless Portuguese as well as English. Her tender turn on Lins’s “The Island” is similarly impeccable, not to mention the beautifully intimate duo of Allyson (who also plays piano) and S on Benny Carter and Sammy Cahn’s “Only Trust Your Heart.”

Still, her duets with Passos remain at the heart of A Kiss for Brazil. On Jobim’s ballad “O Grande Amor,” the Brazilian singer handles the Portuguese lyrics in her inimitable contralto, Allyson’s velvet alto following her with the English words. The vocalists’ lively, co-written “Month of March in Salvador (Dunas)” not only lets each singer show off their rhythmic chops, but has them engage with each other in delightful, traded scat phrases. Even with Passos appearing only twice, the album ends up a triumph for her as well as for Allyson.

A child of the American Heartland, Karrin Allyson was born July 27, 1962, in Great Bend, Kansas; grew up in Omaha, Nebraska; and began her career in Minneapolis and Kansas City. Her father was a Lutheran minister, her mother a classical music teacher, and Karrin accordingly began her musical journey playing classical piano and singing in church.

She was a classical piano major at University of Nebraska Omaha, but by then her soundscape had widened: She fronted an all-girl rock band called Tomboy, played at a local piano bar, and sang in a jazz swing choir. It was jazz that ultimately won her heart, and she pursued it in Minneapolis and Kansas City. It was in the latter—the jazz mecca that bequeathed Count Basie and Charlie Parker to the world—that she recorded her first self-produced album, I Didn’t Know About You, in 1992 and, when it was picked up by Concord Records, saw it become a surprise runaway success.

Though she recorded eight more albums in Kansas City, inevitably New York came calling. Her first recording in the Apple, 2000’s Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, placed her alongside the likes of James Carter, James Williams, John Patitucci, and Lewis Nash, for whom she proved more than a match. Over the years she continued collaborating with giants-cum-equals, including Mulgrew Miller, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Barron, and Regina Carter (who was featured on Karrin’s all-original CD Some of That Sunshine in 2018). Karrin continues to write and put out two original singles—“Falling Up” and “Just Passin’ Through”—in 2024.

A longtime devotee of Brazilian music, Allyson recorded From Paris to Rio, her first album of Brazilian and French songs, while still living in Kansas City in 1999. She followed it up nearly a decade later with Imagina: Songs of Brasil. A Kiss for Brazil continues not only that tradition, but—in collaborating with Rosa Passos—the one in which she holds her own with the greats of the music.

Karrin Allyson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2023 and was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame on April 20, 2024.

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Christina & Michelle Naughton, Master Pianists

09-28-2024

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Friends of Chamber Music opens its Master Pianists Series with the duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton. Their ensemble has been...

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The Friends of Chamber Music opens its Master Pianists Series with the duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton. Their ensemble has been hailed as “downright idyllic spontaneity” (Rheinische Post) and in their playing “the textures shimmer like pure gold in bright light, dancing in every conceivable rhythm. They have to be heard to be believed” (The Washington Post).  Works by W. A. Mozart, Tania Leon, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Jennifer Higdon, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Itzhak Perlman, In the Fiddler's House

09-29-2024

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for...

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Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. Having performed with every major orchestra and at concert halls around the globe, Perlman has been honored with 16 GRAMMY® Awards, four Emmy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Genesis Prize. Perlman has received multiple distinctions from U.S. Presidents over the years: A Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama in 2015, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003, a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 2000, and a Medal of Liberty by President Reagan in 1986. For this special anniversary season, Perlman returns with a joyful and uplifting program with musicians playing spirited Klezmer music as he presents In the Fiddler’s House. While he has enjoyed many collaborations over the years, Itzhak Perlman's involvement with Klezmer music highlights the rich diversity of his musical interests and his willingness to engage with different cultural traditions through music. These musical collaborations showcase captivating performances that blend classical virtuosity with the spirited energy of Klezmer music. Perlman returns to this project, offering the opportunity to witness not only his masterful technique and remarkable artistry, but also “to see and hear a gifted musician experiencing the pleasure of getting in contact with his roots” (Los Angeles Times).

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Live in Concert

09-29-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm

These films have garnered immense popularity, largely due to their groundbreaking soundtracks praised for their innovative fusion of...

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These films have garnered immense popularity, largely due to their groundbreaking soundtracks praised for their innovative fusion of orchestral and electronic elements alongside scratch DJ techniques.

The upcoming spectacle will feature the movie showcased on a colossal HD screen, complemented by a diverse ensemble of musicians and instrumentalists performing the film’s iconic score and soundtrack live. This extraordinary lineup includes a full orchestra, a skilled scratch DJ on turntables, as well as percussion and electronic instrumentalists.

In SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE, we witness the return of Miles Morales, our beloved friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, he embarks on an interdimensional journey across the Multiverse. Here, he encounters the Spider Society, a formidable team charged with safeguarding the very fabric of reality. However, when differing approaches to a new threat divide the heroes, Miles must navigate this rift alone, driven by a determination to protect those he holds dear.

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Joshua Bell, violin and Larisa Martinez, soprano with Peter Dugan piano

10-08-2024

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Oct 08 @ 7:00 pm

Exploring repertoire from classical art song and opera to musical theater and selections by Puerto Rican and Spanish composers, their...

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Exploring repertoire from classical art song and opera to musical theater and selections by Puerto Rican and Spanish composers, their program of romantic arias and modern classics will delight us all. With a career spanning almost four decades, Grammy®-winning violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated artists of his era. Having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world, Bell continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, conductor, and music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Bell returns to the Series for his eighth appearance. Puerto Rican opera singer Larisa Martínez has been praised and sought after for her “smoky soprano” (Opera News), gracing many of the world’s top opera and concert stages, including recent debuts as a soloist at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl.

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Miami String Quartet

07-31-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Miami String Quartet performs at Yardley Hall as part of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Tickets are $10. Miami String Quartet...

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The Miami String Quartet performs at Yardley Hall as part of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Tickets are $10. Miami String Quartet Members: Benny Kim, violin Cathy Meng Robinson, violin Scott Lee, viola Keith Robinson, cello Winners of the 2000 Cleveland Quartet Award presented by Chamber Music America, and Chamber Music Society Two ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1999-2001, the Miami String Quartet has been in residence at Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University since 2004. They were Quartet in Residence at the Hartt School in Hartford from 2003 to 2009. Other previous residencies include Florida International University and the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where the group was founded in 1988.

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The Unexpected: Within the Red Lines

08-10-2024

Presented by Tristian Griffin Dance Company at The Gem Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm

Tristian Griffin Dance Company's new work, The Unexpected: Within the Red Lines premieres Saturday August 10th at the Gem Theatre. This...

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Tristian Griffin Dance Company's new work, The Unexpected: Within the Red Lines premieres Saturday August 10th at the Gem Theatre. This provocative duet looks closely at the narrative of a Black and Latino man whose identities are wedged between polarizing communities, examining the barriers they face within and their attempts to breach beyond "redlining." 

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Light Up the Lawn: The Freedom Affair

08-23-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 23 @ 8:30 pm

Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the...

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Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the best live music Kansas City has to offer. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets for these free, fun events!

The Freedom Affair is a female-fronted soul powerhouse inspired by the traditions of the genre’s past with an enduring message that looks toward the future. Three dynamic, awe-inspiring singers – Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, and Shon Ruffin – share lead and background vocals, blending refined harmonies while backed by an airtight band that meets every musical moment with taste, precision, and a deep pocket.

The magic The Freedom Affair captures in the studio is exponentially magnified live, in person. Crowds rave about the fireworks this group brings to the stage. The band is poised to continue bringing their brand of inspired soul to new crowds across the world.

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Light Up the Lawn: Marty Bush

08-30-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Aug 30 @ 8:30 pm

Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the...

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Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the best live music Kansas City has to offer.

Hailing from the plains of Eastern Kansas, Bush is a torchbearer of the American songwriting tradition. His songs resonate with the weight of his influences, such as Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, and Kris Kristofferson, but he has channeled their emotional honesty and unvarnished truth-telling into something uniquely his own.

While his 2022 solo debut, “The Long Way Home,” established him as a devout follower of the country and western songwriting tradition, his follow-up LP, “Cowboy Chords,” takes a bold step forward in establishing his voice as both a songwriter and performer.

Taking the reins as both producer and engineer, Bush plays every instrument on the album, with the exception of pedal steel, which is skillfully manned by Devon Teran (Timbers). The result is a clear and precise vision of songs that honor the past while thinking to the present.

Touring extensively, Bush played over 250 shows in 2022. He continued that breakneck pace into 2023, writing songs from behind the wheel and testing material in dives, honky-tonks, and juke joints all over the U.S. He paused last summer to record, then hit the road for months with Natalie Prauser and Johnny Lawhorn of The Pentagram String Band.

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“Voyage of Love”

09-13-2024

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City proudly opens its Forty-Ninth Season with “Voyage of Love” — a celebration of the most...

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The Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City proudly opens its Forty-Ninth Season with “Voyage of Love” — a celebration of the most sublime human feeling with three works exploring its multiple facets. The intimate side is revealed in Clara Schumann’s Violin Romances, the transformative side uncovered in Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and its majestic affirmation displayed in Johannes Brahms’s String Sextet No.2. Join us this Friday the 13th, as we celebrate (to the day) Arnold’s 150th and Clara’s 205th birthdays in the company of spectacular virtuosos Jennifer Frautschi, Oliver Neubauer, Che-Yen Chen, Hsin-Yun Huang, Nicholas Canellakis, and FCMKC Artistic Directors Dmitri Atapine and Hyeyeon Park.

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Kids Jam - Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

09-14-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 14 @ 11:00 am

Justin Roberts’ songs are the kind of get-stuck-in-your-head pop nuggets that draw comparisons to Elvis Costello, Fountains of Wayne,...

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Justin Roberts’ songs are the kind of get-stuck-in-your-head pop nuggets that draw comparisons to Elvis Costello, Fountains of Wayne, and Paul Simon rather than simple nursery rhymes, prompting USA Today to call him “hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” Along with his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, Justin has traveled the globe, from Hong Kong to New York and Miami to Seattle. His latest album, “Space Cadet,” is a return to his power pop all-ages sound. Heavily inspired by his life as a new dad, the feel-good album offers themes of inclusion and acceptance that wind through emotionally intelligent songs. Roberts creates a welcoming space for children to celebrate their uniqueness and dance it all out. Alongside his epic five-piece rock band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, Roberts is joined by jazz horns, ’80s synthesizers, soaring strings, harp, and plenty of hand clapping.

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The Righteous Brothers: Lovin' Feelin' Farewell Tour

09-14-2024

Presented by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm

From heartwarming ballads to energetic rock anthems, every performance is a testament to the enduring power of The Righteous Brothers'...

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From heartwarming ballads to energetic rock anthems, every performance is a testament to the enduring power of The Righteous Brothers' music and their connection to fans across the globe.

Take a journey through decades of timeless hits that have defined a generation, including "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin,'" "Unchained Melody," "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "Soul and Inspiration," "Ebb Tide" and "Rock and Roll Heaven."

Bill Medley has been entertaining audiences for more than 60 years. His iconic bass-baritone helped earn The Righteous Brothers their place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is interwoven with the cherished memories of a lifetime of fans.

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Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

09-17-2024

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm

She made her Kansas City and Harriman-Jewell Series debut in 2019 (with an audience representing patrons from 20 states in attendance)...

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She made her Kansas City and Harriman-Jewell Series debut in 2019 (with an audience representing patrons from 20 states in attendance) and we are thrilled she will make her highly anticipated return in our 60th Anniversary Season! Buniatishvili has gained international recognition for her extraordinary musical abilities and has performed and collaborated with many prestigious orchestras and conductors around the world. Her repertoire includes works by classical composers such as Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ludwig van Beethoven, and many others. She has won numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010, which recognizes exceptional young musicians. Buniatishvili's performances are known for their passion, technical brilliance, and emotional depth, captivating audiences and critics alike. Her sense of fashion and style ads to her commanding stage presence. In addition to her performances on stage, she has released several critically acclaimed recordings, including solo albums and collaborations with other artists. Her recordings showcase her virtuosity and musical sensitivity, earning her a dedicated following among classical music enthusiasts worldwide. Buniatishvili continues to be a highly sought-after performer around the globe, captivating audiences with her mesmerizing performances and leaving a lasting impact on the world of classical music.

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Karrin Allyson

09-21-2024

Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

The Folly Theater is excited to welcome hometown favorite, Karrin Allyson, back to Kansas City! Allyson’s performance will feature...

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The Folly Theater is excited to welcome hometown favorite, Karrin Allyson, back to Kansas City! Allyson’s performance will feature material and players from her newest release, A Kiss for Brazil. Join us on September 21 for the opening performance of the longest running Jazz Series in Kansas City!

Vocalist, pianist, and composer Karrin Allyson writes the long-awaited next chapter in her series of love letters to Brazil on the aptly titled A Kiss for Brazil, released on May 17 by Origin Records. The sequel to 1999’s From Paris to Rio and 2008’s Imagina: Songs of Brasil adds a bold spice to the sauce: Brazilian singer, guitarist, and national treasure Rosa Passos appears on two songs alongside Allyson and all-star accompanists Vitor Gonçalves (piano, Rhodes, accordion), Yotam Silberstein (guitar), Harvie S (bass), and Rafael Barata (drums).

The collaboration with Passos was the seed from which the album bloomed. Brazilian music is one of the through-lines in Allyson’s distinguished career, going all the way back to the rendition of Antonio Carlos  Jobim’s “Insensatez” on her 1993 debut I Didn’t Know About You. The two singers are friends as well as mutual fans, and when Allyson learned that Passos would be visiting New York in March 2023, she arranged a recording session for the two of them.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do with the recordings,” she recalls. “Maybe they would just be for posterity. I just knew I had to document the music.”

What had originally been planned for just two songs stretched into a full album when the band—all, save for Allyson and S, Brazilian musicians—sounded too good to let go so quickly. Allyson led them through eight more tunes, including works by such titans as Djavan, Ivan Lins, and Luiz Bonfá as well as Jobim.

As you might expect, the record quickly took on a life of its own. There’s no indication of an afterthought in “The Gift (Recado Bossa Nova),” performed by all and sundry with terrific precision and topped off with Allyson’s effortless vocal nuance—or in “Flor de Lis” and “Manhã de Carnaval,” both of which she sings in flawless Portuguese as well as English. Her tender turn on Lins’s “The Island” is similarly impeccable, not to mention the beautifully intimate duo of Allyson (who also plays piano) and S on Benny Carter and Sammy Cahn’s “Only Trust Your Heart.”

Still, her duets with Passos remain at the heart of A Kiss for Brazil. On Jobim’s ballad “O Grande Amor,” the Brazilian singer handles the Portuguese lyrics in her inimitable contralto, Allyson’s velvet alto following her with the English words. The vocalists’ lively, co-written “Month of March in Salvador (Dunas)” not only lets each singer show off their rhythmic chops, but has them engage with each other in delightful, traded scat phrases. Even with Passos appearing only twice, the album ends up a triumph for her as well as for Allyson.

A child of the American Heartland, Karrin Allyson was born July 27, 1962, in Great Bend, Kansas; grew up in Omaha, Nebraska; and began her career in Minneapolis and Kansas City. Her father was a Lutheran minister, her mother a classical music teacher, and Karrin accordingly began her musical journey playing classical piano and singing in church.

She was a classical piano major at University of Nebraska Omaha, but by then her soundscape had widened: She fronted an all-girl rock band called Tomboy, played at a local piano bar, and sang in a jazz swing choir. It was jazz that ultimately won her heart, and she pursued it in Minneapolis and Kansas City. It was in the latter—the jazz mecca that bequeathed Count Basie and Charlie Parker to the world—that she recorded her first self-produced album, I Didn’t Know About You, in 1992 and, when it was picked up by Concord Records, saw it become a surprise runaway success.

Though she recorded eight more albums in Kansas City, inevitably New York came calling. Her first recording in the Apple, 2000’s Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, placed her alongside the likes of James Carter, James Williams, John Patitucci, and Lewis Nash, for whom she proved more than a match. Over the years she continued collaborating with giants-cum-equals, including Mulgrew Miller, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Barron, and Regina Carter (who was featured on Karrin’s all-original CD Some of That Sunshine in 2018). Karrin continues to write and put out two original singles—“Falling Up” and “Just Passin’ Through”—in 2024.

A longtime devotee of Brazilian music, Allyson recorded From Paris to Rio, her first album of Brazilian and French songs, while still living in Kansas City in 1999. She followed it up nearly a decade later with Imagina: Songs of Brasil. A Kiss for Brazil continues not only that tradition, but—in collaborating with Rosa Passos—the one in which she holds her own with the greats of the music.

Karrin Allyson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2023 and was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame on April 20, 2024.

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Christina & Michelle Naughton, Master Pianists

09-28-2024

Presented by Friends of Chamber Music at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Friends of Chamber Music opens its Master Pianists Series with the duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton. Their ensemble has been...

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The Friends of Chamber Music opens its Master Pianists Series with the duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton. Their ensemble has been hailed as “downright idyllic spontaneity” (Rheinische Post) and in their playing “the textures shimmer like pure gold in bright light, dancing in every conceivable rhythm. They have to be heard to be believed” (The Washington Post).  Works by W. A. Mozart, Tania Leon, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Jennifer Higdon, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Itzhak Perlman, In the Fiddler's House

09-29-2024

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for...

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Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. Having performed with every major orchestra and at concert halls around the globe, Perlman has been honored with 16 GRAMMY® Awards, four Emmy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Genesis Prize. Perlman has received multiple distinctions from U.S. Presidents over the years: A Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama in 2015, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003, a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 2000, and a Medal of Liberty by President Reagan in 1986. For this special anniversary season, Perlman returns with a joyful and uplifting program with musicians playing spirited Klezmer music as he presents In the Fiddler’s House. While he has enjoyed many collaborations over the years, Itzhak Perlman's involvement with Klezmer music highlights the rich diversity of his musical interests and his willingness to engage with different cultural traditions through music. These musical collaborations showcase captivating performances that blend classical virtuosity with the spirited energy of Klezmer music. Perlman returns to this project, offering the opportunity to witness not only his masterful technique and remarkable artistry, but also “to see and hear a gifted musician experiencing the pleasure of getting in contact with his roots” (Los Angeles Times).

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Live in Concert

09-29-2024

Presented by Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College at Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm

These films have garnered immense popularity, largely due to their groundbreaking soundtracks praised for their innovative fusion of...

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These films have garnered immense popularity, largely due to their groundbreaking soundtracks praised for their innovative fusion of orchestral and electronic elements alongside scratch DJ techniques.

The upcoming spectacle will feature the movie showcased on a colossal HD screen, complemented by a diverse ensemble of musicians and instrumentalists performing the film’s iconic score and soundtrack live. This extraordinary lineup includes a full orchestra, a skilled scratch DJ on turntables, as well as percussion and electronic instrumentalists.

In SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE, we witness the return of Miles Morales, our beloved friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, he embarks on an interdimensional journey across the Multiverse. Here, he encounters the Spider Society, a formidable team charged with safeguarding the very fabric of reality. However, when differing approaches to a new threat divide the heroes, Miles must navigate this rift alone, driven by a determination to protect those he holds dear.

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Joshua Bell, violin and Larisa Martinez, soprano with Peter Dugan piano

10-08-2024

Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Oct 08 @ 7:00 pm

Exploring repertoire from classical art song and opera to musical theater and selections by Puerto Rican and Spanish composers, their...

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Exploring repertoire from classical art song and opera to musical theater and selections by Puerto Rican and Spanish composers, their program of romantic arias and modern classics will delight us all. With a career spanning almost four decades, Grammy®-winning violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated artists of his era. Having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world, Bell continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, conductor, and music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Bell returns to the Series for his eighth appearance. Puerto Rican opera singer Larisa Martínez has been praised and sought after for her “smoky soprano” (Opera News), gracing many of the world’s top opera and concert stages, including recent debuts as a soloist at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl.

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