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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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Entertainer's van stolen - KSHB

A man who worked his way up from the bottom and now shares the gift of music is without his main mode of transportation after thieves stole his van.

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Ralph Peterson is a drummer as Messenger - KansasCity.com

Ralph Peterson is a drummer as Messenger - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Ralph Peterson headlines a Jazz and Blues Festival gig under the influence of mentor Art Blakey.
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Concert Review | Symphonic Dances, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin | KC Symphony

Concert Review | Symphonic Dances, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin | KC Symphony | OffStage | Scoop.it

Opening nights for a concert or subscription often serve to set the tone for the rest of the season. Themes to be explored, focus composers, emphasis on a certain era are introduced to the crowds, providing a taste of evenings yet to come. The opening weekend concerts of the 2013-14 Kansas City Symphony were a prime example.

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Standing ovations welcome KC Symphony's 2013-14 season opening - examiner.com

Standing ovations welcome KC Symphony's 2013-14 season opening - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City Symphony opened the 2013 season with a world renowned violinist, Stefan Jackiw, who returned to perform with KCS Oct. 4-6 where he playted Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64.

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World of moods finds a 'Home' on MU jazz CD - Columbia Daily Tribune

World of moods finds a 'Home' on MU jazz CD - Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
On its new double LP, the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band proves it is settling into a groove. That doesn't mean the band's material or sense of creative motion is growing stale — far from it.
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Gretchen Parlato’s eccentric grooves give way to a sweet lullaby - KansasCity.com

Gretchen Parlato’s eccentric grooves give way to a sweet lullaby - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Singer Gretchen Parlato and her trio opened this season’s Folly Jazz Series on Saturday night.
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KC Symphony delivers a stirring tribute, then stunning talent - KansasCity.com

KC Symphony delivers a stirring tribute, then stunning talent - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
There’s always something special about the opening night of a new season for the Kansas City Symphony, but Friday night’s concert at Helzberg Hall was especially memorable.
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Russian-American Pianist Eldar Djangirov at Murry's this Sunday - KBIA

Russian-American Pianist Eldar Djangirov at Murry's this Sunday - KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

I marvel at those players who hit the stage with the chops and confidence to offer up rock, jazz or classical standards for their audience. Pianist Eldar Djangirov is one such musician who has attained an uncommon level of virtuosity in two genres: jazz and classical.

 

 

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Season opener to showcase Topeka Symphony musicians - cjonline.com

Season opener to showcase Topeka Symphony musicians - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
To mark the start of his tenure with the Topeka Symphony, music director Kyle Wiley Pickett wanted a program that would showcase the orchestra.
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Classical Connections In Symphony's Season - KCUR

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Violinist Stefan Jackiw rehearsed at Helzberg Hall before the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was open, but didnt get to play there. This weekend,
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Kansas City Chorale Announce 2013-2014 Season - Broadway World

The Kansas City Chorale has announced their 32nd season of concerts for 2013-2014, conducted by Charles Bruffy. For more information, visit: http://www.kcchorale.org/
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Gretchen Parlato bringing her intimate jazz voice to the Folly Theater - KansasCity.com

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Gretchen Parlato says she’s been singing since “the very beginning of my life.” But the journey to find her personal style, the style that’s taking her into the top ranks of jazz vocalists, took a very long time.
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Russell Patterson, a longtime pillar of KC opera, dies at age 85 - KansasCity.com

Russell Patterson, a longtime pillar of KC opera, dies at age 85 - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
He was a founder of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and its artistic director across four decades.
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Jazz & Blues Festival is the right music in the right place - KansasCity.com

Jazz & Blues Festival is the right music in the right place - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Jazz & Blues Festival is a new name in a familiar location: 18th & Vine District.
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18th & Vine Jazz And Blues Festival Features Kelley Hunt - KCUR

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Roots and RB singer/songwriter Kelley Hunt says when she first started singing, her grandmother, a gospel singer, gave her this advice: Dont sing it, if you don't mean it.

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Midwest Music Foundation's Sondra Freeman breaks down Boulevard's 10 percent for KC deal - The Pitch

Midwest Music Foundation's Sondra Freeman breaks down Boulevard's 10 percent for KC deal - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Since it was established in 2008, Midwest Music Foundation has been aiming to change the way musicians live.
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'Trumpet Summit' CD showcases KC's finest - Columbia Daily Tribune

Among the recorded arrivals a little more than a week ago was a self-produced endeavor titled "A Kansas City Trumpet Summit" (3-Valve Music). A Post-it note attached to the shrink wrap simply said, "Hope you enjoy!
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Columbia Chorale offers message of love, perseverance in first concert | Columbia Daily Tribune

Columbia Chorale offers message of love, perseverance in first concert | Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
In a world connected by the Web, where volumes of information can be accessed at a fingertip's click, we might not be as deliberate as we once were about passing our histories, personal and universal, from one generation to the next.
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Pianist opens Friends season with enigmatic blend of expression and head-scratching | KC Independent

Pianist opens Friends season with enigmatic blend of expression and head-scratching | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

Clear and mild with occasional light, gusty winds. A weather forecast, perhaps, but this could also serve as a description of Vladimir Feltsman’s recital on September 27th at the Folly Theater, the opening of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 38th season. It was a low-key affair, with flashes of brilliance and no small measure of the sharp musical insights for which the great Russian-born American pianist is known.

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Snakebitten | kcjazzlark

I’m glad now I never wrote it. Now I recognize these are two different events.

Two years ago I planned to type a blog post comparing the Prairie Village Jazz Festival to the Rhythm and Ribs Festival (this year renamed Kansas City’s 18th and Vine Jazz and Blues Festival). But the Prairie Village event was rained out. I then planned to write it last year, until Rhythm and Ribs was hit by rain.

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Topeka Festival Singers to celebrate America

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The Topeka Festival Singers will open their 30th season Monday night with "I Hear America Singing," a concert of folk songs, spirituals and patriotic anthems.
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Stroll Down Memory Lane With ‘Your Hit Parade’ | The Vignette

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Kansas City’s opera, symphony were Russell Patterson’s passions - KansasCity.com

Kansas City’s opera, symphony were Russell Patterson’s passions - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Russell Patterson has died at 85; as founding artistic director of the Lyric Opera Kansas City and the first music director of the Kansas City Symphony he helped shape the city’s cultural landscape.
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KC bandleader Vi Tran’s literary vision finds a sonic form - KansasCity.com

KC bandleader Vi Tran’s literary vision finds a sonic form - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
“American Heroine” is Vi Tran’s first full-length recording. Friday night, he and his band will celebrate its release with a show at the Kill Devil Club. It has been a work long in the making and one delayed by a cruel twist of fate.
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Russell Patterson, Former Opera And Symphony Director, Dies At 85 | KCUR

Russell Patterson, artistic director of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for four decades, as well as one of its founders, died Wednesday, he was 85.
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