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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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A late starter at 17, area piano prodigy competes at a high level | KansasCity.com

A late starter at 17, area piano prodigy competes at a high level | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
A young Platte City pianist performs in the finals of an international competition. Will the experience launch her career as a concert pianist?
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Mizzou music festival offers free rides from Kansas City | KBIA

Mizzou music festival offers free rides from Kansas City | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Mizzou International Composers Festival annual music composition festival taking place this summer in Columbia is offering free transportation for a limited number of concert-goers from St. Louis and Kansas City.

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Summerfest’s ‘Reflecting Forward’ links genres, eras, old and new | KansasCity.com

As often as music is divided into this style or that era, it largely exists as an ever-changing amorphous entity that pushes forward only to twist back on itself.
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Aram Demirjian Promoted To Symphony's Assistant Conductor | KCUR

Aram Demirjian Promoted To Symphony's Assistant Conductor | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
After working as an assistant conductor with Kansas City Symphony for a year now, Aram Demirjian is taking on a new role: associate conductor for the 2013
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Harmonious agreement for Kansas City Symphony | KansasCity.com

Harmonious agreement for Kansas City Symphony | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The symphony and its musicians have reached agreement on a three-year contract a full year ahead of schedule.
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Kansas City Symphony welcomes Audra McDonald for one-night performance | examiner.com

Kansas City Symphony welcomes Audra McDonald for one-night performance | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Five time Tony Award winner and two time Grammy Winner, Audra McDonald comes Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to perform with the Kansas City Symphony to benefit Kansas City’s Young Audiences and arts education, according to a spokesman for the Symphony.

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Irish Duo, Paul Byrom and Damian McGinty, dazzles us with Sinatra | KCLive.tv

Irish Duo, Paul Byrom and Damian McGinty, dazzles us with Sinatra | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

Paul Byrom and Damian McGinty sang a classic Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. tune in Studio S. Both singers were formally part of the Irish men's group, Celtic Thunder. McGinty went on to win the reality show, The Glee Project, which earned him a spot on the show Glee. They are in town to perform in a private sold out concert. 

 
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Internet classical music station Radio Bach kicks off with a patriotic Fourth | KansasCity.com

Starting Thursday, Radio Bach is back, this time as an Internet radio station at RadioBach.com. Patrick Neas, KXTR’s longtime program director, is back, too, although he won’t be an announcer, at least for now.
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Black House Improvisors' Collective seeking projects

Black House Improvisors' Collective seeking projects | OffStage | Scoop.it
This fall Black House will be taking over the Paragraph and Project Space galleries for a 2 month long new music festival called Black Lab. We are now accepting project proposals for new music regardless of style.
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Trumpet trio will convene a musical summit at the Blue Room | KansasCity.com

Trumpet trio will convene a musical summit at the Blue Room | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Mike Metheny is a poet of his instrument, not the exhibitionist type. And he has chosen two other brass poets, Stan Kessler and Hermon Mehari, to complete the band he calls the Kansas City Trumpet Summit, which appears on Saturday at the Blue Room.
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Chris Gallagher's curator insight, October 31, 2014 9:38 AM

This is a pretty song, and makes me think of Madagascar the movie where all of the animals except the lion, because this song is playing in the background.

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2 KC musicians move onward to Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra | examiner.com

2 KC musicians move onward to Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra just grew stronger, thanks to their addition of two outstanding artists from the Kansas City Symphony,
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If you’re coming to Columbia… | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

If you’re coming to Columbia… | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

If you’re coming to Columbia for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival, you can still take advantage of a festival discount at one of our participating hotels.

 

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Mission hosts world famous bass virtuoso for workshop at SM North | Prairie Village Post

Mission hosts world famous bass virtuoso for workshop at SM North | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

“He is the greatest living bass player in the world easily, and arguably the greatest for all time.” That’s how Johnny Hamil describes Francois Rabbath, the Syrian-born Parisian who is in Mission this week for an extraordinary bass workshop. For one week, Mission becomes the most important city on the continent — if you play the double bass.

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Visitation Church presents local favorites in benefit concert | KansasCity.com

Visitation Church presents local favorites in benefit concert | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
With its sought-after acoustics and a top-notch organ, Venue Visitation aims to make beautiful music available at low cost.
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A New Contract For Kansas City Symphony Musicians | KCUR

A New Contract For Kansas City Symphony Musicians | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

It’s been called a "tumultuous time" for orchestras across the United States with labor disputes leading to strikes and lockouts. But the Kansas City Symphony, the city’s largest performing arts organization, announced a new three-year contract Friday with musicians signed a year ahead of schedule.

 

 

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Kansas City Symphony extends contract, promotes conductor | examiner.com

Kansas City Symphony extends contract, promotes conductor | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

After joining the Kansas City symphony in2012 as an assistant conductor Aram Demirjian just signed a two year contract extension and received a promotion to associate conductor for the next two concert seasons,, 2013-2015.

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Missouri Cures & Missouri Symphony Society | Paul Pepper

The Missouri Symphony Society is holding their annual Fourth of July concert tomorrow night! KIRK TREVOR joins us with more.

 

 

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The People's Liberation Big Band celebrates five years of wild jazz at RecordBar | The Pitch

The People's Liberation Big Band celebrates five years of wild jazz at RecordBar | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
When seeing the People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, it's very hard to say exactly what will happen on- or, as the case may be, offstage.
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Middle of the Map Fest 2013 Recap

It still seems like this year has been a dream. We spent the first quater of the year prepping and putting on Middle of the Map Fest and it was quite the journey.

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kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: Trumpet Summit at The Blue Room

kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: Trumpet Summit at The Blue Room | OffStage | Scoop.it

The show started at 8:30. That's when I walked in, give or take a few minutes. I was about to hand over the $10 cover charge when the ticket seller warned me, “It’s standing room only.” I thought a moment then gave her my money, adding, “Good. I’m glad that room is packed.” The ticket seller laughed (then she found me an open seat on the floor. It pays to be a regular and make the ticket seller laugh).

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Summer’s back and so are Summerfest chamber performances | KansasCity.com

Summer’s back and so are Summerfest chamber performances | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Next weekend kicks off the 23rd year of cool chamber music in the heat of summer.
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Lyric Apprentice Program Advances Opportunities in Opera | KC Studio

Lyric Apprentice Program Advances Opportunities in Opera | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

An apprentice is one who learns by practical experience under skilled workers or individuals in a trade, art, or calling. For Artistic Director Ward Holmquist, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and its apprentice program aids developing opera singers with a rare opportunity to continue to hone their art and shape their voices along a more confident path. Those who are selected participate in a two-year program of training and performances, which includes supporting roles in main stage operas, vocal coaching, and serving as ambassadors for their art form.

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The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 - So Far | KCUR

The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 - So Far | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
Is your iTunes library lacking a local flare? From jazz acts to hip hop artists and everything in between, KCUR has its finger on the pulse of local music.
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