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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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Concert Review Season Finale: Strauss’ Alpine Symphony | KC Symphony

Concert Review Season Finale: Strauss’ Alpine Symphony | KC Symphony | OffStage | Scoop.it

Two grand symphonic statements by Mozart and Richard Strauss comprised the final program of the 2012-2013 subscription season of the Kansas City Symphony. Mozart’s late masterpiece the Symphony # 40 in g K 550 and Strauss’ last symphonic poem, a monument to his beloved Alps, the Eine Alpensinfonie op 64 of 1915. Michael Stern was on the podium.

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Jazz in the Woods: Still playing with power | KansasCity.com

Jazz in the Woods: Still playing with power | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

This weekend’s Jazz in the Woods is a huge jazz party for charity, billed as “Kansas City’s largest free music festival.” And the free two-day festival’s Friday headliner, Greg Adams, is responsible for some of the most festive and funky sounds in American music.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/12/4289547/jazz-in-the-woods-playing-with.html?utm_source=feedly#storylink=cpy
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Mizzou International Composers Festival offering free shuttle service from Kansas City and St. Louis | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Mizzou International Composers Festival offering free shuttle service from Kansas City and St. Louis | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

Thanks to a grant from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mizzou International Composers Festival this year will offer FREE transportation to Columbia via MO-X shuttles for a limited number of patrons from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

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Sunflower musicians to perform demanding repertoire | cjonline.com

Sunflower musicians to perform demanding repertoire | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
When the violinist who debuted Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello complained it was so complicated that “no one’s going to play it but virtuosos, the composer responded, “Good, then I shan’t be assassinated by amateurs!
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Heartland Men's Chorus brings audience to feet with 'Heart and Soul' | examiner.com

Heartland Men's Chorus brings audience to feet with 'Heart and Soul' | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

“Heart and Soul, Music of the 50s brought crowds to attention and later to their feet as the Heartland Men’s Chorus presented their fun-filled musical production on the Folly Theater stage June 8 and 9.

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Pitch perfect weather for annual Bark N’ Blues festival | Prairie Village Post

Pitch perfect weather for annual Bark N’ Blues festival | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

The dogs may have come in all shapes and sizes, but the music was purebred blues.

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What It Is, What It Was | kcjazzlark

What It Is, What It Was | kcjazzlark | OffStage | Scoop.it

The last tour in this blog, a few weeks back, ended at the corner of 18th and Vine. So let’s pick up there. But this time, look down the south side of 18th Street, east from Vine.

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Russian string quartet to play Russian works at Sunflower | cjonline.com

Russian string quartet to play Russian works at Sunflower | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Atrium Quartet, a string ensemble founded in St. Petersburg, Russia, will perform at its Sunflower Music Festival concert Sunday night two quartets by Russian composers and one subtitled "Russian" but written by an Austrian.
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Photographer Bob Barry captures the energy of performers in ‘Jazzography’ | KansasCity.com

Photographer Bob Barry captures the energy of performers in ‘Jazzography’ | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Bob Barry has photographed international jazz musicians for more than three decades, and a new exhibit of his images at the American Jazz Museum documents their spirit and energy as they played.
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Marshall's Civic Band to play 30 melodies in 3 minutes | cjonline.com

Marshall's Civic Band to play 30 melodies in 3 minutes | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Before Marshall's Civic Band is halfway through the first act of its concert Sunday night at Gage Park Amphitheatre, the audience will have already heard nearly three dozen melodies.
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The sounds of Broadway at Quality Hill Playhouse | examiner.com

The sounds of Broadway at Quality Hill Playhouse | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Quality Hill Playhouse located in downtown Kansas City began the final show of their 2012-2013 seasons on May 31 with Great Big Broadway, The Rise of the Big Broadway Musical. The show which runs through June 30th is the final production of the Songs That Wrote America series.

 

 

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Born in Missouri, live Ragtime returns to Columbia | KBIA

Born in Missouri, live Ragtime returns to Columbia | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

To call Lucille Salerno a ragtime champion is an understatement. Salerno was a New York native with a lifelong love of syncopated music.  In 1999, she started organizing ragtime concerts in Columbia. Norwegian ragtime pianist Morton Gunner Larson returns to Columbia this weekend for the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Music Festival. Those concerts for devotees of ragtime and early jazz grew into what is now the Blind Boone Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival.

 

 

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Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia | KBIA

Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia this Sunday, honoring a local and national legend.  The festival features concerts and seminars from world-class ragtime performers both Monday and Tuesday.  It is named for John William “Blind” Boone, a ragtime musician who lived in Columbia around the turn of the twentieth century and helped pioneer the genre.

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Classical music venues include concert hall, cathedral and military post | cjonline.com

Classical music venues include concert hall, cathedral and military post | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Classical music fans will have their choice of a concert hall, a cathedral or a military base to enjoy their favored musical genre.
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Spirit of Kansas blues festival announces line-up | seveneightfive

For the fourth year in a row, the Topeka Blues Society will present a stellar line-up of internationally-renowned artists at its Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival at Lake Shawnee, Reynolds Lodge, 3315 SW Tinman Circle in Topeka on Thursday, July 4th.
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Concert Review: Schubert’s Ninth and Gil Shaham by Don Clark

Concert Review: Schubert’s Ninth and Gil Shaham by Don Clark | OffStage | Scoop.it

Two “greats” from different eras comprised the penultimate and highly anticipated program of the 2102-2013 Kansas City Symphony season. Michael Stern, Music Director, conducted. The first half featured the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg, Gil Shaham as solo. The last half was comprised of Schubert’s last symphony, the glorious C major number 9.

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The life and times of John Williams "Blind" Boone | Intersection

The Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz festival is in Columbia this week and runs through Tuesday. An annual affair since 1991, the festival pays tribute to one of the early pioneers of what would eventually become Ragtime music. Audiences may recall John William “Blind” Boone as one of Columbia’s most famous sons, but who was he really?

 

 

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Symphony closes this year’s classical series on a high note | KansasCity.com

Symphony closes this year’s classical series on a high note | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
There was an air of excitement at Helzberg Hall Friday night for the Kansas City Symphony’s season-ending concert of music by Mozart and Strauss.
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The Heartland Men's Chorus end the season with an outstanding show | examiner.com

The Heartland Men's Chorus end the season with an outstanding show | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City, Mo. came to life Saturday June 8 with the summer concert of the Heartland Men’s Chorus. The program titled Heart and Soul, Music of the 50’s closes out the 2012-2013 season.

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Jazz trumpeter Jones to encore at Sunflower | cjonline.com

Jazz trumpeter Jones to encore at Sunflower | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Sunflower Music Festival's experiment last year with jazz was so successful, it is back this year.

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Simon Carrington Chamber Singers return to KC this week | KansasCity.com

Simon Carrington Chamber Singers return to KC this week | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
This is the fifth year that Simon Carrington, founding member of the King’s Singers and beloved voice teacher, leaves his summer home in France and comes to Kansas City to spend a week with his namesake Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.
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Dance group, pianist Kairy Koshoeva, present world premiere of “Goldberg Variations” | KansasCity.com

The Owen/Cox Dance Group, with pianist Kairy Koshoeva, concluded their season with the world premiere of a delightfully inventive evening-length ballet set to J. S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” performed in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s White Hall.


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Concert Review: Elena Urioste and Gabriela Martinez at the Folly Theater | There Stands the Glass

Concert Review: Elena Urioste and Gabriela Martinez at the Folly Theater | There Stands the Glass | OffStage | Scoop.it

A pair of staggeringly beautiful women who happen to be accomplished musicians made Leoš Janáček's harrowing "Sonata for Violin and Piano" the centerpiece of their concert Friday at the Folly Theater.  What's not to love?

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The Incredible Mockingbird Hillbilly Band - LIVE! in the Crossroads Preview

The Incredible Mockingbird Hillbilly Band performed for the M-AAA board of directors on Friday, June 7, 2013. It was a preview of their show at LIVE! in the Crossroads on First Fridays.

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Sunflower music concert includes bass duet | cjonline.com

Sunflower music concert includes bass duet | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
At the first chamber ensembles program of the 27th Sunflower Music Festival, the audience Saturday night in White Concert Hall will see and hear musical played by two familiar groupings of musicians and one unusual one.
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