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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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Final preparations | Black House Collective

Final preparations | Black House Collective | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kim Kardashians cries

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Schubert's Ninth and Gil Shaham | KC Symphony Podcast

The great violinist Gil Shaham returns to the stage to perform Alban Berg’s haunting Violin Concerto, dedicated “to the memory of an angel.” In keeping with that sentiment, the concert opens with Carl Ruggles’ Angels for muted brass. Franz Schubert’s magnificent Ninth Symphony, one of the greatest orchestral works of all time, provides the perfect conclusion to the program. Concerts are May 31 - June 2, 2013 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Building A Brand New Audience | KC Studio

Building A Brand New Audience | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Sees Growing Interest in Opera

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Symphony orchestras struggle to court a younger audience | KBIA

Symphony orchestras struggle to court a younger audience | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

Next month, the Missouri Symphony Society will kickoff its annual Hot Summer Nights music festival. This year’s lineup features over 20 performances, spanning a variety of genres. That list includes traditional classical and opera, as well as more contemporary fare, including tributes to Michael Jackson and Elton John. There’ll also be a number of kid-friendly events, including one that draws upon the connections between pizza and music.

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UMKC’s orchestra of gamelans rings with golden tones | KansasCity.com

UMKC’s orchestra of gamelans rings with golden tones | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The combination of gold metalwork with blue paint on the wood has a serene and ennobling effect. One could look at it for hours. But when the hammers come out and the otherworldly tinkling and chiming begin, the effect is truly mesmerizing.
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The Tenors play to large, enthusiastic crowd at the Midland | KansasCity.com

The Tenors play to large, enthusiastic crowd at the Midland | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Four engaging young Canadians called The Tenors beguiled a capacity crowd at the Midland Theatre Friday evening with a polished road show that covered musical territory from immortal tenor arias to American religious music to Elvis Presley and Bob...
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Singers to swing at season finale | Capital Journal

Singers to swing at season finale | Capital Journal | OffStage | Scoop.it
Songs recorded in their heyday by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller will be heard when the Topeka Festival Singers close their 2012-13 season with “Swingin’ with the TFS!
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World-famous quartet , The Tenors, perform in Kansas City for one night | KCLive.tv

World-famous quartet , The Tenors, perform in Kansas City for one night | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it
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Tom Trenney shows range in Helzberg Hall performance - KansasCity.com

Nebraskan Tom Trenney's Wednesday evening organ recital at Helzberg Hall proved one thing beyond a doubt: the hall's magnificent Casavant organ's beauty, range and power really jump out at you when the room is mostly empty.
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Ad Astra presents the song cycle 'Edges' | Capital Journal

Ad Astra presents the song cycle 'Edges' | Capital Journal | OffStage | Scoop.it
Jo Huseman and Nancy Epoch, who, respectively, directed and music-directed scores of musicals at the Helen Hocker Theater, return to those roles by bringing to the stage "Edges," a song cycle about coming of age, growth and self-discovery.
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Singer Cassie Taylor | Kansas City blues are in her blood | KansasCity.com

Singer Cassie Taylor | Kansas City blues are in her blood | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Blues singer Cassie Taylor of Blairstown, Mo., is the daughter of Kansas City blues singer Otis Taylor. Her latest record is “Out of My Mind.” She performs May 23 at Knuckleheads Saloon.
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KC Symphony Finds Innovative Creative Outlet

KC Symphony Finds Innovative Creative Outlet | OffStage | Scoop.it

On Sunday night, the Fella, Fella’s parents and I returned to the Kansas City Symphony. I think this is our fourth time this year? Ever since I saw a sneak peak of the Symphony’s new home at Helzberg Hall, I knew I wanted to experience their music as much as possible.

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Quality Hill "You've Got a Friend" review by Kellie Houx | KC Studio

Quality Hill "You've Got a Friend" review by Kellie Houx | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

A standing ovation is the form of applause where members of a seated audience stand up while applauding after an extraordinary performance of acclaim. The collaborative voices and musicians at Quality Hill Playhouse for the current show, You’ve Got a Friend: Music That Raised the Baby Boomers, deserved every round of applause and the standing ovations.

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Review: Harriman Jewel Series Discovery Concert | KC Independent

Review: Harriman Jewel Series Discovery Concert | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

Young performers these days are so often given to musical excess and personal flamboyance that it’s refreshing to find one with a solid and sensible foundation on which to build a substantial career. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, 18, has excellent technique, sensitive musicality and a reasoned approach to the piano.

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The Mizzou New Music Initiative Aims to Put Missouri on the Music Map | St. Louis Magazine

The Mizzou New Music Initiative Aims to Put Missouri on the Music Map | St. Louis Magazine | OffStage | Scoop.it
St. Louis Magazine is St. Louis' premier lifestyle magazine, focusing on all the most interesting people, places, events and trends in the Gateway City.
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Ignore the slug line and check out the hard work going on.

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Bands at the UMKC Conservatory

Join conductors Steven D. Davis and Joe Parisi directing the Conservatory Wind Symphony and Conservatory Wind Ensemble, respectively, in this short, but powe...
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It Continues | kcjazzlark

One night the owner was drunk or high, I’m not sure which, and talking obnoxiously loud right in the middle of the room, at a table up front, near the stage. The speakers dangling from the ceiling in there were never all that great. Sitting at the bar, I couldn’t enjoy the singer or the band. Dismayed, I left.

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Blues added to summer Topeka park concerts | Capital Journal

Blues added to summer Topeka park concerts | Capital Journal | OffStage | Scoop.it
In addition to jazz, marches and show tunes, blues will be heard this summer at free concerts in two of Topeka's parks.
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Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán: The Music of Mexico | KC Studio

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán: The Music of Mexico | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it
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Listen, Do You Want To Know a Secret? | There Stands the Glass

Listen, Do You Want To Know a Secret? | There Stands the Glass | OffStage | Scoop.it
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Shaham’s impeccable musicianship touches those on and off the stage | KC Symphony

I have been working for the Kansas City Symphony for close to 10 years now and no part of it has ever been boring. The Symphony is a very well-run organization that takes good care of its musicians and staff, and of course I love that. But the things that have kept me motivated for a decade are not listed in any prospectus or catalog of employee benefits. They are the unexpected perks. 

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Ravel's Boléro: KC Symphony Classics Uncorked Rehearsal

Join the Kansas City Symphony on May 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. for the sensuous rhythms of Latin dance and jazz for a light and lively chamber orchestra program. You...
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Kansas City Heartland Men's Chorus extends awareness to social issues with music | examiner.com

Kansas City Heartland Men's Chorus extends awareness to social issues with music | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
National Give OUT Day is tomorrow, May 9th, and Heartland Men's Chorus is participating in this event allowing you to invest in HMC or hundreds of other organiz
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The Tenors: Regular guys with divine voices | KansasCity.com

The Tenors: Regular guys with divine voices | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The group rides a professional high into its Friday concert in Kansas City. Its new album, “Lead With Your Heart,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s crossover charts.
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Composer Interview: John Chittum | Black House Collective

Composer Interview: John Chittum | Black House Collective | OffStage | Scoop.it
What is your opera about and what is your ritual? My opera is about morning coffee...and what happens when the ritual of morning coffee gets taken way too far. Is this your first opera? Do you have experience writing for opera singers?
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