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At least three generations of singers will be represented on stage when the Capital City Chorus presents its spring concert Saturday. The programs at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W.
Back in 1987, I decided to head up to Harling's upstairs one sweltering summer evening to play a little guitar, sing a little music, jam maybe with some friends and all in all learn to improve my performing, vocal, and guitar skills. Little did I know at that time that my life would change forever.
Saxophonist Ben Webster was born in Kansas City in 1909. He performed here with Bennie Moten’s and Andy Kirk’s orchestras and recorded with both. But he first gained international recognition after moving East, as lead tenor in what was arguably Duke Ellington’s greatest orchestra in the early 1940s.
The Four Freshmen have been getting it right for 65 years. Not with the same four guys — the last original member departed 21 years ago — but with a deeply dedicated lineup of four who are passionate about keeping it right.
The first annual Spring Song concert was held on March 30th in Rozzelle Court at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Charles Bruffy and The Kansas City Chorale performed a program which featured selection’s from the Chorale’s Grammy-winning album, Life and Breath. The concert was repeated on April 6th at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.
The UMKC Conservatory last Friday at Union Station’s City Stage presented “Night in a Museum,” an expertly crafted selection of scenes from various operas chosen by the performers. It was directed by Marciem Bazell, with light piano accompaniment by students Richard Jeric and Jonathan Young.