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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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Top Five Reasons to Subscribe - KC Symphony

Subscribe to the Kansas City Symphony today! Visit our website: http://ow.ly/poUOD
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Kansas City Symphony season commences with world renowned violinist - examiner.com

Kansas City Symphony season commences with world renowned violinist - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City Symphony opens the 2013 season with a world renowned violinist, Stefan Jackiw, who comes here to perform with KCS Oct. 4-6 when he will play Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64.

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Kansas City Symphony announces $25 student season pass to promote exposure - examiner.com

Kansas City Symphony announces $25 student season pass to promote exposure  - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City Symphony just announced a special low-cost option for students to bring them into the folds of enjoying classical music by reducing the cost of students to as low as $2.27 per concert with the purchase of the new $25 Student Season Pass.

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St. Louis Symphony plays work by 2012 MICF resident composer Patrick Harlin | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

St. Louis Symphony plays work by 2012 MICF resident composer Patrick Harlin | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it
St. Louis Symphony plays work by 2012 MICF resident composer Patrick Harlin
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Kansas City Symphony opens season with violinist Stefan Jackiw - KansasCity.com

Kansas City Symphony opens season with violinist Stefan Jackiw - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Kansas City Symphony conducted by Michael Stern will start off its season with a concert of well-loved music by three popular composers: Antonin Dvorak, Felix Mendelssohn and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
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In Lieu of 1000 Words: The 2013 Prairie Village Jazz Festival, Part 2 - kcjazzlark

In Lieu of 1000 Words: The 2013 Prairie Village Jazz Festival, Part 2 - kcjazzlark | OffStage | Scoop.it

Last week, I offered photos from the daytime acts. This week, let’s take a look at the 2013 Prairie Village Jazz Festival headliners. Marilyn Maye took the stage just as the sun set

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Jeanne Jasperse, longtime KKFI radio host, has died - The Pitch

Jeanne Jasperse, longtime KKFI radio host, has died - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
FacebookJeanne Jasperse hosted the Coffeehouse Radio Show for 25 years. Jeanne Jasperse, a local singer, songwriter and musician who hosted the Sunday morning Coffeehouse Radio Show on KKFI 90.1 for 25 years, has died.
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Brass trio kicks off Community Concerts with a fanfare | cjonline.com

Brass trio kicks off Community Concerts with a fanfare | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Topeka Community Concert Association's 83rd season of presenting top-flight national touring talent will get started Sunday with a fanfare.
"This is a season you won't want to miss," said TCCA president Gary Johnson.
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Opening Night Reviews | Lyric Opera

Read what people have to say about Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of The Capulets & the Montagues!
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Jim O’Connor and his familiar trumpet sound are headed for KC - KansasCity.com

Jim O’Connor and his familiar trumpet sound are headed for KC - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
One of the joys of jazz is discovering some little-known musician who can play like a major-leaguer. And soon, one of those easily overlooked players will be visiting Kansas City.
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Kauffman Center celebrates two years with milestones - KC Business Journal

Kauffman Center celebrates two years with milestones - KC Business Journal | OffStage | Scoop.it

Two years after its opening, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has proven that it is more than a pretty space. It has helped the three arts organizations that call the venue home to rack up big increases in audience size.

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Playing at the Blue Room, saxophonist Miguel Zenón echoes Charlie Parker - KansasCity.com

Playing at the Blue Room, saxophonist Miguel Zenón echoes Charlie Parker - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Even before Miguel Zenón was awarded the MacArthur Grant, also known as the “genius grant,” in 2008, his intellectual curiosity and technical mastery had made him one of the brightest figures in jazz.
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Quality Hill scores TKO with barrage of consecutive hits in "Your Hit Parade" - examiner.com

Quality Hill scores TKO with barrage of consecutive hits in "Your Hit Parade" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

An evening of jam-packed entertainment through music awaits all that attend the current production at Kansas City’s Quality Hill Playhouse for their show, Your Hit Parade, featuring the music of 1935-1957, from the radio and TV show.

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A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit' - KCUR

A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit' - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The National Endowment for the Arts started the initiative called The Big Read as a way to encourage reading. This year, for its Big Read selection, the Kansas City Public Library chose the novel True Grit.

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Rivers to play Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' - cjonline.com

Rivers to play Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Although James Rivers plans on retiring from Washburn University at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, the concert pianist and music professor isn't through making music where he has performed and taught for nearly 46 years.
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Violinist Stefan Jackiw Talks with the Kansas City Symphony

Violinist Stefan Jackiw Talks with the Kansas City Symphony | OffStage | Scoop.it

Guest artist and violinist Stefan Jackiw will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto on Opening Weekend (Oct. 4-6) with the Kansas City Symphony. He talks with us about the upcoming performance and his thoughts on being a professional violinist.

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Symphony Ball 2013, An Evening in Italy | Leawood Lifestyle

Symphony Ball 2013, An Evening in Italy | Leawood Lifestyle | OffStage | Scoop.it

aThe Grand Hall of Union Station transformed into the legendary Piazza San Marco and transported attendees to the romantic city of Venice as Maestro Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony performed lush Italian classics in a Concerto a Venezia.The Grand Hall of Union Station transformed into the legendary Piazza San Marco and transported attendees to the romantic city of Venice as Maestro Michael

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Jazz Series keeps things vital with new home, season | Columbia Daily Tribune

Jazz Series keeps things vital with new home, season | Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it

Jazz never sleeps.

That phrase is more than just a picture, painted with words, of mad-hatted saxophonists blowing their horns until daybreak or drummers beating city streets to get from one late-night spot to the next. It's also become the mantra of the "We Always Swing" Jazz Series. Just a week from opening its 19th season, the Jazz Series knows that, to stay true to the spirit of the music it loves, it too has to remain a living, breathing, scrapping, shuffling, ever-changing organism.

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Chuck Haddix to Present Book at Unity Temple

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Saxophone virtuoso Charlie “Bird” Parker began playing professionally in his early teens, became a heroin addict at 16, changed the course of music, and then died when only 34 years old.  His life is the subject of a newly released book by Chuck Haddix, director of the Marr Sound Archives of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries.  

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Into the Night Sea Production Update & Concert Announcement - Rocket Grants

Into the Night Sea Production Update & Concert Announcement - Rocket Grants | OffStage | Scoop.it

Into the Night Sea, a collaborative project and series of eight video collages featuring visual art and dance with an accompanying soundtrack of re-imagined traditional lullabies, has been moving right along!

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Opera star Joyce DiDonato returns to St. Ann’s to thrill another audience - Prairie Village Post

Opera star Joyce DiDonato returns to St. Ann’s to thrill another audience - Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

You might have been lucky enough to be in London’s Royal Albert Hall this month where international opera star Joyce DiDonato captivated the audience with her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  Or, if you are a student at St. Ann’s, you would have been captivated by that same opera star singing the same song just a few feet from you Thursday.

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Bonnye Brown: The world as it is; the world as it could be - KansasCity.com

Bonnye Brown: The world as it is; the world as it could be - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
“Blues Jazz & America Today,” on display at the Vine Street Studio through Sept. 30, features bold expressionist paintings of the African-American community by seasoned Kansas City artist Bonnye Brown.
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Fifth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival set for July 21-26, 2014 | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Fifth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival set for July 21-26, 2014 | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it
Fifth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival set for July 21-26, 2014
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UMKC wants the Missouri Legislature to go halfsies on a $90 million downtown campus | The Pitch

UMKC wants the Missouri Legislature to go halfsies on a $90 million downtown campus | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City's better-known citizens - the ones who wear suits and don't play for the Chiefs or Royals - packed Union Station's Chamber Board Room on September 19. This gathering for those tagged "business and civic leaders" served as an update on the progress of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's "Big 5" ideas.

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