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Just as the Romantic poets idealized the heroism of the individual, Kansas City Symphony made good use of the orchestra members’ soloistic abilities during the “Symphonic Poetry” concert in Helzberg Hall on Friday night, featuring pianist Alon Goldstein
“Our lighting designer has a similar last name,” one of Molly Alspaugh’s new colleagues told her. In October 2001, 29-year old Molly was starting her job as a graphic designer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
The weather was ideal. An email last week thanked the 5000-plus fans who were there, so attendance was apparently down from a couple years back. But considering all the snakebites Kansas City’s 18th and Vine Jazz and Blues Festival endured leading up to this year’s event, the day proved to be a wonderful celebration, a fun and successful foundation on which to build.
I wasn’t familiar with the story “All My Sons” prior to seeing this play performed by the River City Community Players, and I’m glad I went into the theater not knowing what I was about to see. The play is about big issues: how multiple lives can change because of one decision; how ambition can cloud judgment; how personal pride, loyalty to family, and what one owes to his fellow citizens can collide; how far a person can go to deny the truth in order to maintain a sense of order in life. This play forces one to consider the values of truth, loyalty, and duty. In short, it fulfills one of art’s major functions: to instruct.
Join us Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Kauffman Center's Helzberg Hall for the Conservatory's Crescendo performance. This 60-minute nonstop performance features faculty and students from all creative areas of the Conservatory. Don't miss it! Tickets, 816-235-6222 or 816-994-7222.
"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club," which opens Friday at Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, isn't a stage adaptation of any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales but comes off as if he penned it.
On Tuesday, October 29 Starlight Theatre honored its premiere volunteer organization, the Starlight Ambassadors, with end-of-year appreciation party. This yearly event recognizes those who donate their time and talents to make each Guest's night at Starlight an unforgettable experience.
Funerals provide an opportunity for family and friends to find closure after a personal loss as well as give a way to reminisce, reflect, and renew other relationships at the traditional viewing at funeral parlors, however, each viewing stands unique.
Behzod Abduraimov, 23, who is wrapping up his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Park University, already has won the London International Piano Competition and has released his first CD on the Decca label.
Stephens College and the University of Missouri both house vibrant theater programs. As such, their calendars are filled each year with performances on their main stages and in their smaller, less formal spaces.
Tell Me on a Sunday with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black will be presented by Egads! Theatre Company Nov. 6 through Nov. 23. This one-act musical will be playing at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center and is based on an idea of Tim Rice, which he had wanted to develop for television. The show was originally presented at the Sydmonton Festival in 1979 with positive reactions. It was later re-written as a one-act play and produced in London in 2003. After three years it moved to Broadway with Bernadette Peters in the starring role.
In 2008 the world-renowned trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wynton Marsalis determined to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church with an ambitious mass for choir, soloists and jazz orchestra. Abyssinian 200: a Celebration was a hit, and on October 19th the Grammy-winning performer, author, classical celebrity, ambassador of peace and Jazz from Lincoln Center artistic director brought the piece to the Harriman-Jewell Series.
If you are looking for something that doesn't involve trick-or-treating this Halloween, check out the second annual "Terror on the Plains" Horror Festival that will be taking over the Alamo Drafthouse October 31. Tim English, Director of PopFilmKC and filmmaker Alden Miller fill us in on all the thrills and gore you can expect to see at the festival.
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