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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!
Beethoven, Brahms, and Armstrong are back! From June 7 to June 15, 2013, the 26th Annual Sunflower Music Festival will offer free and unique orchestra and chamber music concerts every night beginning at 7:30 p.m. inside White Concert Hall at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, with one night reserved for a jazz concert at the same location. Those who appreciate fine music are encouraged to attend and bring friends who will soon want to make this unique Topeka event an annual pleasure.
Bells galore will be heard Sunday in downtown Topeka when the famed Westminster Concert Bell Choir performs a concert at First United Methodist Church. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 600 S.W.
Along with the familiar names of Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, those perusing the program of the 27th Sunflower Music Festival will find a new one, Andres Cardenes, who will lead the event's three chamber orchestra concerts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It will be all aboard Sunday for the Topeka Santa Fe Band's first Gage Park concert of the summer. The band will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the amphitheater, which is located west of the Topeka Zoo and north of the Blaisdell Aquatic Center.
Big band sounds from 1950s Sonny Rollins, to 1960s Count Basie, to 1970s Chicago, to the 2000s Big Phat Band will be heard Sunday evening in Gage Park, where the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band will perform the first of its three summer concerts.
After watching "Edges: A Song Cycle" staged by the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble, you won't leave talking about the plot. You will leave talking about the six singers who comprise this cast, and how their voices soar through the entire 80-minute runtime.
Topekans who stay to watch all of the credits of "The Great Gatsby," the just-opened film adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name, will see a familiar name acknowledged on the big screen: W.
Although it is as far as a Broadway musical can get from its historic feel-good fare, those who see Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy’s Studio Series production of “Next to Normal” should leave feeling better having explored a subject that touches far...
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