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Opening nights for a concert or subscription often serve to set the tone for the rest of the season. Themes to be explored, focus composers, emphasis on a certain era are introduced to the crowds, providing a taste of evenings yet to come. The opening weekend concerts of the 2013-14 Kansas City Symphony were a prime example.
If there is any film you get a chance to see at the upcoming Kansas City International Film Festival make sure it is "Daughters of the Niger Delta". Film Director Ilse van Lamoen describes her experience filming with the women of the region and how the film has given them hope and a voice.
Julie Mollenkamp, professor of theatre at the University of Central Missouri, received the 2013-14Wayne Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching at the annual Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri conference at the Lake of the Ozarks in September.
Devon Carney has been artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet only since July 9, and now he’s about to present the company in a widely diverse program that includes the world premiere of a work that he created to celebrate his debut.
Elizabeth Meriwether’s “The Mistakes Madeline Made,” making its local debut in a crisp production at the Living Room, is a taut piece of seriocomic writing that wastes few words in its exploration of grief.
Kansas City Symphony opened the 2013 season with a world renowned violinist, Stefan Jackiw, who returned to perform with KCS Oct. 4-6 where he playted Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64.
On its new double LP, the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band proves it is settling into a groove. That doesn't mean the band's material or sense of creative motion is growing stale — far from it.
Kansas City has suffered from hyper-segregation for over 60 years. We Are Superman chronicles the story of Troost Avenue, which lies in the heart of KC. Troost draws a geographic line between black and white, rich and poor. A growing movement unites to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place.
Pay What U Can, is what the Unicorn Theatre is calling the Tuesday and Wednesday night performances of Seminar, the second production of the 2013-14 season. Patrons will be allowed to pay what they can afford on those nights, “In an effort to break down social and economic barriers.” Seminar will be on the main stage of the Unicorn from October 16 through November 10.
Hear from choreographer Jodie Gates on her new work, 'Keep Me Wishing in the Dark.' The work is a co-commission of Kansas City Ballet and the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College for the New Dance Partners Project where the piece premiered in Septmber. It is also on Kansas City Ballet's fall program which runs Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center.
Hayley Podschun, a one-time child performer who grew up in Overland Park, is co-headlining the second national tour of “Wicked,” the musical prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens Wednesday at Music Hall.
Topeka native Curtis Sneden isn't the type of magician who performs a string of tricks and then packs up his wand, cards and scarves and heads home. He likes to frame his tricks with stories, audience interaction and a message.
Among the recorded arrivals a little more than a week ago was a self-produced endeavor titled "A Kansas City Trumpet Summit" (3-Valve Music). A Post-it note attached to the shrink wrap simply said, "Hope you enjoy!
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