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For six decades, classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed for concert audiences around the world. Horowitz died in 1989, but the Steinway grand piano that accompanied him on tour...is still touring North America.
He performed the memorable Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Ol’ Man River" from Showboat with feeling, passion, and emotion, yet Paul Robeson’s personal life and struggles separate themselves from normality of fame and fortune and serve as the premier production for the Kansas City Repertory Theater’s 2014 season.
“He is the greatest living bass player in the world easily, and arguably the greatest for all time.” That’s how Johnny Hamil describes Francois Rabbath, the Syrian-born Parisian who is in Mission this week for an extraordinary bass workshop. For one week, Mission becomes the most important city on the continent — if you play the double bass.
Kansas City has some interesting historical figures, including Tom Pendergast and Harry Truman. Now the two come together in a new documentary by local filmmaker Terence O’Malley called “Tom and Harry: The Boss and the President.”
Actress Lauren Ward, a Tony-nominated stage star in London and New York, is a Hickman Mills High School graduate who stays connected to her Kansas City roots. She is performing in “Matilda the Musical” on Broadway.
With a star-studded cast of civic leaders listening — onstage — at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Julia Irene Kauffman announced a $20 million grant to help bring the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance to a downtown location.
With the economy still stuck on hold and wages not rising much, money for the Arts is always a concern to those who work and enjoy the venues that bring art to the multitudes, with the Kansas City Symphony being one of those venues.
The Mizzou International Composers Festival annual music composition festival taking place this summer in Columbia is offering free transportation for a limited number of concert-goers from St. Louis and Kansas City.
How do you improve on near perfection? The answer is simple, see The Rocky Horror Show a second time at Off Center Theatre in Crown Center. The cult classic turned forty on opening night in June and was a hit. Steven Eubanks, the Artistic Director for Egads Theatre, directs this rock musical that not only improves with time, but apparently with every performance. This has become one of the funniest and sexiest shows produced in Kansas City.
Seasoned theatre executive Angela Lee Gieras will join the Kansas City Repertory Theatre as its executive director. The newly created position will provide additional leadership as the Rep prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2014 and will support the Rep as it continues to strengthen its position as a leading regional theatre. Gieras will begin her new position on August 1.
Performing at Starlight this summer is a homecoming for Broadway actresses Haley Hannah (Flashdance - The Musical) and Lisa Karlin (Disney's The Little Mermaid). Both actresses grew up in Johnson County, performed at various local theatres including Starlight, and trained at Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice.
Since opening the doors of their home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity in August 2011, Kansas City Ballet has been, well, creative in their approach to appealing to Kansas Citians with an interest in dance.