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As the resident ensemble for the Festival since it began in 2010, AWS plays a crucial role in bringing to life the new works created by the resident composers. Not many groups would be willing or able to take on the challenge of premiering eight new pieces in one night with limited rehearsal time, but Alarm Will Sound has accomplished the task each year of the MICF with consummate skill and flair.
Out of more than 160 people who auditioned for a role in Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy's debut production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Les Miserables," director Shannon J. Reilly and his production team skimmed the cream and cast 56.
IFC’s film program in the Kansas City Fringe Festival (7/18-7/28/13). Screenings will be at Screenland Crown Center. This year’s program will be all original material never before shown at an IFC screening or something brand new you want to shoot for this event! Admission is $10, the program is rated PG. Sorry, no discounts.
It's no secret that the arts community is Kansas City is vibrant and dynamic, but like any arts community it takes a lot of work to get a play or musical, visual exhibit, fashion show or performance to get in front of the general public. As Cheryl Kimmi, Founder of Kansas City Fringe Festival put it, artists have to put their work through a lot of testing before a theater or museum will consider hosting it.
It’s been around about 100 years, but in that time, jazz has morphed into various subgenres such as free jazz, Bebop, Afro-Cuban, avant-garde and of course, traditional. The subgenres are diverse, but no matter the style, the American Jazz Museum staff and leadership want to make sure that all jazz, from its earliest incarnations in the early 1900s to the music being produced in 2013, is treasured.
Today, we begin a series of posts featuring the composers who will be taking part in the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.
Our first subject is Elizabeth A. Kelly, one of this year’s eight resident composers, and someone who shares with MU’s Stefan Freund and many of the members of the Festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound a connection to the Eastman School of Music.
Flashdance-The Musical opened July 9 at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre on the hottest day so far this summer with afternoon temps inching up bit by bit toward the century mark, but when the sun went and the breeze picked up, audiences sat waiting for the memorable strains of Flashdance-The Musical to begin. The show runs through July 14.
Musical excerpt of "There's Something about Loretta" performed by Kenny Personett, Lucas Dorrel, Teddy Trice, Jake Bartley, Christopher Bueno, Mosha Clyma, Brittany DeMars, Marshall Hopkins, Jacob Houghton & Hannah Thompson.
Tuesday evening, the first night of the Starlight Theatre show “Flashdance, the Musical”, which runs through Sunday, brought in a large crowd despite the warm temperatures. The sponsor of the show is The Missouri Lottery and guests received a free lottery ticket.
Although most people only see Ballet Folklorico de Topeka dancing at the annual Fiesta Mexicana, its members rehearse year round, preserving the traditional dances of Mexico and introducing them to new generations of youths.
On Monday, 17-year-old Sarah Rasmussen, of Platte City, Mo., placed second in the final round of the International Institute for Young Musicians piano competition, an annual event that leads into a three-week camp on the Kansas University campus.
On Wednesday the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation announced a $20 million grant towards a downtown arts campus project for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The grant is contingent on the Conservatory raising an additional $70 million need for the project’s first phase within a period of three year.
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