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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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A Divine Intervention - KC Fringe Festival review by KKN | KC Stage Reviews

Sahj Kaya's "A Divine Intervention" is an hour-long show expressing themes of pacifism, spirituality and consciousness presented through live and recorded music, spoken word, dance and video.  The show is driven by Sahj Kaya's powerful, passionate voice.  Hip-hop artist Storm's spoken word in various numbers was a perfect compliment to the musical offering.  Fans of world music will especially enjoy this show.

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Jelly Rose - KC Fringe Festival review by savilaart | KC Stage Reviews

Okay, I had no idea what I was getting into and I did not expect much at all. All I knew was a co-worker went on and on about a teenage girl that was an amazing performer/singer and that she was way beyond her years in talent and style. Wow, that proved to be a gross understatement. I am so happy I went through the trouble of by-passing my home and stopping at a fast food joint to grab a burger before heading over to the La Esquina to see a teenage performer, Jelly Rose. more...

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Radio Bach is Back! | The Local Show

Randy Mason is joined by Patrick Neas and Emily Behrmann to discuss the recent launch of Radio Bach. Neas, classical music's morning voice in Kansas City for many years with KXTR, and Behrmann, general manager of Johnson County Community College's Carlsen Center, talk about this new media partnership and how the internet radio idea got started.

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Rebranded jazz festival is returning this fall | KansasCity.com

The American Jazz Museum announced that the former Rhythm and Ribs Festival will return Oct. 12 as Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival.
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Lyric Opera of Kansas City Appoints New Board & Staff Members | Broadway World

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Appoints New Board & Staff Members | Broadway World | OffStage | Scoop.it
Lyric Opera of Kansas City today announced key appointments to the Company's Board of Trustees and senior staff, according to Deborah Sandler, General Director and CEO.
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Opera Ooh-La-La! - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

Opera--no, don't leave. Sit down, sit down. It's all right. Honestly. Never mind what you've been trained to think, all fat women in viking outfits, people dying loudly in Italian (which is a hell of a language to die in, let me tell you), all that jazz--no. This is the real stuff. One song at a time, delivered beautifully in an intimate space by talented local divas, mostly in their underwear.

Only at Fringe, cousin. Only at Fringe. more...

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Composers Festival Spotlight: Daniel Kellogg | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Composers Festival Spotlight: Daniel Kellogg | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is pleased to welcome Daniel Kellogg as one of the two guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

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Classical Music Patron Keeps Genre Vital | KBIA

Classical Music Patron Keeps Genre Vital | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

Some of the music playing in the Missouri Theatre this week will be heard publicly for the first time ever. That’s because starting Thursday, the University of Missouri School of Music’s annual Mizzou International Composers Festival takes the stage.

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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by Guildenstern | KC Stage Reviews

Fringe is known for its exotic acts, from belly dance fusion to dancers from India, but Brings Plenty offers something new blended with something old and adds a whole new exotic dimension to Fringe. This is an hour of Native American music, dance, stories, feathers, hula hoops, and hair that gives ancient indigenous traditions a contemporary twist. more...

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by Fringetastic | KC Stage Reviews

So this show wasn't very traditional, but it was in fact the most tasteful show I've seen with a burlesque title. I loved that the music was live, as well. Anyone can shake to music, but live music has the opportunity for so many mistakes, which were minimal, especially on an opening night show. The best part of the show; the women were all beautiful! No offense to some traditional burlesque where tassels overshadow the other unsightly jiggles of an unkempt physique. These ladies are definitely dancers, and Mercury's music was very creative, showing that he is actually a multifaceted composer. I would definitely see this show again! Very nice work!

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Legend of White Woman Creek - KC Fringe Festival review by LindsayAdams | KC Stage Reviews

This pioneer tale sings of a woman whose life was a tragedy of loss and limitations. The grief’s experiences by many pioneer women are not the kind that is often recognized by history. This is the story of Anna Morgan Faber, a Kansan pioneer, who went West, and found open prairies and narrow minds waiting for her.  more....

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UMKC Composition Student Chin Ting Chan Ranks No. 3 in National Competition | UMatters

UMKC Composition Student Chin Ting Chan Ranks No. 3 in National Competition | UMatters | OffStage | Scoop.it

Composer and University of Missouri-Kansas City student Chin Ting Chan received 3rd place nationally in The American Prize in Chamber Music Composition competition, 2013 – student division, for the work “Icebergs.” Chin Ting Chan was selected from applications reviewedthis spring from all over the United States.

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Broadway Jazz Club will take over Outabounds space | The Pitch

Broadway Jazz Club will take over Outabounds space | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Jazz returns to 36th Street and Broadway when Jazz on Broadway opens this fall.
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The Legend of White Woman Creek - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

This show is like a one-woman western opera, with most of the story told through song with just a little bit of story told through speaking. The songs were very good and the actress/singer really demonstrated the emotions vocally.

The one thing that bothered me was that it started out with the framing device of a researcher into the paranormal who  channeled/contacted Anna Wee. If you are going to do that, I would have liked to have seen a return to the researcher character to bring it full circle, rather than just a "goodnight everyone" kind of ending, which is more appropriate to concert than to the kind of story you were telling.

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Fringe last weekend | Mickey's Midtown KC

Fringe last weekend | Mickey's Midtown KC | OffStage | Scoop.it

This is the last weekend for the Kansas City Fringe Festival and your last chance to see LOVE, NUMBERS, AND TELEVISION at the Unicorn Theater this Saturday night.  This is composer Ryan Oldham’s opera Numera and composer Jonathan Robertson’s music drama, And the TV Said…

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KC Chamber Orchestra starts season with celebratory, summery repertoire | KansasCity.com

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra began its 27th season with repertoire favorites from some of classical music’s most lauded names: Haydn, Handel, and Mozart.
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Performance from Cathy & Dave | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper is joined by local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform the song, "Santa Fe Trail".

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Opera Ooh-La-La! - KC Fringe Festival review by MelodyPaige | KC Stage Reviews

Take three parts opera and one part burlesque and you have this very interesting show. Leave the kids at home for this one as this is definitely not child friendly. This is a mature program is a wonderful journey through various arias of many famous operas. This show is combines visual and audio beauty perfectly. If you choose to go to this one, don’t expect it to be a quiet, ritzy night at the opera. This is anything but that. This is a relaxed and sexy show where the vocalists (and actress) feed off the audiences response. In other words go ready to make some noise! Shout, whistle, clap and just enjoy your evening! more...

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Columbia Chorale has big plans ahead | Columbia Daily Tribune

The Columbia Chorale has been around for 35 years and has experienced its share of highs and lows.
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The Kansas City Chorus of the Sweet Adelines: United in Song | KC Studio

The Kansas City Chorus of the Sweet Adelines: United in Song | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

Stacy Schumacher and the vibrant group of more than 100 local women prepare for International competition. The women of the Kansas City Chorus of the Sweet Adelines are sassy, hard-working and diverse in their daily occupations, but unite them in song and they are powerhouses with one goal in mind – winning the international competition this November in Hawaii.

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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyau | KC Stage Reviews

Growing up in South Dakota, no child needs telling that the world is awesome. And visiting Pine Ridge or Rosebud, as I did fairly often in the Sixties, I did not need telling that the dominant culture can be awful. The transcendent power of Plains spirituality has carried native peoples through thick and thin — and for well more than a century, things have been pretty thin. more...

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by Showrev | KC Stage Reviews

I appreciate that this burlesque production tried to be different, but that's not it! Only the Mercury Mad music saved the show for my rating of 1. Too much dance (not too good; btw, if you're using props please get some instruction on how to use them properly), too little burlesque. That's it!

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Tormenta Quixotica - KC Fringe Festival review by Iann | KC Stage Reviews

A wonderful night out with friends to my first Fringe event this year. Tormenta Quixotica's performance, a great blend of aerial displays, dance routines, and music with an engaging story line.
Allot of elegant action going on which reminds me how talented the performers are to make the technical things seem invisible. A few of my favorites were the extortionists and how their costumes that helped accent what the human form can do yet still be a beautiful art form before the audiences eyes. Another was seeing how seamless two or in this case six people can be on the big hoop thing, and all in unison be doing what they did.

Truly amazing and talented group!

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Carol Dale Named to National Flute Association’s Finance Committee | UMatters

Carol Dale Named to National Flute Association’s Finance Committee | UMatters | OffStage | Scoop.it

Carol Dale, Ph.D., was recently named to the Finance Committee of the 5,000-member National Flute Association. Her term will begin at the NFA’s Convention in August 2013. She previously served as secretary of the organization.

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Composers at MU festival share narratives that explain and emerge in their creations | Columbia Tribune

Composers at MU festival share narratives that explain and emerge in their creations | Columbia Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
In a way, composers resemble storytellers and musicians are like characters acting the story out. Most compositions are formed from some experience or situation — either realistically or fictionally.
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