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The great violinist Gil Shaham returns to the stage to perform Alban Berg's haunting Violin Concerto, dedicated "to the memory of an angel." In keeping with that sentiment, the concert opens with Carl Ruggles' Angels for muted brass. Franz Schubert's magnificent Ninth Symphony, one of the greatest orchestral works of all time, provides the perfect conclusion to the program. Concerts are on May 31 - June 2, 2013 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available online at www.kcsymphony.org or call (816) 471-0400.
The news of American Heartland Theater’s closing clangs through the theater world in Kansas City as the 25 year venue ends with only the current production and one more. Theater goers will miss the 400-seat venue that’s entertained theatergoers for over two decades.
KC Symphony’s annual outdoor event is ‘one of the most fun and most meaningful events we present in our season,’ says Michael Stern. And this year brings a poignant moment in an appearance by wounded vets who’ve been given new lives in music.
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.
Now that summer is almost upon us, it is time to make plans for that special child in your life. Theatre for Young America is taking enrollments for its 2013 Summer Theatre Arts Project Drama Camps. TYA offers a full array of theatre arts training for students, ages 3.5 years of age through 12th grade. Drama Camps are held at three different locations depending on the age level of the student.
World-class artists continue to perform with the Kansas City Symphony, and the May 31-June 2 concerts are no exception. Virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham and his 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius will be featured in a three-concert series with the Symphony under the baton of Music Director Michael Stern.
In preparation for Bank of America Celebration at the Station, the Kansas City Symphony rehearses with special guests Oleta Adams and Musicorps, a group of wounded veterans who help find solace and recovery through the healing power of music. Bank of America Celebration at the Station is the largest FREE Memorial Day Weekend event in the Midwest. The Kansas City Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, performs patriotic favorites against the backdrop of Kansas City's historic Union Station. The event concludes with the most blazing fireworks display of the year! For more information, visi www.CelebrationAtTheStation.com
The stars came out on May 12th, as the Kansas City Ballet bid farewell to its longtime artistic director, William Whitener. He departs this June 30th after 17 years at the company’s helm. A reception was held in the Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Hall after the Ballet’s season finale: Among the several hundred attendees were board members past and present, dancers, artistic and administrative staff, and longtime fans. Among past dancers we spotted were Kimberly Cowen, Lisa Choules, Lisa Thorn, Jennifer Owen, Christopher Barksdale and Daniel Ryan.
The Coterie Theatre located in Crown Center announced its 2013-2014 season on Wednesday May 22. This will be the 35th season for the theatre that is known for producing theatre that crosses gender, racial and generational boundaries, on stage and in the community.
The Kansas City Ballet has named Devon Carney as the company's new artistic director. For the last decade, Carney has worked with Cincinnati Ballet; since 2008, he's served as associate artistic director.
A couple of years back I heard that a combination restaurant/movie theater was planned for the venerable Prairie Village Shopping Center at 71st and Mission Road. I wrote it off as another overreaching pipe dream that would burn out in no time.
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