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For independent movie enthusiasts, here are a pair of confirmed January release dates in the Kansas City area that include Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the 1950s-era taboo romance "Carol," and the new animated movie "Anomalisa."
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Rezound! Handbell Ensemble (January 23); Theater Lawrence's "Deathtrap" (January 25); American Jazz Museum Composition Contest (April 11)
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January begins rather slowly for most local classical music organizations as they return from their holiday breaks and their busy pace during the holiday season. We do, however, have some delightful concerts from which to choose. The Kinnor Philharmonic kicks things off with its annual New Year concert on January 3. The Kansas City Symphony performs two concerts, one featuring British composers Elgar and Vaughan Williams and another with violinist superstar Midori playing the popular Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The Friends of Chamber Music bring the renowned Ying Quartet to town.
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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara deliver fantastic performances in the otherwise bland romantic drama "Carol."
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Sadly, 2015 was not much better than 2014 in terms of the depth of quality in movies released. However, there are always diamonds in the rough to be found and so here are KCM film contributor Michael D. Smith's offerings as to what were the ten best movies of the year. At the very least it might spark some water cooler dialogue!
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It is with great sadness that we report KCMetropolis contributor and University of Central Missouri Music Education Professor Carla Maltas passed away on December 24, 2015.
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“Dressed to Kill” at The Mystery Train; “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Coterie Theatre; “The 12 Days of Schtickmas” at Martin City Melodrama; “42nd Street” at Music Theatre Kansas City; “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” at Starlight Theatre; “A Night on the Town” at Musical Theater Heritage; “The Toughest Kid in the World” at Theater for Young America; “In The Mood” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Blue Man Group” at Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series; “How to Steal a Picasso” at the Unicorn Theatre; “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; and more.
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The Spire Chamber Ensemble presented its annual period performance of Handel’s "Messiah" this past week at Helzberg Hall showcasing world-class soloists.
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A sampling of January's gallery openings and museum exhibitions throughout the metro area includes Nina Irwin's exhibit at Weinberger Fine Art and those by Rachel Livedalen, Jackie Warren, and Robin Vanhoozer at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.
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After “The Nutcracker”’s December dominance, two visiting Russian troupes will grace metro stages in January: Russian National Ballet Theatre performs “Cinderella” for the Harriman-Jewell Series and Moscow Festival Ballet dances “Sleeping Beauty” at the Lied.
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