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UMKC Theatre is one of four institutions (or 26 schools) The Acting Company has selected to participate in a new national consortium-based performance and education initiative comprised of universities, colleges, public/private high schools and community organizations. Under the lead of Arizona State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Towson University and State University of New York-Oswego, each consortium will offer professional development opportunities with playwrights, actors, designers, directors and educators over the next three-years.
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The Kansas City Symphony and Chorus performing works of German masters including Mendelssohn and Brahms. Ballet fans will enjoy both the Friends of Alvin Ailey and the Fall Dance Concert of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Choral music aficionados will enjoy the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir for the Harriman-Jewell Series, plus the fine soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Ancient music fans may opt to hear the European Baroque music ensemble Vox Luminis at The Friends of Chamber Music. And for those celebrating Halloween, check out a couple of special spooky events listed below.
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The Harriman-Jewell Series welcomed back esteemed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Kansas City last Thursday in an appearance at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, once again in recital with longtime pianist-collaborator Kathryn Stott.
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The St. Olaf Band confirmed their status as one of the best wind bands in the country with a rousing performance of old and new works.
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Julie Fowlis, the singer for Pixar’s “Brave,” presented a program of traditional Scottish Gaelic music on Saturday at the Carlsen Center.
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"Men, Women and Children" based upon Chad Kultgen’s 2011 novel of the same name, is ambitious in its attempt to explore a complicated maze of teen and adult relationships, and how the Internet has changed it all.
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KU School of Music vocal students met the challenge of performing two rarely performed one-act operas, “The Old Maid and the Thief” and “Trial by Jury,” last week in Lawrence.
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The 2014 Edgar Snow Symposium—named after the first American journalist to extensively cover the events after China’s Long March—was a wonderful exchange of orchestral musical ideas between the Tianjin and UMKC Conservatories.
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For an uninterrupted 90 minutes of continuous playing, the stalwart Kronos Quartet performed for the Harriman-Jewell Series on Saturday night.
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The UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, Robert H. Olson, music director, has achieved 2nd place nationally in the college/university orchestra division of The American Prize competition, 2014.
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