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Funny how the world works.  When I tell people that Octarium is in its final full season, the first response is usually an understanding nod and th...
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“Locauditor.” Is that a word? The locavore version of music listener? Well it should be used for the audience of Octarium’s “Art Local” concert. Wi...
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As a singer in Octarium, preparation for Art Local has been both exciting and troublesome. There really is nothing better in our Octari-world than...
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During the first two weeks of March almost all of Kansas City’s classical music organizations are in full swing. The Kansas City Symphony brings us...
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Kansas City-based vocal octet Octarium has selected Eric Taylor as winner and Lucas Pherigo as runner-up in the Octarium Art Local UMKC Compositi...
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Peter Lutkin: The Lord Bless You And Keep You Octarium
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Taking the audience on a gradual progression from solemn classical favorites to jazzy pop standards, Octarium showcased polished professionalism an...
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This time of year brings us an almost uninterrupted parade of holiday concerts featuring almost all of Kansas City’s classical music groups includi...
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This time of year brings us an almost uninterrupted parade of holiday concerts featuring almost all of Kansas City’s classical music groups, includ...
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(this blog was originally published in December 2010; updated in November 2011) William J. Bratton got a lot of press in the mid-90s for his un...
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I’m vlogging this year for Polyphonic On Campus , a website run by the Eastman School of Music with the mission of “enhancing the professional dev...
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Is she STILL talking about that convention? Yeah.  I sure am. So there I was on a beautiful June afternoon in San Diego, sitting inside at a s...
6 years ago | Read More |
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I have written many posts about arts funding and even created a couple of extremely popular xtra-normal videos expressing the woes, and inherent ...
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I attended the Americans for the Arts convention in San Diego last week mostly to listen to the conversation and get my finger on the pulse of the ...
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This week, Kansas governor Sam Brownback won his fight against government supported arts by executing the Kansas Arts Commission with a budgetary ...
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Yesterday, many of my Facebook and Twitter contacts posted the following video; An impassioned plea. And a mostly well-stated...
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In January, I read about something called Kickstarter in the New York Times ;  a website that presents a way for artists, designers and musicians...
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Krista Lang Blackwood's ensemble-of-eight, Octarium, presents a Listener's Choice concert on February 19th. KCM's Lee Hartman asked her about her m...
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The second half of February offers an opportunity to hear one of the most delightful comic operas in the repertoire, Donizetti’s "The Daughter of t...
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Yesterday, Kansas Governor Brownback signed an executive order to abolish the state-supported Kansas Arts Commission.  On the heels of the news of ...
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