Ministering to Musicians

Sore muscles, instrument wear and tear, tax challenges and stress. Musicians deal with all of them on a regular basis. Fortunately, there is a world of professionals — from luthiers and massage therapists to chiropractors and vocal coaches — to minister to musicians’ needs, and these experts and craftsmen are every bit as remarkable as those we see on stage.

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An Ambassador of Dance: Mary Pat Henry and the Tianjin Conservatory of Music

When China’s prestigious Tianjin Conservatory of Music decided to launch a modern dance program for Chinese students, the school asked two professors with dual tenures at the UMKC Conservatory and the Tianjin Conservatory to recommend an outstanding choreographer and instructor to lead it. Without hesitation, the professors, UMKC Distinguished Professor Chen Yi and her husband, […]

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Honors: Mercedes Lucero

“In the Garden of Broken Things,” a 34-page chapbook of prose and short fiction works by Lawrence, Kan., poet on-the-rise Mercedes Lucero, is a short journey, but it maps the crevices of the heart and soul, stopping a while to reflect on life’s messy entanglements. The unassuming paperback is available from the small press, Flutter Press.

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With a little help from his friends…

All I’ve ever wanted to do is paint,” Mike Hartung said in a recent interview, “but I’ve never had any desire for self-glorification.” Which explains why, at age 72, the artist from Lindsborg, Kansas, is only now exhibiting his artworks for the first time to the public. In August the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, the Salina Art Center and the Moss-Thorns Gallery at Fort Hays State University will simultaneously exhibit over 60 of Hartung’s works spanning more than four decades.

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Meet “The Classical Challenge”

Every Wednesday evening, radiating 80 miles from 39th and Main Streets, eclectic, rambunctious music permeates the Kansas City airwaves when “The Classical Challenge” broadcasts on KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio. “The Classical Challenge,” the only classical music show on KKFI, is unlike any classical music radio show in the region. “We try to play things that are either experimental or challenging…” said Mike Pettengel, host and founder of the show.

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