Doreen Maronde has a passion for jazz. And it didn’t stop when she left her job at Johnson County Community College. As a volunteer, Maronde continues to program two jazz series at JCCC that she originated: the Winterlude concerts offered as part of Carlsen Center Presents, and the noontime Jazz Recital Series on Tuesdays.
In 2011, Ben Gulley walked onto the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and sang the first notes that ever graced the finished space. He performed “Nessun Dorma” from “Turandot” with then Lyric Opera of Kansas City artistic director and conductor Ward Holmquist, accompanying.
Digital sheet music is nothing new. Several old-school sheet music distributors sell digital scores on their websites. Several composers also offer their own works via digital download on their personal websites. But MusicSpoke, based in Kansas City, has taken the advent of digital scores one step further into the future by applying an online marketplace […]
On the morning of the last day of spring, Daniel Edwards casts a hopeful look at an abandoned daycare center. High weeds and forlorn-looking play equipment loom large, but Edwards sees much more. Edwards envisions this site, located in the Wendell Phillips neighborhood near 25th Street and Michigan Avenue, as the future home of a […]
Kansas City’s Latin tempo is rising. That can largely be attributed to Pablo Sanhueza and his seven-piece ensemble, The KC Latin Jazz All-Stars. Marking its 15th anniversary in 2018, the area’s premier salsa and Latin jazz orchestra has cut a broad swath through the city, performing at The Blue Room, Vox Theatre, the Gem Theater, […]
In 1995 the Mary Atkins Lecture Series was established to honor and foster the legacy of Mary McAfee Atkins, whose bequest, combined with that of William Rockhill Nelson, provided funding for the building of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The series brought to Kansas City some of the most prominent figures in the arts. In […]