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Arts News: Popularizing Percussion

Say “percussion” and most people think solely of drums. Few people realize the expansiveness of the world of percussion in terms of range, styles of music and types of instruments;

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The MET Tackles Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’

The MET Tackles Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’

Let’s give credit where credit is due: Karen Paisley, co-founder and artistic director of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, long ago embraced audacity as an aesthetic value. She runs a small theater but she thinks big. Sometimes her audacious streak yields memorable shows, such as her stunning staging of the musical “Ragtime” and the epic “The […]

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Artist to Watch: Julia Haile

Artist to Watch: Julia Haile

Julia Haile is taking Kansas City by storm. “Her voice and stage presence are second to none, and her body of work is growing to be some of the best to come out of this city,” said Bill Sundahl, special events coordinator of KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio. Haile performed with well-known singer-songwriter Barclay Martin at the June 30 “Collaborations” fundraiser event for KKFI at the Folly Theater.

Arts News: Popularizing Percussion

Arts News: Popularizing Percussion

Say “percussion” and most people think solely of drums. Few people realize the expansiveness of the world of percussion in terms of range, styles of music and types of instruments; even fewer relate it to classical music. In Kansas City, four talented musicians are working to change that. They are Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga […]

Cat Mahari: Centering Blackness

Cat Mahari: Centering Blackness

If you have seen Cat Mahari perform, you don’t forget. True to her name, she moves with a fierce feline swagger. Her presence in a room can be equivalent to a mic drop. Fearless? Yes. Challenging? Definitely. Mahari is a battle-tested warrior. When she roars her truth you will pay attention. Her confidence is grounded in lived, embodied experience and intense study. It comes through her work as “centering blackness.”

NewEar Celebrates its 25th Season with a  ‘Happy Birthday’ Concert and an Expanded Mission

NewEar Celebrates its 25th Season with a ‘Happy Birthday’ Concert and an Expanded Mission

Kansas City’s professional new music ensemble celebrates its 25th season with a “Happy Birthday, newEar!” concert Dec. 2 at Central United Methodist Church. Over the past few years, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble has undergone a period of transition and restructuring, preparing to grow into the sort of arts organization that will present another 25 years of new music to the region.

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