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One on One With Heidi Van

“The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation.” Susan B. Anthony, to whom the quote

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Opera Singer with a Big Heart

Tenor James Valenti Comes to Town to Sing Tosca |  Other visits include Children International headquarters Tenor James Valenti stands tall in the world of opera. Scheduled to make his

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Rhapsody in Blue: KC Jazz Orchestra’s 3rd Annual Gala Celebration

Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé several times, including the original 1924 scoring, “theater orchestra” setting published in 1926, and the […]

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Stan Kenton’s Last Successful Experiment

Stan Kenton’s last successful experiment was his mellophonium band of 1960-1963. Despite the difficulties in keeping the four mellophoniums (which formed their own separate section) in tune, this particular Kenton orchestra had its exciting moments; the albums Kenton’s West Side Story(arrangements by Johnny Richards) and Adventures In Jazz, each won Grammy awards in 1962 and […]

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Pop Music in the Cyber Age

Today’s Glitz Overshadows Past Artistic Messages Each individual brings a unique perspective to this world, shaped by genes, experiences and passions. My perspective is primarily shaped by music which has literally been my abiding passion for more than 70 years. Because of its constancy, it has become the “lens” through which I primarily view the […]

Three Performing Arts Groups Unite for The Merchant of Venice

Three Performing Arts Groups Unite for The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, written more than 400 years ago, is still staged today, although many theater companies express some reservations about its performance. The play is thought to be unsettling to modern audiences especially in the portrayal of the Jewish moneylender Shylock and undercurrents of anti-Semitism. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival […]

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The Sage of Aquarius: Eric Rosen Reinvents HAIR

By the time Eric Rosen saw the movie HAIR in 1979, he was 8 years old and had known all the words to all the songs since he was 6. “HAIR is part of my DNA,” Rosen says. “My parents were hippies. This music was always part of our household. As a child, I didn’t […]

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One on One With Heidi Van

One on One With Heidi Van

“The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation.” Susan B. Anthony, to whom the quote is attributed, might have had in mind a woman just like Heidi Van. Van has assumed a place not only by the fireside and council […]

Opera Singer with a Big Heart

Opera Singer with a Big Heart

Tenor James Valenti Comes to Town to Sing Tosca |  Other visits include Children International headquarters Tenor James Valenti stands tall in the world of opera. Scheduled to make his Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut in Tosca April 18-26, the 6’5″ tenor may appreciate taking center stage, but he would much rather lift a […]

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KC Jazz Orchestra Concert Coming Up

Friday, February 27, 2015 – 8 PM  You’ll find yourself ‘OVER THE RAINBOW’ and ‘SWINGING ON A STAR’ in Helzberg Hall when The KCJO swings the silver screen with arrangements of some of the best music ever featured in motion pictures! Tickets cost from $25 to $50 and can be purchased at the KCPA Box […]

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Musical Theater Heritage Signs Lease at Crown Center

Musical Theater Heritage (MTH), the Kansas City professional theater company specializing in Musical Theater productions, has signed an exclusive lease to occupy the 243-seat Off Center Theatre on Level 3 of the Crown Center Shops.  MTH, with its large casts and live music has become a local theater favorite for its intimate and engaging concert-style […]

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