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Connecting the Community Through Paint

When Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, executive director of the American Jazz Museum, wanted to develop a community project that would provide a contrast to the racial tensions and divisions in the news,

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Artist to Watch: Calvin Arsenia

Following a Kauffman Center performance and the release of a new album, the KC-based singer, musician and composer is gaining recognition for his memorable sound. A standing ovation in Helzerg

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This Friday – The Friends of Chamber Music presents Alexei Lubimov, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Tomorrow, Friday, January 20th at The Folly Theater, The Friends of Chamber Music will present Malcolm Bilson and Alexei Lubimov with Lifetime Achievement Awards. These two remarkable artists have re-invigorated the world of historic pianos, catapulting it into mainstream classical music. Their careers as performers, educators, scholars, and experimenters have energized classical piano performance with artistry, […]

Arts News: Opera Supper Celebrates Decade of Casual Song

Arts News: Opera Supper Celebrates Decade of Casual Song

On the third Monday of the month, the air kisses flutter from cheek to cheek as friends greet friends in Californos’ Bistro for the Opera Supper, a monthly classical music open mic event. The Opera Supper celebrates its 10th anniversary Jan. 16. What started out as a short-term promotional event for Kansas City’s now-defunct Puccini […]

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Arts News: How Lyric Opera is Bridging the Classical/Pop Gap

Arts News: How Lyric Opera is Bridging the Classical/Pop Gap

Classical music concerts in the 21st century can seem intimidating. Tickets can be costly. Venues are usually in the center of the city, making parking difficult. And then there’s the question of what you wear. But what we now call “classical” music was once “popular” music. They had Farinelli. We have Lady Gaga. They had […]

Connecting the Community Through Paint

Connecting the Community Through Paint

When Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, executive director of the American Jazz Museum, wanted to develop a community project that would provide a contrast to the racial tensions and divisions in the news, she approached Michael Toombs, a local artist and muralist. Toombs proposed a mural, and on Nov. 4, the museum unveiled “Harmony on the Vine: Spill […]

The Friends of Chamber Music Honors Two Exceptional Pianists

Every few years, The Friends of Chamber Music recognizes an exceptional musician who has made an exceptional contribution to the world of music. In January 2017, they will recognize two musicians who have re-introduced historic pianos back into mainstream classical music:  Alexei Lubimov and Malcolm Bilson. On Friday January 20th, The Friends of Chamber Music […]

Artist to Watch: Calvin Arsenia

Artist to Watch: Calvin Arsenia

Following a Kauffman Center performance and the release of a new album, the KC-based singer, musician and composer is gaining recognition for his memorable sound. A standing ovation in Helzerg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts doesn’t happen every day. It did for local musician/singer Calvin Arsenia at the Center’s fifth anniversary […]

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