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Kansas City’s Quiet Virtuoso

Close your eyes and imagine a musical virtuoso. Who are you seeing? Mozart, with his powdered wigs? Liszt, with his aquiline nose? The Beatles, with their mop haircuts? Prince, with

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As the American Jazz Museum turns 20, ‘The Legacy Plays On’

As the American Jazz Museum turns 20, ‘The Legacy Plays On’

Before the American Jazz Museum opened in 1997, it could be difficult for jazz lovers to connect with the golden era of Kansas City jazz in the 1920s and 1930s. In the late 1990s, outstanding local musicians performed regularly at clubs around town — just as they do today — providing proof plenty of how lively the jazz scene is here for a metropolitan area as small as ours.

Broadway Calling: KC Rep Bets on New Musical ‘Between the Lines’

Broadway Calling: KC Rep Bets on New Musical ‘Between the Lines’

Kansas City Repertory Theatre, in its latest bid to get to Broadway, has teamed up with Tony-winning producer Daryl Roth, whose extensive credits include Cindy Lauper’s blockbuster “Kinky Boots.” The result is the world premiere of “Between the Lines,” a lavishly produced musical that opens the Rep’s 2017-18 season. I can’t say if this is […]

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Kansas City’s Quiet Virtuoso

Kansas City’s Quiet Virtuoso

Close your eyes and imagine a musical virtuoso. Who are you seeing? Mozart, with his powdered wigs? Liszt, with his aquiline nose? The Beatles, with their mop haircuts? Prince, with his velvet jackets? Toscanini? Bach? Elvis? Pavarotti? Sting? You probably didn’t see a middle-aged man in a pullover sweater named Robert Pherigo. But if you ask a musician in Kansas City to name a virtuoso, Robert’s name usually tops the list.

Mid America Freedom Band Offers “Programming Diversity, with Some Guts”

Mid America Freedom Band Offers “Programming Diversity, with Some Guts”

The Mid America Freedom Band has planned an adventurous 15th season. Themed “Pioneers and Frontiers,” the upcoming concerts will celebrate historic revolutionaries, musical mavericks and civil rights pioneers, as well as new frontiers in sound and space, with the American expansion of the West and the exploration of the universe. MAFB is Kansas City’s only LGBTQIA + ally community band.

Honors: Vanessa Severo

Honors: Vanessa Severo

Over the past decade and a half, Vanessa Severo has emerged as one of the hardest-working actresses in Kansas City, appearing in “Lot’s Wife” and “Cabaret” at KC Rep, “Venus in Fur” at The Unicorn and “Annapurna” and “Blackbird” at The Living Room. And much more. Severo played in “The Miracle Worker” at The Coterie, “Black Pearl Sings” and “West Side Story” for Spinning Tree Theatre [...]

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