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SummerDusk Concert Series – Northeast Arts KC

  SummerDusk Concert Series brings a variety of local and regional musicians to the Collonade for a series of free family-friendly concerts every summer. WHEN: 7pm to 9pm on Summer Saturday evenings – Check below for this season’s schedule…. WHERE: The Collonade at Concourse Park St. John Ave. & Benton Blvd. WHAT TO BRING: Bring […]

The king of kings … Paul Scofield as Lear in Peter Brooks' 1962 production for the RSC

Lear through the Years

Summer 2015 marks the 23rd season of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. With King Lear, we fulfill our mission to make Shakespeare’s works accessible to a diverse audience through FREE professional theater and educational programs. The Festival last staged King Lear in 2000, and the play has since made numerous appearances on stages across […]

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A huge snow globe that he saw in a hotel in Russia was part of choreographer Edwaard Liang’s inspiration for Wunderland, part of the Kansas City Ballet’s “Dances Daring” program, May 8-17 in the Kauffman Theatre. The featured performers include Kaleena Burks, Molly Wagner and Sarah Walborn.

Kansas City Dance Season Closes with Enticing Performances

Choreographic Invention, Movement and Ingenuity: The 2014-2015 Kansas City dance season is winding down, but the coming months continue to offer an array of high-caliber dance performances. This past season featured many plot-based balletic works, but the finale performances concentrate primarily on non-narrative pieces, highlighting movement, choreographic invention and performance ingenuity. “I find it interesting […]

International Piano Stars Come to Kansas City

International Piano Stars Come to Kansas City

Behzod Abduraimov will perform at the Folly; 
Vadym Kholodenko will join the Symphony’s finale concert in June. (Vadym Kholodenko pictured above) Within a month of each other, two acclaimed concert pianists under the age of 30 will give highly anticipated performances in Kansas City. Heralded for their mastery and imagination, both Behzod Abduraimov and Vadym […]

The Rhythm Starts Here: Modernity’s KC Roots

The Rhythm Starts Here: Modernity’s KC Roots

The beat left Kansas City during the mid-twentieth century and travelled around the world. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s, the roots of American modernity in popular music and painting were set in the hot-house urban culture of Kansas City. Forget the Cowtown moniker. It was here that Thomas Hart Benton fully developed the twisting […]

Irreverent, Hilarious, Bizarre: Chestnut House

Irreverent, Hilarious, Bizarre: Chestnut House

It’s a challenge to describe Chestnut House, the 1884 brick Victorian shared by Late Night Theatre founder Ron Megee and costume designer Jon Fulton Adams in KC’s Northeast neighborhood. Here’s a start: eclectic, decay, “The Addams Family,” and Miss Havisham (if that lady had had a sense of humor). The two men have filled their […]

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On the Move: Quixotic at 10

On the Move: Quixotic at 10

Capping off a decade, the unique home-grown performance group enjoys growing national demand Ten years ago, Anthony Magliano had an idea. Today, he’s the artistic director for the performance group, Quixotic. In 2005 Magliano was a rising star in the design department at Bernstein-Rein, a Kansas City-based advertising agency. When KC’s fine arts scene began […]


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 […]


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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