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Start with the view. Pick a pretty day — sun out, slight breeze, temperatures mild — and there are few more pleasant places to while away an hour or two


Summer at the Conservatory is Hot Hot Hot!

The Conservatory heats up in the summertime! Our Academy’s summer programs provide exciting workshops for middle school and high school students, as well as in-depth training for aspiring professionals and established-career performing artists. In addition to the Conservatory’s traditional summer offerings, this year we offer something new, the UMKC Percussion Workshop. The Conservatory’s Nick Petrella, […]

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Emperors, Scholars and Temples: Tastemakers of China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties

Brilliant porcelains, temples in mist-shrouded landscapes, a scholar in his studio, elegant ladies decked out in fine silks — these are some of the images conjured up by the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties, the period when the arts of China reached full maturity. The primary driving forces behind this artistic creativity were three distinct yet interconnected cultural milieus: the imperial court, the scholar or literati class and Buddhism.

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Lights, Camera, Hixon!

Just a four-minute walk from Kansas City’s old First National Bank at Baltimore and 10th Streets —now the home of the downtown Central Library — some of the biggest names in American entertainment once made their way to a small photography studio and a man they trusted to cast them in just the right light. Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. Fanny Brice and a local ingénue named Billie Cassin (who’d eventually become Joan Crawford).

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