Julie Denesha http://kcur.org en WATCH: In This Scene ... Three Kansas City Highlights At The Fringe http://kcur.org/post/watch-scene-three-kansas-city-highlights-fringe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It can be daunting to wade through the schedule for the <a href="http://www.kcfringe.org/">KC Fringe Festival</a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Founded in 2004, Fringe presents about 130 events this year, including theater, dance, comedy, film, poetry, as well as visual art exhibitions. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are artists from around the world — St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, the U.K. — and the Kansas City area. </span></p><p>Here are a few homegrown highlights:</p><p><strong>"Poor Lear</strong>"</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:59:04 +0000 Julie Denesha 59135 at http://kcur.org WATCH: In This Scene ... Three Kansas City Highlights At The Fringe New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival http://kcur.org/post/new-opera-red-death-premiere-kc-fringe-festival <p></p><p>Edgar Allen Poe's 1842 short story "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_the_Red_Death">The Masque of the Red Death</a>" serves as the inspiration for a new opera called "Red Death" that premieres next week in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>The opera will be part of the KC Fringe Festival.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:26:38 +0000 Julie Denesha 58462 at http://kcur.org New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival WATCH: 'The Winter’s Tale’ Set Comes Down http://kcur.org/post/watch-winter-s-tale-set-comes-down <p>The sound of power drills pierced the air on a humid Monday morning as several dozen crew members dismantled the set of "The Winter’s Tale" in Southmoreland Park in Kansas City, Mo.<br /><br />The evening glow from the set’s blue and gray spires had long faded. From a grassy hill, <a href="http://tenthmusemusic.com">Greg Mackender</a>, resident composer and musician for the <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> stood taking photographs on his camera phone before packing away his instruments.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 58512 at http://kcur.org WATCH: 'The Winter’s Tale’ Set Comes Down WATCH: In This Scene ... 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' http://kcur.org/post/watch-scene-chitty-chitty-bang-bang <p>In this scene from The Coterie's production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Baron Bomburst (Jerry Jay Cranford) and Baroness Bomburst (Julie Shaw) express their love for each other through song and a series of gags and tricks.</p><p>"We are the Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria. I am about to have my birthday party, and I am very excited about it and completely forget that she’s alive," explains Cranford, a Broadway veteran, with a laugh.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:06:06 +0000 Julie Denesha 57515 at http://kcur.org WATCH: In This Scene ... 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Todd Bolender To Be Honored At 2nd Annual Kansas City Dance Festival http://kcur.org/post/todd-bolender-be-honored-2nd-annual-kansas-city-dance-festival <p>This weekend,&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Georgia; line-height: normal;">the second annual <a href="http://kcdancefestival.com">Kansas City Dance Festival</a> gets under way, assembling dancers and choreographers from the local, national and international stage. </span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:53:37 +0000 Julie Denesha 57216 at http://kcur.org Todd Bolender To Be Honored At 2nd Annual Kansas City Dance Festival Heartland Men’s Chorus Brings Vegas Strip To Folly Stage http://kcur.org/post/heartland-men-s-chorus-brings-vegas-strip-folly-stage <p>Kicking off the summer with a trip to the Vegas strip, Heartland Men’s Chorus is bringing “Vegas Baby” to the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Mo., in what's envisioned as a lavish spectacle. The chorus, with 150 singers, will be joined by magicians, showgirls and aerial acrobatics.</p><p>Guest conductor Anthony T. Edwards says one of the highlights for him will be seeing Quixotic perform onstage as the chorus sings Cirque du Soleil’s <em>Let Me Fall</em>.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:18:27 +0000 Julie Denesha 57079 at http://kcur.org Heartland Men’s Chorus Brings Vegas Strip To Folly Stage Slideshow: Artist Robert Morris Tours New 'Glass Labyrinth' In Sculpture Park http://kcur.org/post/slideshow-artist-robert-morris-tours-new-glass-labyrinth-sculpture-park <p>Robins hopped on the manicured lawn at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Wednesday as New York-based artist Robert Morris and a small entourage previewed his new work, "Glass Labyrinth." The 7-foot-tall triangular sculpture consists of one-inch thick glass plate walls topped with bronze.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:05:37 +0000 Julie Denesha 56136 at http://kcur.org Slideshow: Artist Robert Morris Tours New 'Glass Labyrinth' In Sculpture Park WATCH: Tools Of The Trade, A Ballet Dancer's Shoes http://kcur.org/post/watch-tools-trade-ballet-dancers-shoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The modern </span>pointe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shoe has kept ballerinas on their toes since the early </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century.</span></p><p>Each delicate, custom-made satin and leather shoe endures a punishing routine that begins even before a dancer places a shoe on her foot.</p><p class="p1">As part of an occasional series called <em>Tools of the Trade&nbsp;</em>about performers and their relationship to the tools that make their work possible, I talked to members of the Kansas City Ballet about shoes.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 55643 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Tools Of The Trade, A Ballet Dancer's Shoes UMKC Conservatory Stakes Its Claim In The Crossroads http://kcur.org/post/umkc-conservatory-stakes-its-claim-crossroads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance has a potential site for its future <a href="http://info.umkc.edu/artscampus/">downtown campus</a>.</p><p>UMKC Chancellor&nbsp; Leo Morton announced Monday morning that the school has received a pledge from an anonymous group of donors to purchase a full city block in the Crossroads Arts District along Broadway Street between 17<sup>th</sup> and 18<sup>th</sup> Streets, directly south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 13:48:33 +0000 Alex Smith & Julie Denesha 55509 at http://kcur.org UMKC Conservatory Stakes Its Claim In The Crossroads WATCH: Time-Lapse Transformation Into Cinderella's Stepsisters http://kcur.org/post/watch-time-lapse-transformation-cinderellas-stepsisters <p>This weekend, the Kansas City Ballet presents a classic fairy tale, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella"><em>Cinderella</em></a>. It's the story of a girl who's magically transformed for one night, and attends a ball where she meets her prince.</p><p>In choreographer Victoria Morgan's version, Cinderella's wicked stepsisters are played by two men, with a great deal of humor.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 55231 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Time-Lapse Transformation Into Cinderella's Stepsisters newEar Closes Season With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer http://kcur.org/post/newear-closes-season-pulitzer-prize-winning-composer <p>The contemporary chamber ensemble, <a href="http://www.newear.org/">newEar</a>, brings its 21st season to a close with three pieces from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. This including <em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">songbirdsongs</span></em>, written between 1974 and 1980, by Alaskan composer<a href="http://www.johnlutheradams.com/new/index.html"> John Luther Adams</a>. Adams recently won the <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Music">2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music</a>.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 14:07:28 +0000 Julie Denesha 55134 at http://kcur.org newEar Closes Season With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices http://kcur.org/post/watch-lyric-operas-apprentice-program-nurtures-young-voices <p>For the past 25 years, the <a href="https://www.kcopera.org/programs/apprentice-program/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s apprentice program </a>has offered graduate-level voice students at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City a chance to develop their operatic skills on a professional stage.</p><p>Auditions for the two-year program are competitive; there are only about a handful of positions. The apprentices then have the opportunity to appear in either two or three productions at the Lyric each year.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 54883 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices Kansas City 'Anti-Art School' Expands Community While Holding It Together http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-anti-art-school-expands-community-while-holding-it-together <p></p><p>A nearly decade-old art movement called Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is one of the more quirky ways artists find community in metros across the globe. But Kansas City's version is known for taking that quirkiness a step further, and for uniting a new and growing artist community when it needed it most.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lauren Kirby & Julie Denesha 53888 at http://kcur.org Kansas City 'Anti-Art School' Expands Community While Holding It Together Museum Visit Sparks Memories Of Childhood Dollhouse http://kcur.org/post/museum-visit-sparks-memories-childhood-dollhouse <p>On my fourth birthday, my grandfather gave me a dollhouse. It was a yellow, two-floor house that he built in his basement workshop in Kansas City, Kan. The dollhouse had six rooms and came with an assortment of handmade furniture, painted floors and wallpaper in nearly every room.<br /><br />I was thrilled by the gift and I played with the dollhouse, constantly moving my dolls from room to room, creating little dramas in my young mind. My dolls talked on the tiny rotary phone, ate breakfast in the kitchen and slept in their neatly-appointed bedrooms.<br /> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:42:31 +0000 Julie Denesha 53803 at http://kcur.org Museum Visit Sparks Memories Of Childhood Dollhouse Tulips On Troost Still Blooming, But Efforts Are Dying Out http://kcur.org/post/tulips-troost-still-blooming-efforts-are-dying-out <p></p><p>When the first blankets of tulips bloomed along Troost&nbsp;Avenue as part of the Tulips on&nbsp;Troost&nbsp;street beautification program, national, even international press paid attention.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the program was never supposed to be just about flowers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was also an effort to </span>reimagine<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Troost,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;which for years has been thought of as an economic and racial dividing line.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:30:22 +0000 Laura Ziegler & Julie Denesha 53975 at http://kcur.org Tulips On Troost Still Blooming, But Efforts Are Dying Out Middle Of The Map Fest Hits Kansas City With Music, Technology And More http://kcur.org/post/middle-map-fest-hits-kansas-city-music-technology-and-more <p>On Thursday night at the Westport Saloon in Kansas City, Mo., a circle of men holding bottles of beer surrounded Molly Gene wearing fishnet stockings and cowboy boots as she ferociously pounded her custom set of foot drums. Gene, of her so-called ‘One Whoaman Band,’ was in town for the 4th annual Middle of the Map Fest.&nbsp;</p><p>As The Star's Tim Finn puts it, "There are at least 100 good reasons to attend Ink's Middle of the Map Fest this weekend." Out of 120 bands in the lineup - 100 are performing at the festival for the first time.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:00:41 +0000 Julie Denesha 53693 at http://kcur.org Middle Of The Map Fest Hits Kansas City With Music, Technology And More WATCH: Toy Museum Staff Tackle Daunting Task Of Packing Up Giant Dollhouse http://kcur.org/post/watch-toy-museum-staff-tackle-daunting-task-packing-giant-dollhouse <p><a href="http://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Kansas City, Mo., houses one of the largest toy collections on public display in the United States. In January, the museum closed its doors for a yearlong renovation, but the work inside continues.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:40:56 +0000 Julie Denesha 53476 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Toy Museum Staff Tackle Daunting Task Of Packing Up Giant Dollhouse Exploring Silence In Dance At KCB Choreographer Showcase http://kcur.org/post/exploring-silence-dance-kcb-choreographer-showcase <p>A blowing March wind on Thursday roared outside the windows of a rehearsal and performance space in the Bolender Center for Dance &amp; Creativity. Ilya Kozadayev, a former soloist with Houston Ballet, watched intently from the audience as a group of six dancers from the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> moved without music. For long stretches of time, only the sound of occasional claps and feet upon the floor could be heard as they went through the motions of a final tech rehearsal.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:18:14 +0000 Julie Denesha 53342 at http://kcur.org Exploring Silence In Dance At KCB Choreographer Showcase The Nelson-Atkins' Art Conservator On What It's Like To Restore An El Greco http://kcur.org/post/nelson-atkins-art-conservator-what-its-restore-el-greco <p>Imagine spending a year – or more – restoring an artwork, trying to bring back the touch, or the brushstroke, of a master. That’s what Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the <a href="http://nelson-atkins.org/">Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art</a>, has been doing with an El Greco painting (ca. 1580-1585) called <em>The Penitent Magdalene</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Art and science do mix</strong></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:43:44 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 52091 at http://kcur.org The Nelson-Atkins' Art Conservator On What It's Like To Restore An El Greco A Bohemian Tale Of Love and Loss In The Lyric's 'La Bohème' http://kcur.org/post/bohemian-tale-love-and-loss-lyrics-la-boh-me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When American soprano <a href="http://www.katievankooten.com/">Katie Van </a></span><a href="http://www.katievankooten.com/">Kooten</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> came down with a cold just before the final dress rehearsal of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.kcopera.org">Lyric Opera of Kansas City's</a>&nbsp;"La Bohème,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">it became clear that she was not going to be able to "sing out" in her role as </span>Mimì<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:29:16 +0000 Julie Denesha 52612 at http://kcur.org A Bohemian Tale Of Love and Loss In The Lyric's 'La Bohème' WATCH: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson On The Challenge Of A New Piano http://kcur.org/post/watch-pianist-garrick-ohlsson-challenge-new-piano <p>Touring for any professional musician can be challenging. But for concert pianists, it’s also about adapting to a new instrument at every stop.</p><p>American pianist <a href="http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/garrick-ohlsson"><span class="st">Garrick Ohlsson</span></a> is a frequent soloist in Kansas City. <a href="http://www.chambermusic.org/">The Friends of Chamber Music</a> presented Ohlsson in concert in January.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:09:05 +0000 Julie Denesha 51774 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson On The Challenge Of A New Piano 'Dracula' Choreographer On The Beauty And Danger Of The Count http://kcur.org/post/dracula-choreographer-beauty-and-danger-count <p>It's been nearly 120 years since the publication of Bram Stoker's gothic novel <em>Dracula</em>. But his tale of the Count, who stalks living creatures and survives on their blood, continues to this day to be interpreted and popularized in theater, television, film, and dance. This season, the Kansas City Ballet is staging choreographer Michael Pink's <em>Dracula</em>, based on Stoker's classic work.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:54:06 +0000 Julie Denesha, Steve Walker & Laura Spencer 51609 at http://kcur.org 'Dracula' Choreographer On The Beauty And Danger Of The Count After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll http://kcur.org/post/after-5-decades-graham-nash-still-loves-rock-and-roll <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At 72, Graham Nash remains part of rock royalty, a musician who came to the U.S. as part of the British invasion with his band <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollies">The </a></span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollies">Hollies</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and plays on today with his super-group <a href="http://www.crosbystillsnash.com/">Crosby, Stills &amp; Nash</a>. </span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:47:04 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Julie Denesha 51560 at http://kcur.org After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll Kansas City Ballet's 'Dracula' Visits The Dark Side http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-dracula-visits-dark-side <p>Many ballets often depend on the concept of tension, whether in the muscles of the dancers or the story itself. That may be even more evident in the Kansas City Ballet's production of <em>Dracula</em>, opening this Friday.</p><p>In bringing the iconic character to the stage, the company is venturing to its dark side with a production that is the first in the Ballet's history to come with parental discretion advised.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker & Julie Denesha 51165 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's 'Dracula' Visits The Dark Side [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Journey’s End' http://kcur.org/post/video-scenejourney-s-end <p>Set in 1918, in the British trenches of Saint-Quentin, Aisne, R.C. Sherriff's <em>Journey’s End</em> tells the story of commanding officers Captain Stanhope and Lieutenant Osborne, as they discuss the impending battle in the <span style="line-height: 1.5;">officers' dugout. </span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 51298 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Journey’s End' National Conference Shines Spotlight On KC Folkies http://kcur.org/post/national-conference-shines-spotlight-kc-folkies <p>For the past 20 years, the nonprofit <a href="http://www.folkalliance.org/">Folk Alliance International</a> has promoted and celebrated folk music. The organization relocated last year from Memphis, Tenn., to Kansas City, Mo. And, later this month, nearly <a href="http://www.folkalliance.org/conference/2014-invited-showcase-artists/">250 artists</a>, from Sam Baker to Chuck Mead &amp; His Grassy Knoll Boys, are scheduled to perform in about a dozen venues in Kansas City during the group's <a href="http://www.folkalliance.org/conference/">annual conference</a>. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 50892 at http://kcur.org National Conference Shines Spotlight On KC Folkies [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Grounded' http://kcur.org/post/video-scenegrounded <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The one-woman play,<em> Grounded</em>, by <a href="http://georgebrant.net/">George Brant</a>, explores the destructive power of modern warfare through the eyes of a female combat pilot. After an</span> unexpected pregnancy, she's reassigned to a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert as the desk pilot of a military drone.</p><p>The Unicorn Theatre's production<em> </em>marks the third in a series of "rolling world premieres" presented by members of the <a href="http://www.nnpn.org/">National New Play Network</a>, dedicated to the development of new work.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha & Laura Spencer 50156 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Grounded' Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-symphonys-noah-geller-steps-solo <p>This weekend, Kansas City Symphony concertmaster <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/ContentCtl/ViewAct/Musician/87">Noah Geller </a>performs his first solo performance in the Symphony's classical series with a beloved work by Beethoven, his Violin Concerto.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:23:50 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 49541 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo Last Day: Gass Camera Closes Its Doors http://kcur.org/post/last-day-gass-camera-closes-its-doors <p>A winter storm was brewing on Friday afternoon, and expected to bring snow and ice to the Kansas City metro area. At <a href="http://gasscamerarepair.com/">Gass Camera Repair</a>, the electronic door chime rang periodically - not with the arrival of customers, but as box after box was loaded onto a trailer waiting just outside.</p><p>Since 1979, in this small shop in Mission, Kan., Clarence Gass repaired cameras of all shapes and sizes. Friday was his final day of business.</p><p><strong>A 'natural curiosity' about cameras</strong></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 48770 at http://kcur.org Last Day: Gass Camera Closes Its Doors An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker http://kcur.org/post/explosive-dancer-performs-nutcracker <p>This year, the <a href="http://www.owencoxdance.org/">Owen/Cox Dance Group</a> is bringing its annual jazzy adaptation of <em>The Nutcracker and the Mouse King</em> to the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.</p><p>Returning to perform in the production is a powerful dancer with an explosive name: Winston Dynamite Brown. A frequent guest artist with the group, Brown says he relishes his role as the Nutcracker.</p><p><strong>Growing into an explosive name</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:23:28 +0000 Julie Denesha 48568 at http://kcur.org An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker