Arts & Culture

Kemper ARTcasts
10:33 am
Thu November 13, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 4: Reel to Reel Vox Pop

photo: Drew Bolton

Kemper at the Crossroads opened November 7, 2008, with the exhibition called Reel to Reel. Listen to the public's reactions to the artwork at this new space and watch the slideshow.

Kansas City, MO – Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher: Reel to Reel

November 7, 2008-January 11, 2009

Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St.

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Music
8:12 am
Wed November 12, 2008

Steven Jarvi on Breaking Down Walls Between Audience and Orchestra

Steven Jarvi, Assistant Conductor for the Kansas City Symphony

The Kansas City Symphony's new assistant conductor, Steven Jarvi, just started in August. At the age of 30, Jarvi's already held a number of positions, including most recently, conducting fellow for the New World Symphony in Miami, and associate conductor for the New York City Opera.

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Jazz/Blues
3:43 pm
Mon November 10, 2008

South America in Kansas City - Sons of Brasil

Sons of Brasil's new album "While You Were Out"

The bossa nova craze hit the US in the late 50's, and ever since then, that mellow Brazilian groove has been a standard part of many jazz musicians' repertoire. But when Kansas City musicians Stan Kessler, Doug Auwater, Danny Embrey and Greg Whitfield formed the Sons of Brasil in 1991, they were determined to dig deeper into the rhythmic soul of the country.

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Kemper ARTcasts
1:04 pm
Mon November 3, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 4: Kemper at the Crossroads Preview

photo: Drew Bolton and Margaret Keough

Kemper at the Crossroads, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's third location, opened November 7 in the building formerly occupied by the Dolphin Gallery. The Dolphin is now located in the West Bottoms. Check here for a slideshow.

Kansas City, MO – Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher: Reel to Reel

November 7, 2008-January 11, 2009

Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St.

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Jazz/Blues
2:57 pm
Mon October 27, 2008

People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City

The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City got its start two years ago. That's when an all-star group of local jazz composers decided to do their own radical take on Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." The mix of folk, popular and avant garde styles turned out to be so much fun that the musicians decided to stick together.

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Music
11:15 am
Fri October 24, 2008

A New Face for the Kansas City Symphony Chorus

Artistic director Charles Bruffy conducts a recent rehearsal of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Audiences at the Kansas City Symphony this weekend might spot a new yet familiar face. Charles Bruffy, artistic director of the Grammy award-winning Kansas City Chorale, debuts at the helm of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus as its new artistic director.

Kansas City, MO – Fri, October 24, 8 pm
Saturday, October 25, 8:00 pm
Lyric Theatre

Sunday, October 26, 2 pm
Yardley Hall

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Theater/Performance
11:13 am
Fri October 24, 2008

Hard-Hat Tour of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

l to r: Architect Moshe Safdie, Lyric Opera General Director Evan Luskin, and Up to Date host Steve Kraske.
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Architect Moshe Safdie visited Kansas City on October 16, 2008 to walk through his Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, currently under construction. KCUR tagged along for the hard-hat tour.

So what's behind the walls surrounding Broadway and 16th Street? To the public it might just look like a big hunk of concrete. But inside the fence sit the foundations of two state-of-the art performance halls.

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Theater/Performance
8:36 am
Fri October 24, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Music Director Michael Stern Looks Ahead

Credit: Michael Regnier

The new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is now slated to open for the 2011-2012 season. Here, Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern reflects on acoustics and expectations.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Symphony's Music Director Michael Stern says when the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens "it will change...the way Kansas City experiences art."

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Music
11:53 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Gamelan Genta Kasturi at la Esquina

Jeffrey Ruckman and Patrick Alonzo Conway in la Esquina, Urban Culture Project.
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Gamelan is the orchestral tradition of Indonesia and incorporates bronze gongs, metallophones, cymbals, bamboo flutes, fiddles, and drums. The region's first gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi got its start five years ago and it's based in Kansas City. The group performs traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance this weekend.

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Theater/Performance
9:16 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Expected to Open in 2011

There's been a lot of progress at the site of the $405 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts since the 2006 groundbreaking. It's scheduled to open in fall 2011.

Kansas City, MO – Isaac Franco, project principal for Moshe Safdie and Associates, says the Center for the Performing Arts is expected to open in 2011. Franco says it's a complicated project. With a 1600 seat symphony hall, and an 1800 seat proscenium theatre, they want to open when the structures and the acoustics are ready.

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Kemper ARTcasts
12:24 pm
Mon October 13, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 4: Interview with Anthony Lepore, Part 1

In the first part of this conversation, artist Anthony Lepore talks to Kemper Museum curator Christopher Cook, and describes his personal interactions and relationships with his subjects. This marks the artist's first solo museum exhibition, Anthony Lepore: Restoration.

Kansas City, MO – Anthony Lepore Restoration October 3, 2008-January 4, 2009 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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Kemper ARTcasts
1:36 pm
Sun October 12, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 4: Interview with Anthony Lepore, Part 2

Kemper Curator Christopher Cook and artist Anthony Lepore continue their conversation about Lepore's approach to photography and interactions with his subjects.

Kansas City, MO – Anthony Lepore Restoration October 3, 2008-January 4, 2009 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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Theater/Performance
8:08 am
Wed October 8, 2008

Kansas City Ballet's Season Opener Provides Comic Relief

The word "funny" isn't always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ballet. The Kansas City Ballet opens its fall season with three works filled with humor and levity.

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KCUR News
11:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2008

H&R Block Recognized For Arts Support

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City-based H&R Block, Inc. has been recognized as one of the 10 best companies in America supporting the arts in 2008.

The Business Committee for the Arts, or BCA, was founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller as a way to bring business and the arts together. BCA's top 10 list for this year's companies showing significant support for the arts included H&R Block, Inc.

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KCUR News
3:50 am
Fri September 19, 2008

New Service For Discount Arts Tickets Launches

Kansas City, MO – Nearly a dozen arts organizations have signed on to a new online discounted ticket service that launched this month. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

In Chicago, it's Hot Tix. In New York City, it's TKTS. Now, Kansas City has TixKC.com. The ticket service offers half-price, day-of-sale tickets to local performing arts shows, including theater, dance, and music, from the American Heartland Theatre to New Ear.

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Music
3:06 pm
Thu September 18, 2008

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents La boheme

Family members in La boh?me (left to right): Brianna Drew, daughter, (in the Children's Chorus); Major John Drew, father, (Supernumerary); Corey Maisch, son, (Supernumerary)
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

It was 50 years ago this month that the Lyric Opera of Kansas City presented its first production, one of the most popular operas: Puccini's La boh?me. To mark the occasion, the company returns to the bittersweet love story set in 1830s Paris as this season's opener.

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Music
3:38 pm
Wed September 17, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Lyric's Artistic Director Talks Casting

Ward Holmquist, Artistic Director
photo: courtesy of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City's Artistic Director Ward Holmquist calls La boh?me "one of the great operas of the Western world." Holmquist says when the Lyric discussed presenting the work again, he was "revitalized" by the film Rent to consider casting younger performers.

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Performance
12:04 pm
Thu September 4, 2008

Ritual of the Body Electric at la Esquina

Dancers during a rehearsal of Ritual of the Body Electric at la Esquina
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

A passage from a poem by Walt Whitman sparked the inspiration for a new multi-media work, Ritual of the Body Electric. It incorporates a chamber ensemble, dancers, and video.

Kansas City, MO – The 30-minute work is loosely based on a section of Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric" and expresses the emotion behind the loss of a parent and celebrates relationships.

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Kemper ARTcasts
3:52 pm
Tue September 2, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 3: Conversation Pieces: Ed Blackburn: Cain and Abel (1988)

Ed Blackburn's Cain and Abel (1988)

As part of an exhibition called Conversation Pieces, each Sunday the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a gallery talk about a work. Dr. Craig Prentiss, associate professor of religious studies at Rockhurst University, provides a reading of Ed Blackburn's Cain and Abel from a religious standpoint.

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Visual Arts
11:50 pm
Mon September 1, 2008

Nelson-Atkins To Close To Public On Tuesdays

Kansas City, MO – It's fairly typical for a museum to be closed to the public on a Monday. On September 2, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art added another day: Tuesday. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's Director and CEO Marc Wilson stresses that the museum will not be closed on Tuesdays. It will be closed to the public, but reserved for school groups, an estimated 1000 visitors a week. Wilson says it's a priority to keep the museum free, and with rising fuel and energy costs, they didn't want to pass along cost increases to visitors.

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Books
12:41 am
Sun August 17, 2008

Sonia Nazario Discusses Enrique's Journey

The original Los Angeles Times series won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature reporting, and one for feature photography.
Don Bartletti

Kansas City, MO – Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her series about a boy who migrated from Central America to the United States. Like many other children, as Nazario uncovered, he traveled through Mexico riding on top of freight trains. Nazario based her series on one Honduran teenager's experience, and she spent years researching his life and journey.

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Music
10:53 am
Fri August 8, 2008

Kansas City String Quartet Program: Making Music in Ensemble

Students listen to feedback from Kansas City String Quartet Program faculty member Chung-Hoon Peter Chun
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

The Kansas City String Quartet Program celebrates its 15th season this year. And for the past two weeks, middle and high school age string players have gathered in classrooms on the campus of Pembroke Hill to learn the fine art of chamber performance. KCUR's Laura Spencer sends us this postcard.

Kansas City, MO – Faculty Concert: August 8, 2008, 6 p.m. Kauffman Foundation Town Center 4801 Rockhill Rd Kansas City, MO

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Kemper ARTcasts
1:27 pm
Mon August 4, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 3: Conversation Pieces: James Brinsfield: Transit 1993

oil, amber varnish, enamel on paper; 66 in. x 44 in. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
James Brinsfield, Transit, 1993

As part of an exhibition called Conversation Pieces, each Sunday the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a gallery talk about a work. Artist James Brinsfield talks about his own artwork Transit, on display in the exhibition Conversation Pieces.

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Performance
11:13 am
Fri August 1, 2008

Summerfest Closes Season with Premiere Inspired by KC Art

Pax Mundi, by Brent Collins

In previous works, New York-based composer Kristin Kuster has drawn inspiration from architecture, weather and mythology. A new work, called "Ribbon Earth", is inspired by Missouri artist Brent Collins's sculpture, Pax Mundi (World Peace), created with a spiraling bronze ribbon. It's on display at the H&R Block headquarters downtown.

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Visual Arts
10:50 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Kemper At The Crossroads Opens November 7

Kemper at the Crossroads, 19th and Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri.
rendering of Kemper at the Crossroads, courtesy KEM STUDIO

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has two locations near the Kansas City Art Institute and plans to open a third downtown, in the Crossroads Arts District, in November.

Kemper at the Crossroads will be located at 19th and Baltimore, at the former site of the Dolphin Gallery, which has moved to the West Bottoms.

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Visual Arts
10:50 am
Wed July 30, 2008

Green Light For Vitagraph Building

A $17 million Crossroads redevelopment plan received the green light from a City Council committee Wednesday.

The Finance and Audit Committee endorsed philanthropist Shirley Helzberg's proposal for the Vitagraph Film Exchange Building, which would house the Kansas City Symphony offices. The project includes a tax increment financing district to renovate the four-story 1930 building, add a two-story addition and a two-level 40 space parking garage.

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Kemper ARTcasts
1:01 pm
Thu July 24, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 3: Conversation Pieces, Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn's Untitled (1987)

As part of an exhibition called Conversation Pieces, each Sunday the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a gallery talk about a work. Kemper Museum director and CEO Rachael Blackburn Cozad explains her attraction to artist Richard Diebenkorn's Untitled (1987)

Kansas City, MO – Conversation Pieces at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, July 11-September 28, 2008

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Visual Arts
9:42 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Latest Round Of Grants Announced For ArtsKC Fund

The Arts KCFund, like a United Way for the arts, raised nearly $732,000 during its annual spring workplace giving campaign and recently announced its latest round of grant recipients. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Jazz/Blues
1:21 pm
Sun July 13, 2008

Jazz Singer Megan Birdsall

Singer Megan Birdsall grew up in Kansas City, but in this last year, she has really come to understand what being a part of the local jazz community is all about.

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Performance
9:11 am
Thu July 10, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Matthew Powell on Choreography

Dancer and choreographer Matthew Powell

Crossroads Ballet Festival Artistic Director Matthew Powell started dancing at the age of 6, and he's danced professionally for 10 years, including 7 years with the Kansas City Ballet. But, Powell's a relative newcomer as a choreographer.

Kansas City, MO – Here, Matthew Powell talks about how he first started to learn the skills in a Choreographic Workshop at the Kansas City Ballet.

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