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UMKC’s weekly arts, sports and culture roundup

Each week, the University of Missouri-Kansas City offers an array of on-campus activities. It’s nothing new. UMKC has a long legacy of hosting countless culturally enriching events. These activities are part of what give UMKC a vibrant campus life, and make UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse. The influence of UMKC-based and UMKC-trained alumni extends well beyond the campus’ edge, so their activities are listed here as well.

Featured Event:

What: Conservatory Wind Symphony
The Conservatory Wind Symphony, directed by Steven D. Davis, will perform during the College Band Directors National Association 2017 Conference. Performance pieces include Bernstein/Bocook: Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, featuring UMKC Conservatory Dancers and choreography by Gary Abbott; Husa: Smetana Fanfare for Wind Ensemble; Brahms: Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13, featuring UMKC Conservatory Singers, Conservatory Concert Choir and University Singers; and Zhou Long: Ancient Echoes, Concerto for Wind Symphony (premiere).
Where: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 17
Tickets are $25 for the general public; and $10 for UMKC faculty, staff and all students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased online.

March 15 – 21

What: No Talking
No Talking is based on a short story by Andrew Clements, best-selling author of dozens of books for young readers, including his debut novel Frindle, named in 2007 as one of “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the U.S. National Education Association. Adapting No Talking to the stage will be long-time Coterie collaborator Laurie Brooks, playwright of several of The Coterie’s successful world premieres, including The Wrestling Season and Afflicted: Daughters of Salem.
Where: The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through March 19
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.
For tickets and show times, visit the website.

What: Constellations
Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Constellations, directed by Artistic Director Eric Rosen. The production begins March 3 and runs through April 2. If you could hit rewind on a relationship, you might discover the nuances of choice and destiny, and how the two intersect. This spellbinding, heartbreaking love story removes the boundaries of time and space, delving into the infinite possibilities of a couple’s relationship to reveal how the slightest change in conversation might send you down an entirely different path. The scene re-sets again and again, in a fascinating look at love and life from one parallel universe to the next. The cast is comprised of Bree Elrod and Tuc Watkins. They have made their careers in Los Angeles and New York and have come back home to Kansas City for this production.
Where: Copaken Stage, 1 H & R Block Way, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 2
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-235-2700. Current UMKC faculty, staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount on tickets.

What: Hyeyoung Shin Solo Exhibition
Hyeyoung Shin, UMKC Department of Art and Art History assistant professor of Print Media, will have her work shown in a solo exhibition titled unapologetic. An opening reception is scheduled for March 10 from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m. She will also give an artist talk at noon on March 11 at Studio Inc.
Where: Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 14
It’s free.

What: Shamus Clisset | Chris Kienke at UMKC Gallery
This is the UMKC Gallery of Art’s upcoming group exhibition, Shamus Clisset: Mr. Realistic and Chris Kienke: Hotrods and Handguns. An opening reception will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 16.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, 203 Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 14
It’s free.

What: Boeing-Boeing
This stylishly retro production was a monster comedy hit on London’s West End and a Tony winner on Broadway. Bernard is a bachelor juggling a very precarious social calendar. He is engaged simultaneously to three different flight attendants. Helped by his long suffering housekeeper Bertha (Debra Jo Rupp), Bernard has devised a sophisticated timetable so that each girlfriend visits him on their layovers and remains oblivious of the other two. Everything proceeds like clockwork until the arrival of the new double speed Super Boeing which changes the schedules of the airlines. Bernard’s old school friend Robert arrives unexpectedly and unwittingly joins in this farcical whirlwind of mayhem.
Where: New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 
Now through April 23
For tickets and show times, visit the website.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates; the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented both honorary doctorates in 2012.

What: Inside the Art Life of Adrienne Walker Hoard
Beyond her life as a professor at UMKC, Adrienne Walker Hoard, M.F.A., Ed.D., is an accomplished painter, photographer and jewelry maker. Her work will be on display at the Miller Nichols Library.
Where: Dean’s Gallery, Fourth Floor, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through May 19
It’s free.

What: Jennifer Higdon, composer Barr Institute Laureate
Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the Conservatory’s Barr Institute Laureate, presents a guest lecture about the history of gays, lesbians and women in classical music, and how things have changed over time, as well as how identity has affected and inspired the making of art. This program is supported in part through a grant from the Patricia and Howard Barr Institute for American Composition Studies at UMKC.
Where: UMKC Student Union, Room 401BC, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 6 p.m., Thursday, March 16
It’s free.

What: Jennifer Higdon, composer Barr Institute Laureate
Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the Conservatory’s Barr Institute Laureate, presents a guest lecture. This program is supported in part through a grant from the Patricia and Howard Barr Institute for American Composition Studies at UMKC.
Where: Basie Ballroom CC, Marriott Hotel Downtown, 200 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 17
A day pass for A Forum on Women Composers may be purchased through the Central Ticket Office.

What: Jennifer Higdon, composer Barr Institute Laureate
Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the Conservatory’s Barr Institute Laureate, presents a guest lecture. This program is supported in part through a grant from the Patricia and Howard Barr Institute for American Composition Studies at UMKC.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2 p.m., Friday, March 17
It’s free.

What: Jennifer Higdon, composer Barr Institute Laureate
Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the Conservatory’s Barr Institute Laureate, presents a guest lecture. This program is supported in part through a grant from the Patricia and Howard Barr Institute for American Composition Studies at UMKC.
Where: Room 521, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 3 p.m., Friday, March 17
It’s free.

What: Mackenzie Williams, Senior Recital
This is a senior recital for Mackenzie Williams, oboe. Performance pieces include Britten: Temporal Variations; Ciancaglini: Seikilos Quartet; Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70; and Lebrun: Concerto No. 1 in D Minor.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd St., Mission, Kan.
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18
It’s free.

What: Meagan A. Conley, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Meagan A. Conley, trumpet. Performance pieces include Purcell: Sonata for Trumpet in C; Tomasi: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra; Cheetam: Contraptions for Solo Trumpet; Jolivet: Air de Bravoure for Trumpet and Piano; and Gerschwin/Gale: Selections from Porgy and Bess.
Where: Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Rd., Fairway, Kan.
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18
It’s free.

What: Nathaniel Humphrey, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Nathaniel Humphrey, violin. Performance pieces include Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 25 in F Major, K. 377; Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24; and Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18
It’s free.

What: Boonyakorn Opaspanwong, Junior Recital
This is a junior recital for Boonyakorn Opaspanwong, piano. Performance pieces include Kernis: Before Sleep and Dreams; Chopin: Etude in E-flat Major, Op. 10 No. 11; Rachmaninoff: Etude- Tableau in C Major, Op. 33 No. 2; Mozart: Sonata in C Major, K. 330; and Mendelssohn: Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Sunday, March 19
It’s free.

What: Jason West, Junior Recital
This is a junior recital for Jason West, cello. Performance pieces include Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009; Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B-flat Major, G. 482; and Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 19
It’s free.

What: Chris White, Lecture Recital
This is a doctoral lecture recital for Chris White, trombone. The topic is “Making The Cut, A Guide To Creating High Quality Audition Recordings.”
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 20
It’s free.

What: ~Nois, Guest Artist Recital
~Nois is a Chicago-based saxophone quartet specializing in the performance of contemporary repertoire. The group consists of current Northwestern University graduate students Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff and Brandon Quarles. Performance pieces include Ludwig: Josquin Microludes; Jenkins: Transfuse; Thomalla: Albumblatt II; Haas: Saxophonquartett; Albright: Fantasy Etudes; and Biedenbender: you’ve been talking in your sleep.
Where: Grant Hall, Room 122, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 20
It’s free.

What: Luke Fitzgerald, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Luke Fitzgerald, tuba. Performance pieces include Besozzi: Sonata in B-flat Major; Jager: Concerto for Bass Tuba; Forbes: The Grumpy Troll; and Daugherty: Reflections on the Mississippi.
Where: Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Rd., Fairway, Kan.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21
It’s free.


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