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UMKC’s weekly arts and culture roundup

Every 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 has made UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse. The influence of UMKC-based and UMKC-trained artists extends well beyond the campus’ edge, so their activities are listed here as well.

Featured Event: “Bach’s Lunch

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, there is such a thing as free lunchtime entertainment.

This Friday, February 15, the Conservatory will offer a “Bach’s Lunch.” Classical music fans are invited to bring their lunch for a free, noontime performance in Grant Hall.

This Bach’s Lunch is part two of a four-part series. This month’s event will feature Bach’s  cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Now come, Savior of the heathens), BWV 61, conducted by Graduate Teaching Assistant Michaella Calzaretta.

What: Bach’s Lunch featuring Bach’s cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61, conducted by Michaella Calzaretta.
Where: Grant Hall, Room 122, 5227 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Friday, February 15, 12 – 1 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.


 Friday, February 15 – Thursday, February 21

What: “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945”
Where: Dean’s Gallery, Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: February 16- April 10
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Senior Dance Recital, Part 2. Senior dance students Haley Day, Chadi El-Khoury, Chasmine Gerschefske, Mark Gieringer, Danielle Glynn, and Alyssa Gold present their recital pieces, performed by the UMKC Dance Division.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Saturday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Free. Get more details.

What: Conservatory Concert Choir. The Conservatory Concert Choir, directed by Charles Robinson, featuring Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore(“Solemn Vespers for the Feast of a Confessor”), K. 339, with guest ensembles:  the University of Nebraska-Omaha Chamber Choir, and the Shawnee Mission East High School Chamber Choir.
 Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Ks.
When: Sunday, February 17, 3 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Conservatory Wind Symphony, directed by Steven D. Davis. The concert will be conducted by graduate students Andrew J. Putnam and David W. Clemmer, and will include mini-lectures with the conductors before each piece.
 White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
 Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
Get more details.

What: Conservatory Wind Ensemble, directed by Joseph Parisi.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street
Kansas City, Mo.
 Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Get more details.

What: Master class with pianist Alexander Melnikov.
  White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Thursday, February 21, 2 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Soul Food Friday with an Intercultural Dialogue. Enjoy free soul food and an interactive cultural conversation.
Where: African American Culture House, 5245 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.
 Friday, February 22, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: Design Speaks: Adam Forrester. Adam Forrester, principal and founder of Grape Design, has been working in the design industry for nearly 10 years. He graduated from UMKC with a Bachelor of Studio Art, with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He is well known for his creative and memorable music and event artwork.  This is part of the Art Department’s 2012-2013 Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series.
Where: UMKC’s Department of Art & Art History, 204 Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Monday, February 18, 4 p.m.
It’s free. Get more details.

What: “On Golden Pond” is a poignant comedy about the seasons of life and the bond that can develop between the very young and the very old.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Ks.
When: Through March 31.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented this year with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences.
Get more details.

What: The Coterie Theatre and UMKC Theatre co-present “Number the Stars,” based on Lois Lowry’s book on the rescue of the Danish Jewish population during World War II.
Where: 2450 Grand Blvd., Suite 144, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Through February 21.
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded the Coterie.
Get more details.

Photo credit: Janet Rogers, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.

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