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UMKC Theatre Faculty, Alumna in Two-Actor Play

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: I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
UMKC Theatre Professor Theodore Swetz and UMKC Theatre alumna Dina Thomas are the sole cast members of the Unicorn Theatre’s newest play, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. The play is by Halley Feiffer and directed by Jeff Church. It’s about the complicated relationship between a competitive young actress and her famous playwright father, and the intrigues that go on behind the scenes in the production of new art within the New York City theater world. It’s a powerhouse drama with darkly funny and shocking insights into the minds of artists, addiction and the attempt to overcome a father’s legacy.
Where: Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through May 14
UMKC Connection: Three UMKC Theatre graduates started Unicorn Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-531-PLAY (7529) x10.

May 3 – 9

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: Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”
When “bestus” friends Elephant and Piggie get together, anything is possible! They might get invited to a fancy costume party, learn a crazy new dance or decide to spend the day playing ping-pong in silly hats. Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Gerald Elephant and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play – all the while encouraging the audience to join in for some interactive fun. The script and lyrics are by Mo Willems. The music is by Deborah Wicks La Puma.
Where: The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through May 21
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-474-6552.

What: The Dixie Swim Club
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on 4 of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years.
Where: New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 
Now through July 2
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. For tickets and show times, visit the website.

What: Student Exhibition
The UMKC Gallery of Art announces the 2017 UMKC Student Art Exhibition. It features the work of 18 graduate and undergraduate artists. All currently enrolled students at UMKC were eligible to submit work across a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design and video.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through July 27
It’s free. Free parking is available in the Cherry Street Parking Garage, levels 5 and 6.

What: Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights
Kansas City’s pivotal role in helping to launch the modern gay rights movement is the central story of a new exhibit built by faculty, students and staff at UMKC.
Where: Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Sept. 30
More information is available online at GLAMA.

What: Conservatory Percussion Ensemble with guests Blue Springs High School Percussion Ensemble
The Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, directed by Nick Petrella, performs with guests Blue Springs High School Percussion Ensemble. Performance pieces include Carr: Shock and Awe; Zivkovic: Trio Per Uno; Riley: Storm Warning and Dance; Gillingham: Stained Glass; Samkopf: Variation on Parang Chant; Levitan: Marimba Quartet; and Higdon: Zones.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3
It’s free.

What: Maria Kanyova, Faculty Recital
This is a faculty recital featuring Maria Kanyova, soprano. Guests include Un Chong Christopher, mezzo-soprano; and UMKC Conservatory faculty artists Raymond Feener, baritone; Celeste Johnson, oboe; Keith Benjamin, trumpet; Jane Carl, clarinet; Natalia Rivera; piano; and Richard Williams, piano. Performance pieces include Mozart: “Mi trade”, “La ci darem la mano” and “Non, mi dir” from Don Giovanni; Puccini: “Un bel di” and “Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio” from Madama Butterfly; Bach: “Quia respexit humilitatem” from Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243; Bach: Ich habe genug, BWV 82; Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965; Handel: “Eternal Source of Light Divine” from Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74; and Handel: “Let the Bright Seraphim” from Samson, HWV 57.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3
It’s free.

What: Cheung Lun Tsui, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Cheung Lun Tsui, piano. Performance pieces include Schubert: Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958; and Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3
It’s free.

What: Kowoon Lee, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Kowoon Lee, piano. Performance pieces include Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 119; Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16; and Ginastera: Sonata No. 1, Op. 22.
Where: Diastole Scholars Center, 2501 Holmes St, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3
It’s free.

What: ArtSounds: Kansas City Calling
Kansas City Calling is an evening-length musical happening that evokes both the bustling past and thriving current day of Kansas City. The program draws on original and borrowed music to represent the city’s history. Musicians wander the rooftop park of Prairie Logic with ambient hums, antiphonal calls and spoken texts to build a soundscape wafting over the skyline.
Where: Prairie Logic, 1271 Main St., 6th floor, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 – 8 p.m., Thursday, May 4
It’s free.

What: Musica Nova
Musica Nova, directed by Zhou Long, performs contemporary works. Performance pieces include Andriessen: Image de Moreau; Moran: L’apres-midi du Dracoula; Moran: Elegant Journey with Stopping Points of Interest; Heider: Multiple Musik; Orton: Cycle for two or four players; Scelsi: Tre pezzi per sassofono; Morel: Expand-Collapse; and Landis: BOOM!!!…for Real!
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4
It’s free.

What: Patrick Oliverio, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Patrick Oliverio, trumpet. Performance pieces include Tartini: Concerto in D Major, D. 53; Tamberg: Konzart, Op. 42; Ketting: Intrada; Haydn: Concerto in E-flat Major, Hob. VIIe/1; and Williams: “With Malice Toward None” from Lincoln.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4
It’s free.

What: Stanley Cheng-Hao Kuo, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Stanley Cheng-Hao Kuo, violin. Performance pieces include Dvořák: Miniatures, Op. 75a; Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108; Kodály: Serenade, Op. 12; Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op.42; Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34.
Where: Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Rd., Fairway, Kan.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4
It’s free.

What: Alastair Wright, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Alastair Wright, saxophone. Performance pieces include Karg-Elert: Twenty-Five Caprices; Tanda: Mysterious Morning III; Telemann: Fantasia No. 2 in A Minor, TWV 40:3; Klein: Different Worlds; Takemitsu: Masque: Incidental II for Two Flutes; and Denisov: Sonata for alto saxophone and piano.
Where: Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 5 p.m., Friday, May 5
It’s free.

What: Eman Gallehdari-Chalshotori, Artist’s Certificate Recital
This is an artist’s certificate recital for Eman Gallehdari-Chalshotori, cello. Performance pieces include Barber: Sonata for cello and piano op. 6; and Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C major Op.119.
Where: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Kan.
When: 5 p.m., Friday, May 5
It’s free.

What: Leah Barnett, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Leah Barnett, voice. Performance pieces include Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire; Obradors: El Tumba y lé; Obradors: Con ado Jilguerillo;
Obradors: Coplas de Curro Dulce; Schumann: Kennst du das Land; Liszt: Mignons Lied (Kennst du das Land), S. 275; and Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Friday, May 5
It’s free.

What: IMP Ensemble, IMPs among the stars!
The Conservatory IMP Ensemble will be musically interpreting the night skies and descriptions by Joseph Wright, of the planets observed through the telescopes.
Where: Rockhill Parking Structure, Top Level, 52nd Street and Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 5
It’s free.

What: John Livingston, Senior Recital
This is a senior recital for John Livingston, piano. Performance pieces include Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major, K. 206; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109; Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 “Black Mass”; and Liszt: Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 5
It’s free.

What: Philip Zach, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Philip Zach, piano. Performance pieces include Scarlatti: Sonata in F Major, K. 85; Scarlatti: Sonata in E Minor, K. 263; Scarlatti: Sonata in G Minor, K. 373; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 (“Pastorale”); Chopin: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1; Chopin: Polonaise in C Minor, Op. 40, No. 2; Hersch: Valentine; and Zach: Untitled. 7.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 5
It’s free.

What: Antony and Cleopatra
As part of the OriginKC: New Works FestivalUMKC Theatre and KCRep present a workshop production of Antony and Cleopatra. This is a new modern language adaptation of Shakespeare’s story of two lovers torn between their passions for each other and their duties to their countries. The play is directed by Jason Bohon, adjunct instructor in Movement Performance at UMKC Theatre and has an ensemble cast of eight.
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: May 5 – 14
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-235-6106.

What: Mark Adair, Non-Degree Recital
This is a non-degree recital for Mark Adair, bassoon.
Where: Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Noon, Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: Michael O’Brien, Performer’s Certificate
This is a performer’s certificate recital for Michael O’Brien, flute. Performance pieces include Boehm: Six Schubert Songs, arranged for flute and piano; Jolivet: Cinq Incantations; Furé: Fantaisie for flute and pianoOp. 79; and Beaser: variations for flute and piano.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Noon, Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: Ashleen Atchue, Junior Recital
This is a junior recital for Ashleen Atchue, oboe. Performance pieces include Britten: Six Metamorphoses after Ovid; Poulenc: Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon; and Morris: Four Personalities.
Where: Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: Sarah Gifford, Senior Recital
This is a senior recital for Sarah Gifford, violin. Performance pieces include Bach: Sonata for Violin and Keyboard No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016; Kroll: Banjo and Fiddle; Franck: Sonata in A Major; and Elgar: Salut d’Amour.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: Brian Woods, Artist’s Certificate Recital
This is an artist’s certificate recital for Brian Woods, piano. Performance pieces include Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op.2 , No. 2; Debussy: Préludes; Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 59; Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54; and Scriabin: Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: Lauren Chambers, Senior Recital
This is a senior recital for Lauren Chambers, horn. Performance pieces include Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 417; Strauss: Nocturno for Horn, Op. 7; Yenque: Tanguito; Koetsier: Variation for Horn and Piano, Op. 59/3; and Bozza: Suite for Four Horns.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: En-Ting Hsu, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for En-Ting Hsu, viola. Performance pieces include Bruch: Romanze in F Major, Op. 85; Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E-flat Major, K. 364; and Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango.
Where: Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Rd., Fairway, Kan.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: Erin Graham, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Erin Graham, oboe. Performance pieces include Britten: Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, Op. 49; Cchenette: Frolics; and Ewazen: Down a River of Time.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd St., Mission, Kan.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6
It’s free.

What: Sean Sweeden, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Sean Sweeden, percussion. Performance pieces include Másson: Kím; Finley: Evergreen; Hummel: Tempo di Valse; Peyton: The Final Precipice; Finley: Blade; Sammut: Caméléon; Trevino: 2+1; and Koshinski: Dance of the Drums.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 7
It’s free.

What: Mark Lauer, Performer’s Certificate
This is a performer’s certificate recital for Mark Lauer, bassoon. Performance pieces include Devienne: Sonata in F Major for Bassoon and Basso Continuo, Op. 24, No. 3; Crucell: Airs Suédois for Bassoon and Piano; Galbraith: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano; and Poulenc: Sextet.
Where: Leawood United Methodist Church, 2915 W. 95th St., Leawood, Kan.
When: 5 p.m., Sunday, May 7
It’s free.

What: Xiaona Zheng, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Xiaona Zheng, piano. Performance pieces include Haydn: Sonata in E- flat Major, Hob. XVI/49; Chopin: Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49; and Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Sunday, May 7
It’s free.

What: UMKC Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet
The UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet performs. Performance pieces include Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat Major for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon; Dahl: Allegro and Arioso for Five Wind Instruments; Haas: Wind Quintet, Op. 10; and Medaglia: Suite “Belle Époque in Süd-Amerika”.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 7
It’s free.

What: Patrick Olmos, Artists Certificate Recital
This is an artist’s certificate recital for Patrick Olmos, saxophone. Performance pieces include Massenet: Meditation from Thais; Schmitt: Songe de Coppelius, Op. 30, No. 11; Husa: Postcard from Home; Mincek: Ali; Bach: Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013; Biedenbender: Images; Dicke: Straphanger; and Debussy: Two Arabesques.
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11 E. 40th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 7
It’s free.

What: Alex Velasquez, Senior Recital
This is a senior recital for Alex Velasquez, saxophone. Performance pieces include Rameau/Mule: Le temple de la Glorie; Bozza: Aria; Schulhoff: Hot-Sonate; King-Smith: Winter’s Summertime for Saxophone and Fixed Media; and Glazunov: Concerto in E-flat Major for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 109.
Where: First Baptist Church of Overland Park, 8200 W. 96th St., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 8
It’s free.

What: Alberto Racanati, Doctoral Recital
This is a doctoral recital for Alberto Racanati, trumpet. Performance pieces include Telemann: Sonata da Concerto TWV:41:DA3; Franciax: Sonatine for Trumpet and Piano; Hindemith: Concerto for Trumpet, Bassoon and Strings; Sutermeister: Gavotte de Concert
MAS: Pavane; Porrino: Preludio, Aria e Scherzo.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 9
It’s free.


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