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Conservatory Wind Symphony rehearsal for the Thursday concert with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Barr Institute Laureate Jennifer Higdon. Photo by Jessica Riggins, UMKC Conservatory

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, performs Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico; Lauridsen/Reynolds: O Magnum Mysterium; Mobberley: Edges; Higdon: Oboe Concerto; and Rorem: Traffic.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29
Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors; and UMKC faculty, staff and all students are free with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.

Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

What: Hand to God
When sock puppet Tyrone takes on a wickedly funny and shockingly dangerous personality all his own, the introverted teenager who created him, Jason, finds his world turned inside out. Crude, lewd Tyrone has a knack for telling the truth Jason never could, and his small Texas town and Christian puppet club will never be the same. Warning: Graphic puppet sex and devilish behavior (so leave the kids at home). This production includes Jae Shanks, UMKC Theatre student, doing the sound design; and UMKC Theatre graduates Miriam Diaz, Bret Engle, Alyson Germinder and Sarah White.
Where: 
Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Oct. 2
UMKC Connection: The Unicorn Theatre was started by three UMKC Theatre graduates. Ticket prices start at $27.50 and can be purchased online.

What: Evita
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre kicks off its 2016-2017 season with Evita, directed by KC Rep Artistic Director Eric Rosen. Travel back to the times of revered and controversial Argentine icon Eva Perón. The Tony Award-winning rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, uses playful storytelling to explore serious social topics.
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Oct. 2
Tickets to Evita start at $30. For 2016-17 season subscription and ticket information, please contact the Box Office at 816-235-2700 or visit KC Rep online.

What: Arterial Echoes: Three Generations of Creative Mentoring
This exhibition features seven UMKC Studio Art faculty alongside an artist who mentored them, as well as a student they have mentored.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, 5015 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 
Now through Oct. 28
It’s free.

What: Have You Met Miss Jones
Legendary star of film and TV, Shirley Jones is joined by her son, Patrick Cassidy, for a world premiere event featuring stories, memories and songs from Shirley’s amazing career.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 
Now through Nov. 27
For tickets and show times, visit the website.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences in 2012.

What: Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson Exhibit
Jazz musician Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson was an early innovator in multi-media presentations, combining slide shows with live musical performances. As an impressive amateur photographer, removed from the context of the multi-media shows, Anderson’s images provide a unique and often surrealistic viewpoint of the Kansas City landscape from the late 1970s.
Where: Special Collections Gallery, Third Floor, UMKC Libraries, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Dec. 9
It’s free.

What: Conservatory Wind Ensemble
The Conservatory Wind Ensemble, directed by Joseph Parisi, performs Morel: March of the Aerialists; Brewer: Mauna Loa Murmurs; Husa: Smetana Fanfare; Shostakovich: Dance I from Jazz Suite No. 2; Landis: Graphite; and Higdon: Road Stories.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept., 28
Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors; and UMKC faculty, staff and all students are free with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.

What: John Robison, Guest Lecture
This is a guest lecture by musicologist Dr. John Robison, Professor of Musicology and Director of Early Music Ensembles at the University of South Florida College of the Arts. His piece for the 8 a.m. performance is Bring on the Lute: The Lute and its Repertory. His piece for the 12 p.m. performance is Seoul Music: Korean Women Composers in the Twenty-First Century.
Where: Grant Hall, Room 330, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 8 – 9 a.m.; and 12 – 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30
It’s free.

What: Musica Nova
Musica Nova, directed by Zhou Long, performs contemporary works. Performance pieces include Higdon: Fanfare Quintet; Higdon: O Magnum Mysterium; Mobberley: Vox Metallica; Rudy: Feet On the Ground; Higdon: Smash; Simpson: Dark Matter; Zhou Long: Tipsy Howl; Gibson: One Voice; and Chen Yi: The Soulful & the Perpetual.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30
It’s free.

What: Clark Stewart, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Clark Stewart, horn. Performance pieces include FJ Strauss: Les Adieux; Madsen: Sonata for Horn and Piano, Op. 24; Wilder: Sonata No. 3 for horn and piano; Matosinhos: 15 Low Horn Etudes, Nos. 1, 2, and 5; and Bowen: Sonata in E Flat for horn and piano.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1
It’s free.

What: Jordan Buchholtz, Artist’s Certificate Recital
This is an artist’s certificate recital for Jordan Buchholtz, piano. Performance pieces include Liszt: Transcendental Etudes, S. 139; No. 7 in E-Flat Major, “Eroica”; Debussy: Twelve Études, Book 2, L. 136: No. 11 Pour les arpèges composes; Szymanowski: Four Etudes, Op. 4: No. 3 in B-Flat Minor; Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 23; and Brahms: Volin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Soccer vs. Houston Baptist University
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Single game tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online.

What: The Comedy of Errors
This is a UMKC Theatre undergraduate production written by William Shakespeare and directed by Scott Stackhouse.
Where: Grant Hall Theatre, 5228 Charlotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Oct. 4 – 16
Tickets are available at the Central Ticket Office.

 

 


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