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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: Crescendo 2016: Dream Within Reach
Join the Conservatory for its fifth Crescendo appearance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This is the Conservatory’s spectacular annual fundraising event for scholarships, with music and dance performed by Conservatory students and faculty throughout Helzberg Hall. Sponsored by the Friends of the Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Where: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4
Concert only tickets are $30 for the general public and $15 for UMKC faculty, staff and all students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.

Nov. 2 – 8

What: The Invisible Hand
The Invisible Hand is written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Jerry Genochio. KC Rep audiences that last saw Akhtar’s acclaimed comedy The Who and The What in 2014 will now experience Akhtar’s internationally lauded political thriller. In The Invisible Hand, an American banker is taken hostage in Pakistan by captors seeking a ransom – but instead of capturing a high-level executive, they mistakenly take Nick Bright, a mid-level trader for whom his country and company will not negotiate. The three captors and their hostage strike a deal: Nick can save his own life if he can earn his ransom through stock market trades. This intense thriller reveals the complicated truth behind our simple perceptions of good versus evil and East vs. West, as we discover that the invisible hand that moves the global market is more easily manipulated than Nick’s captors believe.
Where:
Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Nov. 13
Tickets are available from the KC Repertory Theatre online.

What: The Way We Get By
After a hot night together, Beth and Doug wake up to the awkward afterglow of a complicated new reality. As they search for their clothes, they must decide if their passion can withstand the public fallout. Is love worth the risk? This sexy and surprising new work from playwright Neil LaBute will keep you guessing. WARNING: Steamy content and adult language. The production is directed by Darren Sextro.
Where: Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Nov. 23
UMKC Connection: The Unicorn Theatre was started by three UMKC Theatre graduates. Ticket prices start at $27.50 and can be purchased online.

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: UMKC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and UMKC Trombone Ensemble
The Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is directed by Tom Stein and the Trombone Ensemble is directed by JoDee Davis. Performance pieces include George: Tubamobile; Simpson: Prayer (world premiere); Stevens: Liberation of Sisyphus; Wilds: Leviathan; Plog: Short Meditation; Oostenbrugge: Villancico Catalan; Dibb: Provence; Bozza: Trois Pièces for Trombone Quartet; Crespo: Bruckner Etüde für das tiefe Blech; and Alarcon: The Seven Trombones of the Apocalypse.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2
It’s free.

What: Sgt. Kroll and Other Stories from Red76 & Beyond Repair: An Artist talk by Sam Gould
Sam Gould is the co-founder and editor of Red76, an experimental publication platform. Established in Portland, Oregon in January of 2000, Red76 often works toward forming publics through print and other methods like meals and public projects that open space to discuss social, educational and political life in America today. Gould has taught within the graduate department for Social Practice at the California College of the Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has lectured extensively within the United States and abroad.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, 5015 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3
It’s free.

What: UMKC Women’s Soccer vs UT Rio Grande Valley
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3
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: UMKC Women’s Basketball vs Kansas Christian (Exhibition)
Where: Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission for all home games. Single tickets start at $10 each and can be purchased online.

What: Academy Studio Recital
This is an Academy studio recital. Piano students of Mary Bassett Shemon will perform.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, 5227 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Basketball vs Missouri S&T (Exhibition)
Where: Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 4:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission for all home games. Single tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online.

What: Bronco Green, Senior Recital
This is a senior recital for Bronco Green, trombone. Performance pieces include Hindemith: Trombone Sonata; Basset: Suite for Unaccompanied Trombone; and Verhelst: Devil’s Waltz.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5
It’s free.

What: ArtSounds: Fragmented Realities
Mnemosyne Quartet and Eric Souther will present Fragmented Realities, an immersive performance installation that utilizes eight-channel surround sound and panoramic video featuring footage from Kansas City’s Union Station, Zoo and Speedway. Video will be fed into custom software using lumakeying and pixel sorting paired with digital feedback that will create repetitions into infinity. Mnemosyne will transport the sonic environments through live manipulation of source recording and guided improvisation.
Where: La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5
It’s free.

What: Jane Solose, Faculty Recital
This is a faculty recital with Jane Solose, piano. Program includes Bach’s Partita No. 2; Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 110; and more.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6
It’s free.

What: Conservatory Singers and University Singers
The Conservatory Singers and University Singers perform Chesnokov: Duh Tvoj Blagi, Op. 20, No. 10; Memley: Ave Maria; Kirchner: Bright Morning Stars; Ticheli: There Will Be Rest; and Fauré: Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48.
Where: Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
When: 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6
It’s free.

What: Brandon Crawford, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Brandon Crawford, clarinet. Performance pieces include Bassi: Fantasia da Concerto su motivi del “Rigoletto” di Guiseppe Verdi; Horovitz: Sonatina for clarinet and piano; Miluccio: Rhapsodie; and Brahms: Trio for piano, clarient, and cello.
Where: Leawood United Methodist Church, 2915 West 95th St., Leawood, Kan.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6
It’s free.

What: Volker Brass: UMKC Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet
Volker Brass, the UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet, performs the following pieces: Lamm: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is; Plog: Four Sketches for brass quintet; Hartley: Divertissement for brass quintet; and Holst: Second Suite in F for Military Band.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7
It’s free.

What: Rabyia Ahmed, Master’s Recital
This is a master’s recital for Rabyia Ahmed, horn. Performance pieces include Strauss: Introduction, Theme, and Variations, Op. 13; Escobar: During the Early Hours; David: Concertino, Op. 4; Schuller: Trois Hommages; Buyanovsky: Espana; and Brouwer: Sonata for Horn and Piano.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8
It’s free.

What: Jazz Nights at the Green Lady
Jazz students of all degree levels perform standards and originals in combos. All compositions and arrangements will be announced from the stage.
Where: Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8
It’s free.

What: A Conversation with Cuban-American Musician Alberto Suárez
Alberto Suárez will be on campus to have a conversation about his personal journey and the relevance of Latinxs in classical music. Students will be able to pose questions in Spanish or English. This event is sponsored by the UMKC Latina/o Studies Program.
Where: Room 101, Katz Hall, 5005 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8
It’s free.

What: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Back at The Coterie by extraordinary popular demand, the beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s a colorful musical adventure that teaches us what makes you different can also be what makes you special. This production is directed by Jeff Church. Music direction is by Anthony Edwards and choreography is by Marc Wayne.
Where: The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Nov. 8 – Dec. 31
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded the Coterie.
For tickets and show times, visit the website.

 


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