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Alfred Gregory Theater Program Scrapbooks Finding Aid
Alfred Gregory, a local attorney, was born August 15, 1858, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and died in Kansas City on May 15, 1946. His father was the first president of the University of Illinois. He had both...
Another Chorus for Bruffy
June 29, 2008
Charles Bruffy, "longtime conductor of the Kansas City Chorale," has been appointed conductor of the Kansas City Symphony chorus. Bruffy succeeds Arnold Epley who served for 17 years as conductor of the...
Bartle Deal Clears Way for Ballroom
May 3, 2005
A preliminary agreement has been reached that will allow construction of the Bartle Hall ballroom and provide a $25 million city contribution to a revised Performing Arts Center. About 1/3 of a 17.5 acre...
Brand-New Digs, Bigger Shows
November 14, 2010
Kansas City's largest performing arts organizations anticipate "big and better" performances for their 2011-2012 inaugural seasons at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Center is scheduled...
File contains information about Carl Busch, the founder and conductor of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He was a native of Denmark and musical composer of the early 20th century, included in the 1912...
Carl Busch and the Symphony Orchestra an Asset That Should Be Capitalized
March 30, 1915
Article about the importance of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, led by director Carl Busch, to the city, "as much a necessity for this city as water, light and paved streets," with photo.
Clasical Music in Kansas City: a Brief but Fascinating History
Article surveys the history of Kansas City's orchestras starting with Mary Donohue who gave piano lessons out of her home at First and Grand in the 1850s. The various orchestras and their conductors are...
Crescendo of Guest Artists at Symphony's New Home
January 15, 2011
Article details the plans for the 2011-12 season for the Kansas City Symphony that will help "to inaugurate the Symphony's state-of-the-art performance home, the 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall." The program...
Designers' Showhouse XIX
Two-page paper on the 19th Designers' Showhouse showcasing the residence of Herbert P. Wright at 3735 Belleview Avenue. The house was built in 1913, designed by architect Clarence Shepard, and listed "on...
File contains manuscripts, booklets, and information about the designers' showhouses. Designers' Showhouse is a fund-raiser for the Kansas City Symphony generally held in Spring and organized by the Junior...
From the Ashes. ..
Article about the new symphony orchestra born "from the ashes" of the defunct Philharmonic..
Helzberg Plans Symphony Offices
April 15, 2008
Philanthropist Shirley Helzberg plans to restore and expand the old Vitagraph Film Exchange Building at 17th and Wyandotte for symphony offices and other tenants. Its close proximity to the Kauffman Center...
How Many Seats Are Enough?
October 5, 2003
Article discusses the controversery over the decision of the board of the performing arts center to build a 1,200 seat orchestra hall in the proposed center specifically for the Kansas City Symphony. With...
How the Symphony Made It
Story of the transition from the Kansas City Philharmonic to the Kansas City Symphony in the early 1980s.
Kansas City Philharmonic: Gone, but Not Forgotten
Highlights in the history of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Group portrait of the Kansas City Symphony with Carl Busch, conductor, in the Shubert Theater.
Kansas City Symphony Conductors
Conductors of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra: (later Symphony) Karl Krueger: 1933-1943 Efrem Kurtz: 1943-1947 Hans Schwieger: 1948-1970 Maurice Peress: 1974-1980 William McGlaughlin: 1985-1998...
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KC Conductor Gains New Job in Iowa
March 18, 2006
Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Timothy Hankewich, has been hired as music director of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Symphony. Hankewich, who joined the symphony as resident conductor in 1999,...
KC's Performing Artists Anticipate Downtown Revival
Article describes the creative energy growing in Kansas City's performing arts community in response to the proposed performing arts center and other downtown revitalization projects.
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