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A Star is Born
September 17, 2011
Article describes the opening night reception at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Festivities included performances by the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony, and opera star Placido...
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...
Art Center Will be Named for Kauffmans
September 22-28, 2006
The performing arts center planned to be built downtown will officially be named after the Kauffman family who have pledged forty per cent of the cost of the building. The ceremonial groundbreaking is...
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...
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...
Fact or Fiction?
Biographical article about Therese Park, author of the novel "A Gift of the Emperor" about forced sex for Japanese soldiers in occupied Asia during World War II. Born in Korea in 1941 and serving as a...
Family Friendly: Designers' Showhouse Has Been a Retreat For Many Generations
May 5, 2004
Article about the 2004 Designers' Showhouse XXXV at 1035 W. 57th Street built in 1916 by J. C. Nichols and Wight and Wight as architects. The first resident was George Bunting.
Final Community of Christ Auditorium ‘Messiah’
November 21, 2010
Since 1916 the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now called Community of Christ) has presented George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at the Auditorium in Independence. The 220-voice...
Frank M. Howe Is Dead: The End Came to the Architect at His Home Last Night
Portrait and obituary for Frank Howe (1849-1909), a prominent Kansas City architect and native of Massachusetts coming to Kansas City in 1885 and opening an architectural office that year as a partner...
His Violin Helped Awaken City to Good Music
August 10, 1963
Photos and biographical article about Louis Klein, a 64-year-old retired violinist and pioneer Kansas City musician with "John Behr's Kansas City Symphony orchestra" starting in 1896, with residence at...
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...
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 Symphony, DiDonato Take a Turn on TV
July 15, 2012
Review of the documentary, "Homecoming: the Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato" produced by PBS and KCPT-TV, and shown as part of PBS Arts Summer Festival. Featuring interviews and views backstage,...
Longtime Community Builder Celebrates 90th Birthday
September 12, 2008
A birthday party for Norman Kahn given by his wife Sybil was held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Kahn built Brown-Strauss Steel into what became Azcon and later started Kahn Steel. He has served...
Martha Jo Seufert
December 22, 2004
Obituary for Martha Jo Seufert, co-owner of Ruth Seufert Celebrity Attractions and violinist for the Kansas City Symphony. Died December 20, 2004.
Missouri Arts Council Funds Dry Up
January 8, 2006
Money once promised by the Missouri Arts Council to local arts groups has been canceled. Local arts groups who would have benefited include the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera,...
New Baton Will Fly at Symphony
September 8, 2004
Article describes the hiring of Michael Stern as the symphony's fourth music director. Stern succeeds Anne Manson, and his four-year contract will go through the 2008-2009 season.
New Offices Proposed for Symphony
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...
Norman Hollander, Obituary
April 14, 2010
Principal cello player for the Kansas City Philharmonic/Kansas City Symphony for 41 years, Norman Hollander died April 7, 2010. He retired in 1996. Hollander also taught cello and chamber music at UMKC....
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