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Youth Symphony of Kansas City Records Finding Aid
The Youth Symphony of Kansas City was organized in April 1958, as an independent civic enterprise. The prospective members had to be recommended by their school music director or private music teacher....
April 17, 2005
Profile of Grandview native Anthony Cooperwood, who plays piano and guitar with Cirque du Soleil.
Widow of Slain Musician Vows not to Contest Parole of Husband's Killer
June 22-28, 2007
On June 1, 2007, Raymond Bledsoe, convicted of the 1980 murder of Kansas City jazz musician Steve Harvey, became eligible for parole from a Colorado federal penitentiary. Bledsoe was orginally acquitted...
Tree Dedicated to Lester ''Wizard'' King
May 1, 2006
Brief article describes the planting of a tree as a memorial to Kansas City bluesman Lester "Wizard" King. The oak tree was planted just north of the Charlie Parker statue in the plaza area behind the...
Travel: A Musical Rivalry along the Mississippi
Photos and article about the black jazz history of Kansas City as compared to other nationally important areas in its development such as New Orleans, Memphis, and Saint Louis. Description of important...
Tony DiPardo: Kansas City's 'Mr. Music'
Story of 92-year-old Tony DiPardo who has just created the Tony DiPardo Instrumental Music Foundation and Scholarship Fund.
July 28-August 3, 2005
Article profiles Kansas City rapper Fat Tone (Anthony Watkins), and reports the circumstances of his death on May 23, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tinoco is One of a Kind
September 29-October 12, 2005
Article profiles musician David Tinoco. As well as lead singer and leader of Las Estrellas band, Tinoco owns an automobile finishing business, Single Source Inc., and is part owner of T&G Entertainment...
The Last Season For DiPardo
December 9, 2008
Because of remodeling changes coming to Arrowhead Stadium, the TD Pack Band, originated by Tony DiPardo in 1963, will no longer be playing at Kansas City Chiefs home games. Their last appearance will be...
Sustainability Summit: A Kansas City Jazz Roundtable
A roundtable of local musicians discuss the state of jazz in Kansas City and sustainability for the future - specifically the ability of musicians to make a living, as well as keeping audiences interested...
Star Gazing in Nodaway County, Mo.: Alma Nash, Musician-Director
This 36 page photocopied typewritten resource contains photocopies of newspaper articles, photographs, and miscellaneous material as well as short vignettes all concerning Alma Nash, musician, teacher,...
Standing Up for the Flint Hills: Filmmakers Document Endangered Tallgrass Prairie
Photos, map, and article about the film by "Kansas City filmmakers Aimee Larrabee and John Altman" (cousin of fellow Kansas City filmmaker Robert Altman) called "Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie" for...
Soprano Star From the 19th Century
September 13, 2006
Description of an exhibit at the Kansas City Museum entitled "Alice Nielson [Nielsen]: Heartland Diva" which opens September 17, 2006 with a live opera recital. Nielsen was an international opera star...
Rose Shapiro Levine
December 29, 2004
Obituary for Rose Shapiro Levine who died December 28, 2004 at Village Shalom. She was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on May 20, 1911, coming to Kansas City in 1918. She was a noted musician, teacher,...
November 13, 2005
Brief article noting positive reviews received by Kansas City native Joyce DiDonato from drama critics for her work in the Metropolitan Opera's 2005 production of "The Marriage of Figaro." Martin Bernheimer...
On the Verge: Introducing the Class of 2006: Kansas City's Emerging Artists, on the Cusp of Fame
June 18, 2006
Cover story highlighting eight young aritsts: Angela Polk (actress) on cover and page 12; Nathan Darrow (actor) on page 13; Anthony Baab (artist) on page 14; Mi-Eun Kim (classical pianist) on page 15;...
Obituary for Steven J. Patke
June 27, 2005
Obituary for Steven Joseph Patke, who died June 25, 2005 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54. Patke was a well-known Kansas City jazz musician, playing sax, flute, and clarinet, and also served on the...
Musician with Area Roots Takes his Talent to Broadway
December 31, 2005
Ray Lisenby is a 1973 graduate of Raytown South High School and received his bachlor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. After teaching music at Belmont...
Mrs. Ethel L. Buxton: Former Concert Singer Is Dead
Nov. 3, 1968
Article with photo about the life and death of Ethel L. Buxton who died Nov. 2, 1968. She is remembered as the "daughter" of the 90th infantry division in Germany in World War I and as a concert singer...
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.
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