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KC Performs! brings together a variety of groups and disciplines to perform in some of the most iconic landmarks in Kansas City.  Thirty-minute compilations stitch together short pieces of ballet, jazz, theatre, spoken word, opera and drama, presented by some of Kansas City’s most talented performers.

With Generous Local Support From:

Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Bebe & Crosby Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts - Commerce Bank, Trustee
Mary & Tom Bloch
Francis Family Foundation
Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust, John H. Mize and Bank of America, NA Co-Trustees
Marlese & Robert Gourley

Season 1 Episode Details

Episode 1
Park ICM violinist Orin Laursen performs “Havanaise’ in the historic Park University cathedral. Jessica Paige serenades the audience of Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s Ghostlight with her original song ‘Pennybrook Lane’; ‘Colors’, a Ballet Street original, showcases local talent in and around Kansas City landmarks; and Eboni Fondren and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra get blues-y in the Kansas City PBS studios with “Ain’t Nobody Like My Baby.”

Episode 2
Quixotic mesmerizes with a beautifully choreographed “Silhouette Duo. Plus, Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has us dancing in Union Station; Ballet Street Project keeps pace outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and Park ICM’s Igor and Evangelia Khukhua serenade the screen performing Henryk Wieniawski’s ‘Variations on an Original 
Theme.’

Episode 3
KCRep presents 'A Christmas Carol '(not featured online due to rights)

Episode 4
Violinist Abigail Stahlschmidt and the Ballet Street Project spread holiday cheer performing ‘Christmas Countdown.’ Plus, Musical Theater Heritage takes the stage with their rendition of Newsies ‘Santa Fe’; Rachmaninov composed this piano solo executed by Park ICM’s Anastasia Vorotnaya; Helen Pickett’s Shakespeare Triptych duet ‘Look Here, Love’  is danced to precision by Kansas City Ballet; Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has us dancing in Union Station.

Episode 5
Musical Theater Heritage performs Rodgers and Hammerstein's ‘This Was Nearly Mine.’ Plus, Park ICM’s Kenny Broberg plays ‘Fairytale’ from Nikolai Medtner; Helen Pickett’s Shakespeare Triptych trio ‘Hurly-Burly’ is danced to precision by Kansas City Ballet; enter the world of Quixotic and their performance of  “Fire Pole”; and Eboni Fondren and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra get blues-y in the Kansas City PBS studios with “Ain’t Nobody Like My Baby.”

Episode 6
Musical Theater Heritage performs Stephen Sondheim's ‘Send in the Clowns.’ Plus; Helen Pickett’s Shakespeare Triptych solo ‘What Angel Wakes Me’ is danced to precision by Kansas City Ballet; Park ICM’s Igor and Evangelia Khukhua serenade the screen performing Henryk Wieniawski’s ‘Variations on an Original Theme’; and enter the world of Quixotic and their Silhouette Duo.

Episode 7
Owen/Cox Dance Group collaborates with Kansas City Chorale to present ‘And The Darkness Has Not Overcome It.’ Plus; S#arp Women’s Krista Eyler shares her favorite song, ‘Another Hat’ from “Overture the Musical”; inspired by Kansas City’s Black History Project, Glenn North recites his work ‘I Sing Their Names; and Vanessa Severo takes an inward look in ‘Frida: A Self-Portrait.’
 

Local Arts
Explore these and more local productions from Kansas City PBS:
  • Me, Dorothy and This Road to Oz
  • Bird Not Out of Nowhere
  • Sounds of The Soul
  • In Situ
  • Art House
  • Higher Octaves