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.
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.”
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.’
KCRep presents 'A Christmas Carol (not featured online)
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.
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.”
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.
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.’
Vida Dance, Live from the Folly Lounge, S#arp Women & Ballet Street Project
Poet Sheri Hall delivers her powerful poem ‘Irregular Rape Story.’ Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey showcases a rhythmic performance in their original “Immigration Story’; Owen/Cox Dance Group dances across the country to bring ‘Keeping Time’ to life; and Calvin Arsenia serenades with his Bridge Playback Session performance of ‘Scars & Stripes.’
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