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Sept. 26 – Oct. 20, 2019 Rise Up Presented by The Coterie at The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City The tide was turning – though many states in the South disagreed. It would soon be illegal to segregate black Americans on public buses, in waiting rooms, or in restaurants. And yet, in the early 1960s, some cities and towns in America kept actively discriminating. It was time to draw attention to illegal discrimination, and face terrifying violence with peaceful resistance.

October 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Kingdom Choir Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts London’s The Kingdom Choir is best known for their show-stopping rendition of “Stand By Me” at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. The performance, seen by a global audience of over 2 billion, instantly catapulted The Kingdom Choir to worldwide fame. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions to create a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. Tickets for this event range from $19 to $59 plus applicable fees.

October 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Boyz II Men Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Boyz II Men remains one of the most iconic R&B groups in music history, offering fans a rich catalogue of hits filled with smooth harmonies and enduring themes. The band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. Tickets for Boyz II Men range from $59 to $129, plus applicable fees

October 4, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m. Jazz Storytelling Presented by American Jazz Museum at American Jazz Museum, Kansas City This program introduces kids to the sounds and styles of jazz, America’s art form!

October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. An Evening with Branford Marsalis Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and respected figures in contemporary music. The NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. Randall Goosby, Violinist in Free Recital Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at The Folly Theater, Kansas City At 22, violinist Randall Goosby has already racked up an impressive set of achievements. At 13, he became the youngest person ever to win the impressive Sphinx Concerto Competition. Goosby has performed as soloist with orchestras across America and has been honored as a Rising Star of the Stradivari Society.

October 5, 2019 @ 8:30 p.m. Jazz Disciples Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City Saxophonist Gerald Dunn has been featured in bands with Illinois Jacquet and Bobby Watson. He plays an inventive, contemporary sound and knows how to capture an audience’s attention. Pianist Everette Freeman has toured with Oleta Adams, performing with a deliciously intricate yet fluid grace.

October 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Kansas City Symphony Presents - Sounds of Relaxing: Restorative (A soothing evening of meditation + music) Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for Performing Arts Prepare to unwind as our certified Relax and Renew® trainer Anita Bailey coaches you through various breathing and meditation techniques that you can do from your seat in Helzberg Hall. Kansas City Symphony musicians perform soft, mellow music to melt your stress away. Tickets are $15, including all fees.

October 11, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents – Cotton Club Revisited • One of our most popular concerts ever was when we paid tribute to the great artists who emerged from the Cotton Club during the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance. So, we're heading back! Come dance the night away with us as we take you back to the time of Ellington, Armstrong, and Calloway! Tux and tails not required but highly encouraged!

October 10-27, 2019 (various times) Ragtime Presented by Musical Theater Heritage, Inc. at MTH Theater at Crown Center, Kansas City This sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America tells the timeless story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream. The Tony Award winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.

October 11, 2019 @ 8:30 p.m. Max Groove Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City Max Groove is one of the pioneers of the smooth jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years. He has twelve internationally released CDs, three in the top twenty Billboard Jazz.

October 18, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. Ruthie Foster Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City Ruthie Foster is known for her powerful, soulful voice and Bluesy sound that can be heard across the U.S. on this artist’s expansive tour. Most recently awarded a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, Ruthie has gathered accolades including seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, and the title of an “inspiring American Artists” as a United States Artist 2018 Fellow, among many other awards.

October 18 – November 10, 2019 (various times) For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf Presented by Kansas City Repertory Theatre at Copaken Stage, Kansas City At a time when there were almost no stories about women of color, poet, activist, novelist, and playwright, Shange penned a play that has become a seminal and treasured work of American theatre. Seven African American women, each identified solely by a color, traverse class, gender, sexuality, and geography in this intensely personal “choreo-poem” that weaves spoken word and dance. Only the second play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, it won Obie and Tony Awards and has been mounted on university campuses in every state in the U.S.

October 19, 2019 @ 8:30 p.m. Ida McBeth Presented by American Jazz Museum at The Blue Room, Kansas City Ida’s musical style is so unique that it is hard to classify. Over the years, her repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known standards.

October 25, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet with Pianist Han Chen Presented by Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Performing Arts, Kansas City Some of the most exciting dance in America is coming out of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Founded in 1996, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet combines adventurous American athleticism with European classical and avant-garde traditions. The New York Times says that Aspen Santa Fe Ballet “raise the bar, and then they jump over it.”

October 26, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. Stefon Harris & Blackout Presented by Folly Theater at The Folly Theater, Kansas City Educator, Vibraphonist, and Composer, Stefon Harris has been heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” by The Los Angeles Times. Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike, the award-winning musician is committed to both exploring the rich potential of jazz education and blazing new trails on the Vibraphone.