Listen to Cary Mock play and sing “O Holy Night” in his Overland Park home. Mock, who has performed with the Quality Hill Playhouse and sung the National Anthem at Kauffman Stadium, was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and received a bone marrow transplant from his sister. He is recovering, although his progress has been complicated by graft-versus-host disease, a treatable condition in which the transplanted cells attack the recipient's body.
Amaya Rodriguez and Humberto Rivera Blanco are native Cuban ballet dancers who emigrated to the United States last year to pursue greater opportunities in dance for themselves with the Kansas City Ballet and better lives for their families.
For many of the students at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, getting lessons from a professional dancer, especially one who just a few months ago was dancing with the famed African-American Alvin Ailey company, can be life changing, said a spokeswoman with the Friends of Alvin Ailey.
A rare First Folio of the works of William Shakespeare is making its only appearance in Missouri during a nationwide tour to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. The First Folio, which will be on display at the Kansas City Public Library downtown, consists of 36 plays, including 18 that we otherwise would not even know about. The volume was printed in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. It is believed there were fewer than 750 First Folios printed. It is unclear how many survive, but the Folger Shakespeare Library has 82 of them, and has loaned this volume to be displayed at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., in Kansas City. The 400-year-old folio will be on display through June 28, 2016.
Actors, longtime friends and co-workers Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka, who once starred together in the television sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley," are back on stage together in "Beau Jest," a comedy running at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park.
Watch an excerpt from Fire in Dreamland, part of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's OriginKC New Works festival. Two world premiers, Fire in Dreamland, written by Rinne Groff and directed by Marissa Wolf, will perform in repertory with Lot's Wife Apr. 23 to May 22.
Julian Kaplan, principal trumpet for the Kansas City Symphony, was born in Cleveland and grew up in Charlotte, N.C. He previously played with the Lexington Philharmonic and the Jacksonville Symphony. He performs Tartini: I. Allegro moderato from Trumpet Concerto in D Major, D. 53 (arr.)
Meredith McCook, cellist for the Kansas City Symphony, grew up in Tyler, Texas and previously played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. This is her first full-time position with an orchestra. Her selection is Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello by J.S. bach.
Justine Lamb-Budge, a native of Wayne, Pa., is a violinist and the associate concert master of the Kansas City Symphony. She has studied violin since she was 5. She performs an excerpt from Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach.
Brandon Mason, who plays the double bass for the Kansas City Symphony, is from Arlington, Texas. As a graduate student he played a season with the Houston Symphony. He performs J.S. Bach's Bouree from Suite No. 3 in C Major for Solo Cello.