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''When You Come to Kansas City'' Is Our Winning Tune
January 8, 2011
Article about The Kansas City Star’s contest to find the best original song about Kansas City. The clear winner was Andy DeWitt’s “When You Come to Kansas City.” DeWitt has performed with local...
'Blind Boone': A Sensational Missourian Forgotten
April 1, 1961
Article with an brief general history of ragtime music, "the ancestor of all popular music," and a biographical sketch of John William Boone, or Blind Boone (1864-1927), a prominent black musician living...
2004 Conclave, The Heartland of America, Kansas-Missouri-Oklahoma
Second Quarter, 2004
A supplement to Marquee, the Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, features several Kansas City theaters. They include: Aladdin, Englewood in Independence, Mo., Gem, Folly, Lyric, Madrid,...
A Beethoven "First" in St. Louis
Article chronicling the early history of classical music performances and organizations in Saint Louis, starting with German immigrants in the 1830s. Description of some of their early performances, including...
A Beloved King of Reviews
September 17, 2011
Obituary tribute for Leroy Johnson (57) of Kansas City. Johnson was known as the resident "music guru" at the old Penny Lane record store in Westport. He was also an early music critic for "The Pitch,"...
A Boone County Album, 1820-1971
Photos (of the musician, his sheet music, and possessions, etc.) and bio of John William Boone, or Blind Boone (1864-1927), "a blind Negro pianist" and "the most widely known citizen of Boone County, and...
A Brief History of Jazz
An eight page typewritten paper giving a brief history of jazz in Kansas City. Draft of an article which appeared in the program of the 1965 Kansas City Jazz Festival. Folder also contains printed program....
A Brilliant Organ Gets a Brilliant Organist
October 11, 2004
October 8, 2004, French organist Olivier Latry played the dedicatory recital for the new $850,000 pipe organ by Lively-Fulcher Organbuilders of Alexandria, Virginia, at the Visitation Catholic Church.
A. C. Moffat
Description of "Dealer in Pianos, Organs and Musical Merchandise," located at 615 Main Street.
A Chorus Beyond Song
Describes the history, current status, and future of the Heartland Men's Chorus.
A Condensed History Of Music In Kansas City
A six-page, typewritten paper that gives a brief history of some music related events in Kansas City history.
A Conversation with Ron Teamer
Interview with Ron Teamer, a Kansas City blues musician and guitarist/vocalist for the Ron Teamer Band. In the article, Teamer discusses when he first started playing guitar and life experiences that have...
A Holiday Spin on the Dance Floor
November 29, 2013
Article summarizes the 2013 annual Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance held in the Kansas National Guard Armory in Kansas City, Kansas. Details related to the event's background and its connection to the local...
A Lesson in The Arts
September 18, 2011
Cover story with pictures tells of the Alcott Arts Center at 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Named for Louisa May Alcott, the center provides music, theater, and art for children. The nonprofit organization...
A Natural-Born Theater Man
August 12, 2007
The Theater League, directed by founder and president Mark Edelman, brought musicals and plays to Kansas City from 1977 until 2007. From 1977 to 198,1 performances took place at the Lyric Theater, then...
A New Sound for Downtown
Article about the restoration of three local live-entertainment theaters, the Music Hall (in Municipal Auditorium), Folly Theater (Downtown), and Midland Theater (at the Crown Center shopping mall), partly...
The Harriman-Jewell Series began in 1965 when Richard Harriman and Dean Dunham recognized the need to bring performers to Kansas City. Luciano Pavarotti was among the musicians who made their U.S. debuts...
A Song Fit for The King
August 16, 2003
On the 26th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, this article recalls the first song recorded by Presley, My Happiness. The lyrics were written by Kansas Citian Betty Peterson Blasco.
Article about the jazz or ragtime song "Twelfth Street Rag," written in 1897 by Euday Bowman while walking along 12th Street at Main. Biographical information about the ragtime music composer from Texas...
Above the Crowding
April 16, 2006
Article discusses the Conservatory of Music's need for more space, gives a historical timeline from its beginnings 100 years ago, and features successful graduates and some students.
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