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2009-10 Events Schedule For Bell Cultural Events Center

Kansas City Wind Symphony with pianist James Cockman September 26, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Wind Symphony was founded in November of 1998 as a volunteer ensemble of professional and accomplished amateur musicians selected by competitive audition. Musicians come from throughout the Kansas City region to perform in the organization dedicated to the study of classic band works and transcriptions of orchestral masterworks in a concert setting. The KC Wind Symphony will be joined by guest performer and award-winning pianist, Dr. James Cockman, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $15, MNU Faculty/Staff $10, Students $5

Trails West Barbershop Chorus October 3, 2 at 7 p.m.
According to the Barbershop Harmony Society, “Barbershop is a ‘melting pot’ product of African-American musical devices, European hymn-singing culture, and an American tradition of recreational music. It is part of the continuum of American music, sharing roots with gospel and jazz.” The trails West Barbershop Chorus seeks to continue this tradition in the Kansas City area. TWBC is the largest men’s chorus in Olathe, Kansas, and they are pleased to present the group Tone-Henge as the special guest for their Fall Harvest of Harmony.
Tickets: Adults $12, Students $6

Fountain City Brass Band
October 24 - "Festival Brass"

December 12 - "Bells-A-Plenty VIII"
February 13 - "Hymn of the Highlands"
April 24 - "Classic Brass"
All concerts will be at 7:30 p.m.
Fountain City Brass Band is Kansas City’s own award-winning, hometown brass band. They are winners of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 North American Brass Band Championships and were the grand champions of the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Open Brass Band Championships. Under the direction of Musical Director Dr. Joseph Parisi and Artistic Director Lee Harrelson, FCBB will be performing four concerts with us this season. The Bell Cultural Events Center is proud to host such an extraordinary ensemble for the second year in a row!
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $15, MNU Faculty/Staff $10, Students $5

Nathanael May, pianist in recital November 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Nathanael May is a pianist with a penchant for new music, whose performances composers have heralded as "first-rate, dynamic, and refreshing". In a habit of speaking from stage almost as much as he plays, Nathanael May derives true joy from the educational act of performing. In August 2009, Nathanael joined the faculty of Missouri Western State University, as an Assistant Professor in Applied Piano and Pedagogy. Dr. May's concert will feature the Piano Fantasies of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Crumb and Foss.
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $15, MNU Faculty/Staff $10, Students $5

Kansas City Symphony Chamber Players March 26 at 8:00 p.m.
“Sibelius, Grieg & The Music of the North”
Join Steven Jarvi and the Chamber Players as they explore the music of Scandinavia. A smooth and melodic Sibelius work is followed by Nielsen's engaging and animated Little Suite. A sorrowful Svendsen folk song is followed by the patriotic tune that would become the Swedish national anthem. Grieg's Holberg Suite, based on 18th-century dance forms, concludes this Nordic night of music.
Tickets: Adults $20, Youth $10 and may be purchased at or the Symphony Ticket Office at (816) 471-0400.

Christian Youth Theatre
Christian Youth Theatre is an after-school theater arts program for children ages 6-18. CYT is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment.
CYT has three shows at the Bell Cultural Events Center this season. The dates are listed below and tickets may be purchased through the CYT box office by calling (913) 681-3318. For more information about the performances, please check out the CYT website at

November 13-15, 19-22 - Scrooge

February 26-28, March 4-7 - Peter Pan
May 6-9 - The Music Man



Past 2009-10 Events

Dave Stephens Band September 18 & 19, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
These performances will be recorded live for the band’s upcoming CD.
Specializing in high-energy vintage jazz and swing, this modern incarnation of the big band has collected numerous awards and honors since its creation in Kansas City. Comprised of world class musicians, the band's repertoire fuses unique interpretations of early 20th century American classics with Stephens's dynamic original compositions.
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $15, MNU Faculty/Staff $10, Students $5

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