KCKCC choirs to perform with Midwest Chamber Ensemble this weekend

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Choral Department is preparing for its annual fall concert.

The KCKCC Fall Choral Concert with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St. in Kansas City, Missouri. Advanced tickets are $12 and can be purchased from the Midwest Chamber Ensemble’s website. Groups of eight or more can purchase tickets for $10. Students can get free admission if they show their Student ID at the door.

The KCKCC choirs, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music John Stafford, will join the Midwest Chamber Ensemble for a performance of Schubert’s G major Mass. Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade” will round out the program.

For more information on the concert, visit the Midwest Chamber Ensemble’s website at
http://www.midwestchamberensemble.org/concerts.

For more information on KCKCC’s Choral Department, contact Stafford at jstafford@kckcc.edu or call 913-288-7137.

KCKCC to hold m-pact Vocal Festival

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will be the site of a November music festival held by the Los Angeles based pop-jazz vocal group, m-pact.

The m-pact Vocal Festival is Nov. 14 and 15 at the KCKCC Performing Arts Center. A non-competitive festival, vocal jazz ensembles, contemporary a capella groups and other small choral ensembles have the opportunity to work hands-on with the award-winning group.

In addition to the master classes and workshops, m-pact will also perform in a concert with KCKCC’s “The Standard” Vocal Jazz Ensemble. This concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the concert are $15 and can be purchased from the festival’s website at https://www.m-pact.com/event/2490902/481366624/m-pact-vocal-festival. Acaville Internet Radio, which offers a range of a cappella music through its streaming service, will be on site to stream the concert at https://www.acaville.com/.

Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” m-pact is known for its sophisticated sound that has won the group Vocal Group of the Year at the L.A. Music Awards and an Indie nomination from the Independent Grammys.

The group has been named Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition and has performed with artists such as Boyz II Men, Sheryl Crow, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band and Natalie Cole, among many others. Their “signature sound” can also be heard in television theme songs as well as Disney feature films and on radio stations throughout the world.

Started in 1995, m-pact has made five full-length albums, three EP’s and several single releases and continue to receive rave reviews and multiple awards.

Billboard Magazine named them the “Best Unsigned Band” and in 2014, the group joined with New York a cappella powerhouse Duwende to produce “I Wish for All Time,” an a cappella tribute to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. M-pact continues to thrill audiences with their innovative orchestrations and stage presence as well as their vocals as they work to stay true to the music they are performing.

Local authors display their works at Homegrown Reads

Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

At the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, authors showed up from all over the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area for the Homegrown Reads program Saturday.

An estimated 300 people attended this event.

Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
A display at the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)
Several authors attended the Homegrown Reads program Saturday at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. (Photo by William Crum)