Electronic Music Midwest Festival coming to KCKCC Thursday to Saturday

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

If you have the desire to hear unique musical performances, Kansas City Kansas Community College is the place to be this weekend as it is the host of the 2017 Electronic Music Midwest Festival.

More than 60 composers and guest artists will be on the KCKCC main campus Thursday, Friday and Saturday to present their compositions in the field of new and experimental electronic and electro-acoustic music.

The KCKCC audio engineering department will be setting up an 8.1 channel surround sound system in the performing arts center for a truly immersive experience. In addition, KCKCC students will be assisting with the running of the event. Some of the compositions presented are for prerecorded sounds, others feature live performers interacting with computer generated sounds, and some feature video content as well.

Concerts are about one hour long and will be:

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 – Featuring music from the University of Central Missouri Music Technology Program
• 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22
• 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23

All of the concerts are free and open to the public. Classes are welcome. However, walking into the concerts after they have started, and leaving while they are in progress is discouraged because it is disruptive to the performers and audience.

The 2017 EMM Guest Artist is the SPLICE Ensemble. The ensemble is a piano, trumpet and percussion trio that focuses on creating a canon of the most important works composed for instruments and electronics. Through master classes, concerts, seminars and lectures, among other avenues, the ensemble works with both composers and performs on their practice techniques as well as integrating electronics into a traditional performance.

The EMM Festival first started in 2000 at KCKCC under the name “Kansas City Electronic Music Festival.” In 2001, the name changed to Electronic Music at Lewis – 2001” and the host was Lewis University.

As a result of a consortium formed in 2002 between KCKCC, Lewis University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the EMM Festival as it is known today was officially born and KCKCC has continued to serve as host ever since. Since the festival started, more than 500 new electroacoustic compositions have been programmed and performed.

For more information about the EMM Festival, visit the event’s website atemmfestival.org or contact Ian Corbett, coordinator of the audio engineering program and professor of music technology and audio recording at Kansas City Kansas Community College at corbetti@kckcc.edu.


KCKCC alumni baseball game and golf tournament Sept. 29-30

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

A golf tournament will kick off Kansas City Kansas Community College’s annual baseball alumni weekend next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30.

An 18-hole scramble, the 2nd Annual Blue Devil baseball fundraising golf tournament will be held at Painted Hills Golf Club Friday at 1 p.m. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The cost is $100 per player and includes green fees, cart, lunch and a gift bag, Sponsorship opportunities include a hole sponsorship as a Blue Devil sponsor for $550, team sponsor for $400 and hole sponsor for $150. Both the Blue Devil and team sponsorships include four-person teams. Persons may sign up online at duane@kcsports.org or by calling 816-587-4545.

The annual Alumni Baseball Game will begin with batting practice at 11 a.m. with the first pitch at 1 p.m. NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Steve Burleson and more than 50 former Blue Devil players are expected to participate. Any former player planning on attending is requested to contact KCKCC head baseball coach Matt Goldbeck at 913-288-7348 or online at mgoldbeck@kckcc.edu.


Former IRS employee pleads guilty to false tax returns

Tom Larson, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former IRS employee pleaded guilty in federal court to filing false tax returns.

Carla Lachelle Mitchell, 49, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to the charge contained in a Jan. 13, 2017, federal indictment.

Mitchell worked as a contact representative at the IRS Service Center in Kansas City, Mo., from 2006 to 2015. By pleading guilty, Mitchell admitted that while employed by the IRS she prepared false federal income tax returns for 2011, 2012 and 2013 for 13 of her friends and family, as well as herself.

When preparing tax returns, Mitchell included several false entries (such as fraudulent wages or dependents) to lower the individual tax liability for her friends, family members and herself or to increase their refunds. Mitchell has been linked to 27 fraudulent returns through her admissions, witness statements and IP addresses. The total tax loss for the 27 false and fraudulent income tax returns is approximately $118,012.

Under federal statutes, Mitchell is subject to a sentence of up to three years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.