Arts notes

Company seeks new artists, songs

Nashville-Music City Search is conducting its new artist and song search.

The company will offer winners the opportunity to perform on Nashville's Music Row in front of a panel comprised of producers, publishers, managers and other industry professionals.

To receive entry information, visit www.musiccitysearch.com or call (615) 846-1700.

All entries must be received no later than June 21.

Buckley to perform at Starlight

Kansas City, Mo. � Tony Award-winning singer Betty Buckley will perform at 8 p.m. today at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road.

Buckley won a Tony Award for her role as Grizabella in "Cats." She appeared in several movies, including "Tender Mercies," "Carrie" and "Another Woman," and on the television show "Eight Is Enough."

Ticket prices and other information are available from TicketMaster, (816) 931-3330 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Benefit set for Unicorn Theatre

Kansas City, Mo. � "Urban Eats-Urban Scenes" is the theme of this year's benefit for the Unicorn Theatre.

The benefit is today at Club 1000, 10th and Broadway streets. The event starts at 6 p.m. with food, beverages and a silent auction.

Special appearances will be made by Missy Koonce, Ron Megee and Ron Simonian.

For more information, including contribution levels and ticket prices, visit www.unicorntheatre.org or call (816) 531-7529, extension 10.

KU students place in music competition

Violist Eric Nowlin, a junior at the Juilliard School in New York City, recently won the first-place prize of $5,000 in the 2001 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions.

The division winners in vocal, instrumental and piano each received a $2,000 prize. Violinist Geoffrey Yeh, a doctoral student at Kansas University, won the instrumental division. Lori Dunn, an undergraduate student at KU, won the piano division. Kendra Ware, a University of Oklahoma student, won the vocalist division.

Thirty-four musicians entered the May 5 competition, which was administered by the Wichita Symphony Society.

It was open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma who are enrolled in any college, university or conservatory; and nonresident students attending college in the three states.

Allyson to perform at jazz festival

Topeka � Acclaimed jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will be a featured performer at the Topeka Jazz Festival Saturday through May 28 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. Eighth St.

Allyson will perform selections from her forthcoming CD "Ballads-Remembering John Coltraine." She will be joined by Danny Embrey, guitar; Bob Bowman, bass; and Todd Strait, drums.

For tickets or more information, call (785) 297-9000 or see www.tpactix.org.

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