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Featured Artist Friday: The WiresThe Wires

The Wires are an original alternative classical music duo comprised of Sascha Groschang on cello and Laurel Parks on violin. Together they surpass expectations of what a string duo can be by incorporating innovative sounds and techniques into their pop song-length compositions and teaching other string players how to do the same. Their first album, The Wires, was released in 2013 and they are currently finishing a follow-up in addition to performing, teaching and other music-related projects. We honored to share an interview with the duo about their unique collaboration. Enjoy!

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Please introduce yourselves. Where do you live and work?

Sascha Groschang (SG): I live in Hyde Park, in midtown KC.  I teach at Missouri Western State University, and am principal cellist of the Saint Joseph Symphony.  I teach privately, and have a quartet that plays a variety of events with Laurel.  We also both do tons of recording sessions, improv work and freelance jobs all around the area.

Laurel Parks (LP): I live in midtown.  I am a freelance violinist and I also have a home studio. 

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As you very well know, it’s National Cheerleading Safety Month!

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Founded in 2010, Shawnee Mission Post covers local news inside the I-435 loop in Johnson County, Kansas including:

  • City government in Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Leawood, Prairie Village, Merriam, Mission, Roeland Park, Fairway, Mission Hills, Westwood, Lake Quivira, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods.
  • Boards of education for the Shawnee Mission School District and USD 232, as well as news out of individual schools.
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The uppermost branches of trees in a forest create what is called a canopy. It's the top layer. With your Library card, we offer you the top layer of streaming video. Kanopy has you covered with award winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS, select Janus Films in the Criterion Collection and thousands of independent filmmakers.  

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Check out this 1900 photo of students from a baking class at the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe.

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Flour Month!

Check out this 1900 photo of students from a baking class at the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe.

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Look at that backdrop setting the mood for the Shawnee Grade School Orchestra back in 1935!

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Happy Throwback Thursday! Some call it the best day of the week.

As you very well know, it’s National Music in Our Schools Month!

Look at that backdrop setting the mood for the Shawnee Grade School Orchestra back in 1935!

Remember, jocohistory.org is the place to time travel through local history. Be sure to follow our hashtag on Twitter... Continue »

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