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The Dining Experience
14-15 Kauffman Dining
The Dining Experience
Founders' Lounge | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Arrive ahead of the crowds and enjoy a gourmet meal freshly prepared and served in the comfortable and sophisticated Founders’ Lounge. Sample one of the modern-American artisanal meal combinations offered in our signature Marquee box just steps away from your seats.



Josh Turner
14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
Josh Turner
Friday, May 22nd 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million recordings. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut “Long Black Train” to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release “Punching Bag”, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.



Perseverance Hall of Fame
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
Perseverance Hall of Fame
Perseverance Hall of Fame Induction
May 27th, 2014 3:00pm
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Come celebrate the induction of three inspiring people into the Perseverance Hall of Fame in 2015. Charity Tillemann-Dick (celebrity inductee) is an American-born soprano, double lung transplant survivor and top-selling classical recording artist. Charity will perform as part of the ceremony, which is being emceed by Truman Medical Center CEO Charlie Shields.



ZUKERMAN, GELLER, BEETHOVEN AND BACH
14-15 KC Symphony Classical
ZUKERMAN, GELLER, BEETHOVEN AND BACH
May 29 - 31, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Israeli-born conductor, violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman is one of the world’s great musical geniuses. He returns to Helzberg Hall to one of Bach’s most famous works, the Double Concerto, with Concertmaster Noah Geller. Zukerman also performs Hindemith’s Trauermusik, a touching work for viola and string orchestra. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Second Symphony, one of his most energetic and cheerful works. Bravo & Masterworks Series


Wolf Experts Jim & Jamie Dutcher<br>
The Hidden Lives of Wolves<br>
(Special Engagement)<br>
Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

This performance is not included in series subscriptions but may be added-on to your package.

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Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived in a tented camp bordering Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness. For six years, they documented the social hierarchy and behavior of the Sawtooth Pack, wolves they bottle-fed as pups. Meet the Dutchers as they weave fascinating stories and stunning images about the world the wolf faces and solutions for their survival from on-the-ground biologists.
This performance is not part of the standard 4 show and 3 show subscriptions, but may be added on to your package



DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ
14-15 KC Symphony Classical
DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ
June 5-7, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Music Director Michael Stern is back on the podium to begin these concerts with Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde. Then, German violinist Augustin Hadelich takes the stage to perform the popular Bruch concerto. Schoenberg’s strikingly beautiful Verklärte Nacht is a highly tonal reflection of finding redemption, which sets the stage for Ravel’s passionate and flowing music for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. Ovation & Masterworks Series


Parsons Dance
14-15 Harriman-Jewell Series
Parsons Dance
June 6th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A 12th Harriman-Jewell Series appearance by Kansas City native son David Parsons’ namesake company further galvanizes a hometown relationship that has spanned more than 25 years. The athletic and exuberant NYC-based Parsons Dance includes eight full-time dancers and a repertory of more than 80 works by Parsons.



RANDY NEWMAN WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
14-15 KC Symphony Special
RANDY NEWMAN WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
June 10, 2015 | 7 p.m. Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Aram Demirjian, associate conductor

 

There is hardly another composer to be found in Hollywood who is as multifaceted as Randy Newman. With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer, with scores including "Ragtime," "Awakenings," "The Natural," "James and the Giant Peach," "Meet the Parents," "Seabiscuit" and "The Princess and the Frog." He has scored seven Disney-Pixar films: "Toy Story," "A Bug’s Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "Cars," "Toy Story 3," and most recently, "Monsters University." His many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He is also a Disney Legend Award recipient. Most recently, Newman was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in June 2014. Don’t miss this! Randy Newman will perform hit after hit with the Kansas City Symphony in a very special one-night only experience.






Free Happy Hour: Shostakovich and Stravinsky
14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: Shostakovich and Stravinsky
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6 p.m. Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Our final free happy hour concert of the season puts Russian composers in the spotlight. Enjoy Stravinksy's Soldier's Tale Suite and the String Quartet No. 8 by Shostakovich. Lobby bars open at 5 p.m., with our casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting March 16.


Lily Tomlin
14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
Lily Tomlin
Saturday, June 13th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Lily Tomlin is one of America’s foremost comediennes, with an extraordinarily broad entertainment career spanning television, movies, theater, animation and stand-up comedy. Join Ms. Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter as she takes the audience on a howlingly funny trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters – from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman; Ms. Beasley to Edith Ann. Her humor and observations are penetrating, funny and endearing – and that’s the truth!



Once
14-15 Theater League
Once
June 16th-21st
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.



SEASON FINALE: A HERO’S LIFE
14-15 KC Symphony Classical
SEASON FINALE: A HERO’S LIFE
June 19-21, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto has it all: gorgeous melodies and technically demanding piano lines that only Tchaikovsky could write. Aptly matched for this Russian masterpiece is Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko. Arguably autobiographical in nature, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben includes quotations from his earlier works. Convinced that French horns best expressed heroism, this masterwork calls for eight to complement the large orchestra. Hear the hero’s theme, his battles, ensuing peace, and finally, his retirement from the mortal world. Bravo & Masterworks Series




Future Stages Festival
14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
Future Stages Festival

Sunday, June 28, 2015
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Event / All Ages Welcome

Kauffman Center invites you to celebrate the future of the arts in Kansas City. The second annual Future Stages Festival welcomes youth and families to the Kauffman Center to experience a fun-filled day of performances and interactive arts activities. Featuring family-friendly presentations from the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City and performances from a host of Kansas City’s most talented performing artists and students, Future Stages Festival is a free event for all ages.
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The Dining Experience
15-16 Kauffman Dining
The Dining Experience
Founders' Lounge | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Arrive ahead of the crowds and enjoy a gourmet meal freshly prepared and served in the comfortable and sophisticated Founders’ Lounge. Sample one of the modern-American artisanal meal combinations offered in our signature Marquee box just steps away from your seats.



Patti LaBelle
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Patti LaBelle
Friday, July 17th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist Patti LaBelle is widely regarded as the queen of rock & soul music. She has received acclaim for many of her songs, including "Lady Marmalade," "When You Talk About Love" and "New Attitude." She began her career as part of the Ordettes in 1959, who became The Bluebelles in 1961. Commonly named the ‘Godmother of Soul’, Patti LaBelle has spent over 50 years in the music industry. Her success as a solo artist began in 1983 when she released her hit album I'm in Love Again. Patti LaBelle has been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards presented her with the coveted Legend Award. LaBelle has sold over 50 million records worldwide and Rolling Stones Magazine includes her in its 100 Greatest Singers List.



Take 6 & The Manhattan Transfer<br>
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Take 6 & The Manhattan Transfer
Thursday, September 10th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music, create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 GRAMMY Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut, original members Janis Siegal, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne pay tribute to the group’s late founder, Tim Hauser, and roll out a thrilling career retrospective with the help of newest member Trist Curless. Take 6 will share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!



Jay Leno
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Jay Leno
Sunday, September 13th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

While he may be best known for his decades-long tenure behind The Tonight Show desk, Jay Leno cut his teeth as one of the most incisive comedy voices of the ‘70s and 80s . His all-new standup tour is his chance to remind fans why he became a household name in the first place! As an acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, speaker and philanthropist – it’s no wonder that Jay Leno has always been widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

This Television Hall of Fame inductee exudes his everyman style and personality which has earned him millions of fans worldwide. He has been touted as one of the nicest people in show business and says “Anyone can have a life – careers are hard to come by!”



Don Giovanni
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
Don Giovanni

September 26 - October 4, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Single tickets don't go on sale until August 10, 2015, but 2015-2016 season subscriptions are available now, subscribe today!

Dark Desires and Destiny

Snap-brim fedoras, trench coats and dimly lit speakeasies set the stage for legendary libertine Don Giovanni and his comic sidekick, Leporello. Seville has been replaced by the mean streets of the big city as dark shadows hide mistaken identities while intrigue and revenge abound. Mozart’s music is evocative and glorious as the Don romances and then discards his conquests. He finally meets his end at the cold hand of destiny in this beautifully reimagined masterpiece.

Sung in Italian with English titles.
Appropriate for children 13+






KRISTIN CHENOWETH WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Actress and recording artist Kristin Chenoweth has effortlessly transitioned between stage, television, and film over the past decade. She received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on Pushing Daisies and a Tony for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as nominations for her roles in Fox's Glee and Broadway's Wicked. Chenoweth brings her beautiful voice and electric personality to Helzberg Hall in this Kansas City Young Audiences benefit concert for arts education. Tickets $49-$119.


Jake Shimaburkuro
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Jake Shimaburkuro
Sunday, October 11th 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale June 12th!

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed television audiences on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England. Jake Shimabukuro developed a deep passion to create and innovate. Renowned for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake views the ukulele as an “untapped source of music with unlimited potential.” With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s start may burn even brighter.



Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
Saturday, October 24th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale June 12th!

The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do. As part of this, Glass mixes stories from the show, live onstage, combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, recreating the sound of the show as the audience watches. And he plays funny and memorable moments from the show, and talks about what was behind their creation.



Rusalka
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
Rusalka

November 7 - 15, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Single tickets don't go on sale until August 10, 2015, but 2015-2016 season subscriptions are available now, subscribe today!

Love, Loss and Longing.

Although Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Dvorák’s Rusalka are based on the same Hans Christian Andersen fable, this isn’t your daughter’s Ariel. A hauntingly poetic libretto matched with a lush score, Rusalka tells the story of a lovely yet lovelorn mermaid who yearns to become human. The searing aria, “Song to the Moon,” is filled with longing as she prays for the prince to return her love. Her wish is granted, but she discovers that what we desir e can also destroy and redemption is seldom granted.

Sung in Czech with English titles.
Appropriate for children 11+






SCREENLAND AT THE SYMPHONY: STAR TREK 2009
November 12 & 14, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Director J.J. Abrams re-invigorated the iconic Star Trek franchise with one of the most exciting and irresistible blockbusters in recent movie-going history, “Star Trek (2009).” Reach warp speed as you watch the entire film on the giant Helzberg Hall screen and experience composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling scores performed live by the Kansas City Symphony, boldly going where no orchestra has gone before!


Steve Winter, Photographer<br>
On the Trail of Big Cats: Tiger, Cougars and Snow Leopards<br>
Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar - and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar. He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Co-author of the new National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.



The Elixir of Love
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
The Elixir of Love

March 12 - 20, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Passion, Pride and Potions.

Donizetti’s bel canto comedy is a lively, charming tale of a boy, a girl and a love potion. The setting has been reimagined as early 20th-century America in a style reminiscent of Kansas City painter Thomas Hart Benton. Upright and slightly naïve Nemorino is infatuated with beautiful and slightly fickle Adina, who in turn is in the sights of the calculating and slightly devious Sergeant Belcore. Enter snake-oil salesman Dr. Dulcamara, a cheap bottle of wine (or two) and you have a fun and whimsical romp. A beguiling tonic of passion and humor, The Elixir of Love features exhilarating duets as well as the wildly romantic aria, “Una furtiva lagrima,” which will leave you enchanted.

Sung in Italian with English titles.
Appropriate for children 7+






Cory Richards, Climber and Explorer<br>
Mike Libecki, Climber and Explorer<br>
Untamed Antarctica<br>
Tuesday, March 15th 2016 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Few had seen it, and no one had ever set foot on it. Those factors made Bertha’s Tower, a 2,000-foot spire in Antarctica’s remote Wohlthat Range, irresistible to a small team of accomplished climbers led by veteran Mike Libecki. Irresistible but also nearly inaccessible. As reported in the September 2013 National Geographic, Libecki, climber-photographer Cory Richards, and two colleagues battled extreme cold, furious katabatic winds and fickle weather in an epic, ten-day climb to the summit. Join Libecki and Richards for a humorous but gripping firsthand account of this first ascent at the bottom of the world.



Carmen
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
Carmen

April 23 - May 1, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Single tickets don't go on sale until August 10, 2015, but 2015-2016 season subscriptions are available now, subscribe today!

Maidens, Matadors and Madness.

Carmen, the passionate and devastating masterpiece by Georges Bizet, may be the opera even those unfamiliar with opera will recognize. Bizet’s score is seductive, alluring and perfectly matched to Carmen’s conquest of bullfighters, soldiers and smugglers.The fiery gypsy sings the signature “Habanera” as she sets her sights on local corporal Don José. He quickly falls under her spell, only to be cast aside and humiliated. The music follows his descent from soldier and lover to desperate murderer as he sends Carmen to her doom against the roar and cry of the bullring.

Sung in French with English titles.
Appropriate for children 13+






Kevin Hand, Astrobiologist<br>
The Search for Life Beyond Earth<br>
Tuesday, April 26th 2016 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Astrobiologist Kevin Hand is searching for life beyond Earth. Working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, he is designing instruments that will travel to Jupiter’s moon Europa to search for a possible subsurface ocean that may support primitive forms of life. His work often takes him out of the lab to visit some of the world’s most forbidding environments such as Antarctica and the deep sea to investigate how microbes eke out a living under extreme conditions. Don’t miss this personal report on the search for real extraterrestrials.



Ami Vitale, Photographer<br>
My Eyes, Your World<br>
15-16 National Geographic Live
Ami Vitale, Photographer
My Eyes, Your World
Tuesday, May 10th 2016 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Experience our world through the eyes of an award-winning photographer whose career has brought her face-to-face, not just with violence and conflict, but also with surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Ami Vitale’s work has taken her to more than 90 countries. She’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” Recently, she has been the subject of the ten part TV series for National Geographic Channel and another documentary series "Over the Islands of Africa.” She is a founding member of RippleEffect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful stories illustrating the very specific issues women in developing countries face.



SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT<br>
Michael Nichols<br>
A Year in Yellowstone<br>
Tuesday, June 7th 2016 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Take an intimate look at America’s most iconic National Park through the lens of a master photographer. One of the most important wildlife photographers of our time, Michael “Nick” Nichols has captured images that have made a difference in the battle to save endangered species. He has documented the brutal struggle against elephant poaching in Chad, the family life of lions in the Serengeti and Jane Goodall’s work on behalf of chimpanzees. Early in his career Nichols was known as “the Indiana Jones of photography” for taking risks—such as rappelling into caves and strapping himself to the wing of an airplane—in order to get amazing images most photographers wouldn’t dare attempt. Now, he continues to seek new ways to realize his artistic vision, from creating a detailed composite portrait of a 300-foot tall Giant Sequoia (from 84 separate images), to using a robot controlled “mini-tank” to get close-ups of African lions. Recently, for a National Geographic project celebrating the centennial of the National Parks Service, Nichols spent over a year in Yellowstone, adapting to the rhythms of its seasons, and getting to know this great American park and its creatures from the inside out. He’ll share his images of and reflections on life in the wilderness, delivered with his trademark mix of charm and passion.