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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.



Peter and the Starcatcher
14-15 Theater League
Peter and the Starcatcher
March 31st-April 5th
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

“Absurdly Funny” – Entertainment Weekly
“Fantastical and Enchanting.” Philadelphia Inquirer

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour! Hailed by The New York Times as "THE MOST EXHILARATING STORYTELLING ON BROADWAY IN DECADES," this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of 5 Tony Awards®, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight..



Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
Tuesday, April 7th 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Slick and nostalgic, yet unmistakably modern, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s. The ever-elegant, debonair Raabe and his 12-piece orchestra embody the tranquil days of 1920s and 30s Weimar Berlin in all its high style and bring to life the songs and style of a bygone age. Berlin’s famed crooner Max Raabe meticulously recreates German and American standards including dance hall songs, couplets, Cuban rumbas, happy foxtrots, stylish tangos and tongue-in-cheek interpretations of pop favorites. The burnished baritone Raabe in his perfect tux captures the essence of the cabaret singer, the bel canto hero, the falsetto of ragtime, and the timbre of early pre-war jazz. A born entertainer, Raabe introduces each tune by giving proper credit to the composers and period while keeping the audience rolling in the aisles with his signature deadpan humor and “martini-dry wit”.



“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”
14-15 KC Symphony Pops
“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”
Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Get ready to twirl your umbrella as legendary Hollywood musical “Singin’ in the Rain” is shown on a huge screen in Helzberg Hall while your Symphony performs the soundtrack live on stage, transforming your visit into pure movie magic. Filled with iconic music it’s no wonder this is the American Film Institute’s No. 1 movie musical to ever grace the silver screen.


Rainy Day Books and Ink's Middle of the Map present Malcolm Gladwell
Wednesday, April 15th, 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale March 11th!

ADMISSION PACKAGE (ADMITS ONE): Includes One Reserved Seat Ticket and One Softcover (Paperback) of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. Books will be distributed in The Brandmeyer Great Hall to Ticket Holders as they Exit the Presentation.

Rainy Day Books and Ink's Middle of the Map Fest Forum invite you to an evening with Malcolm Gladwell, whose Books TheTipping Point, Blink, and Outliers have become cultural touchstones, their ideas reshaping how millions understand the world.

The evening will celebrate the Softcover (Paperback) Publication of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, as Malcolm turns his attention to the surprising truth about what happens when ordinary people confront giants that include powerful opponents of all kinds—from armies and mighty warriors to disability, misfortune and oppression.

Ink's Middle of the Map Fest Forum is a Convergence of Art, Tech and Culture in Kansas City continuing April 16 + 17 at the Kansas City Star Press Pavilion. For more information go to MiddleOfTheMapFest.com


The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents <br>
Kenton at the Kauffman

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents
Kenton at the Kauffman
A Tribute to the Legendary Stan Kenton Orchestra!
Friday, April 17th 8:00 p.m.
Helzberg Hall

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When the legacy of the big band is discussed, the great Stan Kenton Orchestra - because of his inventive rhythms and lush arrangements - is always a topic of discussion and admiration. Join The KCJO as we perform such classics as "Peanut Vendor," “Street of Dreams," "Eager Beaver,” “Artistry in Rhythm,” “Here’s That Rainy Day” and many others. The creative world of Stan Kenton…is a must hear!



Tosca
2014-15 Lyric Opera Season
Tosca

April 18 - April 26, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Love and the ultimate double cross.

Giacomo Puccini’s emotionally charged Tosca explores the dark side of human emotion while set to some of his most passionate and memorable music. It’s a story filled with lies, lust and corruption as Floria Tosca stars in a role she never desired. When the love of her life is captured by a corrupt police chief, she is forced to make the ultimate bargain, to no avail. This is a traditional presentation of a true classic, filled with heartbreaking arias and touching love duets.

Estimated runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes including two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English and Italian titles




Youth Symphony of Kansas City
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
Youth Symphony of Kansas City
Sunday, April 19th 3:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Youth Symphony of Kansas City concludes the 2014-15 season with a FREE Spring Concert at the Kauffman Center. Hear the most talented students from across the KC metropolitan area perform standard orchestral favorites.



Photographer Joel Sartore<br>
Grizzlies, Piranhas, & Man-Eating Pigs<br>
Tuesday, April 21st 2015 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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From being chased by angry and hungry animals to dancing with rattlesnakes to surviving multiple traffic accidents in far-flung places, Joel Sartore has repeatedly put himself at risk to get the story. Why subject yourself to this? Simply put, to document endangered species and incredible landscapes that show a world well worth saving.



David Sedaris
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
David Sedaris
April 22, 2015 7:30pm
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale starting February 27th!

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, DAVID SEDARIS has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms & political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, & Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, all of which have become bestsellers. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker & have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” His latest book entitled Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls was just released in paperback June 2014. DAVID SEDARIS will appear for one night only, featuring all-new readings of his work & a book signing.


Free Happy Hour: The Winds of Spring
14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: The Winds of Spring
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

A great night out begins here. A FREE one-hour casual concert of inspiring chamber music is the perfect way to kick off your weekend a day early! Selections include Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Crumb’s Black Angels and Stravinsky’s Octet.

Seats for KC Symphony Happy Hour concerts can only be reserved 90 days prior to concert date.


Savion Glover and ensemble<br>
performing STePz <br>
14-15 Harriman-Jewell Series
Savion Glover and ensemble
performing STePz
April 25th 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

For his new creation, STePz, Savion Glover returns to the Harriman-Jewell Series with friends. Glover and his ensemble of dancers take tap to new heights while fusing traditional music selections with his self-proclaimed tap style and energy. “The result is a tight show with some of the most skillful tap you’ll ever see,” praised The New York Post.



<font size="3">Village in the City: Inspiring Music for an April Evening </br>
Sunday, April 26th 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Arvo Pärt’s Festina Lente
Josef Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto no. 2 in G minor
Ralph Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem

For the third year in a row, the Village Chamber Choir and Orchestra will perform a spring concert at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Village Choir will collaborate with the choirs of Baker University and Benedictine College and organist Dr. Elisa Bickers, all under the direction of Matthew Shepard, associate director of music at Village Church. Admission is free, but tickets are required. A Retiring Offering will benefit the Dominican Republic Medical Partnership, an international mission of Village Church.



DON JUAN, PLUS MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 20
May 1 – 3, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Don Juan, a passionate tone poem about the famous fictional libertine, marked Strauss’ discovery of his preferred compositional style. For Nielsen’s WWI-inspired “Inextinguishable,” he wrote that he sought to express “the elemental will to live.” It includes a musical battle between timpanists, and after a tumultuous journey, ends in glorious triumph. Between these two grand works, hear pianist Steven Lin perform a light, refreshing Mozart concerto. Ovation & Masterworks Series


UMKC Conservatory Finale
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
UMKC Conservatory Finale
Tuesday, May 5th 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

UMKC Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs

Join the Conservatory Orchestra and choirs, directed by Robert Olson and Robert Bode respectively, as they conclude our 2014–15 Conservatory Artist Series in the Kauffman Center's beautiful Helzberg Hall. Program includes:

STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms

RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2

Tickets: $25 general public; $10 for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with UMKC or student ID.



Dances Daring (then and now)
2014-15 KC Ballet Season
Dances Daring (then and now)
May 8-17, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Four great works all in one performance.

Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland is a haunting, visually striking contemporary ballet. Emerging choreographer Amy Seiwert is gaining national renown for her surprising, remarkable work that expands the definition of ballet. George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments is pure energy. The Still Point is one of Todd Bolender’s most revered ballets.

Mini-subscriptions are available online or by calling Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.8993. Single tickets are on sale now.


MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Vince Mendoza, conductor

Mary Chapin Carpenter joins the Kansas City Symphony for a very special evening of music from her debut orchestral record, “Songs from the Movie.” Collaborating with composer/arranger and producer Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello and Joni Mitchell) and working once again with co-producer Matt Rollings (Keith Urban and Lyle Lovett), Carpenter’s new record harkens to her love of classic film and symphonic music. The result reprises 10 of Carpenter’s songs in Mendoza’s distinctively beautiful and cinematic arrangements, presented as an imaginary film soundtrack. From “Come On Come On” to “On and On It Goes” to “I Am a Town” and “Goodnight America,” this winner of multiple Grammy® Awards and two-time CMA® Female Vocalist of the Year is still breaking new ground, promising a unique, personal and memorable evening in Helzberg Hall. Tickets start at $40.


Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Gala
14-15 KC Jazz Orchestra
Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Gala

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents
The 2015 Gala
Saturday, May 9th 8:00 p.m.
Helzberg Hall |Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

It’s time to ‘Strike Up The Band’ for The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s Gala 2015!

Please join the swinging Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a very special toe-tapping evening honoring the timeless music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin. Enjoy such Gershwin classics as I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful!, Embraceable You, A Foggy Day, and the world-premiere performance of a new jazz orchestra arrangement by KCJO’s conductor/artistic director, Clint Ashlock, of Gershwin’s iconic masterpiece, ‘Rhapsody In Blue,’ featuring pianist Joe Cartwright at the Steinway! It’ll simply be ‘S Wonderful!


Kansas State University Presents<br>
Rhapsody <br>
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
Kansas State University Presents
Rhapsody
Sunday, May 10th 3:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Treat yourself to an afternoon of choral ensembles from Kansas State University. The evening culminates in a Grand Chorus production of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” alongside the Kauffman Center’s chamber orchestra and acclaimed organist Jan Kraybill.

Proceeds will benefit K-State student scholarships and performance opportunities within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.



Free Happy Hour: Mendelssohn's Octet
14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: Mendelssohn's Octet
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Bring your friends and co-workers to the Symphony for a delightful FREE performance of chamber music programmed by our musicians. This program features Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations for String Trio, O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz and Mendelssohn’s Octet. Lobby bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m.

Seats for KC Symphony Happy Hour concerts can only be reserved 90 days prior to concert date.



Underwater Photographer David Doubilet<br> 
and Aquatic Biologist & Photojournalist Jen Hayes<br>
Coral, Fire, & Ice: Exploring Secret Underwater Worlds<br>
Tuesday, May 12th 2015 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with two photographers creating a visual voice for the world’s oceans. David Doubilet with his wife and underwater partner, Jennifer Hayes have explored the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice, then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolfish and harp seals.



DISNEY FANTASIA LIVE
14-15 KC Symphony Special
DISNEY FANTASIA LIVE
Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Join us for a thrilling Screenland at the Symphony performance of Disney's groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia. Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and Nutcracker Suite, will be performed while Disney's stunning footage is shown on the big screen. Experience iconic moments and childhood favorites as you never have before!


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

Tickets onsale March 10th!

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.



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.



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.
Receive the latest updates and schedule of performances as soon as they become available. Register through the more information link below.



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
2015-16 Kauffman Center Presen
Patti LaBelle
Friday, July 17th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale March 19th!

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.