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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.



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 their 2014–15 Conservatory Artist Series in the Kauffman Center's beautiful Helzberg Hall. Enjoy Also sprach Zarathustra, Strauss’s spine-tingling tone-poem made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey; Bernstein’s life-affirming Chichester Psalms; and Ravel’s impassioned ”symphonie chorégraphique, Daphnis et Chloé.

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.

Single tickets are on sale online or by calling Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.8993.


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

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.



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.






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
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

Tickets on sale May 11th!

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

Tickets on sale May 11th!

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!”



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.