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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.



Störling Dance Theater Presents<br>
Underground<br>
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
Störling Dance Theater Presents
Underground
Presented by The Culture House
March 6th, 7:30pm
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

“Top 10 Performance of the Decade!” – Paul Horsley, The Independent. Come join the growing following of Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND, March 6, 2015 at 7:30pm at the stunning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This diverse and versatile cast of powerful dancers and actors will move you with one of the most inspiring stories from our history. See the Underground Railroad come to life through the courage of those who stood under slavery, those who ran, and those who paved the way to freedom. With original music by composer Jay Pfeifer and choreography by Mona Störling-Enna and Tobin James, UNDERGROUND will capture your heart and revive your spirit. Join us for the 8th Annual performance of UNDERGROUND! Tickets $75, $35, $20. And for information on other public events surrounding UNDERGROUND go to www.storlingdance.org.



BEETHOVEN'S LEONORE, AND SCHUMANN'S "RHENISH"
14-15 KC Symphony Classical
BEETHOVEN'S LEONORE, AND SCHUMANN'S "RHENISH"
March 6-8, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Reminiscent of a symphonic poem, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 is a comprehensive drama in its own right and a fitting opening for a concert of energetic and beautiful music. Richard Danielpour’s expressive music comes to light as the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist makes his Kansas City Symphony debut. Music Director Michael Stern’s passion on the podium shines forth in Schumann’s spirited Third Symphony. Bravo & Masterworks Series


The Chieftains
14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
The Chieftains
Wednesday, March 11th 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Six-time Grammy Award winners, The Chieftains, are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish tunes that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. The Chieftains were formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland. Although their early following was purely a folk audience, the range and variety of their music quickly captured a much broader public, making them the best known Irish band in the world today. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries in their 50 years together, The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume. Their most recent album, Voice of Ages, featured collaborations with a wide range of today's top musicians, including Bon Iver, The Decemberists, Pistol Annies, Punch Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops, reinterpreting traditional songs and proving that The Chieftains are as relevant today as they have ever been.



Olathe East Symphonic Band
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
Olathe East Symphonic Band
Thursday, March 12th 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Olathe East High School is proud to present the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Creek, and the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Jeff Smikahl. Groups will be performing works by Mackey, Ticheli, Reed, Sousa and Markowski.



Giselle
2014-15 KC Ballet Season
Giselle
March 13-22, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Giselle is the journey through a young girl’s heart.

Your passage begins as a love story, carried along on the irresistible joy of Giselle’s infatuation with a nobleman disguised as a commoner. The classic tale then changes course, becoming one of heartbreak, tears, and retribution… that ultimately leads to forgiveness. This stunning production from Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney honors the traditions of one of the dance world’s true masterpieces.

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


Joshua Bell, violinist in recital
14-15 Harriman-Jewell Series
Joshua Bell, violinist in recital
March 14th 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Joshua Bell returns for a fourth recital and his first for the Harriman-Jewell Series in Helzberg Hall. The superstar’s stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone, and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim. His career has spanned more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.



Photojournalist Amy Toensing<br>
Australia & the Aborigine Culture<br>
Tuesday, March 17th 2015 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. She’s covered cultures around the world including the last cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea. For the last three years she has been documenting Aboriginal Australia.



Classics Uncorked: From Russia with Love
14-15 KCS Classics Uncorked
Classics Uncorked: From Russia with Love
Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Join the Kansas City Symphony on a musical trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg! With its soaring melodies, pulse-pounding rhythms and lush harmonies, Russian music is the epitome of pure, unbridled emotion. Featuring Russian Romantic hits, including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise; and fiery show pieces, like Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Mussorgsky’s “Gopak,” this program has something for everybody: fervent excitement, deeply heartfelt lyricism and lighthearted fun! All tickets are only $25 each and include a glass of wine or champagne after the concert when you can mingle with Symphony musicians in the Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by BMO Private Bank.


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jeremy Denk
March 20th 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Academy is renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. The chamber orchestra played its first performance in its namesake London church in November 1959. The Academy returns to the Harriman-Jewell Series for its sixth concert, this time with MacArthur Award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk.



The Lot - Where Things Happen
14-15 Kauffman Special Events
The Lot - Where Things Happen
Tuesday, March 24th 7:00 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

As a part of its mission to provide developmental activities for urban youth, Calvary Community Outreach Network (CCON) and its youth group, HYPE (Helping Youth Plan for Excellence) is presenting the third installment of “The Lot…Where things happen, “The Lot is a dramatic stage play written, produced and performed by a talented cast of metro-area youth.

Theatrical Creative Director, Brenda Williams states, “Because of the current unrest around law enforcement our youngsters wanted to produce a stage performance that sends a strong message to their peers. Brenda engages the youth to bring out their thoughts and real feelings. The message crosses race and gender lines; think about your decisions and each choice has consequences.”



KALMAR CONDUCTS DVO&#344ÁK AND BEETHOVEN
14-15 KC Symphony Classical
KALMAR CONDUCTS DVOŘÁK AND BEETHOVEN
March 27 - 29, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Conductor Carlos Kalmar returns to the Helzberg Hall stage to present another impeccably assembled program. The Seventh Symphony of Dvo$#345;ák reflects the political struggles of the Czech nation in the late 19th century and represents some of the composer’s best work. The refined playing of Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin rounds out this program with what Beethoven considered his own breakthrough piece while working to establish his performance career. Tickets start at $25. Ovation & Masterworks Series


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.


Ink's Middle of the Map and Rainy Day books present Malcom Gladwell
Wednesday, April 15th 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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 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 (April 15-17, 2015) is a Convergence of Art, Tech and Culture in Kansas City. 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


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 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.



Patti LaBelle
2015-16 Kauffman Center Presen
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.