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School Matinees

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is passionate about providing youth in our community opportunities to experience high quality performing arts.

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Kansas City City Symphony

Young People’s Concert: Symphonic Species

• October 14-17, 2014 at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

All tickets: $2
Recommended: Grades 4-6
Length: Approx. 1 hour

Lions and Tigers and…Oboes? Oh my! The Kansas City Symphony joins forces with the Kansas City Zoo for eight exciting Young People’s Concerts in October, 2014. These performances, appropriate for grades 4-6, will introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra as well as their favorite animals at the KC Zoo! A giant screen hung above the orchestra will showcase images and videos of these animals while being accompanied by the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, F.J. Haydn, Johannes Brahms and more. Seating is limited…don’t miss these exciting performances!

KinderKonzert: Cloudy with a Chance of Music

• February 17-19 & 24, 2015 at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

All tickets: $2
Recommended: Grades K-3
Length: Approx. 1 hour

Students in Helzberg Hall will experience the elements in this exciting program about all things weather! Join the Kansas City Symphony as we explore the musical side of weather including rain, snow, wind and more! This concert is especially designed for students in grades K-3 and will incorporate elements of the Common Core. Seating is limited…don’t miss these exciting performances!

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

• April 21, 23 & May 12-13, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

All tickets: $2 Student Ticket (does not include recorder), $5 Student Ticket (includes recorder), $5 Adult Ticket
Recommended: Grades 3-5
Length: Approx. 1 hour

By any definition, music moves. Melody, rhythm, and harmony all change, shift, and develop. When an orchestra plays for us, we may notice more than one kind of movement. On the outside, we can hear sounds move as the musicians change their pitches, rhythms, and dynamics. We can see the musicians’ bodies move as they play. On the inside, we may feel our emotions moving and changing in response to the music we hear. Sometimes music might even create a sense of physical movement as sounds become heavier or lighter, rise up or tumble down. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra moves.

Contact information for tickets:
Owen Craig, Education Ticketing Coordinator
1703 Wyandotte, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Fax: 816-329-1809

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

KCFAA Theater Performance for Schools presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

• October 22-23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets: $8.00 per student / (2 Adults free per classroom) / $8.00 each additional chaperone
Recommended: Grades Kindergarten – 12th
Length: 60 Minutes

Contact information for tickets:
Laura-Denise Maxwell
816-471-6003 x0

The Lyric Opera

Italian Girl in Algiers

• Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Staged in a storybook setting and filled with a musical blend of comedy, energy, and style, Rossini’s The Italian Girl sings. This adventure takes heroine Isabella off the ship as it was originally written and into a biplane cockpit. It’s a story about an intelligent and quick-witted woman who crash-lands in an Arabic society. Calamity ensues. In the end, she saves her boyfriend and the day as she takes on an ultra-traditional patriarchal society and wins. It will be sung in Italian with English titles

Tickets: Group Rate (groups of 100 max): $885 for 100 students. Maximum 1 adult for every 15 students. Individual Rate (groups

Recommended for: Grades 5+

Length: Est. 3 hours

Silent Night

• Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Enemies find friendship, if only for one day. Silent Night is a story based on real events that took place during World War I, when the Scottish, French and Germans came together in agreement to a ceasefire, truce and brotherhood on Christmas Eve. The set design is as moving as the story. Literally. The battlefield is staged on a turntable with projected imagery. This Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell premiered in 2011. It will be sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin with English titles.

Tickets: Group Rate (groups of 100 max): $885 for 100 students. Maximum 1 adult for every 15 students. Individual Rate (groups

Recommended for: Grades 7+

Length: Est. 3 hours

This is a working dress rehearsal. We may stop and start, fix things, etc. It’s possible that a singer may “mark” (not sing out) if he or she is feeling under the weather, but this is not normally the case. If there is time at the end of the rehearsal, the conductor will want to continue to work with the singers and orchestra. You are welcome to stay and watch, but if you choose to leave after bows, please exit quietly.

Contact information for tickets:
Education Department
816-471-4933 or 816-471-7344

Kansas City Ballet

The Nutcracker

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.
(seating begins at 10:00 a.m.)

All tickets: $10
Recommended for: 2nd grade and older
Length: 2 hours (includes 1 intermission)

Enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

This matinee performance for schools is scheduled during the school day for students. For school groups, one adult per 10/15 students allowed. All additional adults must pay regular adult prices if seats are available. There is a minimum of 20 students per group.

Contact information for tickets:
Kansas City Ballet


National Geographic Live!
Carsten Peter, presenting Extreme Planet

• Tuesday, February 24th 2015 10:30 AM

All tickets: FREE
Recommended for: 6th grade and older
Length: Approx. 1 hour

Journey into some of our planet’s most extreme environments with photographer and filmmaker Carsten Peter. Obsessed with devising innovative photographic techniques that allow him to capture dramatic, never-before-seen images of places few humans have ever dared to go, Carsten has rappelled into active volcanoes in the South Pacific and chased monster storms in Tornado Alley.

This performance is not eligible for bus reimbursement.

All seats for this performance have now been reserved.

National Geographic Live!
Joel Sartore, presenting Grizzlies, Piranhas, & Man-Eating Pigs

• Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 10:30 AM

All tickets: FREE
Recommended for: 6th grade and older
Length: Approx. 1 hour

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.

This performance is not eligible for bus reimbursement.

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Storling Dance – Culture House

Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND

• Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM
• Friday, March 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

All tickets: $5 2 FREE tickets per class for teachers and teacher’s aids.

Recommended for 3rd Grade – 12th Grade
Length: 1:45

Chosen as one of the Top 10 Performances of the Decade for Kansas City, Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND is a powerful and inspiring portrayal of the Underground Railroad movement and the abolition of slavery. All teachers attending will receive a copy of the nationally award winning Underground Curriculum Guide that meets Missouri and Kansas State Educational Standards in the areas of Language Arts and Social Studies.

Contact information for tickets:
Tonya Franken

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