Grandview High School Students Visit Kauffman Center

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“Everything I learned today will be helpful in my journey to reach my goals in life.”-Grandview HS Student

In February, the Kauffman Center partnered with Prep-KC, a local educational organization, to give 20 students from Grandview High School the opportunity to participate in a day of hands-on activities, tours, and interviews with staff at the Kauffman Center

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“Today inspired me to think about a backstage career in theater.” -Grandview HS Student

This unique experience introduced students to careers beyond performance. Students were amazed by all the work that happens backstage to create a successful production!

The Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Program offers many different opportunities to help connect kids and families to the Kauffman Center. It is a key component of the Kauffman Center’s commitment to helping youth experience high quality live performances.

PREP-KC is an organization dedicated to improving the education of Kansas City’s urban students by providing resources to prepare all students for college and careers. Thank you to the students of Grandview High School and to Prep-KC for a fun and memorable day

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Béla Fleck & The Flecktones | June 14th

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Tuesday, June 14th | 7:30 PM

Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original ‘Béla Fleck & The Flecktones’, the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. They will perform on Tuesday, June 14th in Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Tickets range from $29 to $59.

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Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten. Far from being a wistful trip back in time, the album sees the GRAMMY Award-winning quartet creating some of the most forward thinking music of their long, storied career.

 

While all manners of genres come into play – from classical and jazz to bluegrass and African music to electric blues and Eastern European folk dances – the result is an impossible to pigeonhole sound all their own, a meeting of musical minds that remains, as ever, utterly indescribable. Simply put, it is The Flecktones, the music made only when these four individuals come together.

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Brian Wilson | July 20th

Brian Wilson Performs Pet Sounds
Wednesday, July 20th | 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Brian Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. He will perform in Muriel Kauffman Theatre on July 20th at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $49 – $109 and will go on sale to the general public on February 18th at 10:00 am.

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For more than half a century, fans have marveled at the sheer beauty of the music that springs forth from his imagination into glorious song. Wilson brings this ingenious vision to his own compositions, as well as to those for which he has collaborated, weaving a lush, vibrant tapestry of intricately nuanced vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements for himself, his bandmates and others.

Wilson began his career as a teenaged founding member of The Beach Boys, who signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes. Wilson’s innovative vocal and instrumental arrangements for major hits including “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows” and the No. 1 smash “Good Vibrations” made The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.

Brian Wilson is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and a U.K. Music Hall of Fame inductee.  As a member of The Beach Boys, Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

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The St. Olaf Choir, in Concert | February 1st

The St. Olaf Choir, in Concert
Anton Armstrong, Conductor
Monday, February 1st | 7:30 PM
Helzberg Hall

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The St. Olaf Choir’s performance is set for 7:30 pm on Monday, February 1st and features sacred and secular masterpieces, as well as works for chorus and grand pipe organ. Tickets range from $25 – $45 and are available at kauffmancenter.org or by calling 816.994.7222. $10 student tickets are also available.

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The world-renowned St. Olaf Choir and conductor Anton Armstrong launch their annual national tour on Jan. 23, 2016, presenting 17 concerts in 10 states across America’s midsection through Feb. 15, 2016. The tour program features sacred and secular masterpieces, as well as works for chorus and grand pipe organ. Traveling with Armstrong and the St. Olaf Choir is James E. Bobb, Assistant Professor Music — Organ and Church Music at St. Olaf College.

Founded 104 years ago by F. Melius Christiansen at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, the St. Olaf Choir is internationally recognized as a creative force behind America’s a cappella choral tradition. Since then, the choir has set a high standard for choral performance, particularly its artistry and beauty of sound.

 

Only the fourth conductor in the ensemble’s history, Armstrong has led the ensemble since 1990. “Hearing  the St. Olaf Choir is more than just a musical experience,” says Anton Armstrong. “What makes this  ensemble distinctive is the way our singers perform at the highest artistic level and touch the hearts and  souls of our listeners. Through body, mind, spirit and voice our audiences are transformed.”

The tour program features premiere performances of André Thomas’ Credo, David N. Childs’ Magnificat and works honoring the memory of the St. Olaf Choir’s late third conductor, Kenneth L. Jennings. Traveling with Armstrong and the St. Olaf Choir is James E. Bobb, Assistant Professor Music of the Organ and Church Music at St. Olaf College.

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Engelbert Humperdinck | May 13th

Engelbert Humperdinck
Friday, May 13th | 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall

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GRAMMY nominated, Golden Globe “Entertainer of the Year” and multi-platinum selling artist Engelbert Humperdinck is performing for the first time at Kauffman Center. Tickets range from $49-$99.

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Engelbert Humperdinck has been a legend in the international music industry for the last 40 years, with over 150 million records sold. The charismatic and consummate entertainer will entertain audiences with music from his vast catalogue including hits such as “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Spanish Eyes” and many more.

With 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Humperdinck has joined an elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation in addition to their core audiences.

Engelbert recently completed recording his first duets CD “Engelbert Calling.” He has recently completed tracks with a who’s who of the music world, including Sir Elton John, Willie Nelson, Shelby Lynne, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Mathis, Cliff Richard Neil Sedaka, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, Lulu , Beverly Knight and Gene Simmons, to name a few.

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