GRAMMY Award winning vocalist Patti LaBelle will perform on Friday, July 17 at 7:30 pm in Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Tickets range from $49 to $129. Patti LaBelle is widely regarded as the ‘Godmother of Soul.‘ She has received acclaim for many of her songs, including “Lady Marmalade,” “When You Talk About Love” and “New Attitude.”
ABOUT PATTI LABELLE
Patti LaBelle began her career as part of the Ordettes in 1959, who became The Bluebelles in 1961. Her success as a solo artist started in 1983 when she released her hit album I’m In Love Again.
In 1991, LaBelle released Burnin’, which hit gold status and landed the singer her first GRAMMY Award. She was honored again for her work in 1993 when she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Patti LaBelle continued releasing popular albums throughout the 90’s including Gems (1994), Flame (1997) and Live! One Night Only (1998) – which won LaBelle her second GRAMMY Award.
In 2009, she reunited with Sarah Dash and Nora Hendryx for the first time in 30 years for the critically acclaimed LaBelle reunion album, Back to Now.
In November 2008, Patti released her fifth book and third cookbook, Recipes for The Good Life, and an instructional cooking DVD, In the Kitchen with Miss Patti. The cookbook features recipes and anecdotes that reflect Patti’s philosophy that good cooking and the love of entertaining come from the heart. More recently, Patti introduced a line of signature sauces and marinades called Patti’s Good Life and launched a designer bedding collection, Patti LaBelle Home.
In addition to her amazing career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, Ms. LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund, among many other initiatives.
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The Kauffman Center is a nonprofit organization, operating independently of the excellent resident companies that use our performing spaces. To offer outstanding programming and support the work of all the arts organizations that perform here, we rely on the gifts of thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations every year.
There are now many charitable entry points for people who want to help. There are so many reasons to support the Kauffman Center and its programs, and now, we have giving opportunities that align with your goals and allow you to make a personal connection between your gift and the programs you want to support.
Our diverse and dynamic programming brings world-class talent to Kansas City. Consistent with our vision and mission, Kauffman Center has a variety of programming to drive diversity and ensure excellence for everyone in our community. Underwriters and sponsors are critical to bringing extraordinary talent to perform on our stages as part of the Kauffman Center Presents series. Additional opportunities to support are available through outreach programs, our 700 member volunteer program and upcoming special celebration programming.
We continue to look for ways of promoting and developing creativity through programs, activites and performances. If there is a need for youth that you would like to see addressed here at the Kauffman Center, your donation and support could help bring that to life. Check out our Open Doors program to see where your interests might mesh with our work or consider directly supporting the Kauffman Center’s the annual free community event, Future Stages Festival which welcomed 6,000 guests in its first year and provided opportunities for 600 youth to perform on stage. Future Stages Festival returns this summer on Sunday, June 28th.
You can make a difference in ensuring the finest performing arts experiences are here for our future artists and audiences via a gift to the endowment. Funds within the endowment allow you to target a gift to youth education, performances, the pipe organ and more. Donors can also create a lasting legacy by considering making a planned gift and becoming part of our Legacy Society. Make a planned gift now that can cost nothing during yoru lifetime but leaves a future gift to make your dreams – and the Kauffman Center’s dreams – of providing diverse and extraordinary performing arts experiences a continued reality.
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April is Volunteer Appreciation Month across the nation. At the Kauffman Center that means saying “thank you” more than 650 times. Those smiling faces greeting you in Brandmeyer Great Hall, showing you to your seat or answering your questions are volunteers. Yes, they work for free—and they love it.
“I feel good about myself, about Kansas City and about the arts when I step into the Kauffman Center,” says Alexis Martin who has earned her 1,000+ hour badge by working in the administrative offices once a week and ushering at performances with her husband, Don. “I feel like I’m really making something important happen here.”
President and CEO Paul Schofer can’t say enough positive things about the Center’s 650+ volunteers. “Yes, their contribution of time is significant and saves money for this nonprofit organization. But that’s not the most important thing. Volunteers are often the first contact point for patrons and guests. Their positive can-do attitudes, their anticipation of patron needs and their commitment to our mission are priceless.”
If you’d like to volunteer, or know of a friend who would find this of interest, please contact Jennifer Stapleton, Volunteer Supervisor at or 816-994-7912.
Studio artists Michael Baxley and Brock DeBoer have created 100 pieces of art at the Belger Crane Yard Studios in downtown Kansas City to make pre-show dining at the Kauffman Center especially memorable.
When the Kauffman Center decided to develop its new Dining Experience, great food by French Chef Philippe LeChevin and Bonterra Catering was just the starting point. “We wanted to make our Dining Experience both delectable and memorable,” said Paul Schofer, President and CEO. So the Center turned to Icon Architects to design the signature Marquee box and commissioned two ceramic artists, Michael Baxley and Brock DeBoer, to create it.
The two studio artist handmade each of the more than 100 Marquee boxes. “These ceramic dishes have the distinctive silhouette of the Kauffman Center and have been hand-formed so you’ll see slight differences in each piece,” says Brock DeBoer.
Open since early January, the Dining Experience is receiving favorable reviews for food, elegance and convenience. “The Marquee box concept adds dramatic flair as food is delivered to diners, something that seems entirely appropriate before the excitement on stage begins,” says Schofer.
Belger Crane Yard Studios is the home to a large contemporary arts gallery, Red Star Studios, Crane Yard Clay, The Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Metal Sculptor Asheer Akram, and Random Lab (Studio of Paul Donnelly, Rain Harris, and Meredith Host).
Tan Nguyen, founder of NuWin Enterprises, speaks as enthusiastically about his four year-old software company as he does about the arts.
How did you first get connected to the Kauffman Center?
I was fortunate to attend a Kansas City Symphony concert with a friend a few years ago and loved it. We talked extensively about the value of the arts in the community, especially in regards to children. That discussion was the catalyst for getting more involved with the Kauffman Center.
Did you attend performances as a kid?
My mother, sisters and I are refugees of the Vietnam War. We grew up very poor in Pennsylvania. There were very few escapes for me until I found the arts. Through organizations like the Boys Club of America and the generosity of the Milton Hershey School, I was exposed to the arts. Through music and theatre productions, I was inspired to be more and aspired to do so.
Your company is very young, yet you’ve already established a foundation to help others. What is your goal with your foundation?
We wanted to find ways to reach kids in need from various socio-economic backgrounds. The NuWin Foundation is a way to honor the Milton Hershey’s tradition of providing both “inspiration and aspiration.”
Plus you’ve stepped forward to be chairman of Ensemble, the Kauffman Center’s business membership program. Why would you take on that responsibility?
Ensemble is leveraging the influence of our local leaders to become champions and advocate the benefits of the Kauffman Center to the entire community. Everything is connected. The more people we get into the Kauffman Center, the more we get folks to step forward to become involved in any way that works for their own passion. The more funds will filter to programs like Open Doors to get kids to concerts.
Read more member profiles and learn about the benefits of Ensemble membership here.