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Kauffman Center Invites You to FREE Second Annual Future Stages Festival on Sunday, June 28th

Future Stages Fest LogoFuture Stages Festival is open to the public on Sunday, June 28th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. All ages are welcome. No tickets are required.

Celebrating diversity in the arts, Future Stages Festival showcases youth in the performing arts. You’re invited to attend the FREE community event which will include family-friendly interactive activities and a diverse range of arts experiences for the whole family.

Future Stages Festival will be held at the Kauffman Center on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 11:00 am–4:00 pm. 14311837058_6a0ea9b99d_kThe one-day festival, an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, will also provide opportunities for youth and community arts organizations to perform on stage at Kauffman Center.

Future Stages Festival is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to register for free online below or by phone at 816.994.7222 to receive the latest event updates and schedule for performances and activities. All ages are welcome and programming is suggested as most suitable for families with youth ages 4-15.

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Nominate a Performance Group Today

Future Stages Festival welcomes youth and families to experience a fun-filled day of performances and interactive arts activities. As an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, Future Stages Festival provides opportunities for youth and community arts organizations to perform on stage. We want to hear from our entire community. Consider nominating a performance group today!

Nominate a Performance Group

The nomination deadline for community arts organizations or school programs to be considered for an onstage performance is March 11, 2015.


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Kansas City Royals | Forever Royal

After showing the baseball world they’ve earned the right to wear a crown on their sleeves and the word “Royals” across their chests, the defending American League Champions debuted their new advertising campaign and tagline, “Forever Royal.”

The campaign launched Sunday, February 1, on the world’s biggest advertising stage with a local commercial during the Super Bowl. In the spot, memorable postseason highlights are projected onto famous Kansas City landmarks such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bartle Hall, Union Station and the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. A voiceover announcer says, “From every seat in The K to every corner of the city, a dream became a challenge, a goal became a promise, and each of us became ‘Forever Royal.'”


Kauffman Center Dining Experience

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Invites Guests to All-New Dining Experience

The pre-performance Dining Experience, led by Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin, offers innovative cuisine to guests just steps away from their seats.

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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ new Dining Experience invites patrons and visitors to indulge in one of four gourmet meal combinations freshly prepared and served fresco style in the comfortable and sophisticated Founders’ Lounge at the Kauffman Center.

Available prior to all performances, the Kauffman Center and Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin have crafted an exclusive modern-American dining option featuring exquisite yet casual epicurean cuisine.

“The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Bonterra Catering and Events, created the all-new Dining Experience as a direct response to the requests of our patrons to provide a high quality, pre-show dining option conveniently located just steps away from their seats,” stated Paul J. Schofer, President & CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The pre-performance Dining Experience, with innovative cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin, incorporates fresh ingredients in a unique artisan culinary design. Seasonal menus will highlight local flavors and meal selections will satisfy all appetites and diets.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Bonterra Catering joined with local creative organizations Icon Architects and the Belger Arts Center to design a one-of-a-kind serving vessel, the Marquee box, to further enhance the Dining Experience.  This artisanal Marquee box, inspired by the iconic architecture of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is a modern American take on the traditional Japanese bento box.  Originally suggesting convenience, the bento box became a sophisticated art form for dining and a beautiful canvas for the delicacies served before and between Japanese theatre scenes.

The Dining Experience is by reservation only. Reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance of performances online at kauffmancenter.org or by calling 816.994.7222. Available prior to all performances, the pre-fixe menu is $40 per meal inclusive of a cold, non-alcoholic beverage. Taxes, gratuity, alcoholic beverages and dessert are separate.

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ABOUT EXECUTIVE CHEF PHILIPPE M. LECHEVIN

Philippe Lechevin holds the position of Bonterra Catering and Events’ Executive Chef at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Dining Experience cuisine, crafted by Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin at the Kauffman Center, incorporates fresh, seasonal and local ingredients in a unique artisanal culinary design.

Lechevin approaches life with enthusiasm and abundant energy, and believes that the best way to enjoy life is through food. Infusing his cuisine with culinary influences from around the world, Philippe grew up in Vittel, France, where food is the focus of social and family events. He spent many meals with his Grandmother Madeleine and Grandfather Michel while his parents worked in the family business. His extensive travels instilled an appreciation of other cultures and unique cuisines. He entered cooking school in France and then completed his compulsory military duty in Gualeloupe, in the French West Indies. He then traveled extensively throughout Brazil. Afterward, Philippe headed to the French Riviera, where he worked with top French chefs while at the Gray D’Albion restaurant, then the Le Meridien and Beau Rivage hotels in Cannes and Nice. Philippe did not speak a word of English at the time, but accepted a sous chef position at a new restaurant in Washington D.C. named Les Halles. He quickly learned how to speak English from his kitchen crew in D.C. and helped build the restaurant into a well-regarded casual French dinner destination on Pennsylvania Avenue. Philippe was then asked to move to Les Halles in New York City.

In 2011, Julia Irene Kauffman selected Philippe Lechevin to join the team at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as Executive Chef.

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Lily Tomlin | June 13th

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

Saturday, June 13th | 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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One of America’s foremost comediennes, Lily Tomlin, will perform on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The seven-time Emmy and Tony Award-winning American comedic legend will showcase over a dozen of her timeless characters from Ernestine to Edith Ann. Tickets range from $49 to $79 and will go on sale Thursday, February 4th.

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ABOUT LILY TOMLIN

Lily Tomlin continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video. Tomlin made her television debut in 1966 on The Garry Moore Show and then made several memorable appearances on The Merv Griffin Show. In December 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In and immediately rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old.

Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy® for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards–the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël, and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and, in December 2014, was the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

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Max Raabe & Palast Orchester | April 7th

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Tuesday, April 7th | 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall

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Berlin’s famed baritone Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester will perform at the Kauffman Center in Helzberg Hall on Tuesday, April 7th.  Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, November 11th.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Dashing, dapper and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s.  With his elegant poise, suave sophistication and silky-smooth baritone, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone age. With faultlessly fitting tuxedo, hair slicked back and a cheeky look, Max Raabe sings the best of the ’20s and early ’30s with amusing nostalgia including song hits and couplets, Cuban rumbas, cheerful foxtrots and elegant tangos. The ironic lyrics suit the times today as they did eighty years ago.

Max Raabe, born in Lünen, Westfalia, on December 12, 1962, founded the Palast Orchester with fellow students in 1986. Since his graduation as certified baritone, he and his ensemble have been enjoying international success on concert tours through Europe, USA, Asia and Israel. His latest CD, “Für Frauen ist das kein Problem,” is his second cooperation with the pop-producer Annette Humpe. Their first,  “Küssen kann man nicht alleine”, was awarded platinum in 2012.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester are internationally renowned for entertainment at its best. The reason for their success lies in the uniqueness and excellent quality of their performance. The classically-trained musicians work as seriously at the interpretation of their music as they would at that of a composition by Beethoven. Max’s dryly witty concert announcements provide a humorous counterpoint and a main attraction in the show.

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