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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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The Chieftains | March 11th

The Chieftains

Wednesday, March 11th | 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall

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 Six-time GRAMMY Award-winners The Chieftains will return to the Kauffman Center on March 11th in Helzberg Hall after their successful 2012 performance.  Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, November 11th.

The Chieftains

The Chieftains

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.

The Chieftains are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish tunes that have 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.

On top of their six GRAMMY awards, they have been honoured in their own country by being officially named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors, performed during the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of a 135,000,000 strong audience, and were the subject of a Late Late Show tribute in 1987, their 25th anniversary. In 2010, Paddy’s whistle and Matt’s flute travelled to the International Space Station in outer space with a NASA astronaut, Catherine Coleman.

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Burt Bacharach | November 21st

Burt Bacharach

Friday, November 21st | 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Burt Bacharach will perform on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm in Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The three-time Academy Award ® winner and eight-time Grammy® winner will perform with his band of three singers and seven musicians his most beloved hits from “Alfie” to “Walk on By.”

Burt BacharachABOUT BURT BACHARACH Six decades into one of songwriting’s most successful and honored careers – marked by 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions and a landmark 50+year run on the charts, Burt Bacharach’s music continues to set industry records and creative standards. Bacharach’s global audiences span several generations, and he is viewed as the unique combination of one of the greatest composers of all time and the ultra-cool cult hero of the contemporary music set who often has several songs on various music charts in many countries simultaneously.

Along with Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, Bacharach is a legend of popular music. His songs have been recorded by legendary singers, such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. Other tributes to the diversity of Bacharach’s music have been paid by, among others, Elvis Costello (“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “God Give Me Strength”), REM, Diana Krall, Barenaked Ladies, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd and Mike Myers. Bacharach revolutionized the music of the 1950s and 60s and is regularly bracketed with legendary names, ranging from Cole Porter to Sir George Martin, as one of a handful of visionaries who pioneered new forms of music from the second half of the 20th Century and continued into the 21st Century.

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Kauffman Center Celebrates Third Anniversary Milestones with a Focus on the Future

Paul Schofer

President and CEO Paul Schofer

Kauffman Center will build upon three years of fiscally-sound operations, community engagement and innovative artistic successes both nationally and within the Kansas City community.

Kansas City, MO – This week, the Kauffman Center celebrated three years of bringing extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences to the Kansas City community with an inaugural gathering of key stakeholders, including the Kauffman Center Board of Directors and Mayor Sly James.

Chairman of the Board, Julia Irene Kauffman welcomed an intimate crowd of supporters Tuesday evening and introduced President & CEO Paul J. Schofer to offer insight into the operational milestones, artistic successes and future focus of the Center.

Since the opening, Kauffman Center has hosted more than 830 public performances welcoming more than 1.3 million audience members and guests through its doors. Its diverse programming continues to shine a spotlight on Kansas City’s own vibrant arts community and attract national talent from all genres. Resident companies the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, along with numerous other community arts organizations, have experienced record attendance in their new performance homes.

“We will continue to provide diverse and extraordinary performing arts experiences for audiences of all ages and interests to the tune of nearly 300 public on-stage performances annually,” states Paul J. Schofer, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “The area in which we will increase our focus is in community engagement. Kauffman Center will be creating more opportunities and more events for everyone in our community to experience, learn from and be inspired by the performing arts.”

Kauffman Center’s vision of serving everyone in the community is evident from its commitment to providing children and families access to the Center’s performances. More than 127,000 students have attended a matinee performance at the Kauffman Center and more than 68,000 school children have been provided transportation funding through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Transportation Fund. Additionally, Open Doors Community Tickets continues to provide opportunities for Kansas City individuals and families to attend performances at no cost through partnerships with social service agencies.

In addition, a wide range of free or low-cost programming is offered throughout the year at Kauffman Center, including Kansas City Symphony free Happy Hour Concerts and Kauffman Center’s own Future Stages Festival, an annual free community event which welcomed 6,000 people and provided opportunity for 600 performers, mostly youth, to perform on stage as part of the event last June. Audiences are also able to experience low-cost presentations and performances priced as low as $10, such as the popular National Geographic Live series, part of Kauffman Center Presents.

Along with artistic successes, Kauffman Center’s first three years have been marked by solid financials due, in no small part, to efficiencies created within the Center’s operating and staffing models and from financial and volunteer support within the Kansas City community. Effective management and strong annual fundraising support have allowed Kauffman Center to operate in the black for each of its first three years, which is considered an exceptional accomplishment in comparison with performing arts centers nationally.

“We currently operate in an environment in which numerous arts organizations across the country are in financial disarray, facing financial shortfalls, labor strikes and, in some cases, bankruptcy. At the same time, the performing arts in Kansas City seem to be thriving, with many local organizations having banner years. Kauffman Center’s overall contributed and sponsorship revenue has increased by 73% since our grand opening year,” explains Schofer.

Strong support from donors in the community have been a vital component to the Kauffman Center’s successes enabling the organization to complete its capital campaign, achieve first phase of endowment funding and reach annual fundraising goals.

“We are grateful for the incredible support we have received from the Kansas City community. For long-term success, we can’t be complacent. Our goal is to further stabilize our annual revenue model. To do so, we will be quickly moving into phase two of building our endowment. At the same time, we will continue to develop our business programs – and individual giving programs – to strengthen the Center’s overall financial structure,” stated Schofer.

Kauffman Center has received national and international recognition within its first three years. Earlier this year, CNN reported that the Kauffman Center is one of only two American venues included in Emporis’ rankings of The World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls. Paul Schofer asserts that Kauffman Center’s success is a direct reflection on Kansas City’s forward momentum. “The Kauffman Center has established itself as an iconic landmark in the Kansas City skyline. It not only shows the world our city’s passion and appreciation for the performing arts, but it symbolizes the transformation of Kansas City’s urban core; and reflects the vibrant energy, creativity and forward-thinking that this community has embraced.”

– 1,300,000 people attended Kauffman Center events.
– 836 performances occurred in first three years.
-127,082 school children attended student matinee programming.
– Kauffman Center has operated in the black in each of its first three years.

– October 19: WORDLESS! Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston
– October 26: Virtuosic organist, Cameron Carpenter
– November 21: Burt Bacharach
– February through June: National Geographic Live speaker series
– June 28: Future Stages Festival (free event)

New programs will be announced throughout the year. Visit or download the Kauffman Center mobile app to learn more and sign up for email updates and presale offers.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major center for music, opera, theater, and dance designed by Moshe Safdie, opened in 2011. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City and the region, the Kauffman Center delivers extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Recently honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls, the Kauffman Center attracts some of the world’s most renowned performers and entertainers.

Through educational outreach programs and community enrichment, the Kauffman Center supports Kansas City as a cultural destination.

More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts would like to thank our official building sponsors, Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City, and extend special thanks to Sprint for its generous support of our 2014-2015 season.

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Saluting Those Who Served | August 17th

Saluting Those Who Served: Music from a Time of War
Featuring organist Jan Kraybill

Sunday, August 17th | 4:00 PM
Helzberg Hall

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Saluting Those Who Served: Music from a Time of War showcases music written and created during the time of world war conflict. Featuring letters from soldiers and those affected by war, the performance incorporates music, spoken word performance and audience interaction. The program highlights the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, the visual centerpiece in Helzberg Hall.

The event is part of the commemoration of the WWI Centennial in partnership with the National WWI Museum, featuring Dr. Jan Kraybill, organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 


Partial program listing:
Program highlights may include Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Military March No.1, Op. 39, Over There, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, Louis Vierne: Prelude and Allegro from Symphony No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 32, Blanche Gangwere:Desolation, Jehan Alain: Joies (Joys) from Trois Danses, Marcel Dupré: Poème Héroïque (Heroic Poem), Op. 33

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For more information about the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, click here.

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Jan Kraybill’s official website