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Press Releases

Recent press releases from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts can be found below. For press inquiries, contact Ellen McDonald, publicist, at ellen@mershonandmcdonald.com or (816) 213-4355.

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+2019 Press Releases

October 4, 2019
Magic Performance Added to the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents Series

September 23, 2019
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces New Accessible Resources Created in Partnership with Variety Kansas City

September 19, 2019
Kauffman Center Dining Experience Embraces Fall Flavors with New Seasonal Menu

September 16, 2019
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: Neighborhood Day Tour Added to the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents Series

September 16, 2019
David Foster: Hitman Tour Featuring Special Guest Katharine McPhee announced in the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents Series

August 27, 2019
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces the 2020 National Geographic Live Speaker Series 

July 24, 2019
Kauffman Center Announces New Media Resources

July 23, 2019
Indigo Girls to Perform at the Kauffman Center

June 28, 2019
Michael Feinstein and Special Guest Storm Large to Perform at the Kauffman Center

June 11, 2019
Two Performances Announced in the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents Series: Common and A Tribute to the Beatles’ White Album

May 13, 2019
Mother’s Day Organ Concert Honors Julia Irene Kauffman

May 7, 2019
Two Performances Announced in the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents Series: Boyz II Men and Cameron Carpenter

May 1, 2019
Students Receive Technical Training Backstage at the Kauffman Center

April 22, 2019
Kauffman Center Dining Experience Introduces Spring Menu

April 17, 2019
José González to Perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 

April 11, 2019
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin at the Kauffman Center

February 18, 2019
Kingdom Choir Coming to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

February 11, 2019
Los Tigres Del Norte to Perform at the Kauffman Center with Special Guests Making Movies

February 4, 2019
Iyanla Vanzant Coming to the Kauffman Center

January 28, 2019
Two Shows Announced in the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents Series: Jack Hanna (10/1/19), Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer (10/9/19)

January 17, 2019
Jane Fonda Coming to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

January 10, 2019
Kauffman Center Announces 6th Annual Future Stages Festival


+2018 Press Releases

December 21, 2018
Kauffman Center Celebrates Attendance Milestones and Impact of Education Outreach Program

November 30, 2018
Kauffman Center Dining Experience Introduces Winter Menu

November 28, 2018
Two Events Announced in the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents Series: Snarky Puppy (6/11/19), Napoleon Dynamite (6/28/19)

October 2, 2018
Kauffman Center Executive Chef Laura Comer Recognized as Kansas City ‘Chef of the Year’

September 17, 2018
Kauffman Center Dining Experience Welcomes Fall with New Seasonal Menu

September 10, 2018
Live from Here with Chris Thile to Broadcast Live from the Kauffman Center

August 14, 2018
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Fall Yoga at the Kauffman Center Classes

August 2, 2018
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces the 2019 National Geographic Live Speaker Series

July 16, 2018
iLuminate to Perform in the Kauffman Center Presents Series on Oct. 7

June 18, 2018
Brian Wilson to Perform at the Kauffman Center on Nov. 13

June 10, 2018
Regional Audience Celebrates Youth and the Performing Arts in Kansas City at 5th Annual Future Stages Festival

June 4, 2018
Two Performances Announced in the Kauffman Center Presents Series: Anoushka Shankar (3/13/18), The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 (3/30/18)

April 25, 2018
Free Kauffman Center Family-Friendly Event Set for Sunday, June 10th – Future Stages Festival 2018 Performer Lineup

April 6, 2018
Kauffman Center Dining Experience Introduces Spring 2018 Menu

April 2, 2018
Pianist George Winston Returning to Kauffman Center as part of the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents Season

March 28, 2018
Two Performances Announced in the Kauffman Center Presents Series: Penn & Teller (6/22/18), Lee Greenwood and Dailey & Vincent (7/1/18)

March 19, 2o18
Alan Cumming to Bring His New Cabaret Show to the Kauffman Center

March 12, 2018
Alice Cooper will Perform at the Kauffman Center

March 6, 2018
Two Performances Announced in the Kauffman Center Presents series: Mark Bittman (5/23/18), Happy Together Tour (8/19/18)

February 19, 2018
Two Performances Announced in the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents Series – Black Violin (10/3/18), Chanticleer (10/24/18)

January 23, 2018
Diana Krall to Perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

January 22, 2018
David Byrne to Perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


+2017 Press Releases

December 18, 2017
Country Singer Sara Evans to Perform at the Kauffman Center

December 6, 2017
Peter Cetera Joins the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents Series Lineup

November 30, 2017
The Glenn Miller Orchestra to Perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

November 10, 2017
Kauffman Center Accepting Performance Applications for Fifth Anniversary Future Stages Festival

November 1, 2017
Kauffman Center EncoreTix Program Offers Access for Younger Audiences

October 19, 2017
PNC Bank and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announce New Multi-Year Sponsorship

September 12, 2017
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Yoga at the Kauffman Center

September 1, 2017
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Voted Top 10 Best Missouri Attraction

August 23, 2017
Kauffman Center Dining Experience Introduces Fall Dining Menu

August 16, 2017
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces New Student Ticket Discount

August 14, 2017
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary Tour Coming to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

June 25, 2017
Regional Audience Celebrates Youth and the Performing Arts in Kansas City at the 4th Annual Future Stages Festival

June 8, 2017
Kauffman Center Free Community Event Future Stages Festival Announces Festival Performers and Activities

April 12, 2017
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Concerts: Herbie Hancock (8/12/17), YES (9/5/17)

March 20, 2017
Kauffman Center Announces New Concert: George Benson & Kenny G (5/24/17)

March 13, 2017
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Concerts: Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs (6/17/17), Mary Chapin Carpenter with Sarah Jarosz (7/26/17)

March 6, 2017
Kauffman Center Announces New Event: Vienna Boys Choir (11/11/17)

February 13, 2017
Kauffman Center Announces Rock Show Double-Header to Kick Off Kauffman Center Presents 2017-2018 Season: Blondie & Garbage (7/18/17)


+2016 Press Releases

December 16, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

December 12, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Two New Performances in 2017: Patti LaBelle (3/17/17), Oak Ridge Boys (3/26/17)

November 30, 2016
Art Garfunkel to Perform at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

November 23, 2016
Kauffman Center Now Accepting Performing Applications for 4th Annual Future Stages Festival

November 2, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces New Premier Partner Sponsorship with Saint Luke’s Health System

September 2, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Commemorates 5th Anniversary with BravoKC

August 16, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Performance Schedule and Activities for Fifth Anniversary Celebration

August 11, 2016
Kauffman Center Announces Three New Performances: Lampedusa (10/8/16), George Winston (10/16/16), Branford Marsalis (5/11/17)

August 8, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Sixth National Geographic Live Season

July 20, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with BravoKC!

July 15, 2016
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Performances: Black Violin (11/18/16), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2/8/17)

June 26, 2016
Greater KC Metro Youth Performers Draw Regional Audience at 3rd Annual Future Stages Festival

May 26, 2016
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Performances: Dave Koz & David Sanborn (8/4/16), KANSAS (10/22/16)

May 26, 2016
Future Stages Festival to Showcase Over 800 Youth Performing Artists at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

May 1, 2016
Kauffman Center Announces Three New Performances: Los Tigres del Norte (6/11/16), Culture Club (7/27/16), Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle (8/3/16)

March 18, 2016
Kauffman Center Now Accepting Applications for 3rd Annual Future Stages Festival


+2015 Press Releases

December 15, 2015
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

October 23, 2015
Kauffman Center Celebrates 1,000th Performance

August 27, 2015
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Fifth National Geographic Live Season

June 28, 2015
Diverse and Outstanding Youth Artists Draw Record-Setting Regional Audience at the Second Annual Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center

June 4, 2015
Future Stages Festival to Showcase 600 Youth Performing Artists at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

June 3, 2015
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Performances in the 2015-2016 Kauffman Center Presents Season: Jake Shimabukuro (10/18/15), Ira Glass (10/24/15)

May 6, 2015
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

May 5, 2015
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Performances in the 2015-2016 Kauffman Center Presents Season: Take 6 & The Manhattan Transfer (9/10/15), Jay Leno (9/13/15)

March 11, 2015
KCPT to Air Documentary on the Making of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Pipe Organ, Opus 3875

February 27, 2015
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Josh Turner (5/22/15)

February 17, 2015
Kauffman Center Announces Second Annual Future Stages Festival and Performance Nominations

January 28, 2015
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

January 27, 2015
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Invites Guests to the All-New Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center


+2014 Press Releases

November 3, 2014
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Performances in the 2014-2015 Kauffman Center Presents season: The Chieftains (11/11/14), Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (4/7/15)

September 26, 2014
Kauffman Center Celebrates Third Anniversary Milestones with a Focus on the Future

September 16, 2014
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces an Evening with Burt Bacharach

July 10, 2014
Kauffman Center Announces Two New Performances in the 2014-2015 Kauffman Center Presents Season: Art Spiegelman (10/19/14), Cameron Carpenter (10/26/14)

June 25, 2014
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Performance in Partnership with The National WWI Museum, Saluting Those Who Served: Music From a Time of War

June 24, 2014
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer to Perform in the 2014-2015 Kauffman Center Presents Series

June 22, 2014
First-Ever Future Stages Festival at Kauffman Center Welcomes 6,000 Visitors

June 17, 2014
Kauffman Center Board of Directors Names Paul J. Schofer as President and CEO

June 12, 2014
Kauffman Center President and CEO Jane Chu Confirmed by United States Senate to Chair the National Endowment for the Arts

June 5, 2014
More than 450 Youth Artists to Perform on Stage at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for Future Stages Festival

May 21, 2014
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Fourth National Geographic Live Season

April 23, 2014
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces Two Back-to-Back Performances to Kick Off the 2014-2015 Kauffman Center Presents Season: Michael Feinstein (7/11/14), Paquita La Del Barrio (7/12/14)

March 20, 2014
Kauffman Center Presents Series Welcomes a One-Night-Only Performance by Multiple GRAMMY Award-Winner Tony Bennett

March 18, 2014
Kauffman Center Announces Free Festival and Opportunity for Youth to Perform on Stage