Please note: Brandmeyer Great Hall will be closed to the public Friday, August 18.

Student Rush Ticket Announcement

Kauffman Center Announces New Student Ticket Discount

Student rush tickets will be available 90 minutes before Kauffman Center Presents performances

Students at the Kauffman Center to see a performance. Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

Kansas City, MO – Today, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts announced a new student ticket discount as part of the Center’s Open Doors Community Tickets program.

High school and college students will now be able to purchase discounted tickets for $15 at the Kauffman Center Box Office 90 minutes prior to Kauffman Center Presents performances. This is one of the Kauffman Center’s many initiatives to make the performing arts more accessible to students.

“Young people are the future of the arts and the Kauffman Center is dedicated to increasing access to Kauffman Center Presents performances for those younger audiences in Kansas City,” said Paul Schofer, President and CEO of the Kauffman Center. “As an expansion of the Open Doors Community Tickets program, the student rush discount will give high school and college students an opportunity to experience performances from national and international artists.”

Discounted tickets will be available for purchase at the Kauffman Center Box Office with a high school or college student ID. Seating will be based on availability, and there is a limit of one discounted ticket per valid student ID.

The Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City also offer special pricing for student tickets. For a full list of available discounts and additional information, visit kauffmancenter.org/ticketdiscounts or call the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222.

ABOUT THE OPEN DOORS PROGRAM

The Kauffman Center Open Doors program connects young people to the arts through three major components:

  • The Open Doors Spotlight on Youth initiative contains several programs that inspire and nurture the next generation of artists, arts patrons, and arts professionals with access to the Kauffman Center’s staff, stages, and resources.
  • The Open Doors Community Tickets program offers access to programming at the Kauffman Center for youth and families through reduced prices or free tickets.
  • The Open Doors Transportation Fund offers funding to schools in the metropolitan area so that bringing students to the Kauffman Center for school matinee performances is more affordable.

More information is available at kauffmancenter.org/open-doors.

Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

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Riverdance coming to the Kauffman Center in March 2018

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary Tour coming to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The international Irish dance phenomenon performs in Muriel Kauffman Theatre March 16 & 17 

Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 25

Riverdance at the Kauffman Center - March 16 and 17, 2018

Kansas City, MO – Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will present three performances in Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in March 2018.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour brings new costumes, lighting, projections, and a new number to the Kauffman Center for an evening performance on Friday, March 16, and matinee and evening performances on Saturday, March 17. Tickets for the event range from $39 to $79 plus fees, and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 25. This event is presented in partnership with MagicSpace Entertainment.

Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.

ABOUT RIVERDANCE

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.

Riverdance is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. The show has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin, and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.

Riverdance began its journey as the interval act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length show by Doherty, composer Bill Whelan and director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and international music and dance, the show broke box office records during its world premiere in Dublin in 1995. A hugely successful world tour started in New York in March 1996. Since its inception, Riverdance has packed theaters across the globe.

For the complete Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour North American tour schedule, visit www.riverdance.com.

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Herbie Hancock at the Kauffman Center on Aug. 12

Herbie Hancock

Saturday, August 12 | 7:30PM

 Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is proud to welcome jazz legend and innovator Herbie Hancock to Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 12. Tickets range from $45 to $150 plus fees, and are available now. This event is presented in partnership with Mammoth.

Herbie Hancock performs August 12, 2017 at the Kauffman Center. Photo by Douglas Kirkland.

Herbie Hancock and his band will treat fans to a taste of Hancock’s highly-anticipated new album, along with music from throughout his celebrated career. An all-star band joins Hancock on stage, featuring: Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, James Genus on bass, Lionel Loueke on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin.

Read NPR’s recent interview/profile on Herbie Hancock here.

Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, 14-time GRAMMY Award winning artist Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s.

As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 1970s – with record-breaking albums such as Headhunters – that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.

In honor of his work, Hancock was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2016.

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National Geographic Live: 2018 Season Announcement

Kauffman Center Announces 2018 National Geographic Live Series

The seventh annual season features photographers,
filmmakers, adventurers and a NASA astronaut

Subscriptions go on sale Aug. 9

National Geographic Live 2018 series

Kansas City, MO – Today, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts announced the line-up for the 2018 National Geographic Live speaker series.

National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from being on assignment around the world. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each evening concludes with a speaker-led audience Q&A session.

For its seventh season at the Kauffman Center, National Geographic Live features underwater photographer Brian Skerry; wildlife photographer Florian Schulz; marine biologist/photographer Cristina Mittermeier; and NASA astronaut Terry Virts. Photographer Pete McBride and writer/filmmaker Kevin Fedarko close the 2018 series with a special engagement event.

Season subscription packages will be available starting Wednesday, Aug. 9. Single tickets for all five events will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 31.

Subscriptions and single tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at kauffmancenter.org.

The 2018 National Geographic Live series in Kansas City is generously supported by Teresa and Tom Walsh.

ABOUT THE 2018 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE SERIES

Brian Skerry: Ocean Wild - January 9, 2018 at the Kauffman Center

Brian Skerry, Underwater Photographer
Ocean Wild
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Dive deep into the world’s oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers. Watch as Brian Skerry’s images illuminate the vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater using his camera to tell the story of some of the ocean’s most elusive inhabitants.

Florian Schulz: National Geographic Live - February 6, 2018 at the Kauffman Center

Florian Schulz, Wildlife Photographer
Into the Arctic Kingdom
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Despite the Arctic’s reputation as a barren wasteland, award-winning photographer Florian Schulz discovered a vibrant ecosystem including playful polar bears, mysterious musk ox, and a herd of thousands of caribou over the course of 34 months in the high arctic. To the German explorer, it was a quest for an uncharted wilderness that stands in contrast to an otherwise ever more populated and industrialized world.

National Geographic Live: Cristina Mittermeier - March 6, 2018 at the Kauffman Center

Cristina Mittermeier, Marine Biologist & Photographer
Standing at the Water’s Edge
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Cristina Mittermeier learned the concept of responsible earth stewardship from her indigenous nanny as a child growing up in Mexico, and she explores that calling through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians.

National Geographic Live: Terry Virts - May 1, 2018 at the Kauffman Center

Terry Virts, NASA Astronaut
View From Above
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Former International Space Station Commander Terry Virts helped to install the outpost’s 360-degree observation module, and made good use of it, taking hours of video and hundreds of thousands of still images, including some featured in the National Geographic book View From Above.

National Geographic Live: Pete McBride & Kevin Fedarko - June 5, 2018 at the Kauffman Center

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT: Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko
Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the myriad threats it faces, writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride set off on an audacious and demanding adventure: to transect the length of the canyon on foot.

STUDENT MATINEES

As part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program, National Geographic Live will present three student matinee performances in winter 2018. More information about student matinee events can be found at kauffmancenter.org/open-doors/school-matinees-fieldtrips

Student Matinee Schedule:
Jan. 9, 2018 / Brian Skerry: Ocean Wild / 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 6, 2018 / Florian Schultz: Into The Arctic Kingdom / 10:30 a.m.
March 6, 2018 / Cristina Mittermeier: Standing at the Water’s Edge / 10:30 a.m.

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Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling: July 31

Branford Marsalis Quartet
with Kurt Elling

Monday, July 31 | 7:00PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling. Photo by Palma Kolansky.

Kansas City, MO – The Branford Marsalis Quartet and special guest Kurt Elling will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, July 31 in Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The group’s original May 11 performance date was postponed due to weather-related artist travel delays.

Tickets for the performance are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.

ABOUT BRANFORD MARSALIS AND KURT ELLING

Energetic jazz group Branford Marsalis Quartet unites with Kurt Elling, one of jazz’s foremost singers, for a lively night of innovative, spirited and provocative music. Branford Marsalis is a multiple award-winning musician and composer celebrated for his achievements in classical music and jazz.

Pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner make up the Branford Marsalis Quartet. Technically versatile and a true jazz musician, Kurt Elling has been honored with awards and accolades from across the world.

This performance will showcase Upward Spiral, a collection blending songbook staples, jazz standards and original material. Upward Spiral was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album in this year’s GRAMMY Awards.

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