National Geographic Live 2019 Season

National Geographic Live Returns for 8th Season at the Kauffman Center

The 2019 series includes photographers, a rock climber and an Egyptologist

2019 National Geographic Live series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The eighth annual National Geographic Live series this spring at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature five speakers, including photographers, a rock climber and an Egyptologist. National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from being on assignment around the world. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each presentation concludes with a Q&A session with the audience.

For its eighth season at the Kauffman Center, National Geographic Live features biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan; climber and adventure writer Mark Synnott; Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney; and photographer Stephen Wilkes. Biologist-and-photographer team Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman will close the 2019 series with a special engagement event.

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

The 2019 National Geographic Live series in Kansas City is generously supported by Teresa and Tom Walsh.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE 2019 SEASON

National Geographic Live - Ronan Donovan - Social By Nature - Jan. 8 and 9, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Ronan Donovan, Photographer

Social By Nature
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Humans are, at our core, social mammals. We build relationships, communicate, reproduce, establish territories, and adapt to shrinking resources. Chimpanzees, wolves, gorillas, and bears are among the most charismatic of the social mammals we know—besides ourselves. They’re also under threat. Join biologist turned photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about the incredible similarities we humans share with other social mammals in the animal kingdom, and what we can learn from them.

National Geographic Live - Mark Synnott - Life On The Vertical - Feb. 19, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Synnott, Climber

Life On The Vertical
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Synnott is a man ever on the brink of new discovery. A big wall rock-climber of the highest order, Synnott has made legendary first ascents of some of the world’s tallest, most forbidding walls, from Baffin Island to Pakistan. Today, the National Geographic adventure writer uses his skills to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. It’s all in the spirit of adventure and exploration, to educate about these sites of strange, remote beauty.

National Geographic Live - Dr. Kara Cooney - When Women Ruled The World - March 19, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Kara Cooney, Egyptologist

When Women Ruled The World
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Throughout history, powerful women have been called many things – witches, regents and seductresses. But there was a time in the ancient world when at least one was called “King.” Often neglected in the history books, these women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence are undeniable. Join Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, for a look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. What can we learn from how these women ruled? Dr. Cooney shares some illuminating answers.

National Geographic Live - Stephen Wilkes - Day To Night - April 30, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Stephen Wilkes, Photographer

Day To Night
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Can a photograph inspire and create change? For photographer Stephen Wilkes, his five-year photographic study of Ellis Island’s long abandoned medical wards helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. His work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change. In this presentation, he’ll take audiences behind the scenes of his most defining project, Day to Night. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of the lens over a full day. Wilkes will discuss the months-long process of turning 1,500 photographs into a single image.

National Geographic Live - Cheryl Knott and Time Laman - Adventures Among Orangutans - June 4, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT: Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman, Biologist and Photographer

Adventures Among Orangutans
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Solitary animals living in hard-to-reach places, orangutans are one of the most difficult large land animals to study. Since 1992, husband-and-wife team Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman have been using innovative techniques and new technologies to gain a closer look at this intelligent, resourceful – and threatened – species, giving us insights not only into their world, but also our own. Frequent contributors to National Geographic, Knott and Laman have been studying, photographing and protecting wild orangutans in Borneo for more than 25 years.

Student Matinee Schedule

As part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program, National Geographic Live will present three student matinee performances in winter 2019:

  • January 9, 10:30 a.m.: Ronan Donovan – Social By Nature
  • February 19, 10:30 a.m.: Mark Synnott – Life On The Vertical
  • March 19, 10:30 a.m.: Dr. Kara Cooney – When Women Ruled The World

Educators can find more information and request tickets to the matinees at kauffmancenter.org/schoolmatinees.

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Kauffman Center Dining Experience New Fall Menu 2018

Dining Experience Introduces New Fall Menu and Custom Bar

Enjoy the luxury of a fully-stocked bar with your seasonal, three-course meal created by Kansas City’s “Chef of the Year”

The Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts launched its new fall menu with 10 new dishes on Sept. 5, accompanied by a newly installed, fully-stocked bar.

THE NEW BAR

The Dining Experience’s new bar includes 10 bar seats where guests can order specialty cocktails, wine, beer and spirits, as well as small plates from Executive Chef Laura Comer’s kitchen. The custom-built bar’s design mimics the Kauffman Center’s exterior, with all-thread tension cables paying homage to the steel cabling seen on the south-facing side of the building.

Within the remodeled bar area, Restaurant Manager Phil Carey offers 12 specialty cocktails, including featured fall additions such as Tedore’s Russian Roe Martini, Pimm’s Copo, Laura’s Lemonade and Papa George. Much like The Dining Experience’s food menu, the cocktails are made with fresh ingredients like basil, house-made ginger soda, fresh squeezed lemon, seasonal fruit and house-made whipped cream. Carey enjoys making many of the cocktails an experience for guests, whether the drinks are shaken tableside or served smoking.

Desserts and small plates may be ordered at the bar as well, all designed seasonally to pair with your drink.

THE FALL MENU

To accompany your drink, enjoy savory, rich, and expressive autumn flavors with the new fall menu by Kansas City’s “Chef of the Year” Laura Comer. (Read more about this prestigious award here).

The Dining Experience’s fall dishes feature seasonal vegetables, Missouri apples and pecans, Green Dirt Farms cheese, Circle B Ranch pork, and Hatfield Signature Beef. The impressive new menu has been featured in Feast magazine.

The Kauffman Center has also partnered with Saint Luke’s Health System to provide recommended heart-healthy options on each seasonal Dining Experience menu. Executive Chef Comer worked with a Saint Luke’s dietitian to create the Autumn Grains and the Skuna Bay Salmon dishes, both approved as heart-healthy options for guests.

Executive Chef Comer’s Dining Experience fall menu will run through the end of November in the Founders’ Lounge at the Kauffman Center. Guests are invited to choose one selection from each of the three courses provided for $37 per person.

The Dining Experience is available for all guests and visitors prior to most performances (excluding Sunday afternoons), though you do not have to be attending a performance to dine. Walk-in dining is welcome depending on availability, and reservations are encouraged. The Dining Experience also offers a small plates menu of lighter fare, a selection of seasonal craft cocktails and a diverse collection of wines and spirits. For a look at the entire menu, visit kauffmancenter.org/dining.

For reservations, call (816) 994-7222 or visit Open Table.

ABOUT EXECUTIVE CHEF LAURA COMER

Executive Chef Laura Comer, who was recently named Kansas City’s “Chef of the Year” by the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association, brings a wealth of fine dining history to her work at the Kauffman Center. Her background includes time with well-known local establishments including Bluestem, Justus Drugstore and Treat America. Comer is a Kansas City native and graduate of the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She holds an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu Diploma from The California School of Culinary Arts.

Photos by Anna Petrow and Jillian Shoptaw

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Black Violin Performs Sold Out Performances for Audiences of All Ages at the Kauffman Center

“It was lit,” exclaimed one African-Centered College Preparatory Academy student after a Black Violin school Matinee on Wednesday, October 3rd. Many other students from across the Kansas City metro area echoes that sentiment as they returned to their school buses, noting that the show was “fabulous” and “amazing.”

Students enjoy the Black Violin Matinee performance. Photo by Cody Boston.

Black Violin members Kev Marcus and Wil B showcased their impressive skills on the strings while fusing hip-hop, pop, and modern sounds with classical tunes. In between pieces that had students up on their feet, Kev and Wil B paused to share their personal stories as musicians. Throughout the performance, they encourage students to pursue their dreams, break stereotypes and think outside the box. The Kauffman Center’s Black Violin school matinee brought more than 1,500 students from 24 local schools, ranging in age from kindergarten to 12th grade. When asked about her favorite elements of the performance, one student replied that she liked, “everything, but especially when I got to get up and dance.”

Through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program, young people can be a part of high-quality arts experiences like Wednesday’s Black Violin school matinee. The Open Doors Transportation Fund, Community Tickets, and Spotlight on Youth initiatives all work to give Kansas City youth diverse opportunities to experience the arts. Click here to learn more about upcoming performances and programming for young audiences.

Harmony Project KC with Black Violin members, Kev Marcus and Wil B.
Photo courtesy of the Kauffman Center.

After performing for enthusiastic students in the morning, Black Violin performed a second show for a sold-out audience on Wednesday evening. Prior to the Black Violin performance, students with Harmony Project KC, a local non-profit focused on youth development and mentorship, performed for guests as part of the Open Doors Live in the Lobby program. Not only did these Harmony Project KC students get to watch the Black Violin performance, they also got to meet Kev Marcus and Wil B prior to the show!

Ultimately, both Black Violin performances reached audiences of all ages and backgrounds and made for a memorable performing arts experience. The Kauffman Center was thrilled to showcase Black Violin on its stage while connecting so many young people to the duo’s innovative sound and powerful message.

 

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Kauffman Center Launches Program to Feature Local Talent at Upcoming Performances

The Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth initiative presents Live in the Lobby, a new program designed to showcase Kansas City ensembles and individual artists. As part of the Kauffman Center’s mission to provide diverse arts experiences to the community, performance groups can now be a part of the new Open Doors Live in the Lobby program. Artists can apply to perform for audience members in Brandmeyer Great Hall prior to select Kauffman Center Presents performances. While elevating the audience experience, Live in the Lobby also connects Kansas City’s young and emerging artists to the Kauffman Center while they launch their futures in the arts.

Amado Espinoza, from left, and Andres Ramirez performing for Live in the Lobby prior to Kauffman Center Presents Punch Brothers concert. Photo by Cody Boston.

The first Live in the Lobby performance was presented by Folk Alliance International and featured Amado Espinoza and Andres Ramirez prior to the Kauffman Center Presents Punch Brothers concert on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Espinoza moved to Kansas City four years ago from Bolivia, where he found his passion for music. In addition to performing, Espinoza handcrafts instruments that are played around the world. Punch Brothers audience members enjoyed Espinoza’s and Ramirez’s performance in Brandmeyer Great Hall prior to the main event in Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Harmony Project KC.

Harmony Project KC will be the next Live in the Lobby performers to showcase their talents prior to the Kauffman Center Presents Black Violin concert on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Harmony Project KC is an arts-based youth program dedicated to promoting healthy development and growth of children through music. To learn more about Harmony Project KC’s programs, visit their website at http://bit.ly/2OG2wd7.

Local community groups and individual artists are invited to apply to be featured at Live in the Lobby performers at future Kauffman Center Presents events. In addition to showcasing and promoting emerging talent, the Open Doors Live in the Lobby program also provides performers with a stipend and tickets to see the headlining performance (pending availability).

Community groups, small ensembles, and individual artists can learn more and apply for Live in the Lobby at https://www.kauffmancenter.org/open-doors/live-in-the-lobby/.

 

ABOUT THE OPEN DOORS PROGRAM

The Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program offers transportation subsidies for schools to attend matinee programs, provides free community tickets to non-profit agencies, and designs opportunities for students to engage with Kauffman Center staff through workshops and internships. Through its various initiatives, the Open Doors program is vital to the Kauffman Center’s efforts to promote and invest in arts advocacy.

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-price 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.


Live from Here is coming to Kansas City

 Live from Here to Broadcast Live from the Kauffman Center on January 12th!

Acclaimed host Chris Thile will produce the live radio show January 12th from Muriel Kauffman Theatre

Tickets on sale 9/21

Kansas City, MO – An acclaimed national radio show will broadcast live from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts this winter, when Live from Here with Chris Thile brings its variety show format to Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The live radio broadcast will happen on Saturday, January 12, 2019, as part of the 2018-2019 Kauffman Center Presents series.

Tickets for the event range from $49 to $89 plus applicable fees and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. 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.

Media support for Live from Here at the Kauffman Center is provided by KCUR 89.3 FM and Kansas Public Radio.

About Live from Here with Chris Thile

Each episode of Live from Here with Chris Thile includes music from Thile and the show band, thoughts from Out In America presented by comedian correspondent Tom Papa, comedy sketches and much more. Live from Here is produced by American Public Media and is heard by 2.6 million listeners each week on nearly 600 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam.

Chris Thile is an acclaimed composer and mandolinist. From age 5, Thile showed great proficiency with the mandolin and by age 8, he had co-founded the band Nickel Creek which would later win both a Grammy and multiple IBMA Awards. Thile was a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2012 for his exceptional creative work with the mandolin. He made his first appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in 1996 at age 15 during an episode about child prodigies, and later succeeded host Garrison Keillor in 2016. The show changed its name shortly after to Live from Here and is now its second season.

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