Tickets Go On Sale August 30 to See One of America’s Most Renowned – And Daring – Creative Pioneers

Laurie Anderson will perform in Helzberg Hall on October 9 as the first presentation of the Kauffman Center’s Vanguard Series, for artists who have pushed boundaries and redefined their art forms.

Laurie Anderson will present “Transitory Life: A Retrospective of Song and Stories” – a collection that includes pieces from her acclaimed solo shows “The Speed of Darkness”, “Happiness”, “The End of the Moon” and “Homeland”.

“A genuine revolutionary, Laurie Anderson has spent her career redefining art and performance through not just music, but also visual art, poetry, and film,” said Jane Chu, President & CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “We are thrilled that Laurie will inaugurate the Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center, and we look forward to welcoming her as the first of many Kauffman Center performers who are truly ahead of their time.”

Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, Laurie Anderson has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. As a visual artist, her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo, New York, as well as extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums, including “Big Science”, featuring the song “O Superman”, which rose to number two on the British pop charts.

Anderson will be followed in the Vanguard Series by legendary composer Philip Glass, appearing at the Kauffman Center in April 2012.

The first of the series, Laurie Anderson performing in Helzberg Hall will be an experience like no other. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 30 and can be purchased at or by calling (816) 994-7222.