Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer

Trio brings unique, worldly music to the Kauffman Center October 9

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer present classical, bluegrass, and world music to Kansas City

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Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer met in 1980 and immediately bonded over their love for music. Béla later met Zakir Hussain at a festival workshop. The trio eventually collaborated for a triple concerto for the Nashville Symphony in 2006, and the rest is history. To be a part of this history, see their concert in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 8 at 10 AM and range from $29-$89 plus applicable fees.

Béla Fleck, a 15-time Grammy Award winner, has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in the history of the Grammy Awards. He has performed his premier stand-alone banjo concerto, The Imposter, over 50 times internationally. Through his genuine passion of music, Fleck will introduce audiences to a diverse set of music genres through his creations.

Zakir Hussain is a national treasure of his own country, India, as a classical tabla player. A tabla is an Indian drum, classically used to accompany vocal and instrumental music, as well as dance. His stage presence is marked by masterful improvisational and dexterity, founded in intense knowledge and study.

Edgar Meyer, a five-time Grammy winner, began studying bass at the age of 5 under his father. Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument.” He has been brought to the fore front by his incomparable technique, musicianship, and a gift for composition, attracting a broad and diverse audience around the world.

This event is part of the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents series.

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Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! will delight animal lovers of all ages on October 1

America’s most beloved zookeeper comes to the Kauffman Center

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Jack Hanna, who has traveled the world and made television appearances on shows such as The Late Late Show with James Corden and Good Morning Americawill be bringing his favorite animals to Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Fans can expect to see animals such as a baby cheetah, a joey (baby kangaroo), a baby tiger, and much more. Children and grandparents alike are sure to fall in love with Jack and his furry friends by the end of the night.

Jack Hanna is the host of his Emmy award-winning television shows Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild (now streaming on Hulu!) and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. He is also the Director Emeritus of the famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds. Through his decades of experience with animals around the globe, Jack will have many great stories to tell to the animal lovers of Kansas City. (He has even brushed a hippo’s teeth!)

Jack, along with his TV crew, have had the opportunity to travel to Africa over 40 times, and have traveled to each continent at least twice. Jack says Rwanda has captured his heart, where he has observed mountain gorillas and interacted with the community. He is a proud supporter of a number of wildlife and humanitarian organizations in Rwanda, such as Gorilla Doctors. America’s Favorite Zookeeper has worked for decades to protect animals and spread the word about wildlife conservation.

Not only is he a wildlife lover and enthusiast, he is an author of 15 books. His most recent children’s book Jack Hanna’s Awesome Animal Almanac, which makes learning about animals more fun than ever before.

Ticket prices for Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! range from $29 to $79 plus applicable fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 8. Make sure to get them quickly before they run out!

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live Presented by Nationwide is a Kauffman Center Presents event.


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Jane Fonda Coming to the Kauffman Center

Jane Fonda kicks off the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents series this July

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Jane Fonda will share anecdotes from a lifetime of film and activism on July 9, 2019, in Muriel Kauffman Theatre. An Evening with Jane Fonda: A Celebration of a Storied Career will be a career retrospective live on stage, including film and TV clips, stories and an audience Q&A. The event is the first to be announced as part of the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents series.

Tickets for this event range from $49 to $250 plus applicable fees and are on sale now. VIP tickets include a premium seat and a post-show photo opportunity with Jane Fonda.

Jane Fonda is a two-time Academy Award winner (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home), a three-time Golden Globe winner and was the 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda is also credited as a film and television producer.

Not limited to the big screen, Fonda has influenced society in many ways over the years. Off screen, she is an impassioned philanthropist and activist supporting numerous causes to which she is deeply committed. Her aerobic-exercise videos in the 1980s helped shape a fitness craze that is still going strong today while also revolutionizing women’s health and representation in the fitness world. The original Jane Fonda’s Workout video remains the top grossing home video of all time. Her television projects (including HBO’s The Newsroom and Netflix’s Grace and Frankie), best-selling books (including My Life So Far and Prime Time) and movies (including BarbarellaOn Golden Pond and 9 to 5) have made her a true living legend.

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Live from Here at the Kauffman Center

Live from Here with Chris Thile Broadcasts Live from the Kauffman Center

The two-hour broadcast reached 2.6 million listeners
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Listen to the Jan. 12 episode

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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts hosted a live radio broadcast of Live from Here with Chris Thile on Saturday, January 12.

The show featured special guests Mandolin Orange, My Brightest Diamond, Judy Gold and Gaby Moreno. It reached an audience of 2.6 million listeners on public radio stations around the country, plus listeners online and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam.

You can listen to the full episode – including plenty of shout-outs to Kansas City – on the Live from Here website. 

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Kauffman Center Announces 6th Annual Future Stages Festival

Free festival featuring more than 650 youth performers to be held at the Kauffman Center this June.


Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce the 6th annual free Future Stages Festival on Sunday, June 16, 2019, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., continuing the tradition of celebrating Kansas City youth and the arts.

As part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, the festival invites youth and community arts organizations to perform and celebrate the arts. Performers representing a wide range of cultures from the greater KC Metro area fill the Kauffman Center stages, lobby, and lawn each year during the festival.

More than 3,000 youth performers from 60 community groups have been showcased since the event’s inception in 2014. The 6th festival aims to feature more performance groups and provide several new engagements and arts activities for festival guests.

“Future Stages Festival provides the opportunity for young people to experience performing on the same stages as the national and international talent that grace the Kauffman Center stages,” said Paul Schofer, Kauffman Center’s President and CEO. “Kauffman Center is thrilled to present Future Stages Festival as a free event to encourage all to experience the talents of the next generation of performing artists in our community.”

Click here to view images from the fifth annual Future Stages Festival in June 2018.


Applications are now open for young performers and local arts groups to be a part of the 6th annual Future Stages Festival. Community arts organizations and school programs are encouraged to apply. Performance groups should primarily consist of youth performers between the ages of 5 – 18.

Strong consideration for the festival main stages will be given to larger groups (25+). Small acts with fewer than 10 performers are encouraged to apply to perform on the outdoor Community Stage.

The deadline for performer applications is Monday, March 11, 2019.


Future Stages Festival 2019 is presented by Premier Partner:


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

– The Open Doors Spotlight on Youth initiative offers year-round programs and engagement opportunities that connect young people with the Kauffman Center.

– The Open Doors Community Tickets program offers free and reduced price performance tickets to underserved audiences through local social service agencies and schools.

– The Open Doors Transportation Fund helps schools offer high quality performing arts experiences to students by eliminating or defraying the costs of bus transportation.

More information about Open Doors programs is available at: kauffmancenter.org/open-doors.

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