Anoushka Shankar coming to the Kauffman Center

Anoushka Shankar coming to the Kauffman Center

Renowned sitar player and composer will perform March 13 in Helzberg Hall

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Anoushka Shankar March 13th Kauffman Center
Kansas City, MO – Renowned sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar will perform a blend of classical Indian and experimental music on March 13 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

A singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes, Anoushka Shankar’s dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered numerous prestigious accolades, including six GRAMMY Award nominations, a Songlines Best Artist Award, and recognition as the youngest – and first female – recipient of a British House of Commons Shield. She was credited as an “Asian Hero” by TIME Magazine, and she recently became one of the first five female composers to have been added to the UK A-level music syllabus.

Tickets for the event range from $39 to $89 plus applicable fees and are on sale now. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at


Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition, Anoushka Shankar studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of 13. By the age of 20, Anoushka had made three classical recordings for EMI/Angel, which earned her first GRAMMY nomination as the first Indian female and youngest ever nominee in the World Music category. She received her second GRAMMY nomination with the release of her self-produced breakthrough album Rise. Following this nomination, Anoushka became the first Indian artist to perform at the GRAMMY Awards.

In addition to her work as a solo artist, Shankar’s compositional work has led to cross-cultural collaborations with artists such as Sting, M.I.A, Herbie Hancock, Pepe Habichuela, Karsh Kale, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Joshua Bell.

In her Kauffman Center performance, Shankar will reflect on her journey so far, drawing on classical ragas, referencing her experiences and experimenting with new ideas in a dialogue that showcases the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. The program features Shankar on sitar, with musicians Ojas Adhiya (tabla), Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam), Ravichandra Kulur (flute), Danny Keane (cello and piano), and Kenji Ota (tanpura).

Shankar’s artistic output increasingly seeks to reflect her impassioned support of women’s rights and social justice. Shethrew her weight behind the One Billion Rising campaign on to end worldwide violence against women. Following this, she took part in a special panel on violence against women at the annual Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi (2013). She has also coordinated a call-to-action to the UK government in response to the current European refugee crisis, which resulted in getting more than 100 signatures from leading British cultural figures and publishing a full-page advert in The Guardian newspaper in September 2015.

Learn more about Anoushka Shankar on her website.

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The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 at the Kauffman Center on March 30

The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 coming to the Kauffman Center

Vocal groups The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will perform March 30 in Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Kansas City, MO – Vocal groups The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 take the stage as part Kauffman Center Presents series in a double-headliner concert on March 30 in Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 join forces in The Summit to create one of the most unique and thrilling musical collaborations ever assembled. With 20 GRAMMY Awards between them, these two musically iconic groups have joined forces to perform together.

Unlike other music co-bills or meetings, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 were not content to sing a set and simply join each other for a finale. They have created musical moments on-stage – singing and performing nearly a dozen songs together – during this show. You will experience the creativity, excitement, and renowned performances that only two phenomenal groups can bring to one stage.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at the link above, or through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at


After celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s most innovative vocal groups with their blend of pop, jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, swing and a cappella music. Founded by Tim Hauser in 1972, the current group features Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Cureless (bass), who replaced Hauser following his passing on October 16, 2014. The group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later. As The Manhattan Transfer endures with their new lineup, they’re returning to the road for a very special collaboration, joining Take 6 on The Summit tour across the United States.

Learn more about The Manhattan Transfer on their website.


Take 6 showcases six voices united in crystal clear harmony, placed against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. Members Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley have been heralded by Quincy Jones as “the baddest vocal cats on the planet.” With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Take 6 is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world. The group credits its success to faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. From their exceptional Christmas Show, to their innovative symphony shows, to their new album Believe, these qualities are at the heart of the Take 6 phenomenon.

Learn more about Take 6 on their website.

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Parking and Traffic Updates

Here are a few updates for attendees of upcoming events at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Road Closures: Please be aware there will be construction occurring on the day of the 5th Annual Future Stages Festival (6/10) that will require parts of I-70 to be closed. Find more information about upcoming road closures on MoDOT’s website here.
  • Please be advised that the Kansas City Missouri Police Department has begun more strictly enforcing parking regulations in the Kauffman Center area.
  • Construction-related street closures are in effect at 16th and Wyandotte streets near the Kauffman Center. 16th Street is closed to traffic in both directions between Wyandotte and Baltimore streets. Please allow additional driving time to access the Arts District Garage and the Center.
  • The Buck O’Neil/Broadway bridge will have lane closures from mid-May through early December. This construction may cause delays for patrons coming into downtown to visit the Kauffman Center.
  • Portions of the Arts District Garage central stairs will be closed for improvements through September 2018. Elevators will be open on each parking level to provide access to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Please do not enter closed construction areas and follow directions on posted signs.

For more information on directions and parking visit or click the Directions & Parking link  below.

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Students visit the Kauffman Center as part of Open Doors Spotlight on Youth Program

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More than 60 students and chaperones visited the Kauffman Center on April 10, 2018 as part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program. Visitors from Prep KC and Pleasant Lea Middle School in Lee’s Summit participated in a number of activities throughout the day, including tours through the Kauffman Center’s stages and lobby spaces.

High school audiences from Prep KC enjoyed a hands-on lighting lab demonstration from the Kauffman Center’s Audio Production Supervisor, Donna Miller Brown. Students had the opportunity to learn about how light patterns are chosen for performances while also testing their skills with adjusting lights and applying filters and gels.

After a sound design presentation and a tour through Helzberg Hall, Prep KC students visited with Kauffman Center staff to learn about careers in the performing arts management field, including marketing, fundraising, accounting, ticketing services, and volunteer management.

Later in the day, middle school students from the Lee’s Summit school district took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kauffman Center stages. They also previewed a lighting demonstration before participating in a Q&A about backstage work at the Center.

The Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program will continue engaging students in a wide range of tailored experiences at the Center, including tours, internships, backstage workshops, and discussions with administrative staff. To learn more about Kauffman Center opportunities for educators, schools, and students visit

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5th Annual Future Stages Festival Lineup Announced


The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is excited to share the lineup of youth performing arts groups who will be performing at the FREE 2018 Future Stages Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

As part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, Future Stages Festival aims to provide area youth with the chance to exhibit and celebrate a variety of performing arts disciplines. Diverse dance, vocal, and theater performance groups from the Kansas City Metro area will grace the Center’s stages as part of the festival’s fifth year lineup. Large group performances will take place in Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall, and Saint Luke’s Outdoor Stage. To celebrate the festival’s fifth year, a new Community Outdoor stage will showcase small performance groups and audience engagements including a stage combat training session and a community dance workshop. Performance groups for the 2018 festival include:

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  • AileyCamp
  • Arts in Motion Blkdance Shule
  • Caruthers Creative Center’s Hot Stepperz
  • Charlie Parker Memorial Jazz Ensemble
  • Crescendo Conservatory’s Crescendo in Motion
  • Fab 4 Quartet
  • Future Jazz KC
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: Team Shakespeare
  • Heart of America Youth ballet
  • House of Dance/BEST Network
  • ICE Studios Youth Dance
  • Kansas City Boys Choir/Kansas City Girls Choir
  • KC Ballet School
  • KC Institute of Chinese Dance and Language
  • KC Youth Percussion Ensemble
  • KC Young Audiences Dance Students
  • KC Young Audiences Garage Band
  • Kristi’s Academy of Dance
  • Lawrence Ballet Theatre
  • Lily Zhang Li Dance Academy
  • Lyric Opera: LyriKids
  • Metropolitan Conservatory
  • MTKC – SunRaise
  • Mudra Dance Academy
  • O’Riada Irish Dance Academy
  • Ottawa Suzuki Strings
  • Rhythm-scape
  • Starlight STARS
  • Take the Stage – Team EXCEL!
  • The Smithville Ringleaders
  • Traditional Music Society’s Soundz of Africa
  • United Dance

FREE interactive crafts and events will take place all day on the Center’s south lawn and inside Brandmeyer Great Hall. Community partners have volunteered to provide these family-friendly activities to attendees. Among the wide range of activities, guests will be invited to make kites, build sculptures, create instruments, and dress up in costumes. Interactive arts activities are provided by:

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  • American Institute of Architects – Kansas City
  • Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
  • Great American Kites & Events
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
  • The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Kansas City Symphony
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • KCPT Kids
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Museum at Prairiefire
  • Planet Play KC
  • StoneLion Puppet Theatre
  • UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

RSVP to stay up to date on the event’s performance schedules, activities, and other details surrounding the festival. There will be a free ticket drawing for two registrants who RSVP prior to the event. Event details and updates can be found at