Performances at the Kauffman Center

By Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Kauffman
Center for the Performing Arts hosts more than 300 performances each year,
showcasing a wide range of entertainers and genres. The Center is the performance home to three of the Kansas City
region’s leading groups: Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric
Opera of Kansas City.

Black Violin at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (2018-10-03) by Cody BostonKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kauffman Center Presents

Designed to complement the programming of the Center’s three resident companies, the Kauffman Center Presents series showcases a wide variety of performance genres. 

Rupi Kaur at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Cody Boston, 2017-10-16, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Artists from diverse styles perform 20-25 events each year in the Kauffman Center Presents series. Poet Rupi Kaur entertained a sold-out crowd in Helzberg Hall for the release of her second book.

Punch Brothers at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (2018-09-09) by Cody BostonKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Artists from the rock, jazz, soul, country and classical worlds have performed for Kauffman Center Presents, like the Punch Brothers, pictured here. Notable past artists include Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson and John Legend.

Live in the Lobby Pre-Show at the Kauffman Center (2018-09-09) by Cody BostonKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Local artists perform for audience members before Kauffman Center Presents shows in a new series, Live in the Lobby. Here, Amado Espinoza entertains the audience before a concert.

Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center - 5th Annual Event (2018-06-10) by Jillian ShoptawKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

As part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program, more than 700 youth artists perform on the Center's stages each year for Future Stages Festival. The free, annual community event has welcomed 25,000 guests since launching in 2014.

Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center, KCPT, 2017-11-02, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Future Stages Festival shines a spotlight on youth artists from many performance styles, including dance, choral music, theater and more. More than 3,500 Kansas City youth artists have performed at the free, one-day annual event.

BravoKC at the Kauffman Center, Jillian Shoptaw, 2016-09-02, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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The Kauffman Center hosts many special events throughout the year. During a 5-year celebration of the Center opening, singers from the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Resident Artist Program performed in Helzberg Hall.

The McFadden Brothers at the Kauffman Center, Don Ipock, 2018-04-10, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Kansas City music and dance icons the McFadden Brothers – Lonnie and Ronnie McFadden – performed a concert for Kauffman Center members in Helzberg Hall.

KC Ballet dancers in “Diamonds.” Choreography: George Balanchine. Kauffman Center. KCBALLET.ORG by Brett Pruitt and East Market StudiosKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City Ballet is in residence at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Founded in 1957, the Ballet enriches the cultural landscape of the Kansas City region through exceptional performances, touring engagements, community engagement and education activities, and Kansas City Ballet School.

Kansas City Ballet dancers in "Swan Lake" at the Kauffman Center - 2 by Brett Pruitt & East Market StudiosKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, the 30-member professional ballet Company performs a variety of full-length story ballets and mixed repertory programs per year with a focus on the rich history of American ballet.

Kansas City Ballet dancers in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Eclectic programming ranges from classics to contemporary ballets. Classic works have included “Romeo and Juliet,” featuring dancers Molly Wagner and Liang Fu.

Kansas City Ballet dancers perform "Diving into the Lilacs." Choreography by Yuri Possokhov., Brett Pruitt and East Market Studios, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Contemporary works have included “Diving Into the Lilacs,” with choreography by Yuri Possokhov. The ballet premiered in 2009, with its Kansas City Ballet premiere in May 2016.

KC Ballet dancers in "The Nutcracker", Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Each Ballet season includes The Nutcracker—completely reimagined with new sets by Alain Vaes, costumes by Holly Hynes, lighting by Trad A Burns and choreography by Mr. Carney. The company was invited to perform this production of The Nutcracker in 2017 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.

Kansas City Ballet dancers performing "Petal" in Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Dancers Lilliana Hagerman, Dillon Malinski and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye perform "Petal,” with choreography by Helen Pickett.

KC Ballet dancers in “Play.” Choreography by Stanton Welch at the Kauffman Center. KCBALLET.ORG, Ali Fleming, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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The Kansas City Ballet Company has earned the respect of the national dance community as well as the city and region as an organization devoted to excellence, committed to the best interests of its artists and willing to take artistic risks.

KC Ballet dancers in “Diamonds.” Choreography: George Balanchine. Kauffman Center. KCBALLET.ORG, Brett Pruitt and East Market Studios, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Tatiana Dokoudovska founded Kansas City Ballet in 1957 with the goal of establishing a regular presence for ballet in the city. The Ballet celebrated its 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee season in 2017-2018, with performances including “Diamonds,” seen here.

Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - 1 (2018) by Tal WilsonKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas City Symphony

Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the 80-member Kansas City Symphony performs more than 100 concerts each year in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.

VisitKC | Kauffman Center Symphony, Bic Media, 2018-05-28, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Explore a 360-degree view of the Kansas City Symphony performing "The Star Spangled Banner" in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall - 2, Todd Rosenberg, 2017, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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During its 42-week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of subscription, educational, touring and outreach concerts. In addition, the Kansas City Symphony performs with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

Kansas City Symphony - Audience Before the Show, Todd Rosenberg, 2017, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Audience members gather in Brandmeyer Great Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts before a performance by the Kansas City Symphony.

Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall - 3, Todd Rosenberg, 2017, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Music Director Michael Stern is in his 13th season with the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic ascent, original programming, organizational development and stability, and the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began.

Kansas City Symphony Pops Concert with Associate Conductor Jason Seber, Eric Williams, 2018, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Associate Conductor Jason Seber leads the Symphony in nearly 70 performances each season for Classics Uncorked, Pops, Family, Screenland at the Symphony and education concerts, as well as a multitude of other programs in the community.

Kansas City Symphony Performs a LinkUp Concert (2018) by Eric WilliamsKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

More than 60,000 people participate in Kansas City Symphony education programs annually. Most popular are specially programmed school concerts — KinderKonzerts, Young People’s Concerts and Link Up — performed for more than 30,000 students and teachers annually.

Kansas City Symphony - Petite Performances, Eric Williams, 2018, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Through interactive musical activities at Petite Performances, children learn about the instruments of the orchestra on stage in Helzberg Hall. Events include a brief performance and a hands-on introduction to the instruments through an instrument petting zoo.

Kansas City Symphony - Film with Live Orchestra, Eric Williams, 2018, From the collection of: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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During the popular Screenland at the Symphony series, the orchestra performs a live score to a full screening of fan-favorite movies.

Audience Members at the Kansas City Symphony (2018) by Tal WilsonKauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Thank you to our audiences

Hundreds of thousands attend performances at the Kauffman Center each year, enjoying extraordinary and diverse arts experiences. Since the Center opened in 2011, nearly 3 million have attended a show. The Kauffman Center thanks all past, present and future audience members.

Credits: Story

Photos of Kauffman Center Presents events by:
Cody Boston
Jillian Shoptaw

Photos of Kansas City Ballet by:
Brett Pruitt and East Market Studios

Photos of the Kansas City Symphony by:
Todd Rosenberg
Tal Wilson
Eric Williams

360 video of Kansas City Symphony performing "The Star Spangled Banner" by Bic Media, courtesy of VisitKC

See a complete list of upcoming events at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at: www.kauffmancenter.org.

Kansas City Ballet: www.kcballet.org
Kansas City Symphony: www.kcsymphony.org
Lyric Opera of Kansas City: www.kcopera.org

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