Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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12:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Organist Promotes Versatile Sounds For Instrument

Jan Kraybill plays the organ at the Kauffman Center.

  You hear organs all the time-- at the ballgame, in a spooky Halloween movie-- but it's also a classical music instrument.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with an organist who's tickled the multiple keyboards of ivories at the Kauffman Center about what makes this instrument special.


  • Jan Kraybill, principal organist for the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation and organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

A New President And CEO For The Kauffman Center

The Kauffman Center Board of Directors named Paul J. Schofer as president and CEO.
Credit Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Paul J. Schofer was announced Tuesday as the new leader of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Since March 2012, Schofer has served as the Kauffman Center's vice president of operations and chief financial officer.

Schofer will replace outgoing president and CEO Jane Chu, who's leaving to take on a new post as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Senate Approves Jane Chu As NEA Chair

Kauffman Center president and CEO was confirmed today as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Credit courtesy: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Jane Chu, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The nomination was approved by a voice vote on the Senate floor.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

National Geographic Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds

Japanese geisha
Credit Jodi Cobb

National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb travels great distances to discover the secret realms of world culture. She has documented fascinating visual stories about many subjects, including the quirky nature of twins, the hidden lives of Saudi Arabian women and Japanese geishas.

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Up to Date
2:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, March 21-23, 2014

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike plays this weekend at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
Credit kcrep.org

Get that spring into your step with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 21-23, 2014.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City: “La Boheme” (Classic opera by Giacomo Puccini), 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $90 to $160 

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Arts and Culture
8:41 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Kauffman Center President And CEO Tapped To Lead NEA

President Obama has announced plans to nominate Jane Chu, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center, as chair of the NEA.

Jane Chu, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is President Barack Obama's pick as the next chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Obama announced on Wednesday he intends to nominate Chu, who's led the Kauffman Center since November 2006.

The NEA awards grants to artists and arts organizations. In fiscal year 2012, its budget was $146 million.

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11:29 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kelley Hunt Brings Her Sound To Kansas City

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt is partnering with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a holiday concert this year.
Credit alansheaven / Flickr-CC

Kelley Hunt sings across many genres. Part of her heart may be in R&B but it's the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra she'll partner with this week for a Christmas-themed concert.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, she joins Steve Kraske to talk about "Christmas with Kelley Hunt" and her Kansas roots.


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1:15 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Audra McDonald: From Broadway To Kansas City

Audra McDonald's performances on Broadway include roles in Carousel, Porgy & Bess and 110 in the Shade.
Credit Michael Lutch / audramcdonald.net

She’s won Tony awards and dazzled Hollywood, and now Audra McDonald is blending her voice with the Kansas City Symphony. 

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with the versatile songstress about her career and how she’s using her fame to support causes like marriage equality and pet adoption.


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Central Standard
4:54 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Young Musicians Take The Stage At The Kansas City Symphony

In the second part of Wednesday's Central Standard, we'll talk with Stephanie Brimhall, Education Manager at the Kansas City Symphony, about the Young Artist Competition.

This weekend, on stage at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, young musicians will compete in the final round. Violinists Caleb Thill and Emily Shehi and vocalist Rudy Dibble also join us in the studio to discuss their musical backgrounds - and their hopes and fears about the competition.

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Central Standard
4:45 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Touring Musical 'Hair' Performs In Kansas City

Back in the 1960s, long hair, political protests and nudity on stage were all taboo subjects to appear in the theater, but that changed when the musical Hair debuted. Over 40 years later the musical is still provocative to audiences in a contemporary way.

The show is currently on tour and opens in Kansas City tonight at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and runs through Sunday. Music Director Lilli Wosk and Noah Plomgren, who plays Claude, join Brian Ellison to talk about life on tour and how this ground-breaking musical is still relevant to today's audiences.

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10:07 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen'

Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy this year for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled "Homecoming" produced by Kansas City's KCPT and PBS Arts. The concert with the Kansas City Symphony at the newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a new disc out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.

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9:47 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Broken Glass At The Kauffman Center: Who's To Blame?

A view of the broken pane from inside the Kauffman Center.
Laura Spencer KCUR

It's been a year since the $413 million concrete-and-glass shell-shaped Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. opened to the public.

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9:50 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Bernadette Peters: From NY's Broadway To KC's 16th & Broadway

Bernadette Peters

She's won Tony Awards. She's won Drama Desk Awards. She's starred on TV, on CD, in concert and in the movies with Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and Steve Martin.

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Business & Tech
12:56 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Rush For TEDxKC Tickets Overloads Kauffman Center

The line for TEDxKC tickets before noon at the Kauffman Center.
Laura Spencer KCUR

As of 12:35 pm the day tickets went on sale, TEDxKC was officially sold out. Ticket sales opened at 10 am Wednesday for TEDxKC's August 28th event called "The Long View."

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Central Standard
12:12 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

A Small Victory For Fun: Hammocks Outside The Kauffman Center

Artist Jarrett Mellenbruch views the performing arts center from one of a dozen hammocks that make up his public art piece called "Float."
Tomeka Weatherspoon

The Crown Center Fountains may be off limits, but there's a hammock with your name on it downtown. 

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5:25 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Kansas City's Lyric Opera Changes Leadership

Retiring Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Manager Evan Luskin

Changes are happening at Kansas City’s Lyric Opera. Its general director, Evan Luskin, is retiring next month after 26 years with the company. 

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10:01 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Million Dollar Quartet

The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet
Joan Marcus

On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together.

Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.  It’s the story of the Broadway musical, "Million Dollar Quartet", on stage at the Kauffman Center through Sunday.

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5:12 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win

Nick Heavican Virgin Classics

Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato just won a Grammy for best classical vocal solo and travels the world performing in opera houses far and wide as one of this planet's best-loved mezzo sopranos.

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11:44 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Comes To Kansas City

For more than forty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the native South African musical traditions. The ten member vocal ensemble has recorded forty albums and sold more than six million records.

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