Kauffman Center Presents a Variety of Exciting Events

Chris Thile, host of Live from Here, a radio variety show.

The Kauffman Center Presents series features extraordinary and diverse artists from a variety of musical genres and performance styles. 2019 events include a National Geographic Live presentation featuring photographer Ronan Donovan, a live radio broadcast of Live from Here with Chris Thile, a performance with sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, and a concert featuring acclaimed vocal groups The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.

View all 2018 – 2019 Kauffman Center Presents series events on the Kauffman Center website. Tickets for upcoming shows may be purchased through the box office by calling 816.994.7222 or by visiting kauffmancenter.org. Want to receive email updates and exclusive presale information about upcoming events at the Kauffman Center? Please visit kauffmancenter.org/sign-up.

Social By Nature with Ronan Donovan

National Geographic Live
Ronan Donovan, Photographer
Social By Nature
Wednesday, Jan. 9 – 7:30 p.m.

Humans are, at our core, social mammals. We build relationships, communicate, reproduce, establish territories and adapt to shrinking resources. Chimpanzees, wolves, gorillas and bears are among the most charismatic of the social mammals we know — besides ourselves. They’re also under threat. Join biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about the incredible similarities we humans share with other social mammals in the animal kingdom, and what we can learn from them. Tickets for this event range from $15 to $60 plus applicable fees. 

Live from Here with Chris Thile
Saturday, Jan. 12 – 4:45 p.m.

Come be a part of live radio being made. Live from Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) with Chris Thile is a Saturday-night destination for radio audiences everywhere. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up and-coming talent to the stage for a beautiful listening experience. Media support for Live from Here at the Kauffman Center is provided by KCUR 89.3 FM and Kansas Public Radio. Tickets for this event range from $49 to $89 plus applicable fees.

Anoushka Shankar performs music from Indian classical and progressive world genres.

Anoushka Shankar
Wednesday, March 13 – 7 p.m.

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Deeply rooted in the Indian classical music tradition, Anoushka Shankar began studying sitar at age 9 with her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar. She made her professional debut at age 13 and earned her first of six GRAMMY Award nominations by age 20.

In her Kauffman Center performance, Anoushka Shankar reflects on her journey so far, drawing on classical ragas, referencing her experiences and experimenting with new ideas in a cross-cultural dialogue that showcases the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. Tickets for this event range from $39 to $89 plus applicable fees.

The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 collaborate for a dynamic evening of music.

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6
Saturday, March 30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 in The Summit, a thrilling musical collaboration that brings together two dynamic vocal groups with more than 20 combined GRAMMY Awards. These powerful ensembles will perform songs from their own catalogs, then join forces on more than a dozen numbers. 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.

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. Tickets for this event range from $49 to $99 plusapplicable fees.