The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce a variety of extraordinary events in the Kauffman Center Presents series this spring. More information and updates about the Kauffman Center Presents series can be found at kauffmancenter.org/kcpresents.
National Geographic Live
Wild Cats of India With Sandesh Kadur, Photographer & Filmmaker
Feb. 21, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in Muriel Kauffman Theatre
With landscapes spanning the towering Himalaya, arid plains and dense jungles, India is home to an unmatched diversity of wild cats. While many of the big cats are well known and thoroughly documented, photographer and filmmaker Sandesh Kadur is on a mission to highlight the country’s lesser-known felines in order to protect their future. Discover the tiny, grumpy-faced Pallas’s cat, the fishing cat that jumps into water to catch its prey, and the ancient, elusive clouded leopard. Through Kadur’s captivating images and video, you’ll get a unique and up-close look at a world of wild cats.
Gaelic Storm & The High Kings
March 9, 2023, at 7 p.m. in Helzberg Hall
The true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, The High Kings are internationally acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs. A quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees, the band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008. They have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland and the U.S., and appeared on numerous TV shows. The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four artists, bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand-new songs as well as some old favorites.
It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes Gaelic Storm a true anomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition and the rockers simply relish the passion displayed when playing their instruments.
Tommy James & The Shondells
April 1, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Tommy James & The Shondells have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and achieved several musical milestones, including 23 gold records, nine platinum albums and 32 Billboard Hot 100 Chart hits. “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Crimson & Clover,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Draggin’ the Line,” “Hanky Panky,” “Sweet Cherry Wine,” “Three Times in Love” and “Mirage” are just a few of Tommy James’ many hits. This event is co-presented by One Eleven Productions & Danny Zelisko Presents.
Floyd Nation is a U.S.-based Pink Floyd Tribute Band that performs all of your favorite hits from the vast collection of Pink Floyd albums such as The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, Meddle and The Division Bell. You’ll be immersed in sound, lights and lasers as they take you on an epic journey, bringing back your best memories of some of the most iconic music ever produced. The group’s precise tone and extreme accuracy shows their deep respect for the music of one of the most incredible bands to ever take the world stage.
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