Kauffman Center’s Spotlight Members Enjoy Exclusive Benefits

Join Today and Reserve Two Free Tickets to The Alders Concert and Reception

While the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts brings national and international performances to the community throughout the year, the nonprofit organization also is committed to showcasing local artists and emerging talent. Hosting more than 300 performances each year, the Center relies on members to help create unique experiences that surprise, delight and entertain hundreds of thousands of people in an iconic venue.

Since its inception four years ago, the Kauffman Center’s Spotlight membership program has continued to grow. These members are an exceptional collection of people who share a passion for making Kansas City a strong, vibrant and diverse cultural community.

As a thank-you to its Spotlight and Spotlight Premier members for their support, the Kauffman Center offers unique benefits and priority access for these patrons. Twice each year, members receive invitations to attend free members-only concerts, which showcase the best local artists Kansas City has to offer. In addition, the evening’s artists attend a reception and mingle with the guests.

“Our members have let us know how much they appreciate our commitment to showcasing local talent as well as national and international performers,” said Paul Schofer, President and CEO of the Kauffman Center. “They understand that the Kauffman Center is a nonprofit organization, and that their support helps us fulfill our mission of bringing extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences to our community.”

The next free members-only Hometown Holidays Concert & Reception is Monday, Nov. 26, featuring The Elders in Helzberg Hall. This is one of The Elders final performances after 20 years together and eight albums — and their first performance at Kauffman Center. The group is disbanding at the end of this year. After the concert, Spotlight members can join The Elders in Brandmeyer Great Hall for complimentary cocktails and desserts.

“Guests always enjoy meeting the performers at the reception following the concert,” Schofer said.

To check the availability of tickets to The Elders, contact Molly Sefton, Development Specialist, at msefton@kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7223.

In November 2017, the Kauffman Center’s first Hometown Holidays Concert & Reception featured Casi Joy, a Kansas City native who was featured on the TV show “The Voice.” In April 2018, the Kauffman Center’s second Spotlight members-only concert featured The McFadden Brothers, Ronald and Lonnie McFadden of Kansas City, together on Helzberg Hall stage for the first time.

One patron commented after the performance, “Love Spotlight. Love Kauffman Center. Always encouraging my friends to join because it is the best value for your money in town. Now I love the McFadden Brothers, too. Wow! And that drummer . . . we were transfixed.” And another guest stated, “Thanks for treating us so well. We feel part of something so unique and special in our community.”

Spotlight memberships, which are partially tax-deductible, range from $65 to $2,500. Depending on the membership level, members receive drink tickets, parking passes, pre-sale access and discounted tickets to Kauffman Center Presents performances, backstage tours and more.

Spotlight Premier memberships, which start at $5,000, offer additional exclusive opportunities, including a generous ticket package, invitations to meet and greets with well-known performers, private backstage tours, handprints on the Children’s Wall and seat plaques. Spotlight Premier members also have a personal concierge who helps ensure their Kauffman Center experiences are exceptional, including getting them the best complimentary seats or box suites for performances, making reservations for them at The Dining Experience for a complimentary dinner, arranging valet parking and more.

Members of Ensemble, the Kauffman Center’s business membership program, are invited to exclusive PNC Pop-Up Performances three times a year, which feature small, intimate concerts by emerging artists. The up-and-coming musician who is performing and the performance location are a surprise — guests learn those details when they arrive for the reception.

For more information about Spotlight membership, visit kauffmancenter.org/spotlight. If you are interested in joining Spotlight Premier, contact Trisha Drape, Development manager, individual giving, at tdrape@kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7220, or visit kauffmancenter.org/premier.

The Elders concert at the Kauffman Center is generously supported by the Michael and Marlys Haverty Family Foundation and premier partner Saint Luke’s Health System.

–Megan Felling

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