Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) will host their fifth Benefit Concert for Arts Education on Saturday, September 28th at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s concert features the Tony Award® winning star of Hamilton, Renee Elise Goldsberry performing with the Kansas City Symphony.
This concert is sure to be as exciting as the previous years, but some of the most magical scenes take place hours before the main event.
The afternoon before the show, by invitation only, a group of lucky middle and high schoolers get the opportunity to watch rehearsal, meet the star, and participate in a question and answer session. This intimate experience is often the first time these students have stepped foot in the Kauffman Center, met a professional performer, or even seen our own Kansas City Symphony play. This is what KCYA is all about: creating opportunities where Kansas City’s kids learn to love the arts!
Over the years, we’ve so enjoyed watching these generous Broadway stars offer wisdom, encouragement and career advice to our budding local music and theatre students. Previous concerts featured Broadway performers Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. In addition to performing for an appreciative Helzberg Hall audience of KCYA supporters, each of these performers has enthusiastically tied their performance to the KCYA mission to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education.