Kauffman Center Presents Fall Line-Up

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall (photo by Dewey Nicks)

The Kauffman Center Presents series offers a variety of carefully selected events that provide unique performance experiences for everyone in the community. Coming this fall, the series will highlight an array of performances featuring an acclaimed jazz singer, a legendary trumpeter and vocalist duo, a prolific Irish singer and awe-inspiring magicians.

Gregory Porter (photo by Erik Umphery)

Gregory Porter
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gregory Porter was raised in Bakersfield, California, and began singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego and later New York City, where his music career began to ascend with the release of his first two albums—Water (2010) and Be Good (2012). In 2013, he released his Blue Note debut, Liquid Spirit, which quickly grew into a global phenomenon, selling more than a million albums and earning Porter his first GRAMMY Award with NPR declaring him “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer.” His 2016 follow-up, Take Me to the Alley, won Porter his second GRAMMY for Best Vocal Jazz Album and firmly established him as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter. In 2017, Porter released the heartfelt tribute album Nat King Cole & Me and in 2020 returned to his original songwriting on the uplifting All Rise. Porter has hosted the podcast The Hang, as well as his own cooking show, The PorterHouse. Tickets range from $39 to $89 plus applicable fees.

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Helzberg Hall

Join music icon Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist and former lead singer of Brasil ’66 with Sérgio Mendes and their classic recordings, “Más Que Nada,” “The Fool on the Hill,” “Going Out of My Head” and “Daytripper.” Alpert is celebrating his 60th year since recording his first hit song, “The Lonely Bull” in 1962. Alpert, Hall and their incredible band perform an eclectic mix of American standards, Brazilian jazz, some Beatles, some classic Tijuana Brass and Brasil ’66 songs, as well as many surprises. Their shows are informal as Alpert loves to answer questions from the audience about his and Hall’s music careers, A&M Records and the many iconic artists they have both worked with over the past 50 years. Tickets range from $29 to $79 plus applicable fees.

Daniel O’Donnell (photo by Nikki Stix)

Daniel O’Donnell
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

The Donegal based singer, who is one of the most prolific and successful recording artists on the U.K. charts, is the only artist in the world to score a hit on the U.K. Albums Chart every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 35-year span.

O’Donnell’s 17th special, “Daniel O’Donnell from Castlebar, Ireland,” was released March 2023 and is airing on select public television stations nationwide. Including this latest release, O’Donnell has now amassed 48 Top 75 albums, including 42 Top 40 albums, 30 Top 30 and 20 Top 10 albums, with 18 of the latter being in this century, a feat that has not been achieved by any other recording artist. He has now sold in excess of 15 million albums worldwide. Tickets range from $43 to $93 plus applicable fees.

Penn & Teller Present The Foolers
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre

The Foolers brings an evening of jaw-dropping illusions curated by Penn & Teller. Celebrating television’s #1 rated magic show, this interactive and irreverent evening presents the Fool Us alumni, who share the distinction of being among the few who have impressed the pair with mystifying mind magic and hilarious comedic routines. In addition to bringing Vegas-caliber modern magic to cities across the U.S., master magicians Alex Ramon, Jessica Jane, Matt Donnelly and Vinny Grosso, collectively known as “The Foolers,” pay homage to the classic magic of Penn & Teller. Don’t miss this chance to see TV’s trickiest magicians for an evening of unforgettable fun! Tickets range from $35 to $85 plus applicable fees. Please note: Penn & Teller will not be present at this event.

These are just a few of the performances you will find this season at the Kauffman Center. For a full list of events and to purchase tickets 24/7, visit kauffmancenter.org. For more information, call the Kauffman Center Ticket Office at 816.994.7222.

Kauffman Center Presents is made possible by the John N. and Marilyn P. McConnell Foundation.

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