Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA), the region’s largest provider of arts education, is celebrating 50 years of opening a window to the arts for the youth of Greater Kansas City. As part of the year-long celebration, KCYA will host a benefit concert by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, Nov. 12. This will be one of the first performances at the new Kauffman Center.
Menzel has had a diverse career on the stage, in films and television, and in music. Menzel received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in WICKED and was nominated for her performance in RENT. She recently appeared in the hit television show GLEE as coach of the opposing glee club and is currently on a National sold out tour. In addition, Menzel is a skillful songwriter who writes and performs her own music.
“We’re thrilled to have Idina Menzel headline our 50th Anniversary Celebration. It’s such a tribute to Kansas City Young Audiences and our supporters,” said KCYA Executive Director Martin English. “Plus, it will be an experience of a lifetime to hear Idina’s voice in the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.”
Individual tickets will be available August 1 and range in price from $50-$95. Patron’s tickets are also available and include an invitation to a Wicked-themed party a month prior to the event, as well as a pre-concert cocktail reception. For additional event details, visit: http://www.kcya.org/50th.php.
Founded in 1961, KCYA’s original mission was to bring classical music programs to area school children. Since that time, KCYA has expanded to deliver programs in all arts disciplines including music, dance, theatre, creative writing and visual arts through partnerships with professional Teaching Artists and Arts Partners.
The KCYA mission is to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education.
KCYA helps schools provide arts programs to their students as well as operates the Community School of the Arts, which provides children the opportunity to further explore their own artistic and creative abilities beyond the regular school day. Serving more than 178 thousand children each year and more than 5 million in its history, KCYA is the largest provider of arts programs in the Kansas City area and one of the largest members of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.
KCYA is located at 5601 Wyandotte, on the campus of St. Teresa’s Academy. For more information, visit www.kcya.org or call (816) 531-4022. KCYA also can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KansasCityYoungAudiences or Twitter at http://twitter.com/kcya.