Kauffman Center Announces Blanche Gangwere Organ Series as Part of the 2013-14 'Kauffman Center Presents' Season

* Three organists to perform this fall on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Op. 3875 * KANSAS CITY, MO – Today, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts announced the 2013 – 2014 Kauffman Center Presents Blanche Gangwere Organ Series, featuring performances by Carol Williams and duo Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault. The organ series begins Sunday, September 29 with America’s sweetheart concert organist Carol Williams. Williams gives a new spin to the classical organ concert with her programs of great genre variety including pop, classical, and jazz.

Husband and wife team Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault – the world’s premiere organist duo – continue the series with a performance on Sunday, November 17. The dynamic duo have contributed to the organ duet literature through their commissions and have made “organ four hand, four feet” virtually synonymous with their name. “Kauffman Center is pleased to have organists Dr. Carol Williams and Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault joining us to showcase the magnificent Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Op. 3875,” said Jane Chu, President & CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “Their performances this fall will combine artistic vision with technical excellence and accessibility. Whether this is your first organ concert or your 100th – these performances will dazzle.”

Series ticket packages will go on sale Friday July 19 and range from $28.50 - $58.50. Tickets are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222 or online at www.kauffmancenter.org. Single tickets for each performance will go on sale August 15 and range from $19 - $39. The Blanche Gangwere Organ Series is named after Kansas City, Missouri native and trained concert pianist, organist, former educator, composer and internationally recognized author Blanche Gangwere. ABOUT CAROL WILLIAMS British born, Williams was raised in a Welsh family with many musical in?uence. She began private lessons at age ?ve, could read music before she could read English, and began performing recitals at age eight. Williams's formal training started with ?ve years at the Royal Academy of Music, where she specialized in organ performance. Williams gives a fresh outlook to the classical organ concert with her diverse programming and special charismatic humor. She is known to engage the audience with interesting stories and other obscure information, causing international audiences to receive her with “rock star” enthusiasm.

ABOUT ELIZABETH AND RAYMOND CHENAULT Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault are featured on many bestselling recordings and have frequently performed throughout the United States and Europe. The Chenaults duet career began in 1979 when Arthur Wills of England's Ely Cathedral composed "Toccata for Two" for them. They have been featured artists at conferences and conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and in Charleston during the Spoleto Festival.

Since 1975, the Chenaults have been Organists and Choirmasters of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta. The duo's recitals have been featured on public radio's "Pipedreams" and "Performance Today." They record for Gothic Records, have been named "Organists of the Year" by Sacred Music USA, and their commissioned works have been published by Warner Brothers/Belwin Mills as The Chenault OrganDuet Library.

ABOUT THE KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major center for music, opera, theater, and dance designed by Moshe Safdie, opened in Kansas City on September 16, 2011. The Kauffman Center presents vibrant performances and educational programming and advances the role of the performing arts as a catalyst for Kansas City’s educational, civic, and economic vitality. Three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations — Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City — are in residence at the Kauffman Center. The Kauffman Center’s two performance venues, the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall, offer audiences engaging and intimate experiences, while at the same time providing resident companies with dramatically enhanced performance capabilities. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City’s dynamic downtown, the Kauffman Center brings a new spotlight to the region’s performing arts community while simultaneously attracting some of the world’s most talented performers and entertainers, further establishing Kansas City as a major cultural destination. More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at www.kauffmancenter.org.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts would like the thank our official building sponsors, Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City, for their generous support of our 2013-2014 season.

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