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Free lectures, films, and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum hosts cinema series and various performances of contemporary, classical, and jazz music in addition to dance and theatre programs.

Concerts

Spanning classical, jazz, and contemporary music, past performances include regional groups such as Dark Matter, NewEar, Terrestrial Consort, BCR, Mariah Wind Trio, Doug Talley Quartet, Dangerous Kitchen, Hearts of Darkness, the Ragin’ Cajuns, Panapolli Trio, Fontana, the Kansas City Guitar Society, the Kansas City String Quartet, and Aeolian Effect.

Kemper Block Party: Sweet Summer
Saturday, August 30, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic Cakes & Pies, the Kemper Museum hosts a sweet summer block
party with sugary treats, an outdoor film, and more.

Tri-Percussion: Music Around the World
Sunday, September 7, 2:00–2:45 p.m.
Musical styles and instruments from across the world: Gahu drumming from Ghana, West Africa,
performed on Ghanian barrel drums; Brazilian samba, performed parade style; Calypso steel drumming
from the Caribbean Islands, and more.

 

Performances

Local performance companies such as Reach, a movement collective; aha! dance theatre; the Coterie Theatre; and Ron Megee's Late Nite Theatre have performed dance and theatre acts inspired by the Museum’s exhibition programming and works in the permanent collection.

Consult the calendar for other upcoming events.