18/19 Season Announced for Carlsen Center Presents Series, Including Chita Rivera 18/19 Season Announced for Carlsen Center Presents Series, Including Chita Rivera
Carlsen Center Presents Series has announced the 2018-2019 season featuring iconic women artists. 18/19 Season Announced for Carlsen Center Presents Series, Including Chita Rivera

Pictured: Chita Rivera

Emily Behrmann, General Manager for the Carlsen Center Presents Series, has announced the 2018-2019 season which features iconic women artists — including Emmylou Harris, Chita Rivera, Aida Cuevas, Lisa Loeb and Marilyn Maye — scheduled to appear throughout the season.

“I wanted to create a season of performances that trumpeted the power and tenacity of women. Strong women aren’t new in the entertainment industry. The ones who survive are there because they’re determined and won’t back down in the face of adversity — whether that’s discrimination, harassment or other unfair treatment,” comments Behrmann. “The Carlsen Center consistently presents the most talented performers from around the world, women and men. This focus on female entertainers is one more way we can emphasize the variety and diverse program for which we’re known.”

Carlsen Center Presents 18/19 Season (from the press release):

On Oct. 26, Aida Cuevas takes the stage. The Queen of Ranchera Music (a type of Mexican folk/country that leans heavily on guitars and horns) won a 2018 GRAMMY Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album. She made history as the only woman to ever win a GRAMMY in the category. She brings with her a portfolio of 39 albums and a tour schedule that’s taken her around the world. This show will be a tribute to her mentor, Mexican superstar, Juan Gabriel.

On Nov. 11, Johnson County Community College proudly presents the iconic cabaret singer Marilyn Maye celebrating “90 At Last” featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Maye appeared on “The Tonight Show” 76 times (a record for a singer) and is a series favorite who ignites a crowd. She celebrates her 90th birthday in 2018.

Coming off her 2018 GRAMMY win for Best Children’s Album for Feel What U Feel, Lisa Loeb will share children’s songs with a daytime concert for kids and their parents. She’ll come back to the stage in the evening for a concert highlighting her hits from the 1990s, including the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites and more. Loeb has established herself as an entrepreneur (designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear) and author, in addition to her music career. Both concerts will be held Feb. 2, 2019.

On January 18, 2019. “Broadway Princess Party,” opens with actress Laura Osnes who starred on Broadway in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” She joins two of her fellow princesses to perform songs from “Snow White,” “Pocahontas,” “Frozen” and many more.

Strong women also populate the cast of “Steel Magnolias,” presented by LA Theatre Works for shows Feb. 16 and 17. The group’s unique style of “audio theatre” eschews traditional staging in favor of radio-style live performances and brings full focus to the play and its gutsy, glorious characters.

On March 8, Niyaz’s The Fourth Light Project will pay tribute to Eighth Century Sufi mystic Rabi’a al-Basri, known as the Mother of Sufism. Featuring artists and musicians from a diversity of locales such as Iran, Turkey, India and Canada, NIYAZ transcends both genre and borders.

On April 6, 2019, “Chita and Friends,” opens with a night of bright nostalgia from Chita Rivera and special Broadway guests, to be announced soon. Rivera is the winner of two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, a Kennedy Center Honors recognition and the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Carlsen Center Presents 2018-2019 Season with dates: 

Sept. 21-22 New Dance Partners
Sept. 29 MOMIX Opus Cactus (Dance)
Oct. 13 Emmylou Harris
Oct. 14 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox|
Oct. 14 10 Hairy Legs (Dance)
Oct. 20 OK Go – The Live Video Tour
Oct. 26 Aida Cuevas, “Totalmente Juan Gabriel”
Nov. 4 The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute
Nov. 9 Soweto Gospel Choir: Celebration of Nelson Mandela
Nov. 10 Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles)
Nov. 11 Marilyn Maye “90 At Last” featuring The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra
Nov. 17 Stray Cat Lee Rocker
Nov. 18 The Priests, presented with the Irish Center of Kansas City
Dec. 1 Bel Canto Trio (Classical)
Dec. 2 Winterlude: Angela Hagenbach Quintet
Dec. 7 Bach Aria Soloists/Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival
Dec. 8 Under the Streetlamp, “Hip to the Holidays!”
Jan. 18, 2019 Broadway Princess Party featuring Laura Osnes of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Jan. 20 Winterlude: Eddie Moore and Pamela Baskin-Watson *
Feb. 2 Lisa Loeb
Feb. 10 “We Shall Overcome,” a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. feat. Damien Sneed and the Kansas City Boys and Girls Choirs
Feb. 16-17 Steel Magnolias presented by LA Theatre Works
Feb. 22 American Brass with Seraphic Fire: A Spanish Pilgrimage (Classical)
Feb. 24 Winterlude: Hot Club KC
Feb. 28 Peg + Cat – LIVE!
March 2 KC Youth Symphony 60th Anniversary Gala
March 8 Niyaz, The Fourth Light Project
March 10 Sir James Galway, flute (Classical)
March 17 Winterlude: Cubanisms
March 22 Asere! A Fiesta Cubana with The Havana Cuba All-Stars
March 23 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
April 6 Chita and Friends
April 12 Dali Quartet with Olga Kern, pianist (Classical)
May 18 Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway


Season tickets go on sale 10 a.m., Monday, May 7 to the general public, with individual events on sale 10 a.m., Monday, June 4. For more information visit jccc.edu.

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of both PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City. She is also the founder of the RV Miles Network and travels full-time with her husband and kids producing three weekly podcasts and a travel blog - RVMiles.com. Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and has worked as an actor/director for 15 years. She is married to PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson and has three amazing boys. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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