North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Legendary rock band Kansas performs April 16 at North Central College

Published on 4/14/2016

North Central College presents Kansas, the legendary rock band from America’s heartland, on April 16.  

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $75, $65 and $50; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

For more than four decades, Kansas has been part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations of music lovers. The band has produced eight gold, three sextuple-Platinum and one platinum live albums, and two one million-selling gold singles: “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.” Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks throughout the ’70s and ’80s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. “Carry On Wayward Son” was the No. 1 most played track on classic rock radio in 1997.

In 1998, Kansas released an orchestral album, “Always Never the Same,” recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The band went back into the studio in 2000 with original member and songwriter Kerry Livgren to produce “Somewhere to Elsewhere,” the first album in 20 years featuring all six of the original players.

In the early 2000s, Kansas released “Device-Voice-Drum” on DVD and Sony Music published a boxed set, titled “Sail On,” which featured unique Kansas cuts and vintage video footage. In 2006, Kansas released the two-disc anthology “Works In Progress,” which included a decade’s worth of home videos and studio and live albums.

Coinciding with the celebration of its 40th anniversary, Kansas was inducted into both the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The band signed a new recording contract with InsideOut Music in 2015 and plans to release its 15th studio album this year.

Kansas band members include original drummer Phil Ehart, original guitarist Richard Williams, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt and violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale.

North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Marquette Companies, Nicor Gas, Ryan Hill Realty, Advanced Data Technologies, Savant Capital Management, USG Corporation, Monarch Landing, Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, DuPage Foundation and Naperville Development Partnership.

This performance is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and more, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).