Kansas to perform at White Concert Hall with orchestra

The legendary rock group Kansas will team with the Washburn University Orchestra for a concert and the creation of a live concert DVD on Feb. 7 at White Concert Hall on the WU campus.

The event, which will commemorate the band’s 35th anniversary, will feature musical highlights spanning the collective catalogue with performances by special guests and the 50-piece Washburn University orchestra. Tickets are $75, $100 and $200 and are available only at http://www.kansasband.com. All ticket purchases will include a final copy of the anniversary DVD, “There’s Know Place Like Home,” upon its release, at no additional charge.

Kansas features founding members Phil Ehart on drums, Steve Walsh on keyboards/vocals, Richard Williams on guitar with long time bass player/vocalist Billy Greer and David Ragsdale on violin/guitar. Confirmed special guest appearances include original founding guitarist Kerry Livgren and former lead guitarist Steve Morse.

The return to the White Concert Hall stage is significant as it served as a frequent performance site for the band from the early 1970s. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the band’s self-titled debut album was first released in 1974. Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks during the 1970s and 1980s, while playing to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. The band has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including three multi-platinum releases, one platinum live album and eight gold albums with hit singles “Carry On Wayward Son” achieving gold status and “Dust In the Wind” reaching gold sales status in 1978 and again in 2005 with digital download sales.