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Kansas City favorite, Marilyn Maye confirms Kansas City Symphony performance

Ticket sales continue for the legendary Kansas City Jazz singer, Marilyn Maye when the legendary local songstress appears with the Kansas City Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The event marks Maye's initial performance with the hometown Symphony. Kansas-born Maye is known for her show-stopping renditions of the American Songbook, such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Put on a Happy Face” and many more, a KCS spokesman said.

Even though the jazz and cabaret singer has performed countless times over the years in the city, this will be Maye’s first performance with the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Throughout her career, Maye has worked with the best talents in the music business. She also was one of Johnny Carson’s favorite and most frequent guests, performing on “The Tonight Show” for a total of 76 times.

Maye has performed virtually all over the Kansas City area since the 60s. She was a staple at the Colony steakhouse and also performed two musical theater productions at Starlight Theater, “Hello, Dolly!” and “Can-Can.” Maye was a surprise guest at the Heartland Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert in December.

The veteran singer, who is now in her mid-80s, has not let age slow her down. In fact, Maye is as busy as ever these days, singing in the nation’s top nightclubs and performing alongside major orchestras. It’s no surprise that Maye continues to rake in accolades and major cabaret awards in recent years. This fall, Kansas City Symphony concertgoers will have the chance to see and hear firsthand what New York Times reviewer, Stephen Holden, admired of Maye — she “dives into jazz and swings with a vocal stamina remarkable for a performer of any age.”

Maye performs at 7 p.m., Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range $35-$75 and can be purchased at or by calling the Kansas City Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400.

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