Distinguished Guest Series
More than seventy years ago, the Kohler Women's Club established the Distinguished Guest Series - bringing lecturers like Admiral Richard Byrd, Pearl S. Buck, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Hedda Hopper to the Waelderhaus in Kohler. Then, in the early 1960's, Kohler Foundation took over the tradition, and the Distinguished Guest Series evolved into a full-fledged performing arts series, featuring internationally recognized performers in theatre, dance, and music, intended to provide world-class entertainment at accessible prices. The tradition continues today, with Kohler Foundation bringing the biggest names and the brightest stars to Kohler, for the benefit of our community. Among the many talented performers the Distinguished Guest Series has featured over the years are: Maya Angelou, the Ten Tenors, the Russian National Ballet, STOMP, the Five Browns, Wynton Marsalis, the Vienna Choir Boys, Itzhak Perlman, Audra McDonald, and Yo-Yo Ma. Join us at the Kohler Memorial Theatre (with ample free parking and easy accessibility) for the history-making performances of our next season.
In 2015 and 2016, Kohler Foundation welcomed actor, author and advocate LeVar Burton, the genre-busting musical sensation Postmodern Jukebox, and the Empress of Soul herself, Gladys Knight.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:00PM
Actor, author, and literacy advocate LeVar Burton presented a thoughtful and engaging lecture on The Power of Storytelling. Burton also appeared on Saturday, October 17 at Bookworm Gardens, to read from his own children’s book The Rhino who Swallowed a Storm.
Friday, January 22, 2016, 8:00PM
Postmodern Jukebox performed a rollicking set of modern pop music set to vintage jazz, swing, ragtime, Motown, and doo wop arrangements for a capacity crowd at Kohler Memorial Theater.
Friday, March 11, 2016, 8:00PM
The Empress of Soul performed at Kohler Memorial Theater to an adoring crowd, proving once again that her talent and grace are unmatched in popular music today.
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