During the 1980's, Jay Craven, founder and then-director of St. Johnsbury's Catamount Arts, began producing a series of outstanding performing arts events in theater, dance, music, and comedy in the Northeast Kingdom. When Jay left Catamount Arts in 1991 to start his film production company—Kingdom County Productions—he focused on making narrative feature films. But in 2009, after producing Burlington's 13-day festival to commemorate French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s lake expedition into the territory now known as Vermont, Craven decided to expand KCP’s focus to include performing arts presentation.
Jay collaborated with Catamount Arts' new executive director, Jody Fried, and together they revived the series—this time as a project of Kingdom County Productions. By 2015, it had transitioned back to Catamount Arts where Jay Craven continues to curate and co-produce the series bringing world class performances to the region.
Since 2009 KCP Presents has brought artists such as blues guitar ace Buddy Guy; the Tony-winning Guthrie Theater; flamenco star Jose Porcel; grammy-winning Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster; soul divas Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette; comedienne Paula Poundstone; country singers Rosanne Cash, Leanne Rimes, and Clint Black; 60’s icons Arlo Guthrie and Little Anthony and the Imperials; jazz stars Trombone Shorty and Cassandra Wilson; Afro Beat pioneer Femi Kuti; choral groups Stile Antico and Seraphic Fire; the bluegrass genre-defying Infamous Stringdusters; the dazzling dancers of MOMIX; Jessica Lang, Suzanne Farrell—and many more.
These sold-out events bring enduring moments of shared community to the far reaches of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. They stimulate the local economy and provide special access for young people who receive free tickets through KCP's AccessArts program—which also guarantees baseline prices to any show for just $12.
Please join us for a show!
Case’s new record, Hell-On, came out of a reckoning with lost stories. It delivers both familiar Neko Case and something different. Death, extinction, exploitation, tides, animals, and adoration all blend recognizably.
Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Eloize company, The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East.
Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis is an evening-length solo performance which uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother.
The Boston Children’s Chorus is a world-class music troupe that unites children ages 7-18 across differences of race, religion and economic status. Their annual holiday concerts entertain all ages and help inspire the season.
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America's top brass musicians who will perform an eclectic offering of holiday music, with a sprinkling of other specialized brass selections from their repertory.
Back by popular demand, this high-energy group performs a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles. A joyous spectacle of music and dance from Cuba showcasing a rich culture with different rhythms and melodies from "Son Cubano" to cha cha cha and rumba.
Come for the comedy and laughs and enjoy some music, too, with two of Vermont’s favorite sons— Rusty DeWees THE LOGGER and Lyndon Institute’s own Patrick Ross, THE FIDDLER. Don’t miss the COMEDY and MUSIC No Added Sugar Tour to christen the 2019 GROUNDHOG NIGHT.
The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra was established in 1956 along with the construction of the famous Shanghai Opera House. The Orchestra is renowned for its interpretation of classical symphony repertoire, performing the masterpieces of the world’s most historic composers.
Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Shelley, FRANKENSTEIN: The Modern Prometheus, is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations.