Kohler Foundation Announces 76th Distinguished Guest Series

Posted on 07/12/2019

  Kohler, Wis. – July 12, 2019 – For the 76th year, Kohler Foundation’s Distinguished Guest Series will be giving voice to the arts with an exciting line up of high-energy, dynamic performances.

 The Distinguished Guest Series will open the season with world-renowned movement company, Pilobolus with a performance of Shadowland: The New Adventure. Accomplished American jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin will take the stage in the second performance of the series, with members of his groundbreaking a cappella group Gimme5. The final performance of the season features international percussion sensation STOMP with a show that is explosive, provocative and utterly unique.   

 “With a newly renovated Kohler Memorial Theater in 2020, we’ll have a higher proscenium and wider stage to accommodate larger companies. Patrons will experience ensembles that typically tour bigger venues around the world,” said Christine Taylor, executive director of the Kohler Foundation.


Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Famed dance company Pilobolus will present Shadowland: The NewAdventure. Pilobolus uses the exploration of shadow play and mixed media to tell the love story of two people and their quest to save a magical bird. Employing modern dance with high-energy animation, video and live shadow theater, this madcap adventure dips its toe into the genres of science fiction, film noir and romantic comedy.


Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesongs takes audiences on a life-changing musical adventure. His exhilarating vocal vocabulary – call and response, global rhythms, soaring melodies, lush harmonies, and funny noises – reminds everyone how much fun it is to be alive. Ten Grammy Awards and a #1 global hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”  are impressive, but his greatest gift may be his ability to transform a concert hall into a playground. 


Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

STOMP, the eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and hubcaps. The inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electronic rhythm, returns updated, and with new routines for all ages.


Tickets and Ordering

Season and individual tickets are available online at or by calling (920) 458-1972 (between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). All events will be held at the Kohler Memorial Theater, 260 School St., Kohler, Wis.


Kohler Foundation is a non-profit, private foundation that supports arts, education, and

art preservation initiatives in Wisconsin.


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