Upcoming Concerts



<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein:</em></h2>
BERNSTEIN, PROKOFIEV <em>and</em> SCHUMANN
February 23-25, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Bernstein’s atmospheric On the Waterfront Suite brings together the best of the iconic conductor/composer’s film score. Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto is a work of considerable charm and grace, demanding a virtuoso of the highest order. Schumann’s Second is one of his most personal statements, a work of unique beauty and power. Perhaps Schumann’s struggles are reflected in a work that moves from the agitation of the first two movements, to the haunting lyrical beauty of the third, to the triumphant finale.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 2/23/18 8:00PM
Sat 2/24/18 8:00PM
Sun 2/25/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Woman's City Club Charitable Foundation</em></h2>
YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION FINALS

February 24, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Hear Kansas City’s future stars in the Symphony’s 2018 Woman’s City Club Charitable Foundation Young Artist Competition finals. Young musicians compete on stage in Helzberg Hall for the opportunity to perform with the Kansas City Symphony. Cash prizes nearing $2,000, including an “Audience Favorite” prize, will be awarded.

Sat 2/24/18 11:00AM


THE SCIENCE <em>of</em> SOUND<br/>
<em>with</em> SCIENCE CITY'S STEAM TEAM
March 4, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Explore the exciting world of sound with the Kansas City Symphony and members of Science City’s STEAM Team! How is sound made? How is it heard? Learn all of this and more as the Symphony fills Helzberg Hall with vibrations, soundwaves and decibels.

 

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Sun 3/4/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
CLASSICS UNCORKED: AT THE MOVIES
March 8, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Epic movies need epic music. We’re rolling out the red carpet to celebrate great orchestral repertoire from silver-screen blockbusters such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Black Swan,” “Amadeus,” “The Shining,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Fantasia 2000” and more. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Kansas City Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by BMO Wealth Management. Most tickets $25..

 

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Thu 3/8/18 7:00PM


<h2><em>Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series</em></h2>
JOYCE DIDONATO, MEZZO-SOPRANO

March 15, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Helzberg Hall will fill with song as international superstar Joyce DiDonato shares insights into performance, technique, auditioning and more at this free Inside Music event.

 

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Thu 3/15/18 6:30PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein:</em></h2>
JOYCE DiDONATO SINGS BERNSTEIN <em>and</em> BERLIOZ
March 16-18, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns! Our hometown star and international diva joins Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony to present works by Berlioz and Bernstein. Berlioz’s Death of Cleopatra foreshadows the French composer’s dramatic stylings of his later masterworks. Bernstein’s songs display the great American musician’s lyric genius and wit. Berlioz’s swashbuckling Le corsaire Overture and Bernstein’s timeless Symphonic Dances from West Side Story complete this captivating program.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Official Hotel Sponsored by Kansas City Marriott Downtown


 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 3/16/18 8:00PM
Sat 3/17/18 8:00PM
Sun 3/18/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour</em></h2>
SPRING STRINGS

March 20, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A great way to begin your date night! Join us in the beautiful Kauffman Center lobby for a drink after work, followed by a delightful one-hour casual chamber music concert featuring musicians of the Kansas City Symphony. Hear favorite chamber works, including Beethoven’s “Serioso” String Quartet. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m.

 

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Tue 3/20/18 6:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein</em></h2>
YO-YO MA, PINES OF ROME <em>and</em> BERNSTEIN
March 23-25, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma is back in Helzberg Hall with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony! Witness Yo-Yo Ma’s flawless technique in Haydn’s illuminating Second Concerto with its lyrical grandeur and high spirits, and then experience his sublime tone in Bernstein’s Three Meditations. Respighi’s Pines of Rome depicts the sights, sounds and history of the Italian capital. The concluding “Pines of the Appian Way” is perhaps the most exhilarating movement in all of concert music. Plus, the program unveils a new Kansas City Symphony commission (world premiere) by the impressive young American composer Chris Rogerson.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Sunday's concert sponsored by:

Masterworks & Bravo Series


<h2><em>Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series</em></h2>
SIDE <em>by</em> SIDE <em>with the</em> YOUTH SYMPHONY <em>of</em> KANSAS CITY

April 3, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join the Kansas City Symphony and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City as they rehearse side-by-side on stage in Helzberg Hall. David T. Beals III Associate Conductor Jason Seber will lead works by Bernstein and Copland in this open rehearsal. This event is free and open to the public.

Tue 4/3/18 7:30PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN, TCHAIKOVSKY <em>and</em> BERNSTEIN
April 13-15, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Kansas City Symphony continues the centennial celebration of extraordinary American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Typical of Bernstein’s original and eclectic style, the Chichester Psalms combine various influences, including music initially intended for the Broadway stage. A hidden gem, Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy parallels the melodic inspiration, virtuoso fireworks, and sumptuous orchestration found in the composer’s famous First Concerto. Choral Fantasy, for solo piano, chorus and orchestra, clearly hints at Beethoven’s immortal “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony.

 

Please note: The G. Kenneth and Ann Baum concert comments will not take place for these performances.

 

Friday's concert sponsored by Santee Floral Designs

 

Saturday's concert sponsored by UMB

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 4/13/18 8:00PM
Sat 4/14/18 8:00PM
Sun 4/15/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Petite Performances:</em></h2>
HOWDY HORNS
April 14, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Say “howdy” to our horn section on April 14! Learn how horn players buzz their lips and use their air to make beautiful music in Helzberg Hall. This interactive 25-minute performance will be followed by hands on activities in the Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo.

Sat 4/14/18 9:30AM
Sat 4/14/18 10:30AM
Sat 4/14/18 11:30AM


<em>Screenland at the Symphony:</em><br/>
BACK TO THE FUTURE
April 20-22, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Experience the thrill of the `80s cinema classic “Back to the Future” on a huge screen in Helzberg Hall with your Kansas City Symphony performing the entire fun-filled score live! This production also features additional music by composer Alan Silvestri written especially for the film’s 30th anniversary.

 

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Fri 4/20/18 8:00PM
Sat 4/21/18 2:00PM
Sat 4/21/18 8:00PM
Sun 4/22/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour</em></h2>
TONAL ECLIPSE <em>of the</em> HEART

April 24, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

You’ll be head over heels with this FREE happy hour performance of works inspired by falling in love, including Webern’s heartwarming and tonal Langsamer Satz arranged for brass followed by Brahms’ beautiful Piano Quartet. Presented by the Kansas City Symphony, cash bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m

 

Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting March 1 by visiting kcsymphony.org.

 

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Tue 4/24/18 6:00PM


AUDRA McDONALD <em>with the</em><br/>
KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
May 5, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. With a record six Tony Awards, two Grammy® Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is equally at home on Broadway, opera stages and in concert halls as she is in roles on film and television. Share in this special one-night-only performance with the Kansas City Symphony as Audra visits the American Songbook as only she can.

Sat 5/5/18 8:00PM


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour</em></h2>
HERE COMES THE SUN

May 15, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join your friends in the Kauffman Center lobby for a drink after work, followed by a warm-weather inspired performance by Kansas City Symphony musicians. Hear Gershwin’s “Summertime,” Vivaldi’s “Summer” from the The Four Seasons and Haydn’s “Sunrise” String Quartet. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. with a one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m.

 

Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting March 1 by visiting kcsymphony.org.

 

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Tue 5/15/18 6:00PM


SYMPHONY CHORUS <em>presents</em><br/>
DURUFLÉ'S REQUIEM
May 20, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join us for this very special afternoon performance of Durflé’s Requiem, a soaring Gregorian chant-themed masterpiece. You’ll also enjoy Kansas City composer Mark Hayes’ This Moment and witness an exciting 20th anniversary performance of Morten Lauridsen’s radiant Lux Aeterna. Tickets from $20. Note: The Kansas City Symphony does not perform during this presentation.

Sun 5/20/18 3:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN’S “EMPEROR” <em>and</em> WAGNER’S <em>RING</em>
June 1-3, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

A towering masterpiece of the classical canon, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto earned that nickname for its unmistakably grand and noble qualities. While Beethoven composed the work when he was confronting deafness, the concerto still exudes pride and heroism — expansive, powerful music refusing to surrender to the misery Beethoven suffered during its composition. Wagner’s four-part series, The Ring of the Nibelung, is the pinnacle of operatic extravagance and indulgence. The Kansas City Symphony presents excerpts from Wagner’s Ring featuring some of the most gargantuan and thrilling episodes of instrumental music from the entire operatic repertoire.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 6/1/18 8:00PM
Sat 6/2/18 8:00PM
Sun 6/3/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Petite Performances:</em></h2>
PIANO PAJAMA JAM
June 2, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Come dressed in your jammies and bring your favorite stuffed animal to our Piano Pajama Jam! Listen to familiar lullabies and nursery rhymes on your favorite keyboard instruments. Hands on activities will follow the performance with the Symphony’s Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo. Tickets are $5 per person and go on sale Monday, April 2.


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
CLASSICS UNCORKED: MUSICAL MAKEOVERS
June 7, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Who doesn’t love a good makeover? For the final Classics Uncorked concert of the season, your Kansas City Symphony performs pieces that have had a little work done, or some reimagining, in one way or another. Beginning with an orchestration of Bach’s masterful “Dorian” Toccata, the program also includes Vaughan Williams’ shimmering Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Stravinsky’s cheery Pulcinella Suite with solos from many principal players. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by BMO Wealth Management. Most tickets $25.

 

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Thu 6/7/18 7:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MENDELSSOHN’S “ITALIAN” <em>and</em> HAYDN
June 15-17, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Imagine lush green olive groves, picturesque vineyards and the fresh scent of lemon and orange trees drifting in on a warm, summer breeze. Mendelssohn’s long-awaited journey to Italy inspired this cheerful Fourth Symphony, one of his most vibrant and popular works. From beginning to end, the “Italian” Symphony is jam-packed with energy, lovely melodies and gorgeous orchestral writing. Superb violinist Augustin Hadelich solos in Haydn’s beautiful First Violin Concerto, one of the most-performed violin concertos of the mid-18th century, and the mesmerizing “Concentric Paths” by contemporary composer Thomas Adès.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 6/15/18 8:00PM
Sat 6/16/18 8:00PM
Sun 6/17/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein</em></h2>
SEASON FINALE FANTASTIQUE <em>with</em> BERNSTEIN
June 22-24, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

The Kansas City Symphony 2017-18 season finale will set your heart and soul ablaze with two theatrical masterpieces. In Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a lovesick composer plunges into a deep sleep where he encounters a series of visions involving his beloved, culminating in the stunning “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath.” Almost two centuries after its stunning premiere, Symphonie fantastique remains one of concert music’s wildest adventures. Inspired by W.H. Auden’s “fascinating and hair-raising poem,” Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety features a central section where the solo piano emerges as the protagonist (perhaps Bernstein, himself) in this larger-than-life human drama.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 6/22/18 8:00PM
Sat 6/23/18 8:00PM
Sun 6/24/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™ IN CONCERT
September 6-7, 9, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages will experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony as Harry soars across the big screen. From the moment Harry first uses the Marauder’s Map to when the Patronus Charm bursts from his wand, you’ll be transported back into the world you love.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © and ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Thu 9/6/18 7:00PM
Fri 9/7/18 7:00PM
Sun 9/9/18 4:00PM