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<em>Screenland at the Symphony:</em></br>
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
September 8 & 10, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

J.J. Abrams’ riveting “Star Trek Into Darkness” soars onto the giant screen in Helzberg Hall with your Kansas City Symphony performing Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live. Starring the brilliant super-villain Benedict Cumberbatch, you’ll be left screaming just one word — KHAAANNNN!!.

Fri 9/8/17 7:00PM
Sun 9/10/17 4:00PM


<h2><em>Opening Weekend!</em></h2>
RACHMANINOFF and <em>CAPRICCIO ESPAGNOL</em>
September 15-17, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Music Director Michael Stern leads a trio of sensational, Russian-inspired masterpieces to launch the 2017-18 Kansas City Symphony season. From the virtuosic pyrotechnics, unforgettable melodies and lush orchestration of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto to the heartfelt homage, Odna Zhizn (A Life), by American composer Christopher Rouse, the program swells with incredible energy and life-affirming beauty. Rimsky-Korsakov wrote Capriccio espagnol as an orchestral showpiece that “was to glitter with dazzling color.”

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 9/15/17 8:00PM
Sat 9/16/17 8:00PM
Sun 9/17/17 2:00PM


MELISSA ETHERIDGE <em>with the</em><br/>
KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
September 22-24 , 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Oscar® and Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge performs her rock megahits including “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window” and “I Want to Come Over.” Proudly hailing from Leavenworth, Kan., Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most popular songs.

 

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Fri 9/22/17 8:00PM
Sat 9/23/17 8:00PM
Sun 9/24/17 7:00PM


SUPERHEROES AT THE SYMPHONY
October 1, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Kids of all ages will love the Kansas City Symphony’s musical depictions of favorite movie heroes, including Superman, The Incredibles, Indiana Jones, Rey’s Theme from “Star Wars the Force Awakens” and heroes from the classical repertoire, including music by Strauss and Wagner. Be sure to wear your favorite superhero costumes or capes!

 

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Sun 10/1/17 2:00PM


BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY<br/>
<em>A benefit concert for Kansas City Young Audiences</em>
October 7, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

As a Tony Award®-winning baritone, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a wildly successful career on Broadway, television and film. Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by the New York Times, Mitchell joins the Kansas City Symphony in this exclusive concert benefitting Kansas City Young Audiences. His repertoire for the evening will feature some best-loved classics from Broadway and beyond, including “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific, “Stars” from Les Misérables, a Gershwin medley (“S’wonderful,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” “Our Love is Here to Stay”) and “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha.

Sat 10/7/17 8:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
DVORÁK’S EIGHTH <em>with</em> SHOSTAKOVICH
October 27-29, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony overflows with optimism, melodic genius and the Czech composer’s love for folk melodies of his native land. Spanning from dark and brooding to wild and fervent, Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is an intensely personal and technically demanding work that weaves the composer’s signature musical motif throughout. This Kansas City Symphony concert also includes Suk’s Fantastic Scherzo, a brilliant work with fetching dance rhythms and melodies saturated with shimmering orchestral colors.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 10/27/17 8:00PM
Sat 10/28/17 8:00PM
Sun 10/29/17 2:00PM


<em>Screenland at the Symphony:</em> <br/>
NOSFERATU
October 31, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

“Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror” (1922) was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Nearly all copies of the film were destroyed under court order, but one print survived and came to be regarded as a masterpiece. Celebrate Halloween by experiencing this bizarre and chilling silent film classic on the giant Helzberg Hall screen with live thundering accompaniment by organist Dorothy Papadakos on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. If you liked last season’s sold-out “Phantom of the Opera” silent film with organ concert, you’ll love “Nosferatu.” Costumes encouraged!

Tue 10/31/17 7:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
BRAHMS’ REQUIEM <em>and the</em> FRENCH IMPRESSIONISTS
November 3-4, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Truly magnificent! The Kansas City Symphony and Chorus will fill Helzberg Hall with massive, sweeping sound as they present this monument of the choral repertoire, Brahms’ majestic German Requiem. To complement, the concert begins with masterworks by two French Impressionists. Experience Ravel’s hypnotic Pavane and two magical Debussy Nocturnes — “Nuages” (Clouds) and “Fêtes” (Festivals) — with their transparent orchestrations, exotic harmonies and elusive rhythms that mirror the aesthetics of the Impressionist visual artists.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 11/3/17 8:00PM
Sat 11/4/17 8:00PM
Sun 11/5/17 2:00PM


THE FIREBIRD
November 12, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A captivating tale for the ages is reimagined through imaginative storytelling and striking theatrical effects. This innovative production is complete with an enchanted tree bearing golden apples, lightning bolts burning through the sky and stone statues coming to life. Weaving together physical theatre, masks, puppetry, shadow play and magic with the evocative music of Stravinsky’s Firebird, your family will be mesmerized by this Kansas City Symphony family concert.

 

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Sun 11/12/17 2:00PM


QUEEN'S GREATEST HITS<br/>
<em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
November 18, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Who isn’t familiar with the classic tunes of Queen? This electrifying tribute has garnered critical acclaim from around the country for staying true to the original recordings with great vocals and stellar harmonies. The genius of Freddie Mercury comes alive with high energy versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many others.

Sat 11/18/17 8:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
ROMANTIC ROYALTY: TCHAIKOVSKY <em>and</em> CHOPIN
November 24-26, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Passion and drama reign supreme in this concert with three Romantic-era works. Tchaikovsky considered the “Pathétique” Symphony his very best, stating he “loved it as I have never loved any of my other musical offspring.” Emerging pianist Andrew Tyson stars in Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto, a marvelous display of poetry and fireworks. The second movement gushes with Chopin’s unrequited love for a beautiful soprano while the finale invokes a vibrant mazurka of his native Poland. The overture from Prince Igor launches a procession of regal brass fanfares and king-sized thrills.

 

Mastwerworks & Bravo Series

Fri 11/24/17 8:00PM
Sat 11/25/17 8:00PM
Sun 11/26/17 2:00PM


CANADIAN BRASS:<br/>
CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE!
December 1, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Hark! The herald trumpets sing — along with French horn, trombone and tuba in this most wonderful holiday concert together with your Kansas City Symphony. These five brass masters always amaze audiences with their exquisite ensemble playing, wide-ranging repertoire and the sheer joy of their music-making. Hear classic carols, sacred music along with fun Christmas tunes, such as the treasured A Charlie Brown Christmas.

 

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Fri 12/1/17 8:00PM


HANDEL'S <em>MESSIAH</em
December 9-10, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

This mosaic of the scriptures remains Handel’s most famous work, and it is one of the most triumphant choral pieces ever written. The impeccable acoustics of Helzberg Hall together with your Kansas City Symphony and Chorus make this THE Messiah performance of the season! With nearly 200 musicians and inspired special guest vocalists on stage, Messiah is sure to impress and delight you.

 

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Fri 12/8/17 7:00PM
Sat 12/9/17 7:00PM
Sun 12/10/17 2:00PM


CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
December 15-19, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

We’re sending a musical Christmas card to you! Join the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus for this spectacular holiday celebration filled with lush symphonic arrangements of Christmas classics, fresh versions of your favorite carols, and many melodic surprises. Share the spirit of the season with your entire family as you enjoy enchanting performances by the Symphony, Symphony Chorus, Allegro Children’s Choir, the Rezound! Handbell Ensemble and a special early visit from Santa Claus! At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling piece of diamond jewelry from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary.

 

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Fri 12/15/17 7:00PM
Sat 12/16/17 1:00PM
Sat 12/16/17 7:00PM
Sun 12/17/17 2:00PM
Sun 12/17/17 7:00PM
Mon 12/18/17 7:00PM
Tue 12/19/17 7:00PM


<strong>DISNEY IN CONCERT: TIM BURTON'S</strong><br/>
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
December 22-23, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

What’s this, what’s this?! It’s the wildly inventive world of Tim Burton’s macabre classic shown in its entirety on a huge screen in Helzberg Hall for this Screenland at the Symphony presentation. Danny Elfman’s rambunctious, colorful score will roar to life in the hands of the Kansas City Symphony as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King’s quest to seize Christmas.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All Rights Reserved

 

Tickets are on sale to subscribers now. Non-subscribers may purchase tickets beginning July 24 @ 10:00 am.

Fri 12/22/17 7:00PM
Sat 12/23/17 1:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
GELLER <em>and</em> GROSSMAN <em>play</em> MOZART <em>plus</em> SIBELIUS’ FIFTH
January 12-14, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Awaken the senses with Sibelius’ heroic Fifth Symphony, a rollercoaster of texture, mood and sound that culminates in an all-out, full-blown triumph. Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante highlights some of his most eloquent and utterly divine string writing ever, particularly in the slow-tempo second movement. The work features Kansas City Symphony’s own Miller Nichols Concertmaster Noah Geller and Principal Violist Christine Grossman as soloists. Renowned Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen wrote LA Variations to showcase orchestral “virtuosity and power.”

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 1/12/18 8:00PM
Sat 1/13/18 8:00PM
Sun 1/14/18 2:00PM


THE BEST <em>of</em> RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN:<br/>
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING
January 19-21, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Celebrate the golden age of Broadway when New York Pops Music Director Steven Reineke brings the legendary music of Rodgers and Hammerstein to life. Don’t miss this memorable program of musical favorites from Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and many more, along with your Kansas City Symphony and Chorus.

 

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Fri 1/19/18 8:00PM
Sat 1/20/18 8:00PM
Sun 1/21/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MAHLER’S SEVENTH
January 26-28, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Music Director Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in debut performances of Mahler’s Seventh — an epic work that traverses a staggering variety of subjects and moods. The first four movements depict various aspects of nature and the mysteries of the night. Out of darkness, the finale emerges with radiant, euphoric sunshine. Scholars suggest the Seventh portrays the contrast of Mahler’s peaceful summers in the idyllic Austrian countryside with the frenzied schedule he maintained the rest of the year in Vienna.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 1/26/18 8:00PM
Sat 1/27/18 8:00PM
Sun 1/28/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein:</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA” <em>with</em> BERNSTEIN’S SERENADE
February 2-4, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

In honor of countless contributions to American music, the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern join in the worldwide celebration of the incomparable Leonard Bernstein, who would have been 100 in 2018. Bernstein’s lyrical Serenade culminates in a jazzy episode with the arrival of a band of drunken revelers. The first two chords of Beethoven’s Third Symphony launch a musical odyssey that includes an epic battle, a solemn march, a joyous scherzo, and a breathtaking theme and variations finale that hurtles the “Eroica” to its triumphant conclusion.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 2/2/18 8:00PM
Sat 2/3/18 8:00PM
Sun 2/4/18 2:00PM


A TRIBUTE <em>to</em> KANSAS CITY JAZZ:<br/>
<em>From</em> BASIE <em>to</em> BEBOP <em>featuring</em> BOBBY WATSON
February 9-11, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

From the great Count Basie to Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson, the Kansas City Symphony pays tribute to Kansas City’s homegrown jazz musicians and timeless tunes. Special appearances by trumpet player Herman Mehari and Chuck Haddix, the producer of KCUR-FM’s “Fish Fry.” You’ll love this saucy, special performance of KC jazz, presented in association with the American Jazz Museum.

 

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Fri 2/9/18 8:00PM
Sat 2/10/18 8:00PM
Sun 2/11/18 2:00PM


HARRY POTTER AND THE<br/>
CHAMBER OF SECRETS ™ IN CONCERT
February 15-18, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The Harry Potter ™ Film Concert Series continues with “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™.” John Williams’ renowned score will be performed by the Kansas City Symphony as the entire film is projected simultaneously on the big screen in Helzberg Hall.

 

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING'S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

Thu 2/15/18 7:00PM
Fri 2/16/18 7:00PM
Sat 2/17/18 4:00PM
Sun 2/18/18 2:00PM


<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.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

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


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


THE MUSIC OF PRINCE<br/>
<em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
March 10, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Let’s go crazy! Prince Rogers Nelson left us unexpectedly on April 21, 2016. We’ll celebrate this musical icon who masterfully mixed pop, rock, R&B, jazz, soul and funk. Prince’s music lives on in our Kansas City Symphony tribute complete with a full rock band. You’ll hear all of the hits, from “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” to “Little Red Corvette” and “Kiss.”

 

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Sat 3/10/18 8:00PM


<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.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

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


<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.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 3/23/18 8:00PM
Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM
Sun 3/25/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN, TCHAIKOVSKY & 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.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

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


<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 8:00PM
Sun 4/22/18 2:00PM


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.

 

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Sat 5/5/18 8:00PM


<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>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.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

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