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Kansas City Symphony's Bank of America Celebration at the Station
Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m.

Union Station

The best Memorial Day Weekend event in the Midwest returns for its 13th rousing year. Music Director Michael Stern conducts a spectacular patriotic concert by the Kansas City Symphony, presented by Bank of America. This FREE performance is followed by Kansas City’s largest fireworks display. Picnic on the north lawn of the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial while enjoying fabulous pre-concert entertainment. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. The Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo and pre-concert entertainment begin at 3:30 p.m. Media support from KCPT Channel 19, Fox 4 and the Cumulus Radio Group.

May 29 - 31, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Israeli-born conductor, violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman is one of the world’s great musical geniuses. He returns to Helzberg Hall to one of Bach’s most famous works, the Double Concerto, with Concertmaster Noah Geller. Zukerman also performs Hindemith’s Trauermusik, a touching work for viola and string orchestra. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Second Symphony, one of his most energetic and cheerful works. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Violin/Viola Master Class with Pinchas Zukerman
Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor, teacher and chamber musician. On Saturday, May 30, he will coach two students on musical technique and artistry as part of the Inside Music master class series. Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, May 11. 

This event is general admission, and reservations are required. Parking in the Arts District Garage is $8 at the gate. Reservations can be made after July 21, 2014.
Sat 5/30/15 11:00AM

June 5-7, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Music Director Michael Stern is back on the podium to begin these concerts with Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde. Then, German violinist Augustin Hadelich takes the stage to perform the popular Bruch concerto. Schoenberg’s strikingly beautiful Verklärte Nacht is a highly tonal reflection of finding redemption, which sets the stage for Ravel’s passionate and flowing music for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. Ovation & Masterworks Series
Fri 6/5/15 8:00PM
Sat 6/6/15 8:00PM
Sun 6/7/15 2:00PM

June 10, 2015 | 7 p.m. Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Aram Demirjian, associate conductor


There is hardly another composer to be found in Hollywood who is as multifaceted as Randy Newman. With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer, with scores including "Ragtime," "Awakenings," "The Natural," "James and the Giant Peach," "Meet the Parents," "Seabiscuit" and "The Princess and the Frog." He has scored seven Disney-Pixar films: "Toy Story," "A Bug’s Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "Cars," "Toy Story 3," and most recently, "Monsters University." His many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He is also a Disney Legend Award recipient. Most recently, Newman was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in June 2014. Don’t miss this! Randy Newman will perform hit after hit with the Kansas City Symphony in a very special one-night only experience.

Wed 6/10/15 7:00PM

Free Happy Hour: Shostakovich and Stravinsky
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6 p.m. Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Our final free happy hour concert of the season puts Russian composers in the spotlight. Enjoy Stravinksy's Soldier's Tale Suite and the String Quartet No. 8 by Shostakovich. Lobby bars open at 5 p.m., with our casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting March 16.
Thu 6/11/15 6:00PM

Stravinksy's <em> Soldier's Tale</em>: Music in the Wake of World War I

June, 15, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.

J.C. Nichols Auditorium | National WWI Musem


Michael Stern, music director


Music in the immediate aftermath of World War I reflected the fundamental shifts of that chaotic time. Finding new pathways, Igor Stravinsky explored some of those possibilities in A Soldier’s Tale. Listen to musicians of the Kansas City Symphony perform this compelling work on Monday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. in J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum. A panel discussion including Symphony Music Director Michael Stern and WWI Museum President/CEO Matthew Naylor follows the performance. Reserve your free general admission tickets now. (Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with small plates and beverages available for purchase.)

Mon 6/15/15 6:30PM

June 19-21, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto has it all: gorgeous melodies and technically demanding piano lines that only Tchaikovsky could write. Aptly matched for this Russian masterpiece is Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko. Arguably autobiographical in nature, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben includes quotations from his earlier works. Convinced that French horns best expressed heroism, this masterwork calls for eight to complement the large orchestra. Hear the hero’s theme, his battles, ensuing peace, and finally, his retirement from the mortal world. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Fri 6/19/15 8:00PM
Sat 6/20/15 8:00PM
Sun 6/21/15 2:00PM

Kansas City Symphony Student Season Pass

September 18-20, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


The triumphant opening weekend concerts feature fabulous Symphony musicians in three virtuosic pieces — Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns, the Suite from Walter Piston’s The Incredible Flutist and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon. From Shostakovich’s whirlwind Festive Overture to Ravel’s seductive and intoxicating Boléro, don’t miss what is sure to be an impressive season opener. Ovation & Masterworks Series
Fri 9/18/15 8:00PM
Sat 9/19/15 8:00PM
Sun 9/20/15 2:00PM

Sunday, September 27,2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


PROJECT Trio — Greg Pattillo (flute), Eric Stephenson (cello) and Peter Seymour (double bass) — is not your everyday young, classically-trained chamber trio. One of the least likely trio combinations of all time, together with your Kansas City Symphony, explore some of your favorite tunes with a contemporary twist. Along with Rossini’s classic Overture to William Tell, the program includes a beatbox tutorial and original pieces by PROJECT Trio.
Sun 9/27/15 2:00PM

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Actress and recording artist Kristin Chenoweth has effortlessly transitioned between stage, television, and film over the past decade. She received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on Pushing Daisies and a Tony for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as nominations for her roles in Fox's Glee and Broadway's Wicked. Chenoweth brings her beautiful voice and electric personality to Helzberg Hall in this Kansas City Young Audiences benefit concert for arts education. Tickets $49-$119.

Sat 10/3/15 8:00PM

October 23-25, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


A night of opera at Helzberg Hall! The powerful 160-voice Chorus joins Michael Stern and the Symphony to perform famous excerpts from beloved Italian operas. From the sparkling Overture of Rossini’s comic opera, The Italian Girl in Algiers, to highlights of Puccini’s best work, to the Triumphal March from the grandest of grand operas, Aida, you’ll be swept off your feet. Bravo & Masterworks Series
Fri 10/23/15 8:00PM
Sat 10/24/15 8:00PM
Sun 10/25/15 2:00PM

Thursday, October 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Celebrate a spine-tingling Halloween in Helzberg Hall, if you dare, as the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ provides the soundtrack for this restored version of the 1920 silent classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Starring legendary leading man John Barrymore in the notorious title roles, this eerie screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale is a perfectly fun and ghoulish way to spend a spooky night at the Kauffman Center.

Thu 10/29/15 7:00PM

October 30-31, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Relive the magic of the Fab Four with a thrilling Beatles retrospective that features chart-topping tunes complete with original arrangements. From early Beatles favorites through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is an authentic concert experience with hits such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Let It Be.” Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, and enjoy the classical/rock blend on “I Am the Walrus.”

Fri 10/30/15 8:00PM
Sat 10/31/15 8:00PM

November 12 & 14, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Director J.J. Abrams re-invigorated the iconic Star Trek franchise with one of the most exciting and irresistible blockbusters in recent movie-going history, “Star Trek (2009).” Reach warp speed as you watch the entire film on the giant Helzberg Hall screen and experience composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling scores performed live by the Kansas City Symphony, boldly going where no orchestra has gone before!

Thu 11/12/15 7:00PM
Sat 11/14/15 7:00PM

November 20-22, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Experience three 19th-century orchestral masterworks led by distinguished American conductor, David Zinman. Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, a genial and playful work, contrasts with the gripping Coriolan Overture, a musical portrait both of the Roman leader and, perhaps, Beethoven as well. Brahms’ youthful and romantic First Serenade rounds out the program, brimming with spirit and gorgeous melodies. Ovation & Masterworks Series
Fri 11/20/15 8:00PM
Sat 11/21/15 8:00PM
Sun 11/22/15 2:00PM

November 27-29, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

The Symphony celebrates the beauty and mystery of Spain with guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto as they perform excerpts from Albéniz’s masterpiece, Ibéria, and pianist Benjamin Hochmann plays de Falla’s brilliant Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Traveling onward, hear why Russian composer Prokofiev so aptly characterized his Fifth Symphony “as a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit, a song of praise of free and happy mankind.” Bravo & Masterworks Series
Fri 11/27/15 8:00PM
Sat 11/28/15 8:00PM
Sun 11/29/15 2:00PM

December 3-6, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


More than 250 powerful voices make this the Messiah performance of the year! The Independence Messiah Choir joins with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus to continue the 99-year tradition of performing Handel’s glorious Messiah. Witness this choral masterpiece in the acoustically precise Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. It’s the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.

Thu 12/3/15 7:00PM
Fri 12/4/15 8:00PM
Sat 12/5/15 8:00PM
Sun 12/6/15 2:00PM

December 11, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Former Tonight Show bandleader and trumpet legend Doc Severinsen is still swingin’! Doc brings his sparkling personality and outrageous outfits to the Helzberg Hall stage for one festive evening, filled with songs of the season and timeless classics. Don’t miss the sequins and showmanship as Doc Severinsen and his band perform with a large chorus and the Kansas City Symphony in a concert that is sure to dazzle and delight!

Fri 12/11/15 8:00PM

Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Share this joyous concert tradition with family and friends, as your Symphony and Symphony Chorus perform cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season. Amazingly talented special guests plus an early visit from Santa will fill you with holiday spirit. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary.

Thu 12/17/15 7:00PM
Fri 12/18/15 8:00PM
Sat 12/19/15 1:00PM
Sat 12/19/15 8:00PM
Sun 12/20/15 2:00PM
Sun 12/20/15 7:00PM
Tue 12/22/15 7:00PM

January 8-10, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


The celebrated American conductor Robert Spano leads a program replete with British composers. The concert opens with an excerpt from Oliver Knussen’s opera, based upon the children’s book Higglety, Pigglety Pop! Cellist Timotheos Petrin makes his KCS debut in Elgar’s Concerto, which mirrors the troubled soul of a man who witnessed the horrors of World War I. Vaughan Williams’ “London” Symphony, written before the Great War’s outbreak, is an affectionate tribute to the city. Bravo & Masterworks Series
Fri 1/8/16 8:00PM
Sat 1/9/16 8:00PM
Sun 1/10/16 2:00PM

January 15-17, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

The legendary Midori will dazzle audiences with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. A virtuoso tour-de-force from start to finish, the piece is one of the most popular and thrilling works in the repertoire. Fancy Free, Bernstein’s youthful, exuberant ballet depicting a trio of sailors on 24-hour shore leave, opens the program. Capping off the colorful concert is Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka, the tragic story of a puppet who comes to life, only to be murdered by his rival. Ovation & Masterworks Series
Fri 1/15/16 8:00PM
Sat 1/16/16 8:00PM
Sun 1/17/16 2:00PM


January 22-23, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Movies just aren’t the same without the music, and no one writes more recognizable scores than John Williams. This musical celebration of one of the world’s most famous film composers includes favorites from “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List.” Special costumed guests to include Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C3PO and Storm Troopers — plus, a laser light show! 

Fri 1/22/16 8:00PM
Sat 1/23/16 8:00PM

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


This all-new production, set on the streets of New York City, tells the story of friendship between a newspaper boy and the great American composer, George Gershwin. Together they explore the vast melting pot of American music and discover the key to unlock the boy’s own musical potential. Families will be captivated by more than 20 of Gershwin’s most popular compositions from the great American Songbook, including “I Got Rhythm,” An American in Paris, Porgy and Bess, plus Rhapsody in Blue.

Sun 1/24/16 2:00PM

January 29-31, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


American pianist Jeremy Denk is the soloist in Beethoven’s final Piano Concerto, the “Emperor.” The nickname refers not to any particular member of royalty but to the Concerto’s grand and noble music. In the span of one movement lasting 20 minutes, Sibelius’ Seventh and final Symphony explores a universe of emotions. Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, a virtuoso, romantic work for large orchestral forces, depicts “the spirit that creates sorrow in doubt, (giving) itself to the torment of love.” Ovation & Masterworks Series
Fri 1/29/16 8:00PM
Sat 1/30/16 8:00PM
Sun 1/31/16 2:00PM

February 5-7, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is filled with the intense drama associated with the composer as well as episodes revealing his keen sense of humor. Brahms composed his only Violin Concerto for the great Austro-Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim. A virtuoso of our time, Vadim Gluzman, performs this Mount Everest of the concerto repertoire. John Adams wrote The Chairman Dances — Foxtrot for Orchestra as a separate, musical response to his opera, Nixon in China, which was inspired by Madame Mao Zedong’s prior life as a movie actress. Bravo & Masterworks Series
Fri 2/5/16 8:00PM
Sat 2/6/16 8:00PM
Sun 2/7/16 2:00PM

2016 at 8 p.m.
February 14 at 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Amy Grant is beloved for her No. 1 hits such as “Baby, Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love is For,” “I Will Remember You,” “El Shaddai” and others. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and has won six Grammy® Awards. She has always found a way to share her life through her music, and in the process has become not only the best-selling inspirational artist of all time but also one of the most celebrated artists in pop music. Her songs continue to be part of the fabric of life for long-time listeners and brand new fans.

Fri 2/12/16 8:00PM
Sat 2/13/16 8:00PM
Sun 2/14/16 7:00PM

March 4-6, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Russian composer Liadov confessed: “Give me fairies and dragons, mermaids and goblins and I’m thoroughly happy.” The Enchanted Lake is a captivating example of his affection for these fantastic tales. Piano Concerto No. 2 by Russian composer and pianist Rachmaninoff is a work brimming with gorgeous, unforgettable melody and virtuoso brilliance. Copland composed his Third Symphony after World War II, and he “intended to reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the time.” The finale of this great American Symphony includes his beloved Fanfare for the Common Man. Bravo & Masterworks
Fri 3/4/16 8:00PM
Sat 3/5/16 8:00PM
Sun 3/6/16 2:00PM

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


The Kansas City Symphony GLEEfully welcomes Emmy, Golden-Globe and Tony-nominated star Matthew Morrison for this one-night-only performance. Best known for his role as the optimistic high school glee club director Will Schuester on the TV show “Glee,” Morrison is no stranger to a career filled with song and dance. Morrison joins your Kansas City Symphony to perform Broadway hits from his latest album, Where It All Began, and Sinatra standards including “Luck Be a Lady” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.” This concert will be performed without an intermission.

Sat 3/19/16 8:00PM

April 1-3, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Written during the last year of his tragically brief life, Mozart’s final Piano Concerto No. 27 is a hauntingly beautiful and introspective work. The gifted young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Kansas City Symphony debut with the expressive Concerto. Mahler was at the outset of his career when he completed his First Symphony. Mahler told a friend his emotions “gushed forth like an impetuous torrent … At a single blow, all the floodgates were opened within me!” The First remains Mahler’s most beloved Symphony. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Fri 4/1/16 8:00PM
Sat 4/2/16 8:00PM
Sun 4/3/16 2:00PM

April 8-10, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Take a trip without leaving town! Gershwin portrays the City of Light through one of the most treasured American concert works, An American in Paris. Debussy’s tribute to Spain, Ibéria, earned the fervent admiration of Spanish composer de Falla, who praised the French composer’s “intensely expressive and richly varied music.” Guest violinist Bella Hristova lends her virtuoso talents to David Ludwig's Violin Concerto, a piece co-commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. Before the French and Spanish voyage, listen for the adaptation of several church hymns in Ives’ touching Third Symphony, “The Camp Meeting.” Ovation& Masterworks Series
Fri 4/8/16 8:00PM
Sat 4/9/16 8:00PM
Sun 4/10/16 2:00PM

April 15-16, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


From the “Toy Story” trilogy to “The Incredibles” and “Up,” Pixar Animation Studios have forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. With visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, “Monsters University,” Pixar in Concert with the Kansas City Symphony will delight kids of all ages.

Fri 4/15/16 8:00PM
Sat 4/16/16 8:00PM
Sun 4/17/16 2:00PM

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Transport your family to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. This concert highlights the magical mood-setting music featured in the movies, complete with presentations by an illusionist. Even Muggles are sure to have fun!
Sun 4/24/16 2:00PM

May 20-22, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Composed around the same time as Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony, “Polish,” celebrates the spirit of the dance, culminating in a brilliant Polonaise, the source of the work’s nickname. Hymne à la justice is French composer Magnard’s powerful and heartfelt musical protest of the conviction and imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus. Baritone Stephen Powell is the soloist in the world premiere of a symphony by the gifted American composer, Jonathan Leshnoff. Bravo & Masterworks Series
Fri 5/20/16 8:00PM
Sat 5/21/16 8:00PM
Sun 5/22/16 2:00PM

June 3-5, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


In a program opening with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, Jeffrey Kahane is both pianist and conductor. Written after the French composer’s United States concert tour, the work is a vibrant, jazzy affair. Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 is one of the composer’s most sparkling works, with delightful surprises at every turn. The program concludes with The Water Goblin and The Wood Dove, two musical depictions of the supernatural by Dvorák. Ovation & Masterworks Series
Fri 6/3/16 8:00PM
Sat 6/4/16 8:00PM
Sun 6/5/16 2:00PM

June 16-19, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


The grand finale of the season features three majestic works for chorus and orchestra. Beethoven maintained a lifelong admiration for the great German poet, Goethe. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is a setting of two Goethe poems that journey from hushed mystery to triumph. Shostakovich wrote his youthful Symphony No. 2, “To October,” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Beethoven’s epic final Symphony, culminating in the composer’s revolutionary and inspirational setting of Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” caps the season in glorious, heavenly sounds. Ovation & Masterworks Series
Thu 6/16/16 7:00PM
Fri 6/17/16 8:00PM
Sat 6/18/16 8:00PM
Sun 6/19/16 2:00PM