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SCHUBERT’S “UNFINISHED”<br />
SYMPHONY <em>with</em> MAHLER
February 24-26, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

No one is certain why Schubert completed only two movements of what, by tradition, would have been a four-movement symphony. Nevertheless, the surviving movements of the “Unfinished” Symphony stand proudly together and comprise one of the most eloquent orchestral works of all time. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) is Mahler’s setting for tenor, mezzo-soprano and orchestra of 8th-century Chinese poems, translated into German. The Song of the Earth features some of the most stunning and evocative music ever written by its landmark composer, and its great depth offers listeners an incredibly moving and powerful symphonic experience. Tickets for this Kansas City Symphony program start at $25.
Masterworks and Ovation Series


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


<h2><b><em>Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series</em></b></h2>
JULIAN KAPLAN, TRUMPET
February 25, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

It’s all about the trumpet as the Kansas City Symphony’s very own James B. and Annabel Nutter Principal Trumpet Julian Kaplan shares his musical insights with two area students on stage in Helzberg Hall. This event is perfect for performers and non-performers alike! Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, February 6. This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Sat 2/25/17 11:00AM


<h2><b><em>Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series</em></b></h2>
SIDE <em>by</em> SIDE <em>with the</em><br/>
YOUTH SYMPHONY <em>of</em> KANSAS CITY
March 1, 2017
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. Assistant Conductor Jason Seber will lead this open rehearsal. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Wed 3/1/17 10:00AM


AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
March 5, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join Phileas Fogg as he sets sail on massive steamer ships, boards lightning fast locomotives and hops on an elephant for a frantic race to the finish line in this near impossible challenge. The Kansas City Symphony and local theatre artist Alex Espy present this world premiere adaptation, bringing Jules Verne’s enduring classic to life through inventive staging and storytelling, puppetry and a specially curated collection of symphonic favorites. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime! Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Sun 3/5/17 2:00PM


BEN FOLDS <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
March 11, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds returns to join forces with the Kansas City Symphony. First as the leader of critically-acclaimed band Ben Folds Five and now as a solo artist, his career includes multiple studio and live albums, a remix record, music for television and film, plus numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance with Ben Folds and your Kansas City Symphony! Tickets start at $50.

 

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HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: SIBELIUS’ SECOND
March 24-26, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

At a time when Finland was under Russian domination, Sibelius’ Second Symphony was viewed as a message of hope. Today, the fiercely dramatic and ultimately triumphant work is one of Sibelius’ most-loved compositions. The sparkling overture to Danish composer Nielsen’s opera, Maskarade, sets the stage for a tale of romance and mistaken identity. American virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers stars in not one, but two works for violin and orchestra — the world premiere of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s newest violin concerto and Ravel’s Tzigane, inspired by vibrant Gypsy music. Masterworks and Ovation Series


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Fri 3/24/17 8:00PM
Sat 3/25/17 8:00PM
Sun 3/26/17 2:00PM


<h2><b><em>Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series</em></b></h2>
VIOLINIST ANNE AKIKO MEYERS
March 25, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Witness incredible coaching as virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers welcomes two students to perform on stage in Helzberg Hall. This event will also feature a Q&A with Music Director Michael Stern and Meyers, who is in town to perform with the Kansas City Symphony. Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, March 6.

 

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Sat 3/25/17 11:00AM


YOU HAD ME <em>at</em> CELLO
March 29, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Bring your friends and co-workers to the Kansas City Symphony for a delightful FREE chamber music performance by our musicians. This programs features two Piazzolla tangos arranged for cello quartet, plus Schubert’s String Quintet, coined the “Cello Quintet” for its extra cello part. Cash bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m.

 

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Media support provided by The Pitch

Wed 3/29/17 6:00PM


CLASSICS UNCORKED: SHAKESPEARE <em>in</em> MUSIC
April 4, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

As Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage!” This Kansas City Symphony concert, produced in conjunction with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 25th anniversary, features timeless music inspired by the Bard’s greatest comedies, tragedies and histories. From Mendelssohn’s classic Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Tchaikovsky’s epic Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy — this concert is sure to awaken the poet in you. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Most tickets $25.

 

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Media support provided by The Pitch

Tue 4/4/17 7:00PM


BOND <em>and</em> BEYOND: 50 YEARS <em>of</em> 007
April 13-15, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Bond. James Bond. Celebrate the world’s most famous spy with the music you know and love from “Casino Royale,” “Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Skyfall” and more, plus tributes to other spies and detectives from around the world including music from “The Pink Panther,” “Austin Powers” and “Dick Tracy.”


Official Hotel

Thu 4/13/17 7:00PM
Fri 4/14/17 8:00PM
Sat 4/15/17 8:00PM


20th-CENTURY TREASURES
April 18, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Who couldn’t use a happy hour to brighten the week? Savor this FREE performance of William Bolcom’s Three Rags for String Quartet, Dutilleux’s Ainsi la Nuit and Eric Ewazen’s Colchester Fantasy. Presented by the Kansas City Symphony, cash bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m.

 

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Media support provided by The Pitch

Tue 4/18/17 6:00PM


2017 Cabaret Concert:<br/>
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
April 23, 2017
Embassy Suites, KCI
7640 Tiffany Springs Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64153

Listen to the Kansas City Symphony perform familiar pieces from The Great American Songbook at the 2017 Cabaret Concert hosted by the Kansas City Symphony Guild. Begin your evening by mingling with friends as you bid on remarkable silent auction items. Then enjoy a delicious dinner, exciting live auction and entertaining concert conducted by Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Assistant Conductor.

Sun 4/23/17 4:00PM


WAR <em>and</em> REMEMBRANCE <em>with</em> BRITTEN
May 5-7, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

In Britten’s War Requiem, the English composer combines musical settings of the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with searing, graphic World War I poems by Wilfred Owen. Britten’s condemnation of the horrors of war leaves an impact long after the haunting final notes have sounded. Michael Stern, the Kansas City Symphony, Chorus and a trio of superb international vocal soloists join together for this unforgettable concert experience.

Masterworks and Bravo Series

Fri 5/5/17 8:00PM
Sat 5/6/17 8:00PM
Sun 5/7/17 2:00PM


<h2><b><em>Charles and Virginia Clark Inside Music Series</em></b></h2>
SOPRANO CHRISTINE BREWER
May 6, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Helzberg Hall will be filled with song as celebrated soprano Christine Brewer welcomes two area students to perform. Brewer, who is in town to perform Britten’s War Requiem with the Kansas City Symphony, will share her expertise and answer audience questions as part of this free Inside Music event. Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, April 17.

 

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Sat 5/6/17 11:00AM


CLASSICS UNCORKED: SHALL WE DANCE?
May 18, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Tap your toes, twirl your partner and sway through the evening with symphonic dance music performed by your Kansas City Symphony! Soar through the sky with Stravinsky’s Firebird, revel in Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, celebrate Americana with Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo, and even sample some techno with Mason Bates’ “Warehouse Medicine” from The B-Sides. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Most tickets $25.

Media support provided by The Pitch

Thu 5/18/17 7:00PM


AX <em>plays</em> MOZART<br />
<em>and</em> STRAUSS’ MERRY PRANKS
June 2-4, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax performs two superb Mozart works — the intricate Piano Concerto No. 16 and his 19th piano concerto, which was played at the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II in 1790. Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks, a composition recounting the tomfoolery and mischief of a famous German folklore rascal, is an orchestral tour-de-force from start to finish.

Masterworks and Bravo Series

 

G. KENNETH & ANN BAUM CONCERT COMMENTS will not be presented in Helzberg Hall prior to performances with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus

Fri 6/2/17 8:00PM
Sat 6/3/17 8:00PM
Sun 6/4/17 2:00PM


CLASSICS UNCORKED: THE ARCHITECTURE <em>of</em> MUSIC
June 7, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Famed German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music.” Come explore the blueprints of towering symphonies, concertos and more with the Kansas City Symphony. Compelling movements from Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony balance Ives’ rowdy Variations on “America” and the colorful Rondeau from Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Most tickets $25.

Media support provided by The Pitch

Wed 6/7/17 7:00PM


Doc Severinsen <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

June 8, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Celebrate Doc Severinsen’s 90th birthday in this tour-de-force concert. Doc pays tribute to the American Songbook and Big Band eras, while sharing favorite stories of his incredible 70 year career. Doc’s masterful trumpet playing and connection to the music makes this an evening you’ll remember forever. Enjoy hits like “Summertime,” “September Song,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “I Got it Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” plus many special surprises!


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Thu 6/8/17 7:00PM


SEASON FINALE: RACHMANINOFF’S SECOND<br />
<em>and</em> BARBER’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
June 16-18, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

A sizzling season finale! Let the passionate melodies and lush orchestration of Rachmaninoff wash over you as Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony bring the 2016-17 season to a glorious close with the Russian composer’s Second Symphony. Witness Philippe Quint soar as he delivers technical fireworks and melodies in Barber’s Violin Concerto. Phenomenon, by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, “was inspired by mysterious and unexplainable natural phenomena, such as the Aurora Borealis, the Bolides, and, especially, the Naga Fireballs.”

Masterworks and Ovation Series

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


<h2>John and Marny Sherman Education Series</h2>
PETITE PERFORMANCES:<br/>
BRASS BASH
June 17, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

The final Petite Performance of the season features the beautifully boisterous Brass section! Learn all about the trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba in this fun and interactive concert designed especially for children ages 0-6. Hands on activities will follow on stage in Helzberg Hall with the Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo. Tickets are $5 per person and go on sale Monday, April 17.

 


HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE &#0153 IN CONCERT
June 21-24, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The Harry Potter ™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert features your Kansas City Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ as you follow the adventure of Harry and his friends. Audiences will relive the magic of the film in high definition on a giant screen while the orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score.

 

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)
Wed 6/21/17 7:00PM
Thu 6/22/17 7:00PM
Fri 6/23/17 7:00PM
Sat 6/24/17 2:00PM