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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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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.

The Symphony’s Happy Hour concerts are suitable for children age 8 and older.  For younger children, please consider our Family Series concerts

 

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

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Ay me! This Classics Uncorked concert features timeless music inspired by the Bard from Mendelssohn’s classic Scherzo in A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Tchaikovsky’s epic . Plus, our friends from Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will perform excerpts from “Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Henry V” and more. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Produced in conjunction with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 25th anniversary. Most tickets $25.

 

 

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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.

The Symphony’s Happy Hour concerts are suitable for children age 8 and older.  For younger children, please consider our Family Series concerts

 

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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


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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.

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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.

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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


FIELD JOURNAL - <em>Symphony in the Flint Hills</em>

The 2017 Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal focuses on the region’s thinkers, doers, and leaders who share their thoughts and opinions on the future of the Flint Hills. Also includes contemporary images and works of artists who know and appreciate the Kansas Flint Hills, evoking themes of memory, change, and dreams of the future. You'll receive a voucher which you can redeem for a Field Journal at the June 10 event in the Field Journal tent.


SYMPHONY <em>in the</em> FLINT HILLS

June 10, 2017

Geary County, Kansas

 

Produced by Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc., the Kansas City Symphony performs classical works against a backdrop of the breathtaking Flint Hills of Kansas. The event begins at 1 p.m. with prairie education activities, guided prairie walks, catered BBQ and horse-drawn covered wagon rides. The concert begins at 6:45 p.m. and concludes at sunset when attendees can dance under the stars to old time acoustic music or star gaze.

 

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Sat 6/10/17 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


<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!!.

 

Tickets are on sale to subscribers now. Non-subscribers may purchase tickets beginning May 15 @ 10:00 am.

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


SUPERHEROES <em>at the</em> 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


<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!

 

Tickets are on sale to subscribers now. Non-subscribers may purchase tickets beginning May 15 @ 10:00 am.

Tue 10/31/17 7:00PM


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.

 

Tickets are on sale to subscribers now. Non-subscribers may purchase tickets beginning May 15 @ 10:00 am.

Sat 11/18/17 8:00PM


The 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.

 

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

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.

 

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

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


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. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

 

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

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

 

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

Sat 3/10/18 8:00PM


Audra McDonald <em>with the</em><br/>
Kansas City Symphon
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.

 

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

Sat 5/5/18 8:00PM