Upcoming Concerts

<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


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Tue 4/24/18 6:00PM

AUDRA McDONALD <em>with the</em><br/>
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>

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.


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Tue 5/15/18 6:00PM

SYMPHONY CHORUS <em>presents</em><br/>
May 20, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Join us for this very special afternoon performance of Duruflé’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. Note: The Kansas City Symphony does not perform during this presentation.

Sun 5/20/18 3:00PM

<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
A soothing evening of meditation and music
May 30, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Prepare to unwind as our certified Relax and Renew® trainer Anita Bailey coaches you through various breathing and meditation techniques. Symphony musicians will perform selections to assist in your relaxation.

Wed 5/30/18 6:30PM

<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>
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.

Sat 6/2/18 9:30AM
Sat 6/2/18 10:30AM
Sat 6/2/18 11:30AM

<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
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>
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>
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>
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 © & TM Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLDTM J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Wed 9/5/18 7:00PM
Thu 9/6/18 7:00PM
Fri 9/7/18 7:00PM
Sun 9/9/18 4:00PM

September 22, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Broadway’s Hamilton star comes to Kansas City! From his Tony® Award-winning role as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s hottest hit, Leslie Odom Jr. joins the Kansas City Symphony for an evening of music that will lift you up and fill you with hope. This concert is a benefit for Turn the Page KC, which is making strides to improve our community’s third-grade reading proficiency. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Turn the Page KC’s Executive Director Mike English at menglish@turnthepagekc.org or (816) 718-8926.

Tickets on sale March 6 @ 10 am.


Sat 9/22/18 8:00PM

September 29, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


The immensely talented multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has found legions of fans of his distinct indie rock style, blending swing, gypsy, calypso and folk -- all delivered with his virtuosic abilities. A classically trained violinist, former member of the band Squirrel Nut Zippers, and an expert whistler (for real!), you have never seen or heard anyone or anything like Andrew Bird. Don’t miss an incredibly fun Symphony performance showcasing great music and musicianship with seating in the round at Helzberg Hall.

Sat 9/29/18 8:00PM

<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
November 30, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


The Texas Tenors quickly moved beyond Branson and became nationwide fan favorites after their appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” These tenors are as comfortable in an opera or with an orchestra as they are on an Ozark stage. JC Fisher, John Hagen and Marcus Collins have a unique style that brings a festive twist to a wide range of holiday favorites.


Fri 11/30/18 8:00PM

<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
January 3-6, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center


Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the Kansas City Symphony performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live.

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. (s18)


Thu 1/3/19 7:00PM
Fri 1/4/19 7:00PM
Sat 1/5/19 12:00PM
Sun 1/6/19 4:00PM