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SPRING FLING: RAVEL <em>and</em> DVO&#344ÁK
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 Noonday Witch, 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


Free Happy Hour: THE BOULEZ/CAGE CORRESPONDENCE
June 7, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our final FREE happy hour concert of the season is the perfect way to welcome summer. Based on a book of short letters between Pierre Boulez and John Cage written between 1949 and 1954, the exploration of their music led by Principal Percussionist Christopher McLaurin features Cage’s Living Room Music, Third Construction and In a Landscape, plus Boulez’s Dérive 1. 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 April 1, 2016.

Tue 6/7/16 6:00PM


<em>Classics Uncorked:</em> Morning, Noon & Night <em>in</em> Vienna
June 8, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

For more than two centuries, Vienna was indisputably the musical capital of the world, attracting the best of the best and setting the bar by which all music and musicians were measured. This program features Viennese music in all of its brilliance, including the rousing first movement of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltzes and the grand finale of Brahms’ Second Symphony. Tickets are only $25 or $30 each and include a glass of wine or champagne after the concert, when you can mingle with Symphony musicians in the Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by BMO Private Bank.

Wed 6/8/16 7:00PM


FIVE FOR FIGHTING
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Aram Demirjian, associate conductor, David T. Beals III Chair

 

Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, best known by his stage name Five for Fighting, joins your Kansas City Symphony for one very special evening of inspired hits. Enjoy favorites like “Superman (It's Not Easy),” “The Riddle,” “Chances” and “100 Years” performed with stunning live orchestral arrangements.

Thu 6/9/16 8:00PM


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

June 11, 2016

Chase 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 6/11/16 6:45PM


SEASON FINALE: BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
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


<em>Free Concert:</em> RECORDING PREVIEW CONCERT
June 23, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join Michael Stern and your Kansas City Symphony for a concert featuring repertoire from our next exciting CD project with Reference Recordings.

Thu 6/23/16 7:00PM


THE MUSIC <em>of</em>  LED ZEPPELIN<br /> <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
September 9, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Don’t miss this spectacular tribute to rock legends Led Zeppelin, with the help of a blazing hot band, vocalist Randy Jackson, the Kansas City Symphony and an incredible light show. Audiences will rock out to classic hits like “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker” and of course, “Stairway to Heaven.”

Fri 9/9/16 8:00PM


BUCKETS ’N BOARDS
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A hilarious and high-energy show handcrafted by Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever is chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. A Branson sensation, Buckets ’N Boards is an experience sure to entertain the entire family.


DAVID BOWIE: A MUSICAL ODYSSEY <br /><em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
September 24, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Take a symphonic musical odyssey and explore the incredible range of David Bowie's music. A full rock band and guest conductor Martin Herman join your Kansas City Symphony to perform Bowie's greatest hits, such as "Space Oddity," "Changes," "Under Pressure," "Rebel Rebel," "Fame," "China Girl" and many more.

Sat 9/24/16 8:00PM


<em>Opening Weekend:</em> TCHAIKOVSKY’S FOURTH
September 30-October 2, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Thrills, chills and passion abound in the opening weekend concerts featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony — a blazing depiction of humanity’s struggle with fate. Kicking off the program is American composer Patrick Harlin’s Rapture, a work inspired by a history-making expedition into Earth’s deepest cave. Captivating violinist Stefan Jackiw also returns as soloist in a lush, romantic concerto, based on melodies from some of Korngold’s greatest film scores. Masterworks & Bravo Series


STERN CONDUCTS MOZART’S REQUIEM
October 20-23, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Mozart’s final composition — the Requiem — is a work of surpassing eloquence, beauty and power. Bask in its grace as Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony, Chorus and soloists through this transformative masterpiece. The Organ Symphony No. 1, by 19th-century French composer Alexandre Guilmant, is the ideal showcase for the renowned American virtuoso Paul Jacobs and the majestic Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ in Helzberg Hall. Masterworks & Ovation Series


<em>Screenland at the Symphony:</em><br /> THE PHANTOM <em>of the</em> OPERA
October 27, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Spend a frightful yet delightful Halloween night in Helzberg Hall. With live organ accompaniment, this classic 1929 silent film starring Lon Chaney tells the creepy tale of a demented organist lurking in the catacombs beneath the opera house. The entire movie is shown on the giant Helzberg Hall screen, with acclaimed organist Dorothy Papadakos providing the spooky soundtrack on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ.

Thu 10/27/16 7:00PM


BOYZ II MEN <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
October 28-30, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

One of the most iconic R&B groups in music history makes its debut with the Kansas City Symphony. The four-time Grammy® Award winners have thrilled audiences around the world for more than two decades with their smooth harmonies and enduring themes. Count on them for favorites like “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly” and many others.


<em>Screenland at the Symphony:</em> <br />RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
November 10 & 12, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The film that produced one of the world’s greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever. Relive the original, ultimate adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” on the silver screen as your Kansas City Symphony performs John Williams’ epic score live. Set in 1936, the U.S. Army Intelligence tasks archeology professor Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to recover the Ark of the Covenant before it falls into Nazi possession. Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero faces impossible odds to save the day. © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Thu 11/10/16 7:00PM
Sat 11/12/16 7:00PM


A VIVID AUTUMN:<br /> BEETHOVEN <em>and</em> BRAHMS
November 18-20, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Like a vibrant display of fall color, this program combines intense soundscapes with timeless appeal. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture is a stirring portrayal of one Dutch nobleman’s heroic life and death. Brahms’ radiant Second Symphony overflows with memorable melodies and familiar lullabies, culminating in one of the grandest, most uninhibited and thrilling finales the German composer ever wrote. In the tradition of such legendary pianist-composers as Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, Daniil Trifonov’s Piano Concerto reveals both his staggering technical talent and lyrical gifts. Masterworks & Ovation Series


MOZART, BEETHOVEN <em>and</em> HAYDN
November 25-27, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Two great Classical-era repertoire champions, conductor Bernard Labadie and pianist Robert Levin, join forces for a truly impressive concert. The program features two rousing overtures from Mozart operas — Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito. Set in C minor, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto foreshadows his great Fifth Symphony and showcases the soloist’s virtuosity and expressiveness. Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 is part of a series of 12 that he wrote for his two London visits. One Londoner deemed it “one of the grandest compositions we ever heard.” Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 11/25/16 8:00PM
Sat 11/26/16 8:00PM
Sun 11/27/16 2:00PM


HANDEL’S <em>MESSIAH</em>
December 1-4, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Hallelujah! The power of more than 250 voices combined with the impeccable acoustics of Helzberg Hall provides a triumphant experience of Handel’s majestic choral masterpiece. The Independence Messiah Choir joins with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus to celebrate 100 glorious years of performing Handel’s Messiah — the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.

Thu 12/1/16 7:00PM
Fri 12/2/16 8:00PM
Sat 12/3/16 8:00PM
Sun 12/4/16 2:00PM


JIM BRICKMAN <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
December 9, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Jim Brickman brings together the sounds of the season in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. Marking a 20-year tradition of holiday concerts performed around the country, Jim will showcase new music along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted Billboard® Adult Contemporary artist, earning him two Grammy® nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests and your Kansas City Symphony, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim’s beloved hits such as “Valentine,” “If You Believe,” “The Gift,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Sending You A Little Christmas.” You’ll be reminded of what we cherish most during the most wonderful time of the year.

Fri 12/9/16 8:00PM


CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
December 15-18 & 20, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

It’s a family tradition in Kansas City! The Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season, and welcome exciting special guests. Even Jolly Old St. Nick joins us for the fun! Family Series audiences will enjoy the full-length version of Christmas Festival as part of their subscription package.

Thu 12/15/16 7:00PM
Fri 12/16/16 8:00PM
Sat 12/17/16 1:00PM
Sat 12/17/16 8:00PM
Sun 12/18/16 2:00PM
Sun 12/18/16 7:00PM
Tue 12/20/16 7:00PM


<em>Screenland at the Symphony:</em> HOME ALONE
December 21-22 at 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A true holiday favorite, this adored comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live by your Kansas City Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, “Home Alone” is holiday fun for the entire family!

Wed 12/21/16 7:00PM
Thu 12/22/16 7:00PM


SIMPLY SWINGIN’ <em>with</em> SINATRA<br />
<em>and</em> FRIENDS — STARRING STEVE LIPPIA
January 6-7, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

See and hear pops phenomenon Steve Lippia sing songs from the American Songbook made famous by Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone and Sammy Davis, Jr. in this sensational new concert. Steve will serenade you with great hits such as “Beyond the Sea,” “Unforgettable,” “Mack the Knife,” “On The Street Where You Live,” “What Kind of Fool Am I,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” plus many all-time Sinatra favorites, together with your Kansas City Symphony.


PRESTO, MAMBO!
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A concert about the music of the Americas takes an unexpected turn when Max, an energetic and impulsive young boy, makes his way onto the stage to “help” the orchestra. Soon Max is on a whirlwind adventure that takes him from the concert hall to the vibrant lands of Latin America. Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music with help from his new friend, Mambo the dog, the orchestra and the audience. A Platypus Theatre production.


GELLER PLAYS BARTÓK <em>plus</em> DVO&#344;ÁK’S FIFTH
January 13-15, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Back by popular demand! Concertmaster Noah Geller returns to center stage for Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto — a work of austere beauty, emotional depth and spirit. Lyricism flows freely in the first three movements of Czech composer Dvořák’s Fifth Symphony. By contrast, the bring-down-the-house finale teems with energy and fire. Bartók’s friend and compatriot, Zoltán Kodály, composed his Concerto for Orchestra for the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This compelling piece melds Baroque structure with Hungarian folk melodies. Masterworks & Bravo Series


CHOPIN, BRAHMS <em>and</em> WAGNER
January 20-22, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Chopin’s compositions capture the sensitivity and self-expression of the Romantic era while upholding a sense of classic purity. His First Piano Concerto, which highlights the soloist’s elegant and virtuosic technique, is capped by a lively Polish folk dance. Composed three years before his First Symphony, Brahms’ glowing Haydn Variations is an early work of an orchestral master. The concert closes with a jubilant jaunt from Wagner’s comic opera, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, which is bursting with melody and high spirits from first note to last. Masterworks & Ovation Series


SCHUMANN'S “SPRING”<br />
<em>and</em> GORDON <em>plays</em> MOZART
January 27-29, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Schumann composed his “Spring” Symphony during one of the happiest periods in his life, shortly after marrying his cherished Clara Wieck. With music as enticing and life-affirming as its subject, the “Spring” Symphony remains one of his most treasured compositions. Keeping with a cheery disposition, Kansas City Symphony Principal Flutist Michael Gordon performs Mozart’s delightful G-Major Flute Concerto. American composer Michael Gandolfi’s The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a magical tribute to the remarkable Scottish garden created by architect and critic, Charles Jencks. Masterworks & Bravo Series


<em>Screenland at the Symphony:</em><br /> E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
FEBRUARY 3-5, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Steven Spielberg’s magical film about a boy and his newfound alien friend captured the imagination of the world. Experience “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” as never before, with the Kansas City Symphony performing John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score in sync with the full feature film projected on a huge HD screen. Join Elliott and E.T. as they soar past the moon and beyond, and relive the magic once more. TM & © Universal Studios.


ELATION <em>and</em> REFORMATION:<br /> 
SAINT-SAËNS <em>plus</em> MENDELSSOHN
February 10-12, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto, a longtime favorite of distinguished soloists, is a taut, unified work, with numerous opportunities for both lyrical expression and bravura fireworks. In the “Reformation” Symphony, Mendelssohn weaves such liturgical music as the “Dresden Amen” and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” into a moving and spiritual orchestral work. Austrian composer Webern’s first published composition, Passacaglia, is a brilliant combination of Baroque structure and Romantic expression. Debussy’s colorful and evocative work for two pianos, En blanc et noir, glistens in this orchestration. Masterworks and Ovation Series


BEETHOVEN’S EIGHTH <em>and</em><br /> PROKOFIEV’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3
February 17-19, 2017
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

In his Eighth Symphony, Beethoven brilliantly combines humor with his trademark manipulation of themes and an irrepressible momentum. Hindemith’s Ragtime spotlights the 20th-century German composer’s more playful, jazzy side. Russian composer Prokofiev, a superb pianist, was soloist in the 1921 world premiere of his Third Concerto. Prokofiev described the work as “devilishly difficult,” and without a doubt, it demands an astounding demonstration of skill by the piano soloist. Masterworks and Bravo Series


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. Masterworks and Ovation Series


AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Sunday, 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!


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


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.”


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


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 Eulenspiegel's 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


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!

Thu 6/8/17 7:00PM


<em>Season Finale:</em> 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