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<h2><em>FREE Community Concert</em></h2>
KANSAS CITY SYMPYHONY'S POPS <em>in the</em> PARK
September 5, 2016

The Theatre in the Park | Shawnee Mission Park

 

Be here for the debut of the Kansas City Symphony’s new Assistant Conductor Jason Seber as he leads this FREE Labor Day concert program filled with familiar classics and fun movie music. Bring your family and friends, plus blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. Gates and the Symphony’s Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo open at 5 p.m. Pre-concert entertainment provided by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m. Sponsors include Kansas Gas Service. Media support from 99.7 The Point and 106.5 The Wolf.


THE MUSIC <em>of</em>  LED ZEPPELIN<br /> <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
September 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.

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 such as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” and of course, “Stairway to Heaven.” Tickets start at $40.

Fri 9/9/16 8:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Family Series Begins!</em></h2>
BUCKETS N BOARDS
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2 p.m.

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 with the Kansas City Symphony is an experience sure to entertain the entire family. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Sun 9/18/16 2:00PM


DAVID BOWIE: A MUSICAL ODYSSEY <br /><em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
September 24, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Embark on a symphonic odyssey as you explore the incredible range of David Bowie’s music. A full rock band and guest conductor Richard Carsey 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. Tickets start at $40.

Sat 9/24/16 8:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series Begins!</em></h2>
TCHAIKOVSKY’S FOURTH
September 30-October 2, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Thrills, chills and passion abound in the Kansas City Symphony 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. Tickets start at $30.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series


Fri 9/30/16 8:00PM
Sat 10/1/16 8:00PM
Sun 10/2/16 2:00PM


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert:</em></h2>
MAD ABOUT MOD
.October 12, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Musicians of the Kansas City Symphony perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. Enjoy Stravinsky’s Ragtime and Janáček Quartet No. 1. Arrive early or stay late to enjoy drinks from our cash bar in the Kauffman Center’s stunning Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting July 25.

 

Tickets go on sale July 25th at 10:00 AM.

 

Sponsored by Lead Bank and The Pitch.

Wed 10/12/16 6:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
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. Organ Symphony No. 1 by 19th-century French composer Alexandre Guilmant is the ideal showcase for renowned American virtuoso Paul Jacobs and the majestic Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. G. Kenneth & Ann Baum Concert Comments will not be presented in Helzberg Hall prior to this performance. Tickets start at $30.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

 

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

Thu 10/20/16 7:00PM
Fri 10/21/16 8:00PM
Sat 10/22/16 8:00PM
Sun 10/23/16 2:00PM


<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 solo 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. Tickets start at $25.

Thu 10/27/16 7:00PM


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Pops Series Begins!</h2>
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 of all time debuts 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. Tickets start at $60.

 

Tickets on sale July 25 at 10:00 AM

Fri 10/28/16 8:00PM
Sat 10/29/16 8:00PM
Sun 10/30/16 7:00PM


<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. Tickets start at $40 for adults and $25 for children. © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
A VIVID AUTUMN: BEETHOVEN <em>and</em> BRAHMS
November 18-20, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Like a vibrant display of fall color, this Kansas City Symphony 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. Tickets start at $25.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 11/18/16 8:00PM
Sat 11/19/16 8:00PM
Sun 11/20/16 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
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.” Tickets start at $25

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

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


<h2><em>Celebrating 100 Wonderful Years!</em></h2>
KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS 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 Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus join with the Independence Messiah Choir to celebrate 100 glorious years of performing Handel’s Messiah — the perfect way to kick off your holiday season. Tickets start at $25.

 

Tickets on sale July 25 at 10:00 AM

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


TUBACHRISTMAS 2016
December 2 & December 12, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Celebrate TubaChristmas on Friday, December 2 AND Monday December 12! All area tuba and euphonium players are invited to join in the festivities presented by the Kansas City Symphony. Family, friends and the general public are encouraged to attend the FREE lunch hour concert to listen to the sounds of the season, tuba-style! Advance registration and a small fee required to ensure performance participation.

 

Fri 12/2/16 12:00PM
Mon 12/12/16 12:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
Classics Uncorked: Vivaldi's "Winter" <em>and</em> Greensleeves
December 7, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Featuring some of the best music ever written for string orchestra, your Kansas City Symphony will transport you across wintery soundscapes and warm your soul. Savor Mozart’s elegant Divertimento in F Major, shiver in the icy winds of Vivaldi’s “Winter,” and bask in the warmth of Vaughan Williams’ beloved Fantasia on Greensleeves. 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.

Wed 12/7/16 7:00PM


<h2><em>Special Holiday Event!</em></h2>
JIM BRICKMAN <em>with the</em> KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
December 9, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Jim Brickman brings us the sounds of the season in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. Hear new music, holiday favorites and hits like “Valentine,” “If You Believe,” and “Sending You a Little Christmas,” 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 will remind you of what we cherish during the most wonderful time of year. Tickets start at $40.

Fri 12/9/16 8:00PM


KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY'S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
December 15-18 & 20, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns for seven performances. The Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season, exciting guest vocalists and musicians for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Plus, an early visit from Santa! At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children.

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><br/> HOME ALONE
December 21-22, 2016

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 is 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! Tickets start at $40 for adults and $25 for children. © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox

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


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Pops Series</h2>
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. Tickets start at $40.

 

Tickets on sale July 25 at 10:00 AM

Fri 1/6/17 8:00PM
Sat 1/7/17 8:00PM


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Family Series</h2>
PRESTO, MAMBO!
January 8, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Sun 1/8/17 2:00PM


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
GELLER <em>plays</em> 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. Tickets for this Kansas City Symphony program start at $25.
Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 1/13/17 8:00PM
Sat 1/14/17 8:00PM
Sun 1/15/17 2:00PM


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
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 highlights the soloist’s elegant and virtuosic technique, all 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. These Kansas City Symphony concerts close 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. Tickets start at $25.
Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 1/20/17 8:00PM
Sat 1/21/17 8:00PM
Sun 1/22/17 2:00PM


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
SCHUMANN'S “SPRING” <em>and</em> <br/>
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 Flute 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. Tickets start at $25.
Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 1/27/17 8:00PM
Sat 1/28/17 8:00PM
Sun 1/29/17 2:00PM


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert:</em></h2>
STEAMPUNK!
February 1, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join your friends in the Kauffman Center lobby for a drink after work, followed with an inspired performance by members of the Kansas City Symphony. This program includes David Bruce’s Steampunk and Judd Greenstein’s Clearing, Dawn, Dance. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. with a one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting November 14.

 

Sponsored by Lead Bank and The Pitch.

 

Tickets go on sale November 14th at 10:00 AM.

 


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

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Steven Spielberg’s cinematic masterpiece 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. Tickets start at $40 for adults and $25 for children. TM & © Universal Studios.

 

Tickets on sale July 25 at 10:00 AM

Fri 2/3/17 8:00PM
Sat 2/4/17 8:00PM
Sun 2/5/17 2:00PM


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
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. Tickets start at $25.
Masterworks and Ovation Series

Fri 2/10/17 8:00PM
Sat 2/11/17 8:00PM
Sun 2/12/17 2:00PM


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
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. Tickets for this Kansas City Symphony Concert start at $25.
Masterworks and Bravo Series

Fri 2/17/17 8:00PM
Sat 2/18/17 8:00PM
Sun 2/19/17 2:00PM


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert:</em></h2>
BRANDENBURG <em>and</em> BEYOND
February 22, 2017

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A great way to begin your date night! Join us in the beautiful Kauffman Center lobby for a drink after work, followed by a delightful one-hour casual chamber music concert featuring musicians of the Kansas City Symphony. The program includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Debussy’s String Quartet. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting December 12.

 

Sponsored by Lead Bank and The Pitch.

 

Tickets go on sale December 12th at 10:00 AM.


<h2>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
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

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


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! 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
Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

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.

Sat 3/11/17 8:00PM


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

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


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert:</em></h2>
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. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting January 9.

 

Sponsored by Lead Bank and The Pitch.

 

Tickets go on sale January 9th at 10:00 AM.


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
CLASSICS UNCORKED: SHAKESPEARE <em>in</em> MUSIC
April 5, 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.

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.”

 

Tickets on sale July 25 at 10:00 AM

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


<h2><em>Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert:</em></h2>
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. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting February 20.

 

Sponsored by Lead Bank and The Pitch.

 

Tickets go on sale February 20th at 10:00 AM.


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><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
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.

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


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Presents</em></h2>
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.

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!

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