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<h2>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
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. Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6 is a monumental work, and in its final movement is music that is as spine-tingling and joyful as anywhere in the classical repertoire. Ludovic Morlot, music director of the Seattle Symphony, joins us to conduct this spirited weekend of music. 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>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
ELATION <em>and</em> REFORMATION:<br /> 
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 />
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>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</h2>
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

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

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

AX <em>plays</em> MOZART<br />
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

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