Upcoming Concerts



<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MAHLER’S SEVENTH
January 26-28, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Music Director Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in debut performances of Mahler’s Seventh — an epic work that traverses a staggering variety of subjects and moods. The first four movements depict various aspects of nature and the mysteries of the night. Out of darkness, the finale emerges with radiant, euphoric sunshine. Scholars suggest the Seventh portrays the contrast of Mahler’s peaceful summers in the idyllic Austrian countryside with the frenzied schedule he maintained the rest of the year in Vienna.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 1/26/18 8:00PM
Sat 1/27/18 8:00PM
Sun 1/28/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein:</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA” <em>with</em> BERNSTEIN’S SERENADE
February 2-4, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

In honor of countless contributions to American music, the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern join in the worldwide celebration of the incomparable Leonard Bernstein, who would have been 100 in 2018. Bernstein’s lyrical Serenade culminates in a jazzy episode with the arrival of a band of drunken revelers. The first two chords of Beethoven’s Third Symphony launch a musical odyssey that includes an epic battle, a solemn march, a joyous scherzo, and a breathtaking theme and variations finale that hurtles the “Eroica” to its triumphant conclusion.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 2/2/18 8:00PM
Sat 2/3/18 8:00PM
Sun 2/4/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein:</em></h2>
BERNSTEIN, PROKOFIEV <em>and</em> SCHUMANN
February 23-25, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Bernstein’s atmospheric On the Waterfront Suite brings together the best of the iconic conductor/composer’s film score. Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto is a work of considerable charm and grace, demanding a virtuoso of the highest order. Schumann’s Second is one of his most personal statements, a work of unique beauty and power. Perhaps Schumann’s struggles are reflected in a work that moves from the agitation of the first two movements, to the haunting lyrical beauty of the third, to the triumphant finale.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 2/23/18 8:00PM
Sat 2/24/18 8:00PM
Sun 2/25/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein:</em></h2>
JOYCE DiDONATO SINGS BERNSTEIN <em>and</em> BERLIOZ
March 16-18, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns! Our hometown star and international diva joins Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony to present works by Berlioz and Bernstein. Berlioz’s Death of Cleopatra foreshadows the French composer’s dramatic stylings of his later masterworks. Bernstein’s songs display the great American musician’s lyric genius and wit. Berlioz’s swashbuckling Le corsaire Overture and Bernstein’s timeless Symphonic Dances from West Side Story complete this captivating program.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Official Hotel Sponsored by Kansas City Marriott Downtown


 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 3/16/18 8:00PM
Sat 3/17/18 8:00PM
Sun 3/18/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein</em></h2>
YO-YO MA, PINES OF ROME <em>and</em> BERNSTEIN
March 23-25, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma is back in Helzberg Hall with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony! Witness Yo-Yo Ma’s flawless technique in Haydn’s illuminating Second Concerto with its lyrical grandeur and high spirits, and then experience his sublime tone in Bernstein’s Three Meditations. Respighi’s Pines of Rome depicts the sights, sounds and history of the Italian capital. The concluding “Pines of the Appian Way” is perhaps the most exhilarating movement in all of concert music. Plus, the program unveils a new Kansas City Symphony commission (world premiere) by the impressive young American composer Chris Rogerson.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

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Masterworks & Bravo Series


<h2><em>A Century of Bernstein</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN, TCHAIKOVSKY <em>and</em> BERNSTEIN
April 13-15, 2018
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Kansas City Symphony continues the centennial celebration of extraordinary American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Typical of Bernstein’s original and eclectic style, the Chichester Psalms combine various influences, including music initially intended for the Broadway stage. A hidden gem, Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy parallels the melodic inspiration, virtuoso fireworks, and sumptuous orchestration found in the composer’s famous First Concerto. Choral Fantasy, for solo piano, chorus and orchestra, clearly hints at Beethoven’s immortal “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony.

 

Please note: The G. Kenneth and Ann Baum concert comments will not take place for these performances.

 

Special Underwriting for A Century of Bernstein provided by the National Endowment for the Arts


 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 4/13/18 8:00PM
Sat 4/14/18 8:00PM
Sun 4/15/18 2:00PM


<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>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MENDELSSOHN’S “ITALIAN” <em>and</em> HAYDN
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>
SEASON FINALE FANTASTIQUE <em>with</em> BERNSTEIN
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