Upcoming Concerts



<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

Sun 6/24/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Opening Weekend!</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN’S TRIPLE CONCERTO and SYMPHONIC DANCES
September 14-16, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

We kick off the 2018/19 Classical Series in style with two of our very own award-winning talents plus a Van Cliburn competition bronze medalist. Beethoven’s playful Triple Concerto is one for the ages, revealing the great composer’s happy-go-lucky side. The program concludes with Rachmaninoff’s orchestral masterpiece, Symphonic Dances, exemplifying his superb Romantic-era writing — lush and captivating.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 9/14/18 8:00PM
Sat 9/15/18 8:00PM
Sun 9/16/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH and GRIEG’S PIANO CONCERTO
October 5-7, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

From the unforgettable opening to its brilliant finale, Grieg’s Piano Concerto abounds with soaring beauty and virtuoso fireworks, especially in the hands of the amazing George Li. The energy and irrepressible momentum of Beethoven’s legendary Seventh Symphony continues to thrill audiences today. The timeless and much-loved second movement, Allegretto, has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, including “The King’s Speech.”

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 10/5/18 8:00PM
Sat 10/6/18 8:00PM
Sun 10/7/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MOZART, BACH and SCHUBERT’S NINTH
November 16-18, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Two sublime choral works, Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Bach’s “O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht” begin this beautiful program of reflection and transcendence. Then, experience John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, evoking a “memory space” to contemplate and commemorate the events of 9/11. One of the grandest symphonies of the early Romantic era, Schubert’s Ninth, “The Great,” caps off the concert with poetic genius and heroic melodies.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 11/16/18 8:00PM
Sat 11/17/18 8:00PM
Sun 11/18/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MOZART’S “JUPITER” with HAYDN’S TRUMPET CONCERTO
November 23-25, 2018

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Maestro Bernard Labadie returns in this sparkling Thanksgiving weekend program. Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto is the best-known solo trumpet and orchestra work for good reason, overflowing with catchy melodies and featuring our James B. and Annabel Nutter Principal Trumpet Julian Kaplan. Equally powerful is Mozart’s final symphony, “Jupiter” — an extraordinary work with a breathtaking finale.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 11/23/18 8:00PM
Sat 11/24/18 8:00PM
Sun 11/25/18 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
RUSSIAN ROMANTICS: TCHAIKOVSKY and GLAZUNOV
January 11-13, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

We’re bringing St. Petersburg to Kansas City with three Russian greats — Stravinsky, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky, led by Andrey Boreyko who makes his Kansas City Symphony conducting debut. Presumed lost for more than a century, the recent rediscovery of Chant funèbre allows audiences to hear a young Stravinsky’s rise to prominence before he wrote his famed Firebird. Glazunov’s passionate Violin Concerto blends colorful, freewheeling melodies with impressive technical feats. Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Third Suite features a powerful theme-and-variations finale.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 1/11/19 8:00PM
Sat 1/12/19 8:00PM
Sun 1/13/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
ENCHANTING and EXOTIC: FIREBIRD, ALADDIN and RACHMANINOFF
January 25-27, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Stravinsky’s Firebird is an enchanting, dramatic fairytale that boasts some of classical music’s most vivid and glorious orchestral writing. Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto highlights the composer’s trademarks — lingering melodies, rich textures and piano pyrotechnics. With exotic harmonies and bewitching tunes, Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite is an adventurous romp in a faraway land. The White Peacock by Griffes is one of the composer’s best-known works.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 1/25/19 8:00PM
Sat 1/26/19 8:00PM
Sun 1/27/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
DVORÁK’S “NEW WORLD,” GERSHWIN and PAT METHENY
February 8-10, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Gershwin’s rowdy Cuban Overture, a souvenir from his wild trip with friends to Havana, begins this concert celebrating the melting pot of American music. The songs of Kansas City jazz icon Pat Metheny are showcased in Imaginary Day, a brilliant concerto for vibes and marimba, which will feature Kansas City Symphony Principal Percussionist Christopher McLaurin and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Percussionist Christopher Deviney. While living in the U.S. in the 1890s, Dvorák’s study of American folk melodies resulted in an affectionate tribute to this remarkable “New World.”

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 2/8/19 8:00PM
Sat 2/9/19 8:00PM
Sun 2/10/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MENDELSSOHN’S “SCOTTISH” with BARBER’S PIANO CONCERTO
March 8-10, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Rossini’s William Tell Overture gallops out of the gate in this energetic concert followed by pianist Alessio Bax who returns to perform Barber’s technically demanding Piano Concerto. Mendelssohn’s boyhood trip to Scotland inspired his Symphony No. 3, “Scottish.” Esteemed conductor Edo de Waart leads us through Mendelssohn’s lilting score with its impressions of ancient palace ruins, an old bagpipe melody and lively Scottish dances.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 3/8/19 8:00PM
Sat 3/9/19 8:00PM
Sun 3/10/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
CARMINA BURANA
March 28-31, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

In the wonderfully indulgent Carmina burana you’ll hear an irresistible, nonstop and thunderous celebration of life, love and the philosophy of carpe diem. One of the most popular classical works of all time, Carmina burana appears in countless movies, TV shows, commercials and sporting events. This musical extravaganza begins with a kaleidoscope of sound in pieces by two prominent American composers, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Augusta Read Thomas.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Thu 3/28/19 7:00PM
Fri 3/29/19 8:00PM
Sat 3/30/19 8:00PM
Sun 3/31/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
LA VALSE with COPLAND’S APPALACHIAN SPRING<br/>
<em>Featuring Lalo’s Cello Concerto</em>
April 12-14, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

From the delicious amuse-bouche of Milhaud’s jazzy Brazilian tango to the virtuosic Lalo Cello Concerto, you’ll be dancing in the aisles and filled with fanciful thoughts of spring cheer. Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring is the touching story of a rural Pennsylvania wedding and the score includes variations on the heartfelt Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.” Ravel’s La valse is a musical journey filled with incredible beauty, sensuality and a sense of instability, as the fantastic waltz spins into oblivion.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 4/12/19 8:00PM
Sat 4/13/19 8:00PM
Sun 4/14/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
STERN CONDUCTS MAHLER’S THIRD
May 17-19, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Mahler described his epic Third Symphony as “a gigantic musical poem [with] all the phases of evolution.” Scored for numerous vocalists and a huge orchestra, his Third embraces the miracles of creation, nature and humankind’s relationship with divinity. As one of the most exalted works of the symphonic repertoire, Mahler’s Third led by Music Director Michael Stern is a not-to-be-missed concert event.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 5/17/19 8:00PM
Sat 5/18/19 8:00PM
Sun 5/19/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
MOZART’S FIFTH VIOLIN CONCERTO with BRAHMS
May 31-June 2, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor is one of his most energetic and uninhibited pieces with a wild gypsy dance at the end. In Schoenberg’s technicolor arrangement of the chamber work for orchestra, the Quartet emerges as a thrilling showpiece. Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish,” teeter-totters between sweet and majestic. Within Her Arms, scored for an ensemble of 15 strings, is composer Anna Clyne’s touching memorial to her mother.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 5/31/19 8:00PM
Sat 6/1/19 8:00PM
Sun 6/2/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>Kansas City Symphony Classical Series</em></h2>
SYMPHONIC METAMORPHOSIS plus BACH and BRAHMS<br/>
<em>Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt</em>
June 7-9, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Disney’s animated classic, “Fantasia,” prominently features Leopold Stokowski’s lush orchestration of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, and likewise, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis converts earlier music (in this case, by Carl Maria von Weber) into an orchestral tour-de-force. The Symphony also welcomes back one of the world’s preeminent pianists, Yefim Bronfman, to perform Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, an iridescent and dazzling work with a fiery finish.

 

Masterworks & Bravo Series

Fri 6/7/19 8:00PM
Sat 6/8/19 8:00PM
Sun 6/9/19 2:00PM


<h2><em>SEASON FINALE:</em></h2>
PICTURES at an EXHIBITION
June 21-23, 2019

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The Kansas City Symphony’s 2018/19 classical season closes with one of the most celebrated and colorful works in the entire symphonic catalogue, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel. With thrilling technical demands and a magnificent conclusion, audiences love every minute of Brahms’ intensely beautiful First Piano Concerto performed by returning special guest pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

 

Masterworks & Ovation Series

Fri 6/21/19 8:00PM
Sat 6/22/19 8:00PM
Sun 6/23/19 2:00PM