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POPS IN THE PARK
September 18-20, 2015

The Theatre in the Park | Shawnee Mission Park

 

The Kansas City Symphony’s FREE Labor Day concert celebrates the holiday with familiar classics, from the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Carousel to Star Wars and Superman. Bring your family and friends, plus blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. The Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo starts at 5:30 p.m., and pre-concert entertainment provided by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m. Media support from 99.7 The Point and 106.5 The Wolf.
Mon 9/7/15 8:00PM


CLASSICS UNCORKED: MADE in AMERICA
September 11, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Celebrate the pulse-pounding rhythms, jazzy harmonies and grand soundscapes of the American orchestra. This adrenaline-infused program includes Bernstein’s timeless Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, John Adams’ festive, modern classic Lollapalooza, plus hits by Gershwin, Copland and more. 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

Fri 9/11/15 7:00PM


Rhapsody in Blue: SYMPHONY BALL
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Marriott Muehlebach Hotel

 

Experience the elegance of a bygone American era as you enjoy exquisite music, gourmet dining, cocktails, a select silent auction, dancing to the Karen Davis Project and a spectacular performance by the Kansas City Symphony. Chaeyoung Park, our 2014 Young Artist Competition Winner, plays Gershwin’s iconic masterpiece. Sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony League. Visit kcsymphonyball.org for tickets and details.

Sat 9/12/15 6:00PM


OPENING WEEKEND: RAVEL'S BOLÉRO and SYMPHONIC SOLOISTS
September 18-20, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The triumphant opening weekend concerts feature fabulous Symphony musicians in three virtuosic pieces — Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns, the Suite from Walter Piston’s The Incredible Flutist and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon. From Shostakovich’s whirlwind Festive Overture to Ravel’s seductive and intoxicating Boléro, don’t miss what is sure to be an impressive season opener. Ovation & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 9/18/15 8:00PM
Sat 9/19/15 8:00PM
Sun 9/20/15 2:00PM


CHAMBER MUSIC with MICHAEL STERN
September 19 at 11 a.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Michael Stern shifts his role from music director to mentor in this special chamber music master class. Throughout the session, Stern will offer feedback and musical ideas as two student groups take center stage in Helzberg Hall. College and high school chamber groups are invited to apply. Nominations must be received by Monday, August 31.

Sat 9/19/15 11:00AM


PROJECT TRIO
Sunday, September 27,2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

PROJECT Trio — Greg Pattillo (flute), Eric Stephenson (cello) and Peter Seymour (double bass) — is not your everyday young, classically-trained chamber trio. One of the least likely trio combinations of all time, together with your Kansas City Symphony, explore some of your favorite tunes with a contemporary twist. Along with Rossini’s classic Overture to William Tell, the program includes a beatbox tutorial and original pieces by PROJECT Trio.



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Sun 9/27/15 2:00PM


KRISTIN CHENOWETH WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Actress and recording artist Kristin Chenoweth has effortlessly transitioned between stage, television, and film over the past decade. She received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on Pushing Daisies and a Tony for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as nominations for her roles in Fox's Glee and Broadway's Wicked. Chenoweth brings her beautiful voice and electric personality to Helzberg Hall in this Kansas City Young Audiences benefit concert for arts education. Tickets $49-$119.

Sat 10/3/15 8:00PM


SYMPHONY HAPPY HOUR
October 14, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. 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 27.

Wed 10/14/15 6:00PM


FESTA ITALIANA
October 23-25, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A night of opera at Helzberg Hall! The powerful 160-voice Chorus joins Michael Stern and the Symphony to perform famous excerpts from beloved Italian operas. From the sparkling Overture of Rossini’s comic opera, The Italian Girl in Algiers, to highlights of Puccini’s best work, to the Triumphal March from the grandest of grand operas, Aida, you’ll be swept off your feet. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 10/23/15 8:00PM
Sat 10/24/15 8:00PM
Sun 10/25/15 2:00PM


SCREENLAND AT THE SYMPHONY: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Thursday, October 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Celebrate a spine-tingling Halloween in Helzberg Hall, if you dare, as the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ provides the soundtrack for this restored version of the 1920 silent classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Starring legendary leading man John Barrymore in the notorious title roles, this eerie screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale is a perfectly fun and ghoulish way to spend a spooky night at the Kauffman Center.



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Thu 10/29/15 7:00PM


CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR: MUSIC OF THE BEATLES
October 30-31, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Relive the magic of the Fab Four with a thrilling Beatles retrospective that features chart-topping tunes complete with original arrangements. From early Beatles favorites through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is an authentic concert experience with hits such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Let It Be.” Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, and enjoy the classical/rock blend on “I Am the Walrus.”



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 10/30/15 8:00PM
Sat 10/31/15 8:00PM


SCREENLAND AT THE SYMPHONY: STAR TREK 2009
November 12 & 14, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Director J.J. Abrams re-invigorated the iconic Star Trek franchise with one of the most exciting and irresistible blockbusters in recent movie-going history, “Star Trek (2009).” Reach warp speed as you watch the entire film on the giant Helzberg Hall screen and experience composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling scores performed live by the Kansas City Symphony, boldly going where no orchestra has gone before!

Thu 11/12/15 7:00PM
Sat 11/14/15 7:00PM


BEETHOVEN, MOZART AND BRAHMS
November 20-22, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Experience three 19th-century orchestral masterworks led by distinguished American conductor, David Zinman. Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, a genial and playful work, contrasts with the gripping Coriolan Overture, a musical portrait both of the Roman leader and, perhaps, Beethoven as well. Brahms’ youthful and romantic First Serenade rounds out the program, brimming with spirit and gorgeous melodies. Ovation & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 11/20/15 8:00PM
Sat 11/21/15 8:00PM
Sun 11/22/15 2:00PM


SPANISH NIGHTS, AND PROKOFIEV'S FIFTH
November 27-29, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

The Symphony celebrates the beauty and mystery of Spain with guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto as they perform excerpts from Albéniz’s masterpiece, Ibéria, and pianist Benjamin Hochmann plays de Falla’s brilliant Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Traveling onward, hear why Russian composer Prokofiev so aptly characterized his Fifth Symphony “as a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit, a song of praise of free and happy mankind.” Bravo & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 11/27/15 8:00PM
Sat 11/28/15 8:00PM
Sun 11/29/15 2:00PM


HANDEL'S MESSIAH
December 3-6, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

More than 250 powerful voices make this the Messiah performance of the year! The Independence Messiah Choir joins with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus to continue the 99-year tradition of performing Handel’s glorious Messiah. Witness this choral masterpiece in the acoustically precise Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. It’s the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Thu 12/3/15 7:00PM
Fri 12/4/15 8:00PM
Sat 12/5/15 8:00PM
Sun 12/6/15 2:00PM


TUBACHRISTMAS 2015
December 4 & 7, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

(Registration at 9:30 a.m. and rehearsal at 10:30 a.m.)

 

Hosted by the Kansas City Symphony for the past eight years, we invite all area tuba and euphonium players to join in the TubaChristmas festivities. Family, friends and the general public are encouraged to attend the FREE lunch hour concert for sounds of the season, tuba-style! Advance registration is required to perform.

Fri 12/4/15 12:00PM
Mon 12/7/15 12:00PM


CLASSICS UNCORKED: WINTER'S DREAM
December 9, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Relive the child-like wonder of the holidays with music inspired by beloved fairy tales and folk stories, including the “Dream Pantomime” from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, selections from Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Polonaise. Delight in the fun of Bizet’s Farandole and take a different sort of “Sleigh Ride” with the help of Prokofiev and Delius. 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 12/9/15 7:00PM


DOC SEVERINSEN with the KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
December 11, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Former Tonight Show bandleader and trumpet legend Doc Severinsen is still swingin’! Doc brings his sparkling personality and outrageous outfits to the Helzberg Hall stage for one festive evening, filled with songs of the season and timeless classics. Don’t miss the sequins and showmanship as Doc Severinsen and his band perform with a large chorus and the Kansas City Symphony in a concert that is sure to dazzle and delight!



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 12/11/15 8:00PM


CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Share this joyous concert tradition with family and friends, as your Symphony and Symphony Chorus perform cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season. Amazingly talented special guests plus an early visit from Santa will fill you with holiday spirit. At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary.



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Thu 12/17/15 7:00PM
Fri 12/18/15 8:00PM
Sat 12/19/15 1:00PM
Sat 12/19/15 8:00PM
Sun 12/20/15 2:00PM
Sun 12/20/15 7:00PM
Tue 12/22/15 7:00PM


BRILIANT BRITS: ELGAR AND VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
January 8-10, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The celebrated American conductor Robert Spano leads a program replete with British composers. The concert opens with an excerpt from Oliver Knussen’s opera, based upon the children’s book Higglety, Pigglety Pop! Cellist Timotheos Petrin makes his KCS debut in Elgar’s Concerto, which mirrors the troubled soul of a man who witnessed the horrors of World War I. Vaughan Williams’ “London” Symphony, written before the Great War’s outbreak, is an affectionate tribute to the city. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

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


MIDORI PERFORMS TCHAIKOVSKY, PLUS STRAVINSKY'S <em>Petrouchka</em>
January 15-17, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

The legendary Midori will dazzle audiences with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. A virtuoso tour-de-force from start to finish, the piece is one of the most popular and thrilling works in the repertoire. Fancy Free, Bernstein’s youthful, exuberant ballet depicting a trio of sailors on 24-hour shore leave, opens the program. Capping off the colorful concert is Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka, the tragic story of a puppet who comes to life, only to be murdered by his rival. Ovation & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 1/15/16 8:00PM
Sat 1/16/16 8:00PM
Sun 1/17/16 2:00PM


SYMPHONY HAPPY HOUR
January 19, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. 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 November 1, 2015.

Tue 1/19/16 6:00PM


THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS - STAR WARS & MORE

January 22-23, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Movies just aren’t the same without the music, and no one writes more recognizable scores than John Williams. This musical celebration of one of the world’s most famous film composers includes favorites from “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List.” Special costumed guests to include Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C3PO and Storm Troopers — plus, a laser light show! 



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Thu 1/21/16 7:00PM
Fri 1/22/16 8:00PM
Sat 1/23/16 8:00PM


CLASSICAL KIDS: GERSHWIN'S MAGIC KEY
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

This all-new production, set on the streets of New York City, tells the story of friendship between a newspaper boy and the great American composer, George Gershwin. Together they explore the vast melting pot of American music and discover the key to unlock the boy’s own musical potential. Families will be captivated by more than 20 of Gershwin’s most popular compositions from the great American Songbook, including “I Got Rhythm,” An American in Paris, Porgy and Bess, plus Rhapsody in Blue.



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Sun 1/24/16 2:00PM


BEETHOVEN’S “EMPEROR”, WITH SIBELIUS’ SEVENTH
January 29-31, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

American pianist Jeremy Denk is the soloist in Beethoven’s final Piano Concerto, the “Emperor.” The nickname refers not to any particular member of royalty but to the Concerto’s grand and noble music. In the span of one movement lasting 20 minutes, Sibelius’ Seventh and final Symphony explores a universe of emotions. Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, a virtuoso, romantic work for large orchestral forces, depicts “the spirit that creates sorrow in doubt, (giving) itself to the torment of love.” Ovation & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 1/29/16 8:00PM
Sat 1/30/16 8:00PM
Sun 1/31/16 2:00PM


BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO, AND BEETHOVEN’S FOURTH
February 5-7, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is filled with the intense drama associated with the composer as well as episodes revealing his keen sense of humor. Brahms composed his only Violin Concerto for the great Austro-Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim. A virtuoso of our time, Vadim Gluzman, performs this Mount Everest of the concerto repertoire. John Adams wrote The Chairman Dances — Foxtrot for Orchestra as a separate, musical response to his opera, Nixon in China, which was inspired by Madame Mao Zedong’s prior life as a movie actress. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 2/5/16 8:00PM
Sat 2/6/16 8:00PM
Sun 2/7/16 2:00PM


SYMPHONY HAPPY HOUR
February 10, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. 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 December 1, 2016.

Wed 2/10/16 6:00PM


AMY GRANT WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
2016 at 8 p.m.
February 14 at 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Amy Grant is beloved for her No. 1 hits such as “Baby, Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love is For,” “I Will Remember You,” “El Shaddai” and others. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and has won six Grammy® Awards. She has always found a way to share her life through her music, and in the process has become not only the best-selling inspirational artist of all time but also one of the most celebrated artists in pop music. Her songs continue to be part of the fabric of life for long-time listeners and brand new fans.

Fri 2/12/16 8:00PM
Sat 2/13/16 8:00PM
Sun 2/14/16 7:00PM


CLASSICS UNCORKED: IF it AIN'T BAROQUE...
February 23, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Creativity. Ingenuity. Eccentricity! The visionary composers of the Baroque era challenged the musical limits of expression and technique, generating some of the most exuberant, ingenious music ever heard before or since! Featuring Bach’s haunting Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Handel’s resplendent Music for the Royal Fireworks and Biber’s wildly zany Battalia à 10, this program will inspire and excite one and all. 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.

Tue 2/23/16 7:00PM


SYMPHONY HAPPY HOUR
March 2, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. 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 January 1, 2016.

Wed 3/2/16 6:00PM


BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV PLAYS RACHMANINOFF
March 4-6, 2016
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

Russian composer Liadov confessed: “Give me fairies and dragons, mermaids and goblins and I’m thoroughly happy.” The Enchanted Lake is a captivating example of his affection for these fantastic tales. Piano Concerto No. 2 by Russian composer and pianist Rachmaninoff is a work brimming with gorgeous, unforgettable melody and virtuoso brilliance. Copland composed his Third Symphony after World War II, and he “intended to reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the time.” The finale of this great American Symphony includes his beloved Fanfare for the Common Man. Bravo & Masterworks

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 3/4/16 8:00PM
Sat 3/5/16 8:00PM
Sun 3/6/16 2:00PM


MATTHEW MORRISON WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The Kansas City Symphony GLEEfully welcomes Emmy, Golden-Globe and Tony-nominated star Matthew Morrison for this one-night-only performance. Best known for his role as the optimistic high school glee club director Will Schuester on the TV show “Glee,” Morrison is no stranger to a career filled with song and dance. Morrison joins your Kansas City Symphony to perform Broadway hits from his latest album, Where It All Began, and Sinatra standards including “Luck Be a Lady” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.” This concert will be performed without an intermission.



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Sat 3/19/16 8:00PM


THE MASTERY OF MOZART AND MAHLER
April 1-3, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Written during the last year of his tragically brief life, Mozart’s final Piano Concerto No. 27 is a hauntingly beautiful and introspective work. The gifted young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Kansas City Symphony debut with the expressive Concerto. Mahler was at the outset of his career when he completed his First Symphony. Mahler told a friend his emotions “gushed forth like an impetuous torrent … At a single blow, all the floodgates were opened within me!” The First remains Mahler’s most beloved Symphony. Bravo & Masterworks Series



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

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


WORLD TOUR: FROM GERSHWIN TO DEBUSSY
April 8-10, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Take a trip without leaving town! Gershwin portrays the City of Light through one of the most treasured American concert works, An American in Paris. Debussy’s tribute to Spain, Ibéria, earned the fervent admiration of Spanish composer de Falla, who praised the French composer’s “intensely expressive and richly varied music.” Guest violinist Bella Hristova lends her virtuoso talents to David Ludwig's Violin Concerto, a piece co-commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. Before the French and Spanish voyage, listen for the adaptation of several church hymns in Ives’ touching Third Symphony, “The Camp Meeting.” Ovation& Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 4/8/16 8:00PM
Sat 4/9/16 8:00PM
Sun 4/10/16 2:00PM


PIXAR IN CONCERT
April 15-16, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

From the “Toy Story” trilogy to “The Incredibles” and “Up,” Pixar Animation Studios have forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. With visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, “Monsters University,” Pixar in Concert with the Kansas City Symphony will delight kids of all ages.



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 4/15/16 8:00PM
Sat 4/16/16 8:00PM
Sun 4/17/16 2:00PM


SYMPHONY HAPPY HOUR
April 19, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. 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 February 1, 2016.

Tue 4/19/16 6:00PM


HARRY POTTER and the MAGIC OF MUSIC
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Transport your family to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. This concert highlights the magical mood-setting music featured in the movies, complete with presentations by an illusionist. Even Muggles are sure to have fun!



Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Sun 4/24/16 2:00PM


SYMPHONY HAPPY HOUR
May 11, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. 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 March 1, 2016.

Wed 5/11/16 6:00PM


TCHAIKOVSKY’S THIRD SYMPHONY
May 20-22, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Composed around the same time as Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony, “Polish,” celebrates the spirit of the dance, culminating in a brilliant Polonaise, the source of the work’s nickname. Hymne à la justice is French composer Magnard’s powerful and heartfelt musical protest of the conviction and imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus. Baritone Stephen Powell is the soloist in the world premiere of a symphony by the gifted American composer, Jonathan Leshnoff. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 5/20/16 8:00PM
Sat 5/21/16 8:00PM
Sun 5/22/16 2:00PM


SPRING FLING: RAVEL AND 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 Wood Dove, two musical depictions of the supernatural by Dvorák. Ovation & Masterworks Series

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Fri 6/3/16 8:00PM
Sat 6/4/16 8:00PM
Sun 6/5/16 2:00PM


SYMPHONY HAPPY HOUR
June 7, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. 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 April 1, 2016.

Tue 6/7/16 6:00PM


CLASSICS UNCORKED: MORNING, NOON & NIGHT in 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


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

Currently only season subscriptions are available for this performance. Season subscriptions are the most affordable way to enjoy the Symphony with savings at nearly 20 percent off the full ticket price! Please click HERE to review all of our season packages for the 2015-16 season. Our box office is available Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss season package options by calling (816) 471-0400.



Single tickets for this concert go on sale on Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m.

Thu 6/16/16 7:00PM
Fri 6/17/16 8:00PM
Sat 6/18/16 8:00PM
Sun 6/19/16 2:00PM