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Below is a complete list of our upcoming events


Oh, What A Night! Billboard Hits of the 1960s
April 18-19, 2014
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

You’ll be dancing in your seat with this energetic dose of Billboard® hits from the late 50’s and 60’s, starring three of Broadway’s hottest leading men. It’s an evening of sweet surrender with toe-tapping tunes from the Jersey Boys era, including music by The Four Seasons, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin.
Fri 4/18/14 8:00PM
Sat 4/19/14 8:00PM


Free Happy Hour Concert: From Mozart to Martinu
Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A great night out begins here! Enjoy Mozart’s Grande Sestetto Concertante, Martinu’s La revue de cuisine and Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C Major. The Kauffman Center’s lobby bars open at 5 p.m., with the one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Reserve your free tickets in advance by visiting kcsymphony.org. Media support courtesy of Ink Magazine.


This event is free and reservations are required
Tue 4/22/14 6:00PM


Wind Serenades by Mozart and Dvorak

Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.



HELZBERG HALL | KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS


MOZART Wind Serenade in C Minor
DVORAK Wind Serenade in D Minor


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 concert featuring Mozart’s Wind Serenade in C minor and the Dvorak Wind Serenade in D minor.  Musicians from the Kansas City Symphony are joined by musicians from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance for a very special evening of delightful music. Bars open at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Media support courtesy of Ink Magazine.

This event is free and reservations are required.
Wed 4/30/14 6:00PM


Symphony Organ Concert Series: Nathan Laube
Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His brilliant playing and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe, and his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike.
Thu 5/1/14 7:00PM


Kansas City Symphony Chorus in Concert

Sunday, May 4 at 3pm


Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Charles Bruffy, chorus director

Please note:
The Kansas City Symphony will not appear on this performance.
This concert will be performed without intermission.

A collection of well known songs from Masses and Oratorios by Mendelssohn, Bach, Mozart and Brahms, Britten's meaningful Festival Te Deum, Spirituals and Americana. Accompanied by Jan Kraybill, conservator of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casasvant Organ.
Sun 5/4/14 3:00PM


Classics Uncorked: Women of Note(s)
Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

In our final Classics Uncorked concert of the year, we celebrate the great women of classical music, featuring female composers past and present, as well as female characters and historical figures who have inspired great music.  Included are composers Cécile Chaminade and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Barber’s Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance and Verdi’s Overture from Joan of Arc.  Join us for what will be a truly memorable evening. Sponsored by BMO Private Bank with media support from Ink Magazine.

Tickets are only $25 each and include a glass of wine or champagne following the concert, when you can mingle with the Symphony musicians in the Kauffman Center’s magnificent Brandmeyer Great Hall.

Thu 5/15/14 7:00PM


Stern Conducts Verdi’s Requiem
May 30 - June 1, 2014
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Let yourself be captivated by a masterpiece – the passion and drama fit for an opera house in the sonically spectacular Helzberg Hall. Verdi’s amazing Requiem, one of the greatest choral works of all time, has been described as “an opera for the stage.” From the terrifying pounding of the bass drum, to the trumpets’ call to judgment and the moving melodies and contrasts, you will leave Helzberg Hall as exhilarated as each of the performers on stage. Throughout the performance, immerse yourself in this gorgeous music and explore feelings of loss and sorrow, as well as the human desire for forgiveness and mercy. Bravo & Masterworks Series

Inside Music Series: Chamber Music Master Class with Music Director Michael Stern
Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Music Director Michael Stern will host a chamber music master class with local chamber music students on Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m. in Helzberg Hall. The Kansas City Symphony’s Inside Music Series features a variety of artists presenting master classes, lectures and informal conversations. These unique events provide an inside look at the interaction between teacher and student.

This event is general admission, and reservations are required.
Sat 5/31/14 11:00AM


Season Finale: Shostakovich, Plus Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff
June 6-8, 2014
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A sensation in her previous Symphony performances, dynamic young pianist Yuja Wang thrills audiences with playing that leaps from the stage. Shostakovich felt the chilling effect of the new Soviet conservatism and his Fifth Symphony left many wondering if this was his creative response to official criticism or his cunning way of expressing his secret resistance. Help us bring the season to a spectacular conclusion as the Symphony displays their talent in this popular, exciting work exploring the dynamic ranges from the delicate solo passages of the early movements to the fist-pounding conclusion. Ovation & Masterworks Series

Ben Folds with the Kansas City Symphony
Tuesday, June 10 & Wednesday, June 11 at 8 p.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

As a solo artist and as frontman for Ben Folds Five, singer-songwriter-pianist-raconteur Ben Folds has earned a reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of popular music. One of pop and rock’s great piano-playing showmen, Ben’s sound and sensibility — an eclectic mix of rock power, jazz chops, and wryly observational songwriting — evokes the essence of classic pop while adding an idiosyncratic infusion of energy and wit. Ben’s appearances with orchestras sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your tickets now.
Tue 6/10/14 8:00PM
Wed 6/11/14 8:00PM



Saturday, June 14, 2014
Rosalia Ranch, Butler County


The 2014 Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal showcases the history, ecology and culture of the area surrounding Rosalia Ranch. The Field Journal includes a series of illustrated essays, stories, and poems reflecting this year's theme of Flint Hills Land, Sky, and People.

Field Journal: $20

Symphony in the Flint Hills

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Rosalia Ranch, Butler County



Each spring, 7,000 kindred spirits gather for our Signature Event, a world-class symphony concert in an unmatched prairie setting. Through year-round programming, Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. works to deepen the understanding of the ecological and cultural significance of the Kansas Flint Hills.

The ninth annual Signature Event will be held at the Rosalia Ranch in Butler County on Saturday, June 14, 2014. This is the first time that the Signature Event is being held in Butler County, which is known for its wildlife, larger-than-life Kansas characters and inspiring skies. Symphony in the Flint Hills begins at 1 p.m. with prairie education activities, guided prairie walks, catered BBQ and much more. The concert by the Kansas City Symphony begins at 6:45 p.m. and concludes at sunset when attendees can then dance under the stars to old-time acoustic music or stargaze.

Adult Ticket: $90
Child Ticket (12 and younger must be purchased by phone or in person): $50
Sat 6/14/14


Recording Preview Concert: The Music of Adam Schoenberg
THURSDAY, JUNE 19 AT 7 P.M.
HELZBERG HALL | KAUFFMAN CENTER

Our audiences asked for it and now we are recording three of Adam Schoenberg’s dynamic contemporary works for our next CD release. This exciting recording-session preview concert includes Adam Schoenberg’s colorful Finding Rothko, inspired by the works of painter Mark Rothko; Picture Studies, an expressive interpretation of masterpieces at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and his hopeful American Symphony, commissioned and premiered by the Kansas City Symphony in 2011.  Music Director Michael Stern led the commissioning of all three pieces and he has worked closely with Schoenberg to bring these vibrant compositions to life.
Thu 6/19/14 7:00PM

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