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Free Happy Hour: APPALACHIAN SPRING
15-16 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: APPALACHIAN SPRING
February 10, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join your friends in the Kauffman Center lobby for a drink after work, followed with an inspired performance by members of the Kansas City Symphony. This program includes John Harbison’s Quintet for Winds and Aaron Copland’s beautiful Appalachian Spring for chamber orchestra. Bars open at 5 p.m. with a one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting December 1, 2015.




The Dining Experience
15-16 Kauffman Dining
The Dining Experience
Founders' Lounge | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Arrive ahead of the crowds and enjoy a gourmet meal freshly prepared and served in the comfortable and sophisticated Founders’ Lounge. Sample one of the modern-American artisanal meal combinations offered in our signature Marquee box just steps away from your seats.



Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND
February 12 & 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

"Top 10 Performance of the Decade!” – Paul Horsley, The Independent. Come join the growing following of Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND, February 12-13, 2016 at 7:30pm at the stunning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This diverse and versatile cast of powerful dancers and actors will move you with one of the most inspiring stories from our history. See the Underground Railroad come to life through the courage of those who stood under slavery, those who ran, and those who paved the way to freedom. With original music by composer Jay Pfeifer and choreography by Mona Störling-Enna and Tobin James, UNDERGROUND will capture your heart and revive your spirit. Join us for the 8th Annual performance of UNDERGROUND! Tickets $60, $40, $20. And for information on other public events surrounding UNDERGROUND go to www.storlingdance.org



AMY GRANT WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

February 12-14, 2016

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.

 

Best availability is on Sunday night!


The Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards
Monday February 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

This Presidents’ Day performance will be a spectacular celebration of pomp and circumstance, with a salute to the alliance between British and American military forces. The evening’s program for all ages will feature bagpipes, traditional military marches, drum solos, Celtic dancing, and beloved songs.



Swan Lake
2015-16 KC Ballet Season
Swan Lake
February 19-28, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A TIMELESS LOVE STORY

Mesmerizing audiences for more than 100 years, Swan Lake is considered by many to be the most recognized classical ballet of all time. Now Kansas City Ballet takes on this mysterious, lyrical, and dramatic ballet. The production features magnificent costumes and sets, with choreography that captures the flare and heart of Tchaikovsky's romantic score. As timeless as the love that binds Siegfried and Odette, it will leave you spellbound until the very end.

Single tickets and mini-season subscriptions for 2015-2016 are available now. Subscribe today or call the Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.8993.


University of Kansas Choral Festival
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
University of Kansas Choral Festival
Sunday February, 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, Inc. present an afternoon choral celebration featuring the KU Choirs joined by choirs from Lawrence High School, Olathe Northwest High School, Shawnee Mission East High School and Washington High School.



CLASSICS UNCORKED: IF it AIN'T BAROQUE...
15-16SymphonyClassicsUncorked
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.




Steve Winter, Photographer<br>
On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards<br>
Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar - and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar. He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Co-author of the new National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.



British Invasion
15-16 KC Jazz Orchestra
British Invasion
The British are coming...

Friday February 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

With apologies to Roger Miller, “England will rock (and swing) like The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra do!” We’ll feature great, new arrangements by Clint Ashlock, KCJO’s artistic director, of classic songs made famous by British artists and songwriters who dominated the music charts in the ‘60s and ‘70s: The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood, With A Little Help From My Friends;The Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black, You Can’t Always Get What You Want; The Zombies’ She’s Not There;Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual; and many more!



Russian National Orchestra led by Mikhail Pletnev
Yuja Wang, piano soloist
Sunday February 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The world-respected RNO returns to the Series under the trusted leadership of its founder and artistic director, Mikhail Pletnev. The dynamic pianist Yuja Wang will serve as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 2 in G major, with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Stravinsky’s The Firebird (1945) rounding out a sensational program.



Free Happy Hour: SONGS and DANCES
15-16 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: SONGS and DANCES
March 2, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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 chamber music concert featuring musicians of the Kansas City Symphony. The program includes Anton Arensky’s Second String Quartet, Ransom Wilson’s Chant d’automne and David Bruce’s Gumboots. Bars open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting January 1, 2016.




BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV PLAYS RACHMANINOFF
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
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




INSIDE MUSIC SERIES YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION FINAL
March 5 at 11 a.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Hear Kansas City’s future stars in the Symphony’s 2016 Woman’s City Club Charitable Foundation Young Artist Competition finals. Several young musicians compete on stage in Helzberg Hall for the opportunity to perform with the Kansas City Symphony. This event is free and open to the public. Cash prizes nearing $2,000, including an “Audience Favorite” prize, will be awarded. The Young Artist Competition preliminary round will take place on Saturday, January 16 at the Bell Cultural Events Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. and is open to students ages 13-18. Applications must be received by January 6 along with a $20 application fee.




The Elixir of Love
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
The Elixir of Love

March 12 - 20, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Orchestra tickets start at only $59.

Passion, Pride and Potions.

Donizetti’s bel canto comedy is a lively, charming tale of a boy, a girl and a love potion. The setting has been reimagined as early 20th-century America in a style reminiscent of Kansas City painter Thomas Hart Benton. Upright and slightly naïve Nemorino is infatuated with beautiful and slightly fickle Adina, who in turn is in the sights of the calculating and slightly devious Sergeant Belcore. Enter snake-oil salesman Dr. Dulcamara, a cheap bottle of wine (or two) and you have a fun and whimsical romp. A beguiling tonic of passion and humor, The Elixir of Love features exhilarating duets as well as the wildly romantic aria, “Una furtiva lagrima,” which will leave you enchanted.

Sung in Italian with English titles.
Appropriate for children 7+






Mavis Staples & Nick Lowe
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Mavis Staples & Nick Lowe
Sunday March 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

It’s no surprise that, after an impromptu performance at a show in 2011, the great Mavis Staples and Nick Lowe became fast friends. They had been long time admirers of each other’s work and each has carved a distinctive and unmistakable path in popular music. Sparked by this new friendship, Lowe wrote the very beautiful “Far Celestial Shore,” a track that appears on Staples’ 2013 album One True Vine. For the first time, these musical giants are touring together in a double-bill performance. Nick Lowe has made his mark as songwriter with hits such as “Cruel To Be Kind” and “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding.” The savvy veteran producer has earned an undisputable reputation as the consummate musician’s musician. For six decades, Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside her family group, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself into a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner.



Cory Richards, Climber and Explorer<br>
Mike Libecki, Climber and Explorer<br>
Untamed Antarctica<br>
Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Few had seen it, and no one had ever set foot on it. Those factors made Bertha’s Tower, a 2,000-foot spire in Antarctica’s remote Wohlthat Range, irresistible to a small team of accomplished climbers led by veteran Mike Libecki. Irresistible but also nearly inaccessible. As reported in the September 2013 National Geographic, Libecki, climber-photographer Cory Richards, and two colleagues battled extreme cold, furious katabatic winds and fickle weather in an epic, ten-day climb to the summit. Join Libecki and Richards for a humorous but gripping firsthand account of this first ascent at the bottom of the world.



In The Mood
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
In The Mood
March 16th and 17th, 2016 at 2:00 PM & 7:00PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

“Seeing IN THE MOOD isn’t an option. It’s a must!” BroadwayWorld

Featuring the IN THE MOOD Singers & Dancers and the fabulous String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, IN THE MOOD, now in its 22nd season will entrance, enthrall and entertain as you experience the music that moved the Nation’s Spirit! The timeless melodies and rhythms of the big band era such as “Tuxedo Junction”, “Sing, Sing, Sing”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and of course “In the Mood” culminating with a stirring salute to our Veterans will have you cheering for more. A show for kids from 8 to 98 – bring the whole family.



Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman
Friday March 18, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A standard-bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. The performance features Pinchas Zukerman, a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, Zukerman has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa. The name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician.

A co- presentation with the Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City



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.”






Pink Martini
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Pink Martini
Sunday March 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

"Pink Martini is like a romantic Hollywood musical of the 1940's or '50s, but with a global perspective which is modern. We bring melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something which is new and beautiful." - Thomas Lauderdale, the group's bandleader and pianist

Trying to categorize Pink Martini is nearly impossible. Their sound draws from a myriad of influences, spanning the globe, cultures and time. Drawing inspiration from everywhere they go, Pink Martini crosses genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. The group began in 1994 and performs its renowned multilingual repertoire on concert stages throughout the world. Pink Martini is sure to dazzle with their eclectic brand of entertainment.



A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
15-16 Theater League
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
March 22-27, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

DIRECT FROM BROADWAY – Inspired by one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends!

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast and a breakout performance by Mary Bridget Davies, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends.



SHEN YUN
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
SHEN YUN
April 1-3, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

ALL-NEW SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA!

THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.

A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops — together creating one spectacular performance. Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has been nearly lost. Yet Shen Yun has become an international phenomenon, bringing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture to millions across the globe.

We ask that you only bring children who are able to sit through the entire performance without disturbing others. Children must be at least 5 years of age to be admitted.



THE MASTERY OF MOZART AND MAHLER
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
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






INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with DOUBLE BASSIST JEFFREY KAIL
April 2 at 11 a.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

It’s all about the double bass as the Kansas City Symphony’s very own Principal Double Bassist Jeffrey Kail shares his musical insights and coaches two area students on stage in Helzberg Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, March 14, 2016.




WORLD TOUR: FROM GERSHWIN TO DEBUSSY
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
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




INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with ALBERTO SUAREZ, HORN
15-16 Symphony Inside Music
INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with ALBERTO SUAREZ, HORN
April 9 at 11 a.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

The Symphony’s Principal Horn Alberto Suarez will coach two area students on stage in Helzberg Hall as he shares tips garnered from years of performing. Interested students should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, March 21. Visit kcsymphony.org for more information and free tickets.




K-State Rhapsody III
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
K-State Rhapsody III
Rhapsody III - Carmina Burana; Presented by Kansas State University and the Kansas City Ballet
April 10th, 2016 6:00pm
Muriel Kauffman Theaterl | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas State University’s scholarship concert event “Rhapsody" is back again in 2016 with a performance of Carl Orff's stunning masterpiece, Carmina Burana, along with the Kansas City Ballet. Under the direction of Dr. Julie Yu, the KState Grand Chorus, Lawrence Children's Choir, Flint Hills Children's Choir , and Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale will perform with the Kansas City Ballet on their home stage at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, and you’ll be treated to other special performances throughout the gala event.



PIXAR in CONCERT
15-16 KC Symphony Pops
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.






Free Happy Hour: GYPSIES, TANGOS and LULLABIES
15-16 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: GYPSIES, TANGOS and LULLABIES
April 19, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

A great night out begins here. A FREE one-hour casual concert of inspiring chamber music is the perfect way to get through the week. Bartók’s Second String Quartet opens the evening, followed by Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina, Mariano Mores’ Three Tangos and Andy Akiho’s marimba-tinged LlgNEouS 1. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting February 1, 2016.




Les Arts Florissants, instrumental ensemble and vocalists led by William Christie
Saturday April 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The acclaimed vocal and instrumental ensemble will perform a French program of “serious airs and drinking songs” lightly staged as a wedding and described by The Guardian as an “exquisite meditation on the nature of desire.” The illustrious ensemble was founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, who directs the group to this day.



Carmen
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
Carmen

April 23 - May 1, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Orchestra tickets start at only $59.

Maidens, Matadors and Madness.

Carmen, the passionate and devastating masterpiece by Georges Bizet, may be the opera even those unfamiliar with opera will recognize. Bizet’s score is seductive, alluring and perfectly matched to Carmen’s conquest of bullfighters, soldiers and smugglers.The fiery gypsy sings the signature “Habanera” as she sets her sights on local corporal Don José. He quickly falls under her spell, only to be cast aside and humiliated. The music follows his descent from soldier and lover to desperate murderer as he sends Carmen to her doom against the roar and cry of the bullring.

Sung in French with English titles.
Appropriate for children 13+






HARRY POTTER and the MAGIC OF MUSIC
15-16 KC Symphony Family
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!






Kevin Hand, Astrobiologist<br>
The Search for Life Beyond Earth<br>
Tuesday April 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Astrobiologist Kevin Hand is searching for life beyond Earth. Working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, he is designing instruments that will travel to Jupiter’s moon Europa to search for a possible subsurface ocean that may support primitive forms of life. His work often takes him out of the lab to visit some of the world’s most forbidding environments such as Antarctica and the deep sea to investigate how microbes eke out a living under extreme conditions. Don’t miss this personal report on the search for real extraterrestrials.



New Orleans to Chicago
15-16 KC Jazz Orchestra
New Orleans to Chicago

Friday April 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Explore the roots of great jazz from its beginning in New Orleans by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and King Oliver, to the Chicago jazz styles of Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke and Ben Pollock. In between this journey, we’ll stop in Kansas City to hear some Count Basie classics and experience the great W.C. Handy’s immortal “St. Louis Blues” and his iconic “Beale Street Blues.”



UMKC Finale
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
UMKC Finale
Tuesday, May 5th 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

UMKC Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs

May 5, 2016, Finale, The Conservatory Orchestra and Conservatory Choirs, directed by Robert Olson and Robert Bode, respectively. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall, 7 p.m.



Rite of Spring
2015-16 KC Ballet Season
Rite of Spring
May 6-15, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

FOUR BALLETS GUARANTEED TO RENEW YOUR SPIRIT

Adam Hougland creates a bold and daring world in Rite of Spring, expressing not a reverence of nature, but instead the dire consequences of turning one’s back on it. This mixed-repertory program includes Helen Pickett’s Petal, Yuri Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, and a world premiere by Viktor Plotnikov who is known for his contemporary and intense aesthetic.

Single tickets and mini-season subscriptions for 2015-2016 are available now. Subscribe today or call the Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.8993.


Ami Vitale, Photographer<br>
My Eyes, Your World<br>
15-16 National Geographic Live
Ami Vitale, Photographer
My Eyes, Your World
Tuesday May 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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Experience our world through the eyes of an award-winning photographer whose career has brought her face-to-face, not just with violence and conflict, but also with surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Ami Vitale’s work has taken her to more than 90 countries. She’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” Recently, she has been the subject of the ten part TV series for National Geographic Channel and another documentary series "Over the Islands of Africa.” She is a founding member of RippleEffect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful stories illustrating the very specific issues women in developing countries face.



Free Happy Hour: MODERN ROMANCE
15-16 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: MODERN ROMANCE
May 11, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Bring your friends and co-workers to the Symphony for a delightful FREE chamber music performance by our musicians. This programs features Guillaume Connesson’s Sextuor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Double Bass and Piano, plus Dvorák’s Second String Quintet. Lobby bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting March 1, 2016.




Engelbert Humperdinck
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Engelbert Humperdinck
Friday May 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Helzberg Hall / Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

GRAMMY nominated, Golden Globe “Entertainer of the Year” and multi-platinum selling artist Engelbert Humperdinck is performing for the first time at Kauffman Center. His name comes from the 19th Century Austrian composer who wrote “Hansel & Gretel.” Engelbert Humperdinck has been a legend in the international music industry for the last 40 years, with over 150 million records sold. The charismatic and consummate entertainer will entertain audiences with music from his vast catalogue including hits such as “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Spanish Eyes” and many more.



SYMPHONY CHORUS in CONCERT
15-16 KC Symphony Special
SYMPHONY CHORUS in CONCERT
May 15 at 3 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join us for this very special celebration of human faith, performed by our outstanding 160-voice Symphony Chorus. Tickets for Fauré’s Requiem, described by the composer himself as “a happy deliverance,” start at only $20. Please note: the Kansas City Symphony will not perform in this concert.




RAGTIME
15-16 Theater League
RAGTIME
May 17-22, 2016
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. RAGTIME returns in an all-new touring production. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Winning Tony® Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be!



TCHAIKOVSKY’S THIRD SYMPHONY
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
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




SPRING FLING: RAVEL AND DVO&#344ÁK
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
SPRING FLING: RAVEL AND DVOŘÁK
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




Free Happy Hour: THE BOULEZ/CAGE CORRESPONDENCE
June 7, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our final FREE happy hour concert of the season is the perfect way to welcome summer. Based on a book of short letters between Pierre Boulez and John Cage written between 1949 and 1954, the exploration of their music led by Principal Percussionist Christopher McLaurin features Cage’s Living Room Music, Third Construction and In a Landscape, plus Boulez’s Dérive 1. Lobby bars open at 5 p.m., with our casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting April 1, 2016.


SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT</br>
<br>Michael Nichols<br>
A Year in Yellowstone<br>
Tuesday June 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Take an intimate look at America’s most iconic National Park through the lens of a master photographer. One of the most important wildlife photographers of our time, Michael “Nick” Nichols has captured images that have made a difference in the battle to save endangered species. He has documented the brutal struggle against elephant poaching in Chad, the family life of lions in the Serengeti and Jane Goodall’s work on behalf of chimpanzees. Early in his career Nichols was known as “the Indiana Jones of photography” for taking risks—such as rappelling into caves and strapping himself to the wing of an airplane—in order to get amazing images most photographers wouldn’t dare attempt. Now, he continues to seek new ways to realize his artistic vision, from creating a detailed composite portrait of a 300-foot tall Giant Sequoia (from 84 separate images), to using a robot controlled “mini-tank” to get close-ups of African lions. Recently, for a National Geographic project celebrating the centennial of the National Parks Service, Nichols spent over a year in Yellowstone, adapting to the rhythms of its seasons, and getting to know this great American park and its creatures from the inside out. He’ll share his images of and reflections on life in the wilderness, delivered with his trademark mix of charm and passion.



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.




FIVE FOR FIGHTING
15-16 KC Symphony Special
FIVE FOR FIGHTING
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Aram Demirjianassociate conductor

 

Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, best known by his stage name Five for Fighting, joins your Kansas City Symphony for one very special evening of inspired hits. Enjoy favorites like “Superman (It's Not Easy),” “The Riddle,” “Chances” and “100 Years” performed with stunning live orchestral arrangements.




SEASON FINALE: BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
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




RECORDING PREVIEW CONCERT
15-16 KC Symphony Off Season
RECORDING PREVIEW CONCERT
June 23, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Join Michael Stern and your Kansas City Symphony for a concert featuring repertoire from our next exciting CD project with Reference Recordings. Tickets for this exploration of one-movement symphonies start at just $14.




Future Stages Festival
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Future Stages Festival

Sunday June 26, 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Event / All Ages Welcome

Join the celebration and experience the arts in Kansas City! The FREE one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and interactive arts activities. Future Stages Festival is a free community event that showcases youth in the performing arts and is an extension of the Kauffman Center's Open Doors "Spotlight on Youth" program. Featuring a variety performing arts organizations and interactive arts activity partners - the festival provides fun for ALL ages! Tickets are not necessary, but please visit the link provided to sign-up to receive more information and RSVP! www.kauffmancenter.org/futurestages



Brian Wilson
16-17 Kauffman Center Presents
Brian Wilson
Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets On Sale February 18th!

Brian Wilson is arguably the greatest American composer of popular music in the rock era. The creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history, it’s no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. Born and raised in Hawthone, California, he formed the Beach Boys in 1961 alongside his two younger brothers, cousin Mike Love and school friend Alan Jardine. Serving as the group’s primary songwriter, Wilson was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most beloved records ever including nine consecutive gold albums that featured such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls”.

Brian Wilson will be featured in a performance of the entire album Pet Sounds as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the work widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time.