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    TEDxKC 2014
    14-15 Kauffman Special Events
    TEDxKC 2014
    TEDxKC: Changing the Narrative
    Saturday, August 9th 5:30 PM

    Live Event: Helzberg Hall
    Simulcast: Muriel Kauffman Theatre

    Join us for the 6th annual TEDxKC event Saturday, August 9th at 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme: “Changing the Narrative” recognizes there is danger in a single story - whether that is the story we tell ourselves that keeps us stuck, an agenda-based or ideologically-driven narrative or a discovery that has the potential to change the world or a work of art that changes our world view.

    Your ticket purchase includes an incredible evening of ideas worth spreading, commemorative TEDxKC 2014 t-shirt, attendee gift bag, and admission to “Act III” (9-11 p.m.) — an after-party extension of TEDxKC within walking distance of the Kauffman Center.



    Saluting Those Who Served: Music From A Time of War
    Featuring Organist Jan Kraybill
    In partnership with the National WWI Museum
    Sunday, August 17th 4:00 PM
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Saluting Those Who Served: Music from a Time of War showcases music written and created during the time of World War conflict. Featuring letters from soldiers and those affected by war, the performance incorporates music, spoken word performance and audience interaction. The event is part of the commemoration of the WWI Centennial featuring Dr. Jan Kraybill, organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Program highlights may include Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Military March No.1, Op. 39, Over There, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, Louis Vierne: Prelude and Allegro from Symphony No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 32, Blanche Gangwere: Desolation, Jehan Alain: Joies (Joys) from Trois Danses, Marcel Dupré: Poème Héroïque (Heroic Poem), Op. 33.



    A Celebration of International Friendship
    14-15 Kauffman Special Events
    A Celebration of International Friendship
    Friday, August 22nd 7:00 PM
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Tickets available beginning August 1st

    Since 1895 international military officers from around the world have come to Fort Leavenworth to study military art and science at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. Come help us celebrate and welcome our international officer students at a black tie event at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

    The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception followed by the introduction of the Command and General Staff College International Students, remarks by the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., and a performance by students of the Park University International Center for Music.



    Heroes and Landscapes
    14-15 Kauffman Special Events
    Heroes and Landscapes
    Kansas City Chamber Orchestra:
    Inspired Musical Journeys
    August 23rd, 2014 8:00pm
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Join the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Music Director Bruce Sorrell on an exploration of some of the most inspired and thrilling music of all time:

    Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, inspired by the heroic ideal that Napoleon represented, is one of the greatest works ever composed. Hearing it in the grand Helzberg Hall, but with the intimacy of a chamber orchestra, all the wonderful internal workings of Beethoven’s great mastery become evident to the ear.

    The gorgeous Italian countryside served as muse for Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, reflecting place and experience and radiating the joy he felt as he toured Italy. Sunny, dramatic, reverent – it is truly one of the most pleasurable symphonies to hear in the entire canon.

    “One often hears of an “orchestra of soloists” but this is surely one in the flesh”. - The Kansas City Star



    Kansas City is Jazz
    14-15 KC Jazz Orchestra
    Kansas City is Jazz

    a special presentation of
    The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra
    Thursday, September, 4th 7:30 p.m.
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre

    Join artistic director Clint Ashlock and the swinging 17-piece Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a special evening of great big band music, featuring an array of guest artists showcasing the vibrant, world-class Kansas City jazz scene.

    This special Kansas City is Jazz! concert will feature the music of jazz legends, Count Basie, Jay McShann, and Charlie Parker played by young jazz lions such as Allie Burik, Hermon Mehari, and Steve Lambert, and jazz veterans such as the internationally-acclaimed Bobby Watson, Dan Thomas, Gerald Dunn and Al Pearson.



    Classics Uncorked: Bohemian Rhapsody
    14-15 KCS Classics Uncorked
    Classics Uncorked: Bohemian Rhapsody
    Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Celebrate the Bohemian life with favorites by the great Czech composers, like Bedrich Smetana’s timeless homage to Bohemia, The Moldau, selections from Antonin Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony and the gypsy-inspired “Bohemian Dance” from Bizet’s Carmen. And the program would not be complete without Queen’s most famous “Bohemian Rhapsody.” All tickets are only $25 each and include a glass of wine or champagne after the concert. Sponsored by BMO Private Bank.


    "The President's Own" United States Marine Band

    "THE PRESIDENT'S OWN"
    UNITED STATES MARINE BAND

    Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m.



    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Just us for this FREE concert experience by the United States Marine Band, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Marine Band concerts offer a unique blend of traditional concert band and contemporary wind ensemble musical suitable for people of all ages.

    We will begin accepting orders by mail on July 21. Tickets also will be available at the Symphony offices on Saturday, August 2 beginning at 10 a.m. A limit of four free tickets per request, please. Arrive early, as your ticket does not guarantee a seat. All tickets are null and void 15 minutes prior to the performance. At that time, seats will be available to those without tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. For security purposes, items larger than a purse will not be permitted.


    OPENING WEEKEND: JOYCE DiDONATO RETURNS!
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    OPENING WEEKEND: JOYCE DiDONATO RETURNS!
    September 12-14, 2014
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Kansas City native and international opera star Joyce DiDonato and the Symphony begin the 2014-2015 season with a spectacular program. DiDonato sings Ravel’s provocative and mysterious Shéhérazade along with other beautiful songs. Music Director Michael Stern’s exuberance combined with the Symphony’s dramatic flair brings the concert to a rousing finish with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, a monumental work with shocking climaxes, vivid orchestral colors and a feverish, exulting finale. Bravo & Masterworks Series


    MUSIC OF THE MAD MEN ERA
    14-15 KC Symphony Pops
    MUSIC OF THE MAD MEN ERA
    September 19-20, 2014
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swingin’ tunes of the ’50s and ’60s, a time when bossa nova was new, the smoky lounges of Vegas were hip and groovy dance music spun on every hi-fi. Loosen your tie and pour yourself a highball. A few ounces of Paul Anka, a shot of Brenda Lee and even a splash of Bacharach, all mixed into one boss Mad Men musical cocktail.


    THE COMPOSER IS DEAD
    14-15 KC Symphony Family
    THE COMPOSER IS DEAD
    September 21, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    There’s dreadful news from the Symphony hall — the composer is dead! Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? In this perplexing Lemony Snicket mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument! Join the inspector as he interrogates all the usual suspects.


    Modern Rock - Music of Reich, Ligeti and Zappa
    14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
    Modern Rock - Music of Reich, Ligeti and Zappa
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6 p.m.

    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. Selections include Reich’s “Drumming Part One,” Ligeti’s “6 Bagatelles” for Woodwind Quintet and Frank Zappa’s “The Black Page.” Arrive early for drinks at our cash bar, which also will be open after the concert.

    Seats for KC Symphony Happy Hour concerts can only be reserved 90 days prior to concert date.


    Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
    14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
    Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
    Thursday, September 25th 7:00 PM
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Tickets on sale now!

    Bassist/composer Edgar Meyer and mandolinist/composer Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, will team up to perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. These two MacArthur Fellows will cross traditional boundaries in a diverse program of largely original music. The duo has collaborated on several critically acclaimed projects including the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions, a 2008 recording of original compositions (Nonesuch Records) and, most recently, Chris Thile's 2013 solo recording, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, produced by Meyer. The duo’s next recording of new original material will be released in 2014.



    La Traviata
    2014-15 Lyric Opera Season
    La Traviata
    September 27 - October 5, 2014
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre

    Single tickets don't go on sale to the general public until Monday, August 11th, but 2014-2015 season subscriptions are currently available - Subscribe Now!

    Love. Honor. Sacrifice.

    Composed more than 150 years ago, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, or “The Fallen Woman,” remains an operatic classic. Set in lavish 19th century Paris, this tragic love story follows the emotional adventure of a Parisian courtesan, Violetta, and her one true love, Alfredo. Once content with being the object of desire for many men, Violetta faces heartbreak, as she must abandon Alfredo to save his family’s honor. Making her Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut, Joyce El-Khoury, a rising star, takes on the vocally demanding role of Violetta.

    Estimated runtime: 2 hours and 40 minutes including two intermissions
    Sung in Italian with English and Italian titles


    AN EVENING WITH MARILYN MAYE
    14-15 KC Symphony Special
    AN EVENING WITH MARILYN MAYE
    October 2, 2014 | 7 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Kansas City’s own musical icon Marilyn Maye brings her sparkle and panache to Helzberg Hall, lighting up the Kauffman Center with American Songbook standards such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Put on a Happy Face” and many more. Maye’s show-stopping performances of jazz, cabaret, Broadway and everything in between earned her the highest praise from Johnny Carson, who once said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.” Be here for one unforgettable night, indeed!


    One O'Clock Jump!
    14-15 KC Jazz Orchestra
    One O'Clock Jump!

    Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents
    One O'Clock Jump
    The Evolution of the Big Band
    Friday, October 3rd 8:00 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall

    Subscription Packages are available now by Clicking Here

    KCJO's conductor and artistic director, Clint Ashlock, and guest artist Hal Melia, will take the audience on a "swinging musical journey" featuring the unforgettable music of Count Basie, Jay McShann, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Tommy Dorsey (and many others) through the "heyday" of the big bands of the late '30s and early '40s. The multi-talented Mr. Melia is a superb saxophonist, clarinetist, singer, a renowned jazz educator, and former director of Jazz Studies at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.



    Rising Symphony Stars
    14-15 KC Symphony Off Season
    Rising Symphony Stars
    Sunday, October 5 at 5 p.m.

    Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
    45th & Main St., Kansas City, Mo.

    The KC Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Woman’s City Club Charitable Foundation, is an annual event in which musicians age 13 to 18 participate in a professionally judged competition to determine excellence and promise in performance. This evening event will be a unique opportunity to hear the best talent from the competition, many of whom will become stars of the future. Selected finalists will play alongside members of the Kansas City Symphony who mentor and teach these young musicians. Join us as we celebrate these Rising Symphony Stars! Social hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. You may buy tickets below or contact Don Dagenais at (816) 665-8293.


    Alice (in wonderland)
    2014-15 KC Ballet Season
    Alice (in wonderland)
    October 10-19, 2014
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    You'll take off on an incredible, magical journey of misadventures when you tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice.

    Travel along to a crazy world where the rules of social etiquette don’t matter and time is irrelevant in this “curiouser and curiouser” place. All your favorite wacky characters appear. . .the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, and more, in a spectacularly re-imagined, full-evening take on Lewis Carroll’s classic. The ballet that critics call “big and glossy” and “crackling with energy and innovative movement” is propelled by Septime Webre’s revolutionary choreography, Cirque du Soleil colorful costumes, and an all-new score.

    Subscriptions are available online or by calling Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.2232. Single tickets are on sale August 18, 2014.


    The Strings of Mozart and Elgar
    14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
    The Strings of Mozart and Elgar
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Join your friends and co-workers in the beautiful Kauffman Center lobby for a drink after work, followed by an inspired performance of chamber music by members of the Kansas City Symphony. The program features Mozart’s Viola Quintet and Elgar’s String Quartet. Bars open at 5 p.m., with a one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m.

    Seats for KC Symphony Happy Hour concerts can only be reserved 90 days prior to concert date.


    Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston<br><br>
WORDLESS!<br>
    14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
    Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston

    WORDLESS!
    Sunday, October 19th 7:00 PM
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Tickets go on sale July, 17th at 10:00 AM

    Spiegelman, noted as a historian and theorist of comics as well as an artist, collaborates with Phillip Johnston, the critically acclaimed jazz composer who wrote all-new scores will be performing live with his sextet. Johnston’s music accompanies the cartoonist’s personal tour of the first legitimate “graphic novels”— silent picture stories made by early 20th century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward and Milt Gross—and their influence on him. As Spiegelman explores “the battle between Words and Pictures”, he smashes at the hyphen between High and Low Art in a presentation featuring a new work drawn specifically for this project, “Shaping Thought.”



    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
    14-15 Kauffman Special Events
    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
    October 22-25th
    Muriel Kauffman Theater | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Tickets on sale August 1st

    Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey is excited to be celebrating our 30th Anniversary year and to present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

    There will be 5 public performances that will include 4 Kansas City Premieres: ODETTA, Four Corners, Chroma and LIFT, with a question and answer session with a dancer prior to each performance.

    The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception followed by the introduction of the Command and General Staff College International Students, remarks by the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., and a performance by students of the Park University International Center for Music.



    MENDELSSOHN'S "SCOTTISH," 
WITH BRAHMS & WAGNER
    October 24-26, 2014
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    After a powerful Wagner overture, the Chorus joins the orchestra for Zemlinsky’s Psalm 23, part of the Zeitgeist leading up to World War I. Also featured is Brahms’ romantic Schicksalslied, considered one of his most perfect smaller choral works. Capping off this program is Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, a work born of the composer’s visit to the ruined Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh. Ovation & Masterworks Series


    Cameron Carpenter
    14-15 Kauffman Center Presents
    Cameron Carpenter
    Sunday, October 26th 7:00 PM
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Tickets go on sale July, 21st at 10:00 AM

    Cameron challenges the ways in which the organist is promoted and the organ is played. His repertoire includes the complete organ works of Bach, Franck and Liszt, but he has adapted more than 200 works not for the organ: from the piano music of Liszt and Rachmaninoff to Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Mahler’s “Fifth Symphony,” to music from animé and film (“Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away,” and scores by John Williams and Bernard Herrmann), and re-imaginings of songs by Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Annie Lennox. Bringing increased physicality to the organ as a former dancer, his super virtuosic organ transcriptions of Chopin Études have led to comparisons as diverse as Vladimir Horowitz and Fred Astaire. Cameron’s embrace of fashion on the concert stage includes concert wear of his own design. His original compositions are published by Edition Peters.



    SCREENLAND AT THE SYMPHONY: “NOSFERATU”
    14-15 KC Symphony Organ Series
    SCREENLAND AT THE SYMPHONY: “NOSFERATU”
    October 29, 2014 | 7 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Dorothy Papadakos, organ

    Nearly all copies of the 1922 unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” “Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror,” were destroyed under court order at one point, but one print survived and came to be regarded as a masterpiece. Celebrate Halloween with this bizarre and chilling silent film classic on the giant Helzberg Hall screen, with thundering accompaniment on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. If you liked last season’s soldout “Phantom of the Opera,” you’ll love “Nosferatu.” Costumes encouraged!

    NOSFERATU is presented by permission of Kino Lorber, Inc.



    MYSTERIOSO: A MAGICAL NIGHT
    14-15 KC Symphony Pops
    MYSTERIOSO: A MAGICAL NIGHT
    October 31 and November 1, 2014
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Celebrate Halloween weekend with an elaborate mix of music, magic, mayhem and mirth. This program is part Vegas and part old school variety show with illusionist, comedy and magic acts. Enjoy music from the iconic television themes of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bewitched,” plus “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious” from “Mary Poppins” and much more!


    The Italian Girl in Algiers
    2014-15 Lyric Opera Season
    The Italian Girl in Algiers
    November 8 - November 16, 2014
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre

    Single tickets don't go on sale to the general public until Monday, August 11th, but 2014-2015 season subscriptions are currently available - Subscribe Now!

    Funny girl conquers man’s world.

    Staged in a storybook setting and filled with a musical blend of comedy, energy, and style, Gioachino Rossini’s The Italian Girl sings. This adventure takes heroine Isabella off of the ship as it was originally written and into a biplane cockpit. It’s a story about an intelligent and quick-witted woman who crash-lands in an Arabic Society. Calamity ensues. In the end, she saves her boyfriend and the day as she takes on an ultra-traditional patriarchal society and wins.

    Estimated runtime: 2 hours and 40 minutes including one intermission
    Sung in Italian with English and Italian titles


    MOZART'S MAGNIFICENT VOYAGE
    14-15 KC Symphony Family
    MOZART'S MAGNIFICENT VOYAGE
    November 9, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s son, Karl, feels isolated and neglected after his time at boarding school. Wolfgang is experiencing his own pressures from family and fame. Their struggles act as a catalyst for adventure and mutual understanding. Ride along on an enchanting journey into the world of The Magic Flute and 23 excerpts of Mozart’s music in this Classical Kids production.


    NATALIE MERCHANT WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
    November 15, 2014 | 8 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    A unique voice. A singular talent. In a rare appearance, Natalie Merchant joins the Kansas City Symphony, performing songs that have captivated for more than three decades. As lead vocalist and lyricist of the band 10,000 Maniacs, she released two platinum and four gold records before enjoying huge success as a solo artist. Merchant has embarked on a new, highly acclaimed artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration that are arranged for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.


    LA VALSE AND STRAUSS
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    LA VALSE AND STRAUSS
    November 21 – 23, 2014
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Though Ravel denied it, his ever-popular and vigorous La valse has been described as depicting the birth, decay and destruction of a musical genre: the waltz. Award-winning American violinist Philippe Quint takes the stage with what Gramophone magazine calls “a radiant tone and brilliant technique” to perform Bernstein’s Serenade. The program closes with the dramatic “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Strauss’ opera Salome. Ovation & Masterworks Series


    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
    14-15 Kauffman Special Events
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
    Sunday, November 23rd 7:30 PM
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Experience the Magic!

    MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!



    THE PLANETS AND THE MOON
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    THE PLANETS AND THE MOON
    November 28 - 30, 2014
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Clair de lune, one of the most famous piano works, comes to life in this orchestral transcription. Then, American pianist Orion Weiss performs Mozart in his effortless style. Exploring the cosmos, perhaps no other classical work takes us deeper into our solar system than The Planets. You’ll leave feeling suspended in space after “Neptune,” as the Kansas City Symphony Chorus women send you off into the dark and mystic unknown. Bravo & Masterworks Series


    The Nutcracker
    2014-15 KC Ballet Season
    The Nutcracker
    December 6-24, 2014
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Experience Kansas City’s favorite holiday treat.

    ‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

    With a paid 2014-2015 season subscription, you can save 20% off Nutcracker tickets now. Order your season tickets today. Single tickets are on sale September 8, 2014.


    TubaChristmas 2014
    14-15 Tuba Christmas
    TubaChristmas 2014
    December 5 & 8 | 12:00 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and rehearsal at 10:30 a.m.

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


    Handel's "Messiah"
    14-15 KC Symphony Off Season
    Handel's "Messiah"
    December 5-7, 2014
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Aram Demirjian, associate conductor
    Kansas City Symphony Chorus
    Charles Bruffy, chorus director
    Independence Messiah Choir

    Yulia van Doren, soprano
    David Portillo, tenor
    Liam Moran, bass

    The Messiah performance of the year! More than 250 powerful voices brings Handel’s choral masterpiece to life. The Independence Messiah Choir joins with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus to continue the 98-year tradition of performing Handel’s glorious Messiah, bigger and better than ever in the acoustically marvelous Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. From “The Passion of the Christ” to the “Hallelujah” chorus, this is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.


    Annual Christmas Concert
    14-15 KC Jazz Orchestra
    Annual Christmas Concert

    Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents
    Annual Christmas Concert
    Featuring the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble
    The New York Voices!
    Tuesday, December 9th 7:00 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall

    Subscription Packages are available now by Clicking Here

    Swing into the holidays with our annual holiday show! Keep your yule cool and join us for exciting big band and vocal arrangements of your favorite Christmas and holiday songs. The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra is proud to feature one of the great vocal groups of our generation: The New York Voices. The only danger being is that we might swing Santa right out of his sleigh!



    Classics Uncorked: Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland
    Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Why walk when you could waltz? Start off the most wonderful time of the year with a program of joyful, elegant and lively dance music inspired by the holiday season! You will be swaying in your seats to classic waltzes like Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, Waldteufel’s Skater’s Waltz and Strauss’ Snowdrop Waltzes. Let your heart be warmed in this season of peace and love with Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze and marvel as the bows and fingers of two of the KCS’s phenomenal violinists dance across the strings in Torelli’s Christmas Concerto. All tickets are only $25 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.


    A SPECIAL BENEFIT CONCERT:
  CHRIS MANN AND OLETA ADAMS WITH THE
  KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
    Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Aram Demirjian, associate conductor

    You might know Wichita native Chris Mann from NBC’s “The Voice,” but Mann also has been recording bold chart-topping classical-pop albums and playing to sold-out crowds across the U.S., in addition to his PBS concerts and appearances on Fox’s “Glee.” Kansas City’s very own Oleta Adams toured the world with the band Tears for Fears after being discovered in a KC nightclub, then recorded smash albums and released her signature hit “Get Here.” Together, Mann and Adams promise a soulful and uplifting evening of memorable music. Tickets start at $52. A limited number of Gold Circle tickets are available for $125 each, which include a special reception and exclusive meet-and-greet on stage.


    Christmas Festival
    14-15 KC Symphony Family
    Christmas Festival
    December 21, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Delight in this festive holiday concert, as unique arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season are presented. We welcome many exciting special guests, including Santa, for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer! Family Series audiences will enjoy the full-length version of this concert as part of their subscription package, making this family outing an even better value.


    THE RITE OF SPRING, PLUS BRONFMAN PLAYS BRAHMS
    January 9-11, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    This concert opens with the familiar Debussy favorite, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a serene mythological work. Next, the Symphony welcomes back Yefim Bronfman to perform Brahms’ sweeping First Piano Concerto. In the second half, hear the work that nearly caused a riot after its premiere just more than 100 years ago, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Ovation & Masterworks Series


    STERN CONDUCTS MOZART AND BRAHMS
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    STERN CONDUCTS MOZART AND BRAHMS
    January 16 - 18, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Brahms waited longer than most composers to write his first symphony but many would agree that the work is nothing but pure beauty and intensity. Longtime colleagues Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson come together to tackle André Previn’s newest work, a double concerto that Kansas City Symphony co-commissioned. Mozart’s 35th Symphony has a majestic opening and closes with a finale to be played, according to the composer’s own words, “as fast as possible.” Bravo & Masterworks Series


    LA MER, AND YANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    LA MER, AND YANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF
    January 23-25, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Associate Conductor Aram Demirjian opens the concert with Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, feauturing seductive dances that progress to pulsating rhythms and competing melodies. Then hear Debussy’s incandescent seascape, La mer, which speaks to man’s irresistible attraction to the vast seas. Finally, pianist Joyce Yang tackles Rachmaninoff’s technically demanding and emotional Third Piano Concerto. Ovation & Masterworks Series


    MAHLER AND HAYDN
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    MAHLER AND HAYDN
    February 6-8, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony ranges from darkly sonorous and lamenting to the enduring brightness and complete triumph of the human spirit. Nestled between movements is the indescribably beautiful “Adagietto.” Some say this was Mahler’s declaration of love for his wife Alma, presented to her without a word of explanation. Also, hear one of Haydn’s most popular early symphonies, “The Philosopher.” The nickname is thought to have been inspired by a musical question and answer within the first movement. Bravo & Masterworks Series


    Chamber Music of the Early 20th Century
    14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
    Chamber Music of the Early 20th Century
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6 p.m.

    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 Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Erwin Schulhoff’s Concertino, Richard Strauss’ String Sextet from Capriccio and selections from Ma mére l’oye. Bars open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m.

    Seats for KC Symphony Happy Hour concerts can only be reserved 90 days prior to concert date.


    JIM BRICKMAN WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
    February 13 – 14, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman brings entertaining and romantic music to Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Valentine’s Day. In a spectacular concert, Brickman and the Kansas City Symphony will perform chart-toppers including “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.”


    Silent Night
    2014-15 Lyric Opera Season
    Silent Night
    February 21 - March 1, 2015
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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    Peace during the bloodiest of wars.

    Enemies find friendship if only for one day. Silent Night is a story based on real events that took place during World War I, when the Scottish, French and Germans came together in agreement to a ceasefire, truce and brotherhood on Christmas Eve.

    The set design is as moving as the story. Literally. The battlefield is staged on a turntable with projected imagery. This Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell premiered in 2011.

    Estimated runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes including one intermission
    Sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin with English titles


    PETER AND THE WOLF, LIVE!
    14-15 KC Symphony Family
    PETER AND THE WOLF, LIVE!
    February 22, 2015 | 2:30 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Prokofiev’s timeless musical tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life through music and comedy in this unique production featuring mascots from local professional sports teams and universities. Wear your favorite team gear and cheer on your favorite “character” — the wolf, the bird, the tiger!


    Photographer Carsten Peter<br>
Extreme Planet<br>
    14-15 National Geographic Live
    Photographer Carsten Peter
    Extreme Planet
    Tuesday, February 24th 2015 7:30 PM
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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    Single Tickets go on sale August 28th at 10:00am

    Journey into some of our planet’s most extreme environments with photographer and filmmaker Carsten Peter. Obsessed with devising innovative photographic techniques that allow him to capture dramatic, never-before-seen images of places few humans have ever dared to go, Carsten has rappelled into active volcanoes in the South Pacific and chased monster storms in Tornado Alley.



    Classics Uncorked: Bach to the Future
    14-15 KCS Classics Uncorked
    Classics Uncorked: Bach to the Future
    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is pure magic — there is no music more timeless, moving and vibrant! Bach lived from 1685 to 1750, but over two and a half centuries later his music remains utterly fresh, stirring and life-affirming, and his legacy echoes throughout history in every piece of music written since. This program celebrates the music of Bach including his Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Concerto for Oboe and Violin and Orchestral Suite No. 4. It also features composers and music Bach inspired, such as Igor Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto and Gustav Mahler’s gorgeous orchestration of Bach’s most famous piece, Air on a G String. All tickets are only $25 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.


    As Time Goes By
    14-15 KC Jazz Orchestra
    As Time Goes By

    Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents
    As Time Goes By
    The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Goes Hollywood!
    Friday, February 27th 8:00 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall

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    You’ll find yourself “Over The Rainbow” in Helzberg Hall when The KCJO performs new arrangements of the best music written for motion pictures over the past nine decades, since movies began talking in 1927 with Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer.” You’ll experience swinging arrangements of classic songs such as Jerome Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight;" Harold Arlen's immortal "Over The Rainbow;" Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies;” The Theme from “Rocky” – to name but a few. A concert that will be worthy of an Academy Award!



    BEETHOVEN'S LEONORE, AND SCHUMANN'S "RHENISH"
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    BEETHOVEN'S LEONORE, AND SCHUMANN'S "RHENISH"
    March 6-8, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Reminiscent of a symphonic poem, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 is a comprehensive drama in its own right and a fitting opening for a concert of energetic and beautiful music. Richard Danielpour’s expressive music comes to light as the Metropolitan Opera’s principal clarinetist makes his Kansas City Symphony debut. Music Director Michael Stern’s passion on the podium shines forth in Schumann’s spirited Third Symphony. Bravo & Masterworks Series


    Giselle
    2014-15 KC Ballet Season
    Giselle
    March 13-22, 2015
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Giselle is the journey through a young girl’s heart.

    Your passage begins as a love story, carried along on the irresistible joy of Giselle’s infatuation with a nobleman disguised as a commoner. The classic tale then changes course, becoming one of heartbreak, tears, and retribution… that ultimately leads to forgiveness. This stunning production from Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney honors the traditions of one of the dance world’s true masterpieces.

    Subscriptions are available online or by calling Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.2232. Single tickets are on sale August 18, 2014.


    Photojournalist Amy Toensing<br>
Australia & the Aborigine Culture<br>
    Tuesday, March 17th 2015 7:30 PM
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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    Single Tickets go on sale August 28th at 10:00am

    Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. She’s covered cultures around the world including the last cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea. For the last three years she has been documenting Aboriginal Australia.



    Classics Uncorked: From Russia with Love
    14-15 KCS Classics Uncorked
    Classics Uncorked: From Russia with Love
    Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Join the Kansas City Symphony on a musical trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg! With its soaring melodies, pulse-pounding rhythms and lush harmonies, Russian music is the epitome of pure, unbridled emotion. Featuring Russian Romantic hits, including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise; and fiery show pieces, like Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Mussorgsky’s “Gopak,” this program has something for everybody: fervent excitement, deeply heartfelt lyricism and lighthearted fun! All tickets are only $25 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.


    KALMAR CONDUCTS DVORÁK AND BEETHOVEN
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    KALMAR CONDUCTS DVORÁK AND BEETHOVEN
    March 27 - 29, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Conductor Carlos Kalmar returns to the Helzberg Hall stage to present another impeccably assembled program. In need of music to enhance his adaption of the play “Peer Gynt,” dramatist Henrik Ibsen approached Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg to create this descriptive and theatric portrait. The familiar music in “Morning Mood” depicts the sun breaking through clouds and the recognizable music from “In the Hall of the Mountain King” perfectly captures the image of trolls dancing in the great hall of their monarch. The Seventh Symphony of Dvorák reflects the political struggles of the Czech nation in the late 19th century and represents some of the composer’s best work. The refined playing of Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin rounds out this program with what Beethoven considered his own breakthrough piece while working to establish his performance career. Tickets start at $25. Ovation & Masterworks Series


    “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”
    14-15 KC Symphony Pops
    “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”
    Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 at 8 p.m.
    Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Get ready to twirl your umbrella as legendary Hollywood musical “Singin’ in the Rain” is shown on a huge screen in Helzberg Hall while your Symphony performs the soundtrack live on stage, transforming your visit into pure movie magic. Filled with iconic music it’s no wonder this is the American Film Institute’s No. 1 movie musical to ever grace the silver screen.


    Kenton at the Kauffman
    14-15 KC Jazz Orchestra
    Kenton at the Kauffman

    Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Presents
    Kenton at the Kauffman
    A Tribute to the Legendary Stan Kenton Orchestra!
    Friday, April 17th 8:00 p.m.
    Helzberg Hall

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    When the legacy of the big band is discussed, the great Stan Kenton Orchestra - because of his inventive rhythms and lush arrangements - is always a topic of discussion and admiration. Join The KCJO as we perform such classics as "Peanut Vendor," “Street of Dreams," "Eager Beaver,” “Artistry in Rhythm,” “Here’s That Rainy Day” and many others. The creative world of Stan Kenton…is a must hear!



    Tosca
    2014-15 Lyric Opera Season
    Tosca
    April 18 - April 26, 2015
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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    Love and the ultimate double cross.

    Giacomo Puccini’s emotionally charged Tosca explores the dark side of human emotion while set to some of his most passionate and memorable music. It’s a story filled with lies, lust and corruption as Floria Tosca stars in a role she never desired. When the love of her life is captured by a corrupt police chief, she is forced to make the ultimate bargain, to no avail. This is a traditional presentation of a true classic, filled with heartbreaking arias and touching love duets.

    Estimated runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes including two intermissions
    Sung in Italian with English and Italian titles


    Photographer Joel Sartore<br>
Grizzlies, Piranhas, & Man-Eating Pigs<br>
    Tuesday, April 21st 2015 7:30 PM
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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    Single Tickets go on sale August 28th at 10:00am

    From being chased by angry and hungry animals to dancing with rattlesnakes to surviving multiple traffic accidents in far-flung places, Joel Sartore has repeatedly put himself at risk to get the story. Why subject yourself to this? Simply put, to document endangered species and incredible landscapes that show a world well worth saving.



    The Winds of Spring
    14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
    The Winds of Spring
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6 p.m.

    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 kick off your weekend a day early! Selections include Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Crumb’s Black Angels and Stravinsky’s Octet.

    Seats for KC Symphony Happy Hour concerts can only be reserved 90 days prior to concert date.


    DON JUAN, PLUS MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 20
    May 1 – 3, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Don Juan, a passionate tone poem about the famous fictional libertine, marked Strauss’ discovery of his preferred compositional style. For Nielsen’s WWI-inspired “Inextinguishable,” he wrote that he sought to express “the elemental will to live.” It includes a musical battle between timpanists, and after a tumultuous journey, ends in glorious triumph. Between these two grand works, hear pianist Steven Lin perform a light, refreshing Mozart concerto. Ovation & Masterworks Series


    Dances Daring (then and now)
    2014-15 KC Ballet Season
    Dances Daring (then and now)
    May 8-17, 2015
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    Four great works all in one performance.

    Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland is a haunting, visually striking contemporary ballet. Emerging choreographer Amy Seiwert is gaining national renown for her surprising, remarkable work that expands the definition of ballet. George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments is pure energy. The Still Point is one of Todd Bolender’s most revered ballets.

    Subscriptions are available online or by calling Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.2232. Single tickets are on sale August 18, 2014.


    MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
    Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Vince Mendoza, conductor

    Mary Chapin Carpenter joins the Kansas City Symphony for a very special evening of music from her debut orchestral record, “Songs from the Movie.” Collaborating with composer/arranger and producer Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello and Joni Mitchell) and working once again with co-producer Matt Rollings (Keith Urban and Lyle Lovett), Carpenter’s new record harkens to her love of classic film and symphonic music. The result reprises 10 of Carpenter’s songs in Mendoza’s distinctively beautiful and cinematic arrangements, presented as an imaginary film soundtrack. From “Come On Come On” to “On and On It Goes” to “I Am a Town” and “Goodnight America,” this winner of multiple Grammy® Awards and two-time CMA® Female Vocalist of the Year is still breaking new ground, promising a unique, personal and memorable evening in Helzberg Hall. Tickets start at $40.


    Mendelssohn's Octet
    14-15 KC Symphony Happy Hour
    Mendelssohn's Octet
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Bring your friends and co-workers to the Symphony for a delightful FREE performance of chamber music programmed by our musicians. This program features Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations for String Trio, O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz and Mendelssohn’s Octet. Lobby bars open at 5 p.m., followed by the casual one-hour concert at 6 p.m.

    Seats for KC Symphony Happy Hour concerts can only be reserved 90 days prior to concert date.


    
Underwater Photographer David Doubilet<br> 
and Aquatic Biologist & Photojournalist Jen Hayes<br>
Coral, Fire, & Ice: Exploring Secret Underwater Worlds<br>
    Tuesday, May 12th 2015 7:30 PM
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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    Single Tickets go on sale August 28th at 10:00am

    Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with two photographers creating a visual voice for the world’s oceans. David Doubilet with his wife and underwater partner, Jennifer Hayes have explored the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice, then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolfish and harp seals.



    DISNEY FANTASIA LIVE IN CONCERT WITH THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
    Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, 2015 at 7 p.m.
    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Join us for a thrilling Screenland at the Symphony performance of Disney's groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia. Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and Nutcracker Suite, will be performed while Disney's stunning footage is shown on the big screen. Experience iconic moments and childhood favorites as you never have before!


    ZUKERMAN, GELLER, BEETHOVEN AND BACH
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    ZUKERMAN, GELLER, BEETHOVEN AND BACH
    May 29 - 31, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Israeli-born conductor, violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman is one of the world’s great musical geniuses. He returns to Helzberg Hall to one of Bach’s most famous works, the Double Concerto, with Concertmaster Noah Geller. Zukerman also performs Hindemith’s Trauermusik, a touching work for viola and string orchestra. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Second Symphony, one of his most energetic and cheerful works. Bravo & Masterworks Series


    Wolf Experts Jim & Jamie Dutcher<br>
The Hidden Lives of Wolves<br>
(Special Engagement)<br>
    Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 7:30 PM
    Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

    This performance is not included in series subscriptions but may be added-on to your package.

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    Single Tickets go on sale August 28th at 10:00am

    Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived in a tented camp bordering Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness. For six years, they documented the social hierarchy and behavior of the Sawtooth Pack, wolves they bottle-fed as pups. Meet the Dutchers as they weave fascinating stories and stunning images about the world the wolf faces and solutions for their survival from on-the-ground biologists.
    This performance is not part of the standard 4 show and 3 show subscriptions, but may be added on to your package



    DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ
    June 5-7, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Music Director Michael Stern is back on the podium to begin these concerts with Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde. Then, German violinist Augustin Hadelich takes the stage to perform the popular Bruch concerto. Schoenberg’s strikingly beautiful Verklärte Nacht is a highly tonal reflection of finding redemption, which sets the stage for Ravel’s passionate and flowing music for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. Ovation & Masterworks Series


    Symphony in the Flint Hills
    14-15 KCS Special Engagement
    Symphony in the Flint Hills
    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    Location TBA

    Aram Demirjian, associate conductor

    Produced by Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc., the Kansas City Symphony performs classical works against a backdrop of the breathtaking Flint Hills of Kansas. The event begins at 1 p.m. with prairie education activities, guided prairie walks, catered BBQ and horse-drawn covered wagon rides. The concert begins at 6:45 p.m. and concludes at sunset when attendees can dance under the stars to old time acoustic music or star gaze.

    Tickets will be available spring 2015.


    SEASON FINALE: A HERO’S LIFE
    14-15 KC Symphony Classical
    SEASON FINALE: A HERO’S LIFE
    June 19-21, 2015
    Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

    Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto has it all: gorgeous melodies and technically demanding piano lines that only Tchaikovsky could write. Aptly matched for this Russian masterpiece is Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko. Arguably autobiographical in nature, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben includes quotations from his earlier works. Convinced that French horns best expressed heroism, this masterwork calls for eight to complement the large orchestra. Hear the hero’s theme, his battles, ensuing peace, and finally, his retirement from the mortal world. Bravo & Masterworks Series