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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.



Mozart and Mendelssohn: Reaching for the Stars!
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
Mozart and Mendelssohn: Reaching for the Stars!
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra:
Mozart and Mendelssohn: Reaching for the Stars
September 4th, 2015 8:00pm
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Mozart’s monumental final symphony, the “Jupiter”, unleashes musical forces to create one of the most powerful experiences in the concert hall, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 bristles with drama and the creative energy of a young master. These two great symphonies will make a spectacular Labor Day weekend celebration! Under the direction of Music Director Bruce Sorrell, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra launches a new season that will set you soaring on the wings of great music!
www.kcchamberorchestra.org


Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax, violinist and pianist in duo recital
Tuesday September 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The 51st season will open with a grand pairing of two of the most respected musicians of our time. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Pianist Emanuel Ax’s “greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician, and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays,” praised the Los Angeles Times.



Take 6 & The Manhattan Transfer present The Summit<br>
Thursday September 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music, create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 GRAMMY Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut, original members Janis Siegal, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne pay tribute to the group’s late founder, Tim Hauser, and roll out a thrilling career retrospective with the help of newest member Trist Curless. Take 6 will share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event!



CLASSICS UNCORKED: MADE in AMERICA
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CLASSICS UNCORKED: MADE in AMERICA
September 11, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Your Symphony musicians commemorate September 11th with bold soundscapes of the American orchestra. This adrenaline-infused patriotic program includes Bernstein’s timeless Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, John Adams’ festive, modern classic Lollapalooza, plus hits by Gershwin, Copland and more. Tickets are only $25 or $30 each and include a glass of wine or champagne after the concert, when you can mingle with Symphony musicians in the Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Proudly sponsored by BMO Private Bank with media support from Ink Magazine




Jay Leno
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Jay Leno
Sunday, September 13th 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

While he may be best known for his decades-long tenure behind The Tonight Show desk, Jay Leno cut his teeth as one of the most incisive comedy voices of the ‘70s and 80s . His all-new standup tour is his chance to remind fans why he became a household name in the first place! As an acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, speaker and philanthropist – it’s no wonder that Jay Leno has always been widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

This Television Hall of Fame inductee exudes his everyman style and personality which has earned him millions of fans worldwide. He has been touted as one of the nicest people in show business and says “Anyone can have a life – careers are hard to come by!”

Featuring Emily West.



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

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




CHAMBER MUSIC with MICHAEL STERN
15-16 Symphony Inside Music
CHAMBER MUSIC with MICHAEL STERN
Saturday, September 19 at 11 a.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




Audra McDonald, Broadway star in concert
15-16 Harriman-Jewell Series
Audra McDonald, Broadway star in concert
Saturday September 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

With a record six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, Audra McDonald is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and concert stages as she is in roles on film and television.



Don Giovanni
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
Don Giovanni

September 26 - October 4, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

2015-2016 season subscriptions are available now, subscribe today!

Dark Desires and Destiny

Snap-brim fedoras, trench coats and dimly lit speakeasies set the stage for legendary libertine Don Giovanni and his comic sidekick, Leporello. Seville has been replaced by the mean streets of the big city as dark shadows hide mistaken identities while intrigue and revenge abound. Mozart’s music is evocative and glorious as the Don romances and then discards his conquests. He finally meets his end at the cold hand of destiny in this beautifully reimagined masterpiece.

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






PROJECT TRIO
15-16 KC Symphony Family
PROJECT TRIO
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






A Night at the Cotton Club<br>
15-16 KC Jazz Orchestra
A Night at the Cotton Club
Friday October 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The KCJO will feature the music of the great musicians, singers and orchestras who performed at New York’s legendary night club, The Cotton Club, during the 1920s and 1930s: Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Lester Young, Cab Calloway, KC’s Count Basie and many others!



KRISTIN CHENOWETH with the KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
15-16 Symphony Special Events
KRISTIN CHENOWETH with the KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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


Conservatory Wind Symphony
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
Conservatory Wind Symphony
Conservatory Wind Symphony
OCtober 4th, 2015 7:00pm
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


October 4, 2015, Conservatory Wind Symphony, directed by Steven D. Davis. The program includes a world premiere by alumnus Nick Omiccioli; John Mackey's Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band; Chen Yi's Ba Yin for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble, with special guest PRISM Quartet, featuring faculty Zachary Shemon, (world premiere for the wind ensemble version); and Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, arr. Paul Lavender. 7 p.m., The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall


Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia
15-16 Harriman-Jewell Series
Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia
Friday October 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The company of 50 accomplished men and women will captivate audience through vivid character portrayals and fanciful patterns of the choreographic design. The kaleidoscopic evening of dance works as a single choreographic symphony—a continuous stream of folk dance elements: slow and thoughtfully smooth, then swift and sparkling.



The Three Musketeers
2015-16 KC Ballet Season
The Three Musketeers
October 9-18, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!

This swashbuckling tale choreographed by André Prokovsky lands in Kansas City for the first time ever. Follow Athos, Porthos and Aramis through a lavish combination of action, romance and comedy as the musketeers set out to protect the honor of Queen Anne. The Three Musketeers is sure to thrill Kansas City audiences!

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


Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Saturday October 10, 2015 at 8:00PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Often billed as “El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo," or “The Best Mariachi in the World,” the ensemble of musicians and vocalists was formed in 1898 by Don Gaspar Vargas in the Mexican village of Tecalitlán. With five generations of performers now keeping their deeply rooted traditions alive, Mexico City based Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán entices audiences worldwide and has appeared in more than 200 films and has made numerous recordings. The transcendent concert experience is everything you love about mariachi music—from the singing and musicianship to the costumes and pageantry. Quite simply, Mariachi Vargas are the quintessential kings of mariachi music.



Chat With Amy Poehler
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
Chat With Amy Poehler
Tuesday, October 13th 7:00 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Subscriptions Available Now!
Actress, author, producer, and director Amy Poehler is perhaps best known for her award-winning work on “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation,” yet she is also a prominent advocate for women and children’s empowerment and equality around the world. Poehler serves as Ambassador of Arts for Worldwide Orphans Foundation, traveling to Haiti to work directly with the group’s staff and children as well as spearheading international fundraising efforts. She also co-founded Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization dedicated to engaging young women in volunteerism, civic activism, cultural exchange, and self-expression through the arts. Her intelligent stewardship is leaving a legacy for the many girls and women who look to her as a social influencer and a direction-setting figure.


Free Happy Hour: BRASSTACULAR!
15-16 KC Symphony Happy Hour
Free Happy Hour: BRASSTACULAR!
October 14, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Our Symphony musicians perform a wonderful, one-hour program of chamber music that will add joy to the middle of your week. Enjoy Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture for horn quartet, Ingolf Dahl’s Sextet for Brass, Poulenc’s Sonata for Brass Trio and Oskar Böhme’s Sextet for Brass. This performance is presented in honor of legendary brass teacher Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt. Arrive early or stay late to enjoy drinks from our cash bar in the Kauffman Center’s stunning Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Reserve your free general admission tickets in advance starting July 27.




Jake Shimabukuro
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday October 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed television audiences on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England. Jake Shimabukuro developed a deep passion to create and innovate. Renowned for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake views the ukulele as an “untapped source of music with unlimited potential.” With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s start may burn even brighter.



Chat with Liz Murray
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Chat with Liz Murray
Tuesday, October 20th 7:00 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Subscriptions Available Now!

Liz Murray is an inspirational speaker and best-selling author of “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.” Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big. Her story is exhilarating and inspirational, and her delivery is innocently honest, as she takes audiences on a very personal journey where she achieves the improbable. After graduating, Murray founded Manifest Living, a New York-based company that aims to empower anyone who has the desire to change their life, and she is passionate about speaking on the importance of personal motivation, and transforming problems into opportunities.


Stars of American Ballet featuring Fancy Free
15-16 Harriman-Jewell Series
Stars of American Ballet featuring Fancy Free
Friday October 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

A showcase ensemble that draws principal dancers from New York City Ballet and other elite American companies, Stars of American Ballet will dance a program that will feature Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, the 1940s sailors-on-leave favorite the New York Times described as a classic that “both captures the time of its creation and stands as timeless.”



FESTA ITALIANA
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
FESTA ITALIANA
October 23-25, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




CHORAL WORKSHOP with CHARLES BRUFFY
15-16 Symphony Inside Music
CHORAL WORKSHOP with CHARLES BRUFFY
October 24, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Learn vocal and performance technique from Grammy® Award-winning Symphony Chorus Director Charles Bruffy. Throughout the session, Bruffy will offer feedback and musical ideas as two student groups take center stage in Helzberg Hall. College and high school chamber groups are invited to apply. Nominations must be received by Monday, October 5.




Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
Saturday October 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do. As part of this, Glass mixes stories from the show, live onstage, combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, recreating the sound of the show as the audience watches. And he plays funny and memorable moments from the show, and talks about what was behind their creation.

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass is sponsored by Lawrence and Donna Gould Cohen and Martha Gershun and Don Goldman in memory of Gloria P. Gershun, a professional librarian and passionate booklover with deep ties to the Jewish community.

The event is supported in partnership with KCUR 89.3 FM



Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Music Director
Tuesday October 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. The celebrated Orchestra will play a daring program of two full symphonies—Beethoven’s Fifth and Mahler’s First—under the masterful baton of its renowned music director, Riccardo Muti.”



SCREENLAND at the SYMPHONY: DR. JEKYLL and MR. HYDE
Thursday, October 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR: MUSIC of the BEATLES
October 30-31, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






Crescendo
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
Crescendo
Crescendo!
November6th, 2015 7:00pm
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


November 6, 2015, Crescendo: New Mood Rising, The Conservatory’s annual fundraising event for scholarships features spectacular music and dance performed by Conservatory students and faculty on stage and throughout Helzberg Hall in a dazzling 60-minute concert.



Rusalka
2015-16 Lyric Opera Season
Rusalka

November 7 - 15, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

2015-2016 season subscriptions are available now, subscribe today!

Love, Loss and Longing.

Although Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Dvorák’s Rusalka are based on the same Hans Christian Andersen fable, this isn’t your daughter’s Ariel. A hauntingly poetic libretto matched with a lush score, Rusalka tells the story of a lovely yet lovelorn mermaid who yearns to become human. The searing aria, “Song to the Moon,” is filled with longing as she prays for the prince to return her love. Her wish is granted, but she discovers that what we desir e can also destroy and redemption is seldom granted.

Sung in Czech with English titles.
Appropriate for children 11+






Chat with Geena Davis
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
Chat with Geena Davis
Tuesday, November 9th 7:00 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Subscriptions Available Now!

Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.” In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Accidental Tourist.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in “Thelma & Louise.” Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in “A League of Their Own.” Davis is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters – and reduce gender stereotyping – in media made for children 11 and under.


SCREENLAND AT THE SYMPHONY: STAR TREK 2009
15-16 KC Symphony Special
SCREENLAND AT THE SYMPHONY: STAR TREK 2009
November 12 & 14, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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


BEETHOVEN, MOZART AND BRAHMS
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
BEETHOVEN, MOZART AND BRAHMS
November 20-22, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




SPANISH NIGHTS, AND PROKOFIEV'S FIFTH
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
SPANISH NIGHTS, AND PROKOFIEV'S FIFTH
November 27-29, 2015
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

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




HANDEL'S <em>MESSIAH</em>
15-16 KC Symphony Off Season
HANDEL'S MESSIAH
December 3-6, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






The Nutcracker
2015-16 KC Ballet Season
The Nutcracker
Presented by Bank of America
December 5-24, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

ALL-NEW PRODUCTION!

Prepare to be dazzled by Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker as you’ve never seen it before! The classic, Victorian-era story by E.T.A. Hoffman featuring Clara, the Prince and Herr Drosselmeier has been completely reimagined with exquisite costumes by Holly Hynes, grand new sets by Alain Vaës and new choreography by Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney.

Buy tickets now or save 20% with a paid 2015-2016 season subscription, subscribe today or call the Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.8993.


TUBACHRISTMAS 2015
15-16 Symphony Tuba Christmas
TUBACHRISTMAS 2015
December 4 & 7, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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

 

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




A Swinging Kansas City Christmas!<br>
15-16 KC Jazz Orchestra
A Swinging Kansas City Christmas!
featuring multiplatinum-selling singer/composer Ann Hampton Callaway

Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Join The KCJO and our very special guest vocalist, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, as we Swing into the Holidays – Kansas City style – with our annual holiday show! Keep your Yule cool and join us for exciting classic big band hits and wonderful arrangements of your favorite holiday songs. www.annhamptoncallaway.com



CLASSICS UNCORKED: WINTER'S DREAM
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CLASSICS UNCORKED: WINTER'S DREAM
December 9, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Relive the child-like wonder of the holidays with music inspired by beloved fairy tales and folk stories, including the “Dream Pantomime” from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, selections from Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Polonaise. Delight in the fun of Bizet’s Farandole and take a different sort of “Sleigh Ride” with the help of Prokofiev and Delius. Tickets are only $25 or $30 each and include a glass of wine or champagne after the concert, when you can mingle with Symphony musicians in the Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Sponsored by BMO Private Bank.




DOC SEVERINSEN with the KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
December 11, 2015

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
15-16 KC Symphony Family
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






Spire Chamber Ensemble <br>
presents Handel's Messiah
15-16 Kauffman Special Events
Spire Chamber Ensemble
presents Handel's Messiah
Wednesday December 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra continue a Kansas City tradition with its annual performance of Handel’s epic masterpiece in the glorious acoustics of Helzberg Hall. Our rendition will reflect the scope and character of Handel’s own performances through the use of period instruments including Baroque strings, oboes, bassoon, and natural trumpets. Messiah has always been a popular part of the holiday season. This year, make Spire’s performance part of your tradition.



CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
15-16 Theater League
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
December 29-30, 2015
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular. THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED…it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one. From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “a delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle raves, “even the Grinch would be impressed with this Christmas wonderland.” “Stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face,” hails the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle.” “The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses and find the magic of the season” proclaims The Oakland Press. Don’t miss this international sensation that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” according to the Washington Post.



BRILLIANT BRITS: ELGAR AND VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
15-16 KC Symphony Classical
BRILLIANT BRITS: ELGAR AND VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
January 8-10, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




Cinderella performed by Russian National Ballet Theatre
Thursday January 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will return to the Series to dance the magical full-evening story ballet, Cinderella, set to Prokofiev’s lush score. The 50-member ensemble is led by Elena Radchenko, a former principal dancer with Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet.



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

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




INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with VIOLINIST MIDORI
15-16 Symphony Inside Music
INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with VIOLINIST MIDORI
January 16 at 11 a.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Witness incredible technique and coaching as the incomparable Midori shares her artistry with two students as part of the Inside Music Series. Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, January 4, 2016.




Free Happy Hour: JAN KRAYBILL'S ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA
January 19, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Who couldn’t use a happy hour to brighten a winter week? Savor this FREE performance of familiar favorites by organist Jan Kraybill on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. 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 November 1, 2015.




The MAGICAL MUSIC of JOHN WILLIAMS - STAR WARS & MORE

January 21-23, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






CLASSICAL KIDS: GERSHWIN'S MAGIC KEY
15-16 KC Symphony Family
CLASSICAL KIDS: GERSHWIN'S MAGIC KEY
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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






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

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with PIANIST JEREMY DENK
15-16 Symphony Inside Music
INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with PIANIST JEREMY DENK
January 30, 2016

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Get an inside view of the student/teacher relationship with this event presented by pianist Jeremy Denk. In town to perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto with the Kansas City Symphony, Denk also will coach two area piano students as part of the Inside Music Series. Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, January 11, 2016.




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

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




INSIDE MUSIC SERIES with VIOLINIST VADIM GLUZMAN
February 7, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

Violinist Vadim Gluzman shares his musical insights on stage in Helzberg Hall. Two young violinists will be given the opportunity to perform for a live audience while being coached by a true master of the instrument. Students interested in performing should submit a nomination form no later than Monday, January 18, 2016.




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.




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

Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center

 

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




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


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: Tiger, 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 swing like The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra do!” We’ll feature great songs and arrangements from World War II such as “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” all the way to the Beatles and Tom Jones, when British artists and songwriters dominated the music charts in the 1960s. It’ll be a fun, nostalgic, and definitely a swinging concert!



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

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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+






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.



FCM Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
15-16 Kauffman Center Presents
FCM Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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 orchestra. 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.” This concert will be performed without an intermission.






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.



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.




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

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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 8:00 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 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.




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 afternoon performance featuring exciting and beautiful works from the choral repertoire. Please note, the Kansas City Symphony will not perform in this concert. Tickets start at $20.




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.




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.