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KC STAR CLASSICAL BEAT: Mozart and ‘Merry Pranks’

excerpt from Classical Beat
May 28, 2017
Patrick Neas


It’s always an event whenever pianist Emanuel Ax performs with the Kansas City Symphony. His appearance June 2-4 will be especially festive as he performs two piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

On the first half of the program, it’s Piano Concerto No. 19, and the second half will feature Piano Concerto No. 16. Opening the concert is Claude Debussy’s lovely “Jeux,” and to close, it’s Richard Strauss’ orchestral showpiece “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” Michael Stern conducts.

8 p.m. June 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. June 4. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. $28-$80. 816-471-0400 or kcsymphony.org.

You can reach Patrick Neas at patrickneas@kcartsbeat.com and follow his Facebook page, KC Arts Beat, at www.facebook.com/kcartsbeat.



  • Kansas City Symphony, “Classics Uncorked: The Architecture of Music,” June 7, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org
  • Doc Severinsen with Kansas City Symphony, June 8, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org
  • Kansas City Symphony, “Season Finale: Rachmaninoff’s Second and Barber’s Violin Concerto,” June 16-18, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org
  • Kansas City Symphony, Screenland at the Symphony: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” June 21-24, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org


Compiled by Dan Kelly, dkelly@kcstar.com

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