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Stunning Music Stars in Kansas City Symphony’s 2018/19 Season 

Featuring Beethoven’s Seventh, Carmina Burana, Lyle Lovett, Pink Martini, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Folds, Wynonna Judd plus the music of Gershwin, Star Wars, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and much more


Exhilarating, inspiring and well-balanced all at once — the Kansas City Symphony promises stunning music with a little something for everyone in the 2018/19 season. 

“Our 2018/19 season is extraordinary,” said Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne. “With each season we strive to reach new heights of artistic excellence and reach new audiences. This coming season accomplishes that, and I am confident that we will delight and inspire audiences as never before. I am proud of the many ways our community can connect with the Kansas City Symphony and we can’t wait to share these great concerts with you.” 

The 14-concert Classical Series begins in September and runs through June 2019. The Classical Series is available for purchase as the Bravo Series (7 concerts), Ovation Series (7 concerts) or Masterworks Series (all 14 concerts). The 2018/19 season will mark Music Director Michael Stern’s 14th season this September and the Symphony’s eighth season in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 

Fourteen concert weekends: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. 

  • Opening Weekend: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Symphonic Dances (Sept. 14-16)*
  • Beethoven’s Seventh and Grieg’s Piano Concerto (Oct. 5-7)*
  • Mozart, Bach and Schubert’s Ninth (Nov. 16-18)
  • Mozart’s “Jupiter” with Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto (Nov. 23-25)
  • Russian Romantics: Tchaikovsky and Glazunov (Jan. 11-13, 2019)
  • Enchanting and Exotic: Firebird, Aladdin and Rachmaninoff (Jan. 25-27, 2019)
  • Dvoƙák’s “New World,” Gershwin and Pat Metheny (Feb. 8-10, 2019)
  • Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” with Barber’s Piano Concerto (March 8-10, 2019)
  • Carmina Burana (March 29-31, 2019)
  • La Valse with Copland’s Appalachian Spring (April 12-14, 2019)
  • Stern Conducts Mahler’s Third (May 17-19, 2019)
  • Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto with Brahms (May 31-June 2, 2019)
  • Symphonic Metamorphosis plus Bach and Brahms (June 7-9, 2019)
  • Season Finale: Pictures at an Exhibition (June 21-23, 2019) 

“I’m thrilled by our 2018/19 season,” Stern says. “We continue to accelerate our musical adventure together, making the case for music in this great American city by featuring multifaceted American composers from John Adams and Augusta Read Thomas to Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, to name only a few. A wonderfully eclectic work for percussion and orchestra based on Pat Metheny’s music will receive its Kansas City premiere as do three splendid works by Anna Clyne, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Michael Kurth. 

“We’re also continuing our Mahler cycle with his transcendent Third Symphony, which has not been performed in Kansas City for more than three decades,” Stern adds. “We welcome esteemed guest conductors, with first visits from Andrey Boreyko and Edo de Waart, plus exceptional soloists including our own Noah Geller, Mark Gibbs, Julian Kaplan and Chris McLaurin. Of course, we also have great music by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Haydn and Schubert as well as Orff’s ever-popular Carmina burana. There’s something for everyone in this season!” 

The 2018/19 Symphony Pops Series offers entertaining fun with concerts led by David T. Beals III Associate Conductor Jason Seber. 

Four concert weekends: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 

  • Glorious Gershwin featuring Patti Austin (Oct. 26-27)*
  • An Evening with Lyle Lovett and the Kansas City Symphony (Jan. 18-19, 2019)
  • Film + Live Orchestra: Casablanca in Concert (Feb. 15-16, 2019)
  • Pink Martini with the Kansas City Symphony (April 5-6, 2019) 

The Symphony Family Series is perfect for introducing children ages 4-13 to symphonic music, including the full-length version of the Symphony’s Christmas Festival. Each child subscription is only $10 with the purchase of an adult subscription. 

Four concert weekends: 2 p.m. Sundays 

  • Halloween Symphony Spooktacular (Oct. 28)*
  • Christmas Festival (Dec. 16)
  • Peter and the Wolf, Live! (Feb. 17, 2019)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Music (April 28, 2019) 

The Symphony offers special and holiday concerts in addition to the core series. From full-length movies to adored holiday concert traditions, there is a concert for everyone. Subscribers have the option to add on these holiday and special concerts when purchasing a 2018/19 subscription. Single tickets for most concerts go on sale in July. 


  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert (Sept. 6-7 and 9)*
  • Leslie Odom Jr. with the Kansas City Symphony (Sept. 22)*
  • Ben Folds with the Kansas City Symphony (Sept. 24-25)*
  • Andrew Bird with the Kansas City Symphony (Sept. 29)*
  • Silent Film + Live Organ: The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Concert (Oct. 31)*
  • Wynonna with the Kansas City Symphony (Nov. 10)*
  • Film + Live Orchestra: Star Wars Episode IV — A New Hope (Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2019)
  • The Music of Michael Jackson (Feb. 22-23, 2019)
  • Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits (March 23, 2019)

*Concerts with asterisk in list above are on sale now to the public


  • The Texas Tenors: Back Home for Christmas (Nov. 30)
  • Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 7-9)
  • Christmas Festival (Dec. 14-18)
  • Film + Live Orchestra: It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert (Dec. 21-22) 

The Symphony will announce any remaining 2018/19 concerts and events, such as the Classics Uncorked Series and the FREE Happy Hour Series concerts, in July when single tickets become available to the public on Monday, July 30.

The opportunity to purchase a new subscription for the 2018/19 season is occurring now, with a deadline of Sept. 1. Symphony season subscribers not only benefit from securing the best seats at the best prices, but many other perks such as free exchanges for most concerts and discounts on additional ticket purchases. To renew or subscribe, visit kcsymphony.org or call the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400. Most single tickets for the 2018/19 concerts will go on sale to the public Monday, July 30.

Subscribers can add holiday and special concerts to their orders now. Some of the top subscriber benefits include access to the best reserved seats at the best prices offered, free exchanges, subscriber discounts, reserving parking in advance, opportunities to buy special concert events before the public, and much more. 

To learn more about becoming a Kansas City Symphony season subscriber, visit kcsymphony.org or call the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400.