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Upcoming 2023/24 Season is Michael Stern’s Final Season as Music Director

“Making music matter in Kansas City has been a joyous mission for 20 years”


Experience Michael Stern’s unforgettable final season as music director of your Kansas City Symphony. Michael has pulled out all the stops, planning a season filled with powerhouse pieces and exciting new works. He’ll be joined by superstars of orchestral music like Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Kansas City’s own Joyce DiDonato, Yefim Bronfman, Kelley O’Connor, Pamela Frank, Philippe Quint and more. You’ll also hear KC Symphony co-commissions and world premieres by Chen Yi, Errollyn Wallen, Joel Thompson and Angel Lam, to name just a few.

During Michael’s impressive 19-year run as music director he has grown the Symphony to become one of the top 25 orchestras in the country. It’s also become a champion of American composers, showcasing commissions, co-commissions and premieres of new works each season.

Watch below as Michael Stern reflects on his years leading the Kansas City Symphony and the orchestra’s role in our community…


In addition to a special performance with Yo-Yo Ma, next season Michael will be conducting eight Classical Series performances that will include monumental works by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Ludwig van Beethoven and more.

Reflecting on his time leading the KC Symphony, Michael says, “Making music matter in Kansas City has been a joyous mission for 20 years, and becoming part of the Kansas City Symphony family has been my honor. Making this season happen has been both bittersweet and a joyous labor of love. I intend to make every moment of it count, and I look forward to sharing it all with you, with all my gratitude.”

Join us next season in celebrating the singular talent that is Maestro Michael Stern. Season tickets for Michael’s final season with the KC Symphony are selling fast, so don’t wait… get yours today! CLICK HERE for season details and ordering information.