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Presenting our 2021/22 Symphony Season

Excitement awaits! Classical, Pops & Family Series, plus Holiday Concerts and Special Presentations

Masterworks, Bravo & Ovation

Classical Series Concerts

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Masterworks & Bravo Series
MAHLER’S “TITAN” WITH KAHANE’S WORLD PREMIERE PIANO CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, September 24-25, 2021 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 2 p.m.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
GABRIEL KAHANE  Piano Concerto, The Schaefers of Magdeburg (world premiere, Kansas City Symphony co-commission)
GUSTAV MAHLER  Symphony No. 1, “Titan”
Michael Stern, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano

After the pandemic year we endured together, this program is a joyful return to great music retaking center stage. In the Greek myth, Prometheus sought to elevate humankind with learning and art. In Beethoven’s overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, you will feel the electricity as Prometheus flees the heavens after stealing fire from the gods. The gifted American composer Gabriel Kahane honors the legacy of his family’s leaving Europe for the New World during the rise of the Nazis. It is especially touching that this new concerto, The Schaefers of Magdeburg, is written for and premiered by his father, the extraordinary pianist Jeffrey Kahane. Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony begins with a single note stretched over seven octaves – the birth of nature – and takes us through a dance of the earth, folk music, country bands, funeral processions, children’s songs, finally arriving at one of the most shattering climaxes in all of music. The human journey through all the music old and new on this program will overwhelm you.

Masterworks and Ovation Series
BRAHMS’ FIRST, BRUCH’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, 2021 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 2 p.m.
STUART MURRAY TURNBULL  Odyssey (world premiere)
MAX BRUCH  Violin Concerto No.1
JOHANNES BRAHMS  Symphony No. 1
Michael Stern, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin

Yet another KC Symphony World Premiere opens this concert, Stuart Murray Turnbull’s Odyssey, an extravagant colorful, twinkling and imaginative showpiece. With its delicate dancing strings lines, intricate woodwind flourishes and shifting rhythms, it’s a piece that musicians and audiences will find refreshing and contemporary. At 24 years old, Randall Goosby has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States since winning First Prize at the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition in 2010 at age 13. He brings his passionate virtuosity to Bruch’s warmly singing violin concerto. Suffering from self-doubt and an intense writer’s block, it took Brahms 14 years to complete his first symphony. It was well worth the struggle as the result is masterful, on a grand scale, with the ending of the work standing as one of the most uplifting creations in all of music.

Masterworks and Bravo Series
SCHEHERAZADE! PLUS STRAUSS
Friday and Saturday, November 5-6, 2021 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2 p.m.
FLORENCE PRICE  The Oak
RICHARD STRAUSS  Burleske in D Minor
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Scheherazade
Peter Oundjian, guest conductor
Janice Carissa, piano (appearance underwritten by the Almy Legacy Fund)

Guest conductor Peter Oundjian returns to the KCS to lead a program rich in contrast. Florence Price was the first female African American composer to earn national recognition. This performance of her moody, undeservedly neglected, and compelling tone poem, The Oak, will be a KC Symphony first. In her KCS debut, pianist Janice Carissa joins the orchestra to play Burleske by a very young Richard Strauss. This raucously fun piece breaks all the rules, including starting with a melody for solo timpani. Then, to top it all off is one of the most beloved cornerstones of Russian symphonic music, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. This musical depiction of tales from The Thousand and One Nights puts orchestral virtuosity on extravagant display, from the extraordinary imagery of Sinbad and his ship, to the Kalandar Prince, a Festival in Baghdad, and a shipwreck. It Is impossible not to get seduced by the technicolor storytelling.

Masterworks and Ovation Series
SCHUMANN’S “RHENISH” WITH BEETHOVEN’S FOURTH PIANO CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, November 26-27, 2021 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 2 p.m.
SAMUEL BARBER  Essay No.2
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 4
ROBERT SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”
Johannes Debus, guest conductor 
Eric Lu, piano (appearance underwritten by the Almy Legacy Fund)

Samuel Barber is one of the iconic voices of American music. It is easy to get drawn into the colossal grandeur and intensity of his Essay No. 2, but with it comes an aching fragility under the surface which grabs you. For his return to the KCS, guest conductor Johannes Debus chose this vibrant work to open a program of very personal statements. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, as played by the brilliant young pianist Eric Lu in his COVID delayed debut, reflects a similar struggle between defiant heroism and whispered intimacy. Continuing with personal statements, the program closes with Schumann’s love letter to the Rhineland, where he had recently re[1]settled. His Third Symphony is a celebration of the great cathedral of Cologne, the Rhine river and a new beginning in the Rhineland for his family. It is impossible not to be moved by the joyous eruption that ends this work.

Masterworks and Ovation Series
SHOSTAKOVICH’S FIFTH, PLUS GERSHWIN’S PIANO CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, January 14-15, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 2 p.m.
WILLIAM GRANT STILL  Poem for Orchestra
GEORGE GERSHWIN  Piano Concerto in F
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5
Joshua Weilerstein, guest conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

The program, led by guest conductor Joshua Weilerstein, begins with William Grant Still. Dubbed the Dean of African American composers, he was a trailblazer for Black artists. His stirring Poem for Orchestra, a first for the KCS, was described as “inspired by the concept of a world being reborn spiritually after a period of darkness and desolation”. George Gershwin, already famous on Broadway and Tin Pan Alley, used his Piano Concerto in F to bring the Jazz Age to a classical stage. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker is the dynamic soloist. Each of these pieces, in some way, is a fight for acceptance. Dmitri Shostakovich’s darkness was due to threats by the oppressive Stalinist regime, which deemed his earlier Avant Garde music “decadent”. His Fifth Symphony was his formal “apology” to get back in good graces with the authorities. Behind the forced smile of its heroics, the anguished despair remains real.

Masterworks and Bravo Series
STRAUSS’ DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION, PROKOFIEV’S SECOND VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, January 28-29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 30 at 2 p.m.
RICHARD STRAUSS  Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration)
JOEL THOMPSON  (Kansas City Symphony co-commission)
SERGEI PROKOFIEV  Violin Concerto No. 2
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Leonore Overture No. 3
Michael Stern, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

Richard Strauss’s meditation on mortality, Death and Transfiguration lifts the curtain on this concert. Despite the title, this is not music of grief, but uplifting serenity. The dazzling virtuoso Vadim Gluzman returns to the KCS as soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The slow movement is shimmeringly beautiful; but there is also restlessness and lament in the concerto, reflecting the uncertainty of the 1930’s when it was written. But the call for justice is the heart of this program, in the works by Beethoven and Joel Thompson. Leonore Overture No. 3, originally composed for Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, recounts Leonore’s loyalty and love as she works to free her unjustly imprisoned husband. Thompson is an eloquent new American voice in the conversation around social justice and equity. His new work was inspired by various texts by James Baldwin which form the narration for the work: “The future of this world … depends on to what extent and by what means we liberate ourselves from a vocabulary which now cannot bear the weight of reality.”

Masterworks and Ovation Series
PROKOFIEV’S FIFTH, WITH TCHAIKOVSKY’S ROCOCO VARIATIONS
Friday and Saturday, February 4-5, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 2 p.m.
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK  Othello Overture
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY  Variations on a Rococo Theme
SERGEI PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 5
Eduardo Strausser, guest conductor
Zlatomir Fung, cello

Dvořák’s Othello Overture was originally conceived as the middle work of a trilogy; between the two other overtures, one celebrating nature and the other, the revelry at a carnival, this one is a musical depiction of all of the themes in Shakespeare’s drama: love, conflict, jealousy and heartbreak, the full spectrum from joy to tragedy. At 21 years of age, Zlatomir Fung is a rising star, with an already long list of awards and accomplishments to his credit. The youngest musician ever to win First Prize in the cello division at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Fung makes his KCS debut playing Tchaikovsky’s elegant Variations on a Rococo Theme. Prokofiev’s reputation during his lifetime as a great melodist is confirmed throughout his monumental Symphony No. 5. The symphony is full of satire, tenderness, humor, and at the end, unleashed energy and relentless percussion which never fail to quicken the pulse. Eduardo Strausser takes the podium for this concert.

Masterworks and Ovation Series
ELGAR’S FIRST, PLUS MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 24
Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 2 p.m.
HENRY PURCELL/BENJAMIN BRITTEN  Chacony in G Minor
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 24
EDWARD ELGAR  Symphony No. 1
Michael Francis, guest conductor
Martina Filjak, piano

Michael Francis is the guest conductor of this celebration of (mostly) English music. In the 17th century, Henry Purcell was a star of English Baroque music. Three centuries later, his imaginative Chacony in G minor inspired another major British composer, Benjamin Britten, to arrange it for string orchestra in a simple and touching setting. Pianist Martina Filjak has received international attention for her memorable performances with leading orchestras worldwide. In her KC Symphony debut, she plays Mozart’s brooding and profound c minor concerto, with a slow movement that is a miraculous example of stillness in motion. But then back to England. Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 charts many moods, but it never loses the simple nobility and sincerity of the opening. With a touching sentimentality and intimacy, especially in the heartfelt slow movement, this is music that touches your soul.

Masterworks and Bravo Series
LA MER AND BRAHMS’ VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 2 p.m.
ANNA CLYNE  This Midnight Hour
CLAUDE DEBUSSY  La mer
JOHANNES BRAHMS  Violin Concerto
Michael Stern, conductor
Midori, violin

This concert begins with hidden stories. While Anna Clyne based “This Midnight Hour” on two very different poems, by Juan Ramón Jiménez and Charles Baudelaire, she explicitly avoided depicting any specific narrative. She wrote, “my intention is that it will evoke a visual journey for the listener.” The visual imagery in Debussy’s La Mer is astonishing. Debussy portrays subtle shifts on the water, the play of the waves, the swells of the ocean so vividly it makes one taste the salt and feel the spray. This music was modern when it was written, and it remains modern today. Midori is a great artist, a supreme violinist, a tireless educator and activist for music, and a generous colleague. Welcoming her back to play the magnificent Brahms’s violin concerto, symphonic in its scope and soaring in its reach, is a reason to celebrate.

Masterworks and Ovation Series
PÉTROUCHKA, PLUS MOZART’S CLARINET CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2 p.m.
JOAN TOWER  Tambor
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Clarinet Concerto
IGOR STRAVINSKY  Pétrouchka, 1947 revision
Christian Reif, guest conductor
Raymond Santos, principal clarinet, Bill and Peggy Lyons Chair

One of America’s most unique voices, Joan Tower has always followed her muse. Tambor, the Spanish word for drum, features the members of the KC Symphony percussion section – their rhythmic vitality will certainly get your heart pumping. Mozart’s final year was miraculously inspired, and among the many works he completed just months before he died was his only concerto for the clarinet. Our own Principal Clarinetist Raymond Santos brings his artistry to this achingly wistful and singing masterpiece as he makes his solo debut on the Classical Subscription series in Helzberg Hall. Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pétrouchka draws on Russian folklore, spinning a fantastical tale of three puppets, Pétrouchka, the Ballerina, and the Moor, brought to life at a street festival. The love triangle ends tragically, with the irony that the lifeless puppet is animated and then destroyed by love. Guest Conductor Christian Reif leads this colorful program.

Masterworks and Bravo Series
MIRACULOUS MANDARIN WITH RACHMANINOFF’S FOURTH PIANO CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2 p.m.
AARON COPLAND  El Salón México
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 4
ZOLTÁN KODÁLY  Dances of Galánta
BÉLA BARTÓK  Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
Paolo Bortolameolli, guest conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

Aaron Copland traveled to Mexico in 1932. A visit to a popular dance hall there inspired him to compose El Salón México, weaving bits of Mexican songs around his own music and the result was nothing less than a party – definitely a departure from old world European influences. Guest conductor Paolo Bortolameolli moves the scene from Mexico to Hungary for the rest of his program. Zoltán Kodály’s evocative Dances of Galánta is a lilting and affectionate celebration of his Hungarian homeland. Belá Bartók’s Suite from his ballet The Miraculous Mandarin reflects the mood in Europe after the horrors of World War I. The story is a grotesque surrealist nightmare, and while the music is terrifying and at times violent, it is also riveting; a visceral experience for the listener. Conrad Tao has garnered international acclaim as a pianist, composer, and recording artist and will be making his debut with the KCS to perform the often[1]overlooked Rachmaninoff Fourth Piano Concerto. Lighter in orchestration than the three that preceded it, there are nonetheless plenty of pianistic fireworks for an exhilarating experience.

Masterworks and Bravo Series
SAINT-SAËNS’ ORGAN SYMPHONY, WORLD PREMIERE OF ROGERSON’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 2 p.m.
MAURICE RAVEL  Mother Goose Suite
CHRIS ROGERSON  Violin Concerto (world premiere, Kansas City Symphony co-commission)
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS  Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
Gemma New, guest conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Jan Kraybill, organ

Fairy Tales and Fables animate the first half of this program, led by New Zealand born Gemma New. To begin, the glowing five fairy tales that comprise Ravel’s Mother Goose entice the listener into a magical, brilliantly orchestrated world. Mother Goose is then followed by The Little Prince in a commission by Kansas City Symphony favorite, Chris Rogerson. This time, his new violin concerto, written for the brilliant young violinist Benjamin Beilman, promises another wonderfully imaginative musical adventure. Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, known as the “Organ” symphony, is a perennial favorite, especially in Helzberg Hall, where the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ fills the air with glorious music. Kansas City’s own organist extraordinaire Jan Kraybill joins the orchestra for this sonically spectacular program.

Masterworks and Bravo Series
SLEEPING BEAUTY WITH SIBELIUS’ VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.
LILI BOULANGER  D’un matin de printemps
JEAN SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY  Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
Ryan Bancroft, guest conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

French composer Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning) is as delightful and delicate as its name suggests. From this soft Gallic spring salute to the Finnish fire and ice of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, it is a thrill to welcome back to our stage the sensational violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich. He brings to everything he plays a musical intelligence and passion that distinguish very few, and his performances are always special events. This dynamic program, led by Guest Conductor Ryan Bancroft, closes with his own reworking of a suite from Tchaikovsky’s ballet score The Sleeping Beauty. Equally whimsical, elegant, and lilting, it’s the perfect end to this concert program, which will make you feel like dancing!

Masterworks and Ovation Series
Classical Series Season Finale!  ODE TO JOY: BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, 2022 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2 p.m.
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL  “Zadok the Priest,” Coronation Anthem No. 1
JESSIE MONTGOMERY  Piano Concerto (Kansas City Symphony co-commission)
LUDVIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
Michael Stern, conductor
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director
Caitlin Lynch, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Derrek Stark, tenor
Peixin Chen, bass

Our end of season celebration begins with the return of the KC Symphony Chorus in George Frideric Handel’s festive “Zadok the Priest”, originally commissioned for the coronation of England’s King George II in 1727. You will think the Queen herself is about the enter the building when you hear the chorus sing their first bars in Helzberg Hall! And it is thrilling to close the season as we began – with a brilliant new piano concerto, written for the outstanding pianist Awadagin Pratt, by the incandescent young American composer Jessie Montgomery. Her new concerto is based on poetry by T.S. Eliot, inspired by the dance: “At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is…” Originally scheduled to close our 2019-2020 season and celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, the Ninth Symphony is again our triumphant closing in an entirely different context. Beethoven’s Ninth is the single work most synonymous with a feeling of hope and brotherhood. It is the most glorious way to celebrate the fact that we are back, with our Kansas City Symphony Chorus, reconnecting with everyone throughout the community, with music that transforms us.

Pops Series (4 Concert Package)

THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Experience the awe and excitement of cinema’s greatest music in these concerts featuring the scores of the world’s most beloved film composer, John Williams. In a career spanning more than six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular, recognizable and enduring film scores in movie history. With 48 Oscar® nominations, he is second only to Walt Disney as the most nominated person of all time. This promises to be an unforgettable concert experience, honoring the works of an American icon.

REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES – A SYMPHONIC EXPERIENCE
Friday, January 7, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
The Beatles come to life in “Revolution,” a symphonic tribute to the Fab Four. “Revolution” features top vocalists and your Kansas City Symphony performing Grammy®-winner Jeff Tyzik’s new arrangements, transcribed and arranged from the original master recordings at Abbey Road. Let us take you on a magical musical journey of The Beatles with a few surprises! “Revolution” features more than 25 top hits, including “Ticket to Ride,” “Penny Lane,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Get Back,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Hey Jude.”

FRANK AND ELLA, TOGETHER AGAIN
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Jack Everly, guest conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Tony DeSare, vocalist
As the undisputed stars of their era, they ignited the stage when they joined forces. Relive the magic of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald with their classics “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Body and Soul” and so many more. Amazing chanteuse Capathia Jenkins and crooner extraordinaire Tony DeSare join the orchestra to recreate the special friendship between Frank and Ella that led to so many exquisite performances together. Please note: Sunday subscribers will be seated on Thursday for this program.

Windborne’s
THE MUSIC OF QUEEN
Friday, May 20, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 3 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist
Who isn’t familiar with the classic tunes of Queen? This electrifying tribute has garnered critical acclaim around the country for staying true to the original recordings with great vocals and stellar harmonies. The genius of Freddie Mercury comes alive with high-energy versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many others.

Family Series (4 Concert Package)

HALLOWEEN SYMPHONY SPOOKTACULAR!
Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Your little ghosts and goblins will love our frightfully fun Halloween concert filled with creepy-crawly surprises! Experience symphonic chills and thrills as the orchestra guides you through spooky and silly music that’s not too scary but plenty extraordinary. The Symphony invites the entire family to dress up in their favorite costumes.

THE COMPOSER IS DEAD AND OTHER MUSICAL MYSTERIES
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
There’s dreadful news from the concert hall — the composer is dead! Where exactly were the violins on the day in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?
This perplexing Lemony Snicket mystery is but one of the musical stories on a well-orchestrated afternoon program that super sleuths of any age will enjoy.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director
Ashley Brown, vocalist
Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns. Your Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season and exciting guest vocalist and Broadway star Ashley Brown. Enjoy a healthy dose of Christmas cheer, plus an early visit from Santa!

BUCKETS N BOARDS
Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Matt Levingston, entertainer
Gareth Sever, entertainer
This hilarious and dynamic show handcrafted by Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever is chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. A Branson sensation, Buckets N Boards is an experience sure to entertain the entire family.

Holiday Concerts (Add-on to your Subscription Package)

HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Friday and Saturday, December 10-11, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Patrick Dupré Quigley, guest conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director
Nola Richardson, soprano
Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Owens, tenor
Kenneth Kellogg, bass
Hallelujah! The power of nearly 200 instruments and voices combined with the impeccable acoustics of Helzberg Hall provides a triumphant experience of Handel’s majestic choral masterpiece. The Symphony and Symphony Chorus invite you and yours to Handel’s glorious Messiah – the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 17, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director
Ashley Brown, vocalist
Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns. Your Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season and exciting guest vocalist and Broadway star Ashley Brown. Enjoy a healthy dose of Christmas cheer, plus an early visit from Santa!

Film + Live Orchestra
HOME ALONE
Wednesday and Thursday, December 22-23, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 24, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
A true holiday favorite, this comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live by your Kansas City Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidently left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, “Home Alone” is holiday fun for the entire family.

Special Presentations (Add-on to your Subscription Package)

Film + Live Orchestra
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX™ IN CONCERT
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 20-22, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Harry Potter,™ Ron Weasley,™ and Hermione Granger™ return for this unforgettable film concert event. Experience Harry and his friends racing through the Department of Mysteries, practice Defense Against the Dark Arts in secret, and endure Professor Umbridge™ with Nicholas Hooper’s iconic score. Relive the magic with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ displayed on a giant screen in high-definition and accompanied by your Kansas City Symphony.
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Film + Live Orchestra
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI™ IN CONCERT
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 10-12, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 1 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Luke Skywalker heads a mission to rescue Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt and faces Darth Vader one last time. Experience “Return of the Jedi” in this remarkable concert event, featuring your Kansas City Symphony performing John Williams’ iconic score live as the complete film is shown on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall.

ABBA THE CONCERT: A TRIBUTE TO ABBA
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 12-14, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
The world’s top ABBA tribute band joins your Kansas City Symphony to perform the iconic songs of a generation. “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo,” “SOS,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and many more will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along.

Windborne’s
THE MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES:
MICK JAGGER & KEITH RICHARDS 1969
Thursday and Friday, June 9-10, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Brent Havens, guest conductor
Tony Vincent, vocalist
A full rock band joins your Kansas City Symphony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of two iconic Rolling Stones albums, “Beggars Banquet” and “Let It Bleed.” Hear the Stones’ hits you know and love, like “Gimme Shelter,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Brown Sugar” and so many others.