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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 2017-2018 Season Guide

Photo: Tim Hursley

Harriman-Jewell Series Kansas City Ballet Kansas City Symphony Kauffman Center Presents Lyric Opera of Kansas City The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

Welcome Welcome to the 2017-2018 season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts As a major center for music, opera, theater, and dance, and the performance home of three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts hosts a wide spectrum of entertainers from around the world. Performances at the Kauffman Center happen in two venues: Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall. The 1,800seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre boasts a

Kansas City Ballet | Romeo & Juliet | Liang Fu and Molly Wagner | Kenny Johnson

Helzberg Hall | Tim Hursley

red color scheme and shimmering seating boxes, a design reminiscent of 18th and 19th century opera houses. Home to performances by the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Muriel Kauffman Theatre stage also welcomes acclaimed popular artists. Helzberg Hall’s 1,600 seats are arranged in an oval, with no seat more than 100 feet from the stage. The Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, provides a stunning backdrop to the stage and features more than 5,500 pipes. Helzberg Hall is the performance home of Kansas City Symphony, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, as well as select concerts presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series. KAUFFMAN CENTER PRESENTS Featuring concerts by world-class performers and presentations by globetrekking adventurers, the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series offers

diverse experiences. Audiences will have a chance to hear the celestial harmonies of the Vienna Boys Choir and travel the world with the National Geographic Live! series. KANSAS CITY BALLET The Kansas City Ballet is celebrating 60 years of dance excellence in Kansas City with a season of premieres. The 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee season includes Devon Carney’s premiere choreography of Romeo and Juliet and culminates with the world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The highlight of the season is a twoweek Anniversary Dance Festival featuring some of the top choreographers of the past decades. The Nutcracker opens in Washington, D.C., with a one week run and returns to Kansas City, December 7-24.

Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Tim Hursley

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KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. The orchestra’s 80 full-time musicians, under the artistic leadership of music director Michael Stern, are area residents and vital contributors to the artistic life of Kansas City. During its 42-week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of subscription, educational, touring and outreach concerts. In addition, the Symphony performs with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

The Kansas City Symphony with Music Director Michael Stern | Todd Rosenberg

KANSAS CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA Now in its 15th season, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra is excited to present “Collector’s Items,” four swinging concerts representative of timeless jazz themes. You’ll find infectious Jump Swing Blues, classic Christmas tunes, the greatest women in jazz history and even a dynamic Kansas City take on your favorite 80s pop hits! As always, the Jazz Orchestra presents engaging jazz music with the classic big band sound.

HARRIMAN-JEWELL SERIES Now in its 53rd season, the HarrimanJewell Series continues its long-held tradition of providing a world stage for performing arts to Kansas City audiences. The 2017–2018 schedule is a wealth of the world’s top performing artists and ensembles including violinist Joshua Bell, Parsons Dance, soprano Kathleen

Zanda Svede | Rigoletto, Lyric Opera | Aiga Redmane

Battle, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by music director Riccardo Muti, violinist Maxim Vengerov, pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Valery Gergiev conducting The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra and more. Of the season’s 17 events, seven will be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY Lyric Opera of Kansas City, one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies, brings high quality performances to the Kansas City area, performing a wide variety of opera, from the standard repertory to contemporary and American opera. The 2017-2018 season lineup reflects their long history with iconic stories, unforgettable music, and groundbreaking productions that explore opera’s ability to create truly compelling storytelling. The season includes Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” the contemporary tragedy “Everest,” Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” and concludes with Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” Dance Theatre of Harlem | Harriman-Jewell Series| Matthew Murphy

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Autumn Classics Uncorked: Future Favorites

September 26 Join the Kansas City Symphony for some of the best music written by today’s American composers — Jonathan Leshnoff, Rachel Grimes, Christopher Theofanidis and Mason Bates. Enjoy a free glass of wine after the concert.

Eugene Onegin

September 30-October 8 With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas, proudly presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Jump’in Down Route 66, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

Screenland at the Symphony: Star Trek Into Darkness Live

September 8 and 10 J.J. Abrams’ riveting space adventure soars onto the giant screen in Helzberg Hall with the Kansas City Symphony performing the entire thrilling score live. Hurry, tickets are selling fast!

Rachmaninoff and Capriccio espagnol

September 15-17 A trio of sensational Russian-inspired masterpieces — Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Christopher Rouse’s Odna Zhizn and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol — dazzle with lush orchestration at the Kansas City Symphony with special guest Natasha Paremski for piano pyrotechnics!

Parsons Dance

September 16 This perennial favorite of Kansas City audiences presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series is noted for its athleticism and polish. Parsons Dance is internationally recognized as one of the finest modern dance companies.

FREE Symphony Happy Hour: Pranks and Passions

September 20 Musicians of the Kansas City Symphony perform a short, casual concert which includes Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 and an arrangement of themes from Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspeigel’s Merry Pranks.

Melissa Etheridge

September 22-24 Known for her confessional lyrics and smoky vocals, Leavenworth’s very own Melissa Etheridge joins the Kansas City Symphony to perform her hits “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window” and many others.

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Family Concert: Superheroes at the Symphony

October 1 Join the Kansas City Symphony for musical depictions of heroes from “Superman,” “The Incredibles” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” including music by Strauss and Wagner. Costumes encouraged!

Romeo & Juliet | Liang Fu and Molly Wagner | Kenny Johnson

Jump’in Down Route 66

October 6 The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra lets the good times roll down the highway with jumping rhythm-and-blues classics from Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and more.

Brian Stokes Mitchell

October 7 This Kansas City Young Audiences benefit for music education by the Kansas City Symphony features Tony Award-winning star Brian Stokes Mitchell singing the best of Broadway.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, Music Director

Star Trek Into Darkness Live | @2013 Paramount Pictures TM CBS Studios Inc.

October 11 Following the rapturous applause from its first performance in Helzberg Hall, the Orchestra’s Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director, promised their return. The ensemble for the HarrimanJewell Series will scale the mountainous heights of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

Romeo & Juliet

October 13-22 William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ranks among the world’s most enduring stories. At the Kansas City Ballet, Artistic Director Devon Carney brings us his interpretation of this classic masterpiece with soaring choreography and sweeping characters.

FREE Symphony Happy Hour: Bruch and Ginastera

October 17 Join the Kansas City Symphony for a concert that’s lively and lush. The event includes cash bars followed by this free, casual one-hour concert. Sponsored by Lead Bank. Advertisement

Joshua Bell | Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax, violinist and pianist in recital

October 21 Joshua Bell is a classical musician whose talent and charisma have made him popular with even non-classical audiences. The dynamic Italian pianist Alessio Bax will join Bell for this Harriman-Jewell Series event. | (816) 994-7222

Autumn Stars of American Ballet – Balanchine’s Who Cares?

October 27 Composed of top dancers from premier companies, the showcase ensemble is American ballet’s all-star team. Among the dazzling works planned for this HarrimanJewell Series event is Balanchine’s Who Cares? featuring the music of George Gershwin.

Screenland at the Symphony: “Nosferatu”

October 31 The Kansas City Symphony presents this unauthorized adaption of “Dracula” — a silent movie masterpiece, with live organ accompaniment by Dorothy Papadakos. The best Halloween night out, complete with Russell Stover chocolates!

Brahms’ Requiem and the French Impressionists

November 3-5 Join the Kansas City Symphony & Chorus for Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte, Debussy’s Nocturnes “Nuages” and “Fêtes” and Brahms’ A German Requiem — a massive and sweeping program featuring special guests and the exotic harmonies of the Symphony Chorus. Features guest conductor Robert Spano.

Vienna Boys Choir | Lukas Beck

The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra

Stars of American Ballet | Sharen Bradford

November 7 For this Harriman-Jewell Series event, conductor Valeri Gergiev will focus his white-hot energy on the lead string players of the Mariinsky Orchestra, joined by acclaimed pianists Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch for Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.

Vienna Boys Choir

November 11 The Vienna Boys Choir delights with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and diverse repertoire. Their performance in Helzberg Hall features popular and classical compositions from Italy, to include classical pieces by Vivaldi, Rossini and Verdi. Part of Kauffman Center Presents.


November 11-19 This contemporary tragedy presented by Lyric Opera of Kansas City brings to life the whiteknuckle rush and devastating true stories of three climbers caught in a blizzard on Mt. Everest in 1996.

Family Concert: The Firebird

Valery Gergiev | Marco Borggreve

Dvorak’s Eighth with Shostakovich

October 27-29 The Kansas City Symphony presents Suk’s Scherzo fantastique, Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 — intensely personal music full of optimism, dance rhythms and melodic genius.

November 12 A captivating tale for the ages is reimagined by the Kansas City Symphony for kids of all ages using creative storytelling and striking theatrical effects.

Craig Verm | Everest | Lyric Opera

Romantic Royalty: Tchaikovsky and Chopin

November 24-26 Join the Kansas City Symphony for Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” where passion and drama reign supreme on Thanksgiving weekend with three Romantic-era works, including what Tchaikovsky deemed “his very best.”

Bassem Youssef

November 26 Dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” Bassem Youssef was the creator and host of the wildly popular TV show Al-Bernameg – the first political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched program in the region from 2011-14 with 30 million viewers every week. Youssef shares his personal story and more in this Kauffman Center Presents performance.

Queen’s Greatest Hits

November 18 This electrifying tribute is receiving rave reviews from around the country. Presented by the Kansas City Symphony, you’ll hear all of your Queen favorites, from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Another One Bites the Dust.” Bassem Youssef | Coucla Refaat | (816) 994-7222


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Winter The Nutcracker

December 7-24 Following its Kennedy Center premiere in Washington, D.C., the acclaimed production returns to Kansas City to continue its 45 year tradition as KC’s favorite holiday show. The classic, featuring Clara, the Prince and Dr. Drosselmeier was completely reimagined in 2015 with exquisite costumes, grand sets and captivating choreography by Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney.

Handel’s Messiah Kansas City Ballet | The Nutcracker | Kevin Wilson | Kenny Johnson

December 8-10 This mosaic of scriptural texts remains Handel’s most famous work, and is one of the most triumphant choral pieces ever written. Share the Kansas City Symphony & Chorus joy with nearly 200 musicians and vocalists on stage. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

A Kansas City Christmas

December 13 Christmas standards the whole family (and Charlie Brown’s favorite beagle) can enjoy, in The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s most swinging style!

Christmas Festival

Canadian Brass: Christmastime is Here!

December 15-19 A family tradition! Hear lush arrangements of Christmas classics by the Kansas City Symphony & Chorus; fresh versions of favorite carols, exciting special guests and an early visit from Santa! Sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds.

December 1 Hark! The herald trumpets sing with the Kansas City Symphony in this most wonderful holiday concert where five brass masters join your Symphony for joyful carols and fun Christmas tunes.

Disney in Concert: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”


December 4 and 8 All area tuba and euphonium players are invited to join in the festivities presented by the Kansas City Symphony. A fee is required to perform, but tickets (required) are FREE for the public! A Kansas City Christmas | The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

National Geographic Live Brian Skerry

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December 22-23 This special holiday Screenland at the Symphony concert presentation of Tim Burton’s entire inventive film includes your Kansas City Symphony performing Danny Elfman’s rambunctious score live! Sponsored by Hallmark.

Brian Skerry: Ocean Wild

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Christmas Festival | Eric Williams


January 9 Dive deep into the world’s oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers. Watch as Brian Skerry’s images illuminate the vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Part of the Kauffman Center Presents: National Geographic Live series.

Geller and Grossman play Mozart

January 12-14 Hear Esa-Pekka Salonen’s LA Variations, W.A. Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. This rollercoaster of a Kansas City Symphony program will awaken your senses! The eloquence of Mozart combined with the triumph of Sibelius is sure to please. | (816) 994-7222

Winter Beethoven’s “Eroica” with Bernstein’s Serenade

February 2-4 The Kansas City Symphony features John Corigliano’s Elegy for Orchestra, Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin and Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” as part of a worldwide celebration of the incomparable Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 100 in 2018. South Pacific| The Best of Rogers and Hammerstein

Florian Schulz: Into the Arctic Kingdom

February 6 National Geographic photographer Florian Schulz’s multi-year quest to document the Arctic took him to the ends of the Earth. See his breathtaking imagery as part of the Kauffman Center Presents: National Geographic Live series.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

February 9 This Harriman-Jewell Series event marks the return of a company that audiences adore. Founded after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to inspire through dance, the Dance Theatre of Harlem is now the finest advocate of Harlem’s cultural spirit.

A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: featuring Bobby Watson

February 9-11 From the great Count Basie to Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson, your Kansas City Symphony pays tribute to KC’s homegrown jazz musicians and timeless tunes. Presented in association with the American Jazz Museum. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert | HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

Dance Theatre of Harlem artists, Javier Savoy and Lindsey Croop| Rachel Neville

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

February 15-18 The Kansas City Symphony performs John Williams’ renowned score as the entire film is projected on the big screen in Helzberg Hall. Don’t miss it!

Bernstein, Prokofiev and Schumann

February 23-25 Performing with the Kansas City Symphony, guest conductor David Zinman leads Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, Prokofiev’s charming Violin Concerto No. 2 and Schumann’s powerful Symphony No. 2.

National Geographic Live

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein

January 19-21 Celebrate the golden age of Broadway with the Kansas City Symphony & Chorus with music from legendary musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and many more.

Mahler’s Seventh

January 26-28 Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in its debut performances of Mahler’s Seventh, an epic work that traverses a staggering variety of subjects and moods.


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Spring Rigoletto

The Music of Prince

Family Concert: The Science of Sound

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour

March 3-11 From Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Verdi’s gritty revenge opera contrasts its haunting, careening storyline with radiant melodies, unforgettable arias, and some of the most recognizable music in all of opera.

March 4 Explore the exciting world of sound with Kansas City Symphony and Science City’s STEAM Team, from vibrations to decibels. How is it made? How is it heard? Kathleen Battle | Douglas Foulke

Cristina Mittermeier: Standing at the Water’s Edge

Kathleen Battle, soprano with piano, choir, and narration

March 2 The Harriman-Jewell Series welcomes soprano Kathleen Battle’s long-awaited return to Kansas City for a moving program of traditional spirituals with choir and piano, with narration drawn from the writings of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

March 10 Let’s go crazy! From “Purple Rain” to “When Doves Cry,” all of your favorite Prince hits are here in this tribute featuring a full rock band and vocalist performing with the Kansas City Symphony.

March 16 & 17 Drawing on Irish traditions, the talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an exciting blend of dance, music and song.

March 6 Photojournalist and marine biologist Cristina Mittermeier shares fascinating images and stories captured while embedded with indegenous cultures. Mittermeier will explore the meaning of living with just enough to leave our planet intact. Part of the Kauffman Center Presents: National Geographic Live series.

Classics Uncorked: At the Movies

March 8 Celebrate great orchestral repertoire from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Amadeus,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Fantasia 2000” and many others with the Kansas City Symphony. Enjoy a complimentary wine and champagne reception following the concert.

Lady Be Good

March 9 Join The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra in celebrating Women in Jazz Month by highlighting great female practitioners of the art form, with special guests!

Lady Be Good | The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

March 16-18 KC’s hometown mezzo-soprano star returns to the Kansas City Symphony with Berlioz’ Le corsaire Overture and La mort de Cléopâtre, and Bernstein’s “Greeting,” “Music I Heard with You,” “What Lips my Lips have Kissed” and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. You’ve never heard Joyce like this before in this dramatic and captivating program.

March 20 Begin your date night at the Kansas City Symphony with a drink after work and a free, casual one-hour performance of chamber favorites, including Beethoven’s “Serioso” String Quartet.

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Joyce DiDonato sings Bernstein and Berlioz

FREE Symphony Happy Hour: Spring Strings

National Geographic Live

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Cristina Mittermeier

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Yo-Yo Ma, Pines of Rome and Bernstein

March 23-25 Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma is back with the Kansas City Symphony! This lyrical, highspirited program featuring Chris Rogerson’s World Premiere, F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Bernstein’s Three Meditations from Mass and Respighi’s Pines of Rome will leave you exhilarated and in awe. | (816) 994-7222

Spring The Barber of Seville

April 28-May 6 You know it. You just don’t know it yet. Check your powdered wigs at the door and join Lyric Opera of Kansas City in Seville, Spain for a Barber of a different color! Kansas City Ballet | The Man in Black | Kenny Johnson


April 6-8 In the first weekend of the Kansas City Ballet’s Celebration of Dance, you’ll enjoy three ballets including a KC premiere by Matthew Neenan. George Balanchine’s Diamonds is the third and final ballet of Balanchine’s Jewels and is a glorious culmination of beauty and elegance. Jirí Kylián’s Petite Mort passionately depicts the vulnerability of our lives.

The Man in Black

April 13-15 In the second weekend of the Kansas City Ballet’s Celebration of Dance, you’ll enjoy three ballets including a world premiere by Andrea Schermoly, a tribute to rockabilly Johnny Cash in James Kudelka’s hit ballet The Man in Black and Stanton Welch’s Play with the music of techno master Moby.

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein

April 13-15 Enjoy Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Kansas City Symphony & Chorus and Eldar Nebolsin on the piano for an evening of virtuoso fireworks, joyful sounds and sumptuous style!

Terry Virts: View from Above

May 1 NASA astronaut Terry Virts shares his photos from the International Space Station, where he took more photos than any astronaut who came before him. Part of the Kauffman Center Presents: National Geographic Live series.

Audra McDonald | Autumn de Wilde

FREE Symphony Happy Hour: Here Comes the Sun

May 15 Enjoy this Kansas City Symphony, warmweather inspired performance of Gershwin’s Summertime, Vivaldi’s Summer and Haydn’s Sunrise String Quartet. Event includes cash bars followed by the short, casual and free concert.

Off the Wall: Pop Hits of the 80s

May 4 Get out the hair spray, acid-washed jeans and your cassettes from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many more and join The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a “Thriller” to close out their season.

Symphony Chorus Presents Duruflé’s Requiem

Audra McDonald

May 20 This special afternoon performance of Duruflé’s powerful Requiem will remind you why it’s one of the core works of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus repertoire.

May 5 See this unparalleled Grammy and Tony Award-winning star as she visits the American Songbook and the Kansas City Symphony with her luminous soprano voice.

Contributors’ Concerts

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

May 23-24 Each year, the Kansas City Symphony performs this special concert program to thank its donors, corporate sponsors and volunteers. By invitation only. To learn more visit or call (816) 471-1100.

May 11-20 From Septime Webre, creator of Alice (in Wonderland), comes the world premiere of L. Frank Baum’s acclaimed story of family, friendship and courage. Join the Kansas City Ballet and Dorothy on her fantastical journey to the Emerald City.

National Geographic Live Terry Virts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Back to the Future in Concert

April 20-22 Experience the thrill and adventure of the entire “Back to the Future” film on a huge screen with the Kansas City Symphony performing the fun-filled score live!

FREE Symphony Happy Hour: Tonal Eclipse of the Heart

April 24 Be head over heels for this free performance of works inspired by falling in love with the Kansas City Symphony while enjoying Webern’s tonal Langsamer Satz and Brahms’ beautiful Piano Quartet. | (816) 994-7222

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Summer Classics Uncorked: Musical Makeovers

June 7 Enjoy works with the Kansas City Symphony that have had a little work done or some “reimagining” along the way, including an orchestration of Bach’s “Dorian” Toccata, Vaughan Williams’ shimmering Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Stravinsky’s cheery Pulcinella Suite, plus a wine reception.

FREE: Future Stages Festival

June 10 Save the date for the 5th annual Future Stages Festival. This FREE community event showcases local youth performers and features arts activities for all ages. Learn more and RSVP for free at futurestages. Hosted by the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and presented by Premier Partner Saint Luke’s Health System. Kansas City Symphony with Michael Stern | David Bickley

Beethoven’s “Emperor” and Wagner’s Ring

June 1-3 Selections from Wagner’s The Ring and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” are towering masterpieces! The pride and heroism expressed by Beethoven fits perfectly with Wagner’s thrilling extravagance at the Kansas City Symphony.

Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon

June 5 Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko share photos and stories from an audacious adventure: transecting the length of the Grand Canyon by foot. Enjoy a rare look at the landmark through their eyes. Part of the Kauffman Center Presents: National Geographic Live series.

Future Stages Festival | Mason Kilpatrick

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” and Haydn

National Geographic Live

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


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June 15-17 Hear Rautavaara’s Cantus arcticus, F.J. Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 1 In C Major, Thomas Ades’ Violin Concerto Concentric Paths and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.” Imagine lush green olive groves and the scent of lemon and orange trees as the Kansas City Symphony presents gorgeous Italian-inspired pieces along with guest violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Season Finale Fantastique with Bernstein

June 22-24 The Kansas City Symphony’s season finale will set your heart and soul ablaze with Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety (Symphony No. 2) and Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique! This wild musical adventure welcomes pianist Ran Dank for Bernstein’s hair-raising piano drama. | (816) 994-7222

Events & Dining Kauffman Center Special Event Rentals Let one of the world’s most iconic backdrops set the stage for your special event! The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts features two separate performance halls, a glass atrium lobby with a panoramic view of Kansas City and seven other unique spaces that are all ideal for making a private event memorable. The Kauffman Center events team has the creative expertise to transform these spaces for any group from 2 to 1,800 in a way that will amaze your guests and work within your budget. Whether you’re hosting a wedding celebration, corporate event or meeting, fundraiser, gala or pre-performance reception, the events team will help you achieve your vision and design an original event your guests will never forget.

Brandmeyer Great Hall | Andrea DeLong

For more information visit kauffmancenter. org/specialevents. To inquire about pricing or availability, e-mail or call 816-994-7213.

Dining Experience Menu | Anna Petrow

Helzberg Hall | Freeland Photography

The Founders’ Lounge | Jillian Shoptaw

The Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center Featuring a seasonal three-course menu and locally sourced ingredients, The Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center offers modern American cuisine just steps away from the Kauffman Center’s two theaters. The Dining Experience’s rotating menus also include small plates for lighter fare, a selection of craft cocktails, and a curated wine list.

Dining Experience Menu | Jillian Shoptaw

Dining Experience Craft Cocktail | Jillian Shoptaw | (816) 994-7222

The Dining Experience is available prior to most performances at the Kauffman Center. Tickets to a performance aren’t needed to dine. Walk-in dining is welcome, and reservations are encouraged. For reservations, menus and more, visit kauffmancenter. org/dining or call the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222. 2017 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | 11


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General Information

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Box Office Tickets for performances can be purchased through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222 or Parking The adjacent, city-owned Arts District Parking Garage has 1,000 spaces. Pre-purchase garage or valet parking for events by calling (816) 994-7222. Accessibility The Kauffman Center is committed to providing an accessible and enjoyable experience to all patrons. Available accommodations include wide pathways and elevators, seating for patrons using wheelchairs, and assisted listening devices. For more information, visit Safety & Security The Kauffman Center places the highest priority on the comfort and safety of its patrons. The Kauffman Center provides 24-hour security and video surveillance services, plus EMT medical services at most events. Questions regarding emergency procedures during events can be directed to the House Manager. Tours Public and private tours are available with advance reservations. For details and pricing, visit Brandmeyer Great Hall is open to the public most Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open Doors Through the Open Doors program, the Kauffman Center provides access to children’s matinee performances, youth performance opportunities, internships, and educational experiences. Learn more at kauffmancenter. org/open-doors. Ticket Discounts and EncoreTix Several events at the Kauffman Center offer discounted tickets for students and other groups. Learn more at For audience members age 18-39, EncoreTix offers ticket discounts, giveaways and more. Sign up for free at Get Involved Volunteers provide essential support to the Kauffman Center through ushering, greeting visitors and more. Find volunteer opportunities at Connect Stay up-to-date with the Kauffman Center online: kauffmancenter and @kauffmancenter on Twitter and Instagram. Show Your Support Elevate your experience by becoming a member of the Kauffman Center: • Spotlight: Individual members are among the first to receive performance announcements before they go on sale to the public, invitations to artist meet-and-greets, drink vouchers and more. • Ensemble: More than 80 businesses enjoy networking opportunities, discounted event rentals, complimentary tickets and employee benefits. For more information or to join, visit or


2017-2018 Season Guide - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts  

This 2017-2018 season guide for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts includes performance listings from the Kauffman Center Presents...

2017-2018 Season Guide - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts  

This 2017-2018 season guide for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts includes performance listings from the Kauffman Center Presents...