Fall 2018 events at the Kauffman Center
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Symphonic Dances - Kansas City Symphony
Beethoven’s playful Triple Concerto reveals the great composer’s happy-go-lucky side. Rachmaninoff’s orchestral masterpiece showcases his lush and captivating Romantic-era style. Tickets from $25. (816) 471-0400
West Side Story - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
September 22, 23, 26, 28 and 30
From the first meeting to the final “te adoro,” it’s sweet sorrow to watch Tony and Maria try to reconcile their worlds. With the original symphonic score and Jerome Robbins’s original choreography adding a kick of kinetic eye candy, tonight truly won’t be just any night.
Leslie Odom, Jr. - Kansas City Symphony
Saturday, September 22
Broadway’s Hamilton star comes to Kansas City for an evening of music that will lift you up and fill you with hope. This concert is a benefit for Turn the Page KC. Tickets from $49. (816) 471-0400
Ben Folds - Kansas City Symphony
Rock sensation Ben Folds returns to perform with your Symphony in a one-of-a-kind concert packed with fan favorites like “Brick” plus Folds’ latest orchestral arrangements. Tickets from $50. (816) 471-0400
The Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Lisa Batiashvili, violinist - Harriman-Jewell Series
Wednesday, September 26
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s career has been meteoric; the 42-year-old has been selected as music director of both the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Lisa Batiashvili will perform for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. www.hjseries.org.
Andrew Bird - Kansas City Symphony
Saturday, September 29
Fresh off his tour opening for The Lumineers, indie rocker Andrew Bird blends swing, gypsy, calypso and folk with whistling! Tickets from $35. (816) 471-0400
Black Violin - Kauffman Center Presents
Wednesday, October 3
Black Violin mixes classical training and hip-hop influences to create a multi-genre sound for music lovers of all ages.
Sounds Relaxing: Recharge - Kansas City Symphony
Wednesday, October 3
Prepare to unwind as a guide coaches you through various breathing and meditation techniques. Symphony musicians will perform soft, mellow music to further your relaxation. All tickets $15. (816) 471-0400
Beethoven’s Seventh and Grieg’s Piano Concerto - Kansas City Symphony
Grieg’s Piano Concerto abounds with soaring beauty and virtuoso fireworks, played expertly by George Li. Beethoven’s legendary Seventh Symphony continues to thrill audiences today. Tickets from $25. (816) 471-0400
iLuminate - Kauffman Center Presents
Sunday, October 7
iLuminate fuses technology and dance in a family-friendly visual experience for the Kauffman Center Presents series that features dancers in glow-in-the-dark suits performing dynamic routines.
The Wizard of Oz - Kansas City Ballet
This anticipated world premiere will take audiences on a fantastical journey to the Emerald City. Filled with all the familiarity of the classic story, yet realized with a bold, new spectacle of music, costumes, sets, projections and special effects.
Autumn In New York - Kansas City Jazz Orchestra
Friday, October 12
Classic big band arrangements representing the Great American Songbook! Featuring works recorded by Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and more!
Free Symphony Hour Concert: Stars of the Strings - Kansas City Symphony
Tuesday, October 16
Join your friends in the Kauffman Center lobby for a drink after work, followed by an inspiring FREE performance by Kansas City Symphony members. Bach, Beethoven and much more! (816) 471-0400
Chanticleer - Kauffman Center Presents
Wednesday, October 24
Chanticleer is known for its seamless blend of 12 male voices and its interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to popular genres. Chanticleer celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018.
Glorious Gershwin featuring Patti Austin - Kansas City Symphony
George Gershwin is one of America’s most beloved composers. Hear all of your favorites, from “An American in Paris” to “Rhapsody in Blue.” Tickets from $40. (816) 471-0400
Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular - Kansas City Symphony
Sunday, October 28
Your little ghosts and goblins will love our frightfully fun Halloween concert filled with creepy-crawly surprises! Dress up in costume and trick-or-treat afterward in the lobby. Child tickets from $10. (816) 471-0400
Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor; Denis Matsuev, pianist - Harriman-Jewell Series
Monday, October 29
Praised for his “full-blooded and engrossing” musicianship, Valery Gergiev will conduct his titanic Mariinsky Orchestra. Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will join the orchestra for Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. www.hjseries.org.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Silent Film + Live Organ - Kansas City Symphony
Wednesday, October 31
Organist Dorothy Papadakos revives the 1923 classic Lon Chaney silent horror film with a completely improvised score played on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875. Tickets from $25. (816) 471-0400
Madama Butterfly - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
November 3, 7, 9, and 11
Wrapped in rapturous musical beauty that will bring you to tears is a heartbreaking ending that will bring you to your knees. We can only watch as Butterfly floats toward her fate...’til death do them part.
Ballet Folklórico de México - Harriman-Jewell Series
Saturday, November 3
Ballet Folklórico de México has been bringing vibrant music and dance to the world since 1952. Colorful costumes, thrilling music, and spectacular movement will showcase Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. www.hjseries.org.
Classics Uncorked: Bach, Bluegrass & Bourbon - Kansas City Symphony
Thursday, November 8
Come hear some bluegrass pickin’ and pluckin’ plus Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. After the concert, enjoy a free wine reception with Symphony musicians. Most tickets $25. (816) 471-0400
Bella Hristova, violinist in a free collaborative concert - Harriman-Jewell Series
Friday, November 9
Violinist Bella Hristova will bring her passionate playing for a free concert that combines the young violinist’s mastery with the Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, celebrating its 60th anniversary. www.hjseries.org.
Wynonna - Kansas City Symphony
Saturday, November 10
There is only one Wynonna Judd. Her range, style and voice are simply unmatched. Wynonna performs her country hits, rock classics & much more! Tickets from $45. (816) 471-0400
Brian Wilson - Kauffman Center Presents
Tuesday, November 13
Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson joins Kauffman Center Presents with his Greatest Hits Live. Wilson was the creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history.
Mozart, Bach and Schubert’s Ninth - Kansas City Symphony & Chorus
November 16-18 Mozart’s sublime Ave verum corpus and Bach’s “O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht,” begin this beautiful program featuring Schubert’s Ninth Symphony. Tickets from $25. (816) 471-0400
Mozart’s “Jupiter” with Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto - Kansas City Symphony
November 23-25 Maestro Bernard Labadie returns to conduct Haydn’s catchy Trumpet Concerto with Mozart’s stunning final symphony, “Jupiter.” Tickets from $25. (816) 471-0400