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Fall 2018 events at the Kauffman Center

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Symphonic Dances - Kansas City Symphony

September 14-16

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

Lynn Lane for Houston Grand Opera

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

September 24-25

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

Black Violin | Photo by Colin Brennan

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

October 5-7

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

October 12-21

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

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra | Friday, Oct. 12

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

October 25-27

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

Karen Almond for Dallas Opera

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

Wynonna Judd | Photo courtesy of 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