Bernstein Celebration a Highlight of Kansas City Symphony’s 17/18 Season Bernstein Celebration a Highlight of Kansas City Symphony’s 17/18 Season
The Kansas City Symphony has announced their 17/18 season which includes 14 Classical, 4 Pops, and 4 Family Series performances. Bernstein Celebration a Highlight of Kansas City Symphony’s 17/18 Season

Pictured: Leonard Berstein. Photo by Gabriele Senft.

The Kansas City Symphony has announced their 17/18 season which includes 14 Classical, 4 Pops, and 4 Family Series performances.

“I am excited about our 2017-18 season for the depth and diversity of our programming,” says Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne. “We feature world-class guest artists as well as our own gifted musicians, and we offer everything from Mozart and Beethoven to Rodgers and Hammerstein and a tribute to Kansas City jazz.”

The 17/18 season will mark the Symphony’s seventh season in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and Michael Stern’s 13th season as music director.

“I’m thrilled by our 2017-18 Classical Series with great music by Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Mendelssohn and more,” Stern says. “We welcome back conductors Robert Spano and Yoav Talmi, and we look forward to the first appearances of Johannes Debus and, at long last, my dear friend David Zinman, one of the most important American conductors of the last 50 years.”

Guest soloists include Augustin Hadelich, Jessica Rivera, Kansas City’s own Joyce DiDonato, and Yo-Yo Ma. The symphony will also honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, who according to Stern is “arguably the most influential and brilliant American musician of the 20th century.” The celebration will include over six different programs displaying some of Bernstein’s most significant achievements as a composer.

To renew or subscribe, visit or call the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400. Single tickets for all 2017-18 concerts will go on sale to the public in July.

Kansas City Symphony’s 2017/2018 Season  (from the press release):

Fourteen concert weekends: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; or 2 p.m. Sundays.

· Opening Weekend: Rachmaninoff and Capriccio espagnol (Sept. 15-17)
· Dvořák’s Eighth with Shostakovich (Oct. 27-29)
· Brahms’ Requiem and the French Impressionists (Nov. 3-5)
· Romantic Royalty: Tchaikovsky and Chopin (Nov. 24-26)
· Geller and Grossman Play Mozart plus Sibelius’ Fifth (Jan. 12-14, 2018)
· Mahler’s Seventh (Jan. 26-28, 2018)
· Beethoven’s “Eroica” with Bernstein’s Serenade (Feb. 2-4, 2018)
· Bernstein, Prokofiev and Schumann (Feb. 23-25, 2018)
· Joyce DiDonato Sings Bernstein and Berlioz (March 16-18, 2018)
· Yo-Yo Ma, Pines of Rome and Bernstein (March 23-25, 2018)
· Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein (April 13-15, 2018)
· Beethoven’s “Emperor” and Wagner’s Ring (June 1-3, 2018)
· Mendelssohn’s “Italian” and Haydn (June 15-17, 2018)
· Season Finale Fantastique with Bernstein (June 22-24, 2018)

The 2017-18 Symphony Pops Series features most concerts led by David T. Beals III, Assistant Conductor Jason Seber.

Four concert weekends: 8 p.m. Fridays or Saturdays

· Melissa Etheridge with the Kansas City Symphony (Sept. 22-23)
· The Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein: Some Enchanted Evening (Jan. 19-20, 2018)
· A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: From Basie to Bebop with Bobby Watson (Feb. 9-10, 2018)
· Screenland at the Symphony: Back to the Future (April 20-21, 2018)

The Symphony Family Series is perfect for introducing children ages 4-13 to symphonic music, including the full-length version of the Symphony’s Christmas Festival. Each child subscription is only $10 with the purchase of an adult subscription.

Four concert weekends: 2 p.m. Sundays

· Superheroes at the Symphony (Oct. 1)
· The Firebird (Nov. 12)
· Christmas Festival (Dec. 17)
· The Science of Sound with Science City’s STEAM Team (March 4, 2018)

The Symphony offers special and holiday concerts in addition to the core series. From full-length movies with the Screenland at the Symphony presentations to treasured holiday concert traditions. Subscribers have the option to add on these holiday and specials concerts when purchasing a 2017-18 subscriptions.


· Screenland at the Symphony: Star Trek Into Darkness Live (Sept. 8 and 10)
· Screenland at the Symphony: Nosferatu (Oct. 31)
· Queen’s Greatest Hits with the Kansas City Symphony (Nov. 18)
· Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert (Feb. 15-18, 2018)
· The Music of Prince with the Kansas City Symphony (March 10, 2018)
· Audra McDonald with the Kansas City Symphony (May 5, 2018)


· Canadian Brass: Christmastime is Here! (Dec. 1)
· Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 8-10)
· Christmas Festival (Dec. 15-19)
· Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Dec. 22-23)

The Symphony will announce any remaining 2017-18 concerts and events, such as Classics Uncorked Series and the free Happy Hour Series concerts in July when single tickets become available to the public.

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of PerformInk. She enjoys coffee, converting school buses into RV's and coffee. Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and in her former life was an actor/director/choreographer. In her present life, she's still those things but in addition, she's raising three kids w/ her partner and PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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