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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 1 October 2016 - 7:30 PM
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Jessica Lang is being recognized as one of the finest choreographers of her generation, but it’s been a lifelong journey to her current success. She started dancing when she was three years old, growing up in a suburb of Philadelphia. Then fresh out of Juilliard, she joined Twyla Tharp Dance. After touring with the company for two years, it disbanded, and Lang was presented with the opportunity to take a new direction in her life.

“It was a really good thing for me because through that two-year experience, I realized I actually didn’t want to be a dancer, that I missed the creative process,” she said. “I had been exploring the creative process when I was at Juilliard and thought maybe it was something I could do. The commissions came quickly, and I just decided I didn’t want to be a dancer. I wanted to create dance instead.”

And create she did, choreographing works for companies around the world, including Joffrey Ballet, Sydney Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet. Lang’s choreography is a combination of classical technique and beautiful line, as well as a true understanding of modern dance. Lang has been hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine.

Jessica Lang Dance, founded by its namesake in 2011, will perform several works in Kansas City, but two will serve as the centerpiece of the program, Tesseracts of Time — A Dance for Architecture and Thousand Yard Stare. Both are substantial works that deal with complex and important themes.

Tesseracts of Time — A Dance for Architecture was a collaboration with architect Steven Holl. The work will have special interest to Kansas Citians, as Holl designed the Bloch Building expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The building won the 2008 American Institute of Architecture Honor Award and made many lists for the best new building of 2007.

Thousand Yard Stare is another new work by Lang. Its name comes from a 1945 Life magazine story’s description of a traumatized soldier’s mental state. Lang says that the work focuses on “war and those affected by it, most importantly veterans.”

“I set it to one of Beethoven’s late string quartets, Op. 132, when he himself was battling with his own illness and facing what he thought was certain death,” Lang said. “I think you hear that in the music. I did a lot of research, working with music therapists and talking to some veterans who were kind enough to share their stories.”

The Harriman-Jewell Series’ presentation of Jessica Lang Dance will reinforce the Series’ historic commitment to dance and the best in modern art. It promises to be an exciting and revelatory evening.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
The Calling
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Duet from i.n.k.
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Thousand Yard Stare
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Tesseracts of Time
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 7:00 PM
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One of the most acclaimed singers of our time, Renée Fleming is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. Winner of the 2013 Best Classical Vocal Grammy Award, Fleming has sung in the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, and will make her fourth Series appearance.

Fleming and German pianist Hartmut Höll will perform a program of arias and other works by Massenet, Schumann, Strauss, Tosti, Saint-Saens, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more. See the program list below.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Massenet: C'est Thais, l'idole fragile from Thais
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Saint-Saëns: Soirée en mer
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Straus: Je t'aime quand même from Les Trois Valses
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Tosti: Aprile
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Donaudy: O del mio amato ben
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Boito: L’altra notte in fondo al mare from Mefistofele
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Leoncavallo: Mattinata
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Ponce: Estrellita
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Gomez: La Morena de mi copla
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Hammerstein: Selections from The King and I
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Kansas City native Ben Bliss will join other distinguished artists who have made their American recital debuts on the Series. Bliss is a graduate of the Met Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and the recipient of the Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Strauss: Lieder (6), Op. 17
Artist: Ben Bliss
Strauss: Morgen! Op. 27 no 4
Artist: Ben Bliss
Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel
Artist: Ben Bliss
Tosti: Marechiare
Artist: Ben Bliss
Gruen: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand from Three by E.E. Cummings
Artist: Ben Bliss
Gruen: Lady will You Come with Me Into from Three by E.E. Cummings
Artist: Ben Bliss
Liebermann: The Arrow and The Song from Six Songs on Poems of Henry W. Longfellow
Artist: Ben Bliss
Chanler: I Rise When You Enter
Artist: Ben Bliss
Rorem: Stopping by woods on a snowy evening
Artist: Ben Bliss
Britten: The Last Rose of Summer
Artist: Ben Bliss
Britten: Children and Sir Nameless
Artist: Ben Bliss
Britten: The Choirmaster's Burial (from Winter Words)
Artist: Ben Bliss
Ahbez: Nature Boy
Artist: Ben Bliss
Arlen: One for My Baby (and One more for the Road)
Artist: Ben Bliss
Charles: Hallelujah I Love Her So
Artist: Ben Bliss
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 28 October 2016 - 7:30 PM
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Since his triumph in 1998 at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian pianistic traditions and has quickly become one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. The New York Times has hailed his “athletic virtuosity and steely power.”
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Schumann: Sinfonische Etuden, Op. 13
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 for Piano, S 514 "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke"
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Tchaikovsky: Meditation, Op. 72 No. 5
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Prokofiev: Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 7:30 PM
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Formed in 1994, the 55-voice student and alumni choir has gained a reputation for its unique ability to successfully interpret both Western and African repertoire and is a frequent visitor at choral festivals internationally.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Ensemble: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir
The Midland: Arvest Bank Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 7:30 PM
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This famous ensemble has been a Series favorite since its 1999 Kansas City debut, and its Big Band Holidays concert will be another first for KC. The Orchestra led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis showcases 15 of today’s finest jazz players and will be joined by vocalist Catherine Russell. The next generation in a family of jazz royalty, Russell possesses a transcendent voice and uplifting spirit that have secured her spot as an audience favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program works to be announced from the stage
Artist: Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Ensemble: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

In addition to the classic selections heard on Blue Engine Records’ "Big Band Holidays" album, the Orchestra will perform brand new arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, from Billie Holiday’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” to favorites like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 7:30 PM
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The sensational mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will make two same-season appearances, the first with Italian chamber orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro to explore the dichotomy of discord and harmony in times of war, in a powerful interpretation of Baroque arias.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Handel: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Storge)
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Leo: Andromaca
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Cavalieri: Sinfonia Rappresentatione di anima e di corpo
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Purcell: Ciaconna in sol min for 3 violins and basso
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Purcell: Dido's Lament
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Gesualdo: "Tristis est anima mea" for Six Voices
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga (E Major)
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Purcell: They tell us that you mighty powers
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Crystal streams in murmurs flowing
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Da tempeste il legno infranto
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Pärt: Da Pacem Domine
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Augelletti, che cantata
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Jommelli: Par che di Giubilo
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 7:00 PM
Discovery Concerts are free to the public. Print-at-home tickets can be ordered online starting two months before an event, or received in advance with Complete Series subscriptions. Click the tickets button to subscribe or click "Tickets” in the main menu above for more information.

An emerging ensemble known for its engaging interpretations of classical music offers up a holiday treat that includes selections from The Nutcracker, folk tunes, and carols. The young and talented quintet includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Ensemble: WindSync
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 27 January 2017 - 7:30 PM
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The story ballet of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers along with several great Russian gems will be danced by the renowned Moscow Festival Ballet. The company was founded in 1989 by Sergei Radchenko, a former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Tchaikovsky: Allegro
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty Act 1 The Rose Adagio
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Minkus: Don Quixote Act III Grand Pas
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Tchaikovsky: The Quatre
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Pugni: The Ocean and the Pearls from The Little Humpbacked Horse
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Prokofiev: Cinderella Act III Adagio
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Saint-Saëns: Dying Swan
Ensemble: Moscow Festival Ballet
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 7:30 PM
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One of the finest period instrument ensembles will return with another Series favorite, violinist Nicola Benedetti, to play lush concerti by Vivaldi and others. The violinist’s musicianship and dynamic presence has made her one of today’s most influential artists.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Galuppi: Concerto a quattro no. 2 in G major
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Avison: Concerto grosso no. 8 in e minor, after D. Scarlatti
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Geminiani: Concerto grosso for strings in D minor, "La Follia" (after A. Corelli Op. V no.12)
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major for violin, strings, and basso continuo
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Corelli: Concerto grosso in D major, Op. VI no. 4
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in E flat major for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 257
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in B minor for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 386
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in D major for violin, strings and basso continuo, "Il Grosso Mogul," RV 208
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 3:00 PM
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This 19-year-old Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient has been recognized as an artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity, and vibrant sound. The Los Angeles Times, after referring to Porter as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” The violinist was a sensation in her showcase for the Series’ Prelude Gala event in 2015, and was quickly reengaged for this full concert.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 376 (374d)
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Janacek: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Pärt: Fratres
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 10 March 2017 - 7:00 PM
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Series patrons have come to expect the best orchestras, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine upholds that standard. The program features Kiev native Alexei Grynyuk as soloist for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Dvorák’s “From the New World” No. 9, and Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman” overture.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Verdi: La forza del destino
Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Conductor: Volodymyr Sirenko
Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
Artist: Alexei Grynyuk (Piano)
Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Conductor: Volodymyr Sirenko
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”
Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Conductor: Volodymyr Sirenko
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 24 March 2017 - 7:30 PM
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Led by charismatic conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops has become a national treasure. Making its first return to the Series and Kansas City since 2002, the famed orchestra will celebrate the music of America’s most original composer, George Gershwin.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 31 March 2017 - 7:30 PM
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Called “the undisputed queen of violin-playing” by The Times (London), Mutter has reigned as one of the world’s most acclaimed violin virtuosos for more than three decades. Since her Lucerne Festival debut in 1976, she has played on stages worldwide. This recital will mark her third Harriman-Jewell Series appearance, and her second Series recital with longtime collaborative pianist Lambert Orkis.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Currier: Clockwork
Artists: Lambert Orkis (Piano); Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, K 526
Artists: Lambert Orkis (Piano); Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Respighi: Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor
Artists: Lambert Orkis (Piano); Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Artists: Lambert Orkis (Piano); Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 8 April 2017 - 7:00 PM
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A tradition of recognizing and nurturing emerging talent will continue with a free Discovery Concert by this Young Concert Artists Harriman-Jewell Series prizewinner chosen by director Clark Morris. In addition to the Series prize, the Israeli pianist also won First Prize of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin
Artist: Tomer Gewirtzman (Piano)
Liszt: Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
Artist: Tomer Gewirtzman (Piano)
Corigliano: Fantasia on an Ostinato
Artist: Tomer Gewirtzman (Piano)
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
Artist: Tomer Gewirtzman (Piano)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Atkins Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 22 April 2017 - 5:00 PM
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For a second consecutive season, the Series will collaborate with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to present guitarist Bill Frisell and ensemble to Kansas City audiences. Through the creative mastery of Frisell and filmmaker Bill Morrison, a brilliant film of historic footage coupled with equally brilliant music will offer a compelling glimpse of the disastrous Mississippi River Flood of 1927.
Presenters: Harriman-Jewell Series; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Great Flood
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 7:30 PM
ADDED EVENT: The Harriman-Jewell Series is pleased to present Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Edgar Meyer (bass), and Chris Thile (mandolin), in an all-Bach recital on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway Blvd.) in Kansas City, Mo.

This Special Engagement is part of a limited tour that includes very few cities across the U.S., with Kansas City among New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The trio of star performers reunites with the musical rapport developed while they were three members of a groundbreaking quartet for The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a 2013 Grammy-Award winning collaborative album with bluegrass fiddler Stuart Duncan.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will make his 10th appearance for the Harriman-Jewell Series; his first time was in recital with pianist Emanuel Ax in 1984. The many-faceted career of Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. The world-beloved cellist was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. Ma began to study cello at age four.

Bassist Edgar Meyer is in demand as a performer and composer, and has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. His unparalleled technique and musicianship, in combination with his gift for composition, was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. Meyer began studying bass at age five under the instruction of his father and then later studied with Stuart Sankey.

Mandolinist Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, has a broad musical range that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass. The McArthur Fellow has released five solo albums including his most recent in 2013, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol. 1, which was produced by Edgar Meyer. In 2014, Thile and Meyer released a new collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Artists: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 28 April 2017 - 7:00 PM
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Kansas City’s favorite mezzo-soprano joins forces with London-based baroque orchestra The English Concert, led by Harry Bicket, with vocalists Christiane Karg, Sonia Prina, David Portillo, Joelle Harvey, and Mathew Brook in a concert of Handel’s admired opera.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: English Concert
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