Events - Upcoming

Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City: White Theatre
Overland Park, Kansas
Friday, 6 March 2015 - 8:00 PM
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Guitarist Bill Frisell and the Big Sur Quintet — violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang, cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Rudy Royston — will examine the music of one of folk music’s preeminent figures, Woody Guthrie.

Best known for the classic “This Land Is Your Land,” Guthrie was at the helm of the folk music revival of the mid-twentieth century and a major influence on Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, among countless others.

Frisell has established himself as one of the great storytellers of jazz guitar with an exceptional ability to convey a range of aesthetics with skill and heart.

Drawing inspiration from Guthrie’s music and views on the racial, social, and economic struggles of his time, Frisell will explore the lineage of protest songs, while re-imagining familiar melodies through his characteristic adventurous perspective.

“Frisell is a revered figure among musicians — like Miles Davis and few others — his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Woody Guthrie’s Better World
Ensemble: Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 7:00 PM
This Discovery Concert is free to the public. "Print at home" online tickets with parking pass are available now by using the Tickets button above (limit 4 per household).

Possessing dazzling technical prowess and spontaneous flair, the 20-year-old pianist has been described as “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth” (Chinese Gramophone).

Her creative maturity has been hailed as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry” (Los Angeles Times).

Zhang Zuo’s unique musical talent was first discovered in Germany, where she began her training at age five.

Among her achievements are first prizes at the International Piano Concerto Competition (China) and the Krainev International Piano Competition (Ukraine).

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 "The Hunt"
Artist: Zhang Zuo (Piano)
Schumann: Faschingswank aus Wien
Artist: Zhang Zuo (Piano)
Schubert: Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
Artist: Zhang Zuo (Piano)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 8:00 PM
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Single ticket prices: $30, $50, $60, $70, and $80

A musical giant of our time, Joshua Bell will return for a fourth recital for the Series and his first in Helzberg Hall. The violinist's stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone, and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell came to national attention at 14 in his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra. His career has spanned more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.

British pianist Sam Haywood will return to Series for a second recital with Bell. He has performed to critical acclaim all over the world and, alongside his busy solo and chamber music career, he is a composer and artistic director of England's Solent Music Festival.

“Few people on Earth can evoke as sweet a sound from a string instrument as Joshua Bell.” —The Kansas City Star

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23
Artists: Sam Haywood (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 8
Artists: Sam Haywood (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 "Regen"
Artists: Sam Haywood (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
Bartók: Rhapsody for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 86/BB 94
Artists: Sam Haywood (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 20 March 2015 - 8:00 PM
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Single ticket prices: $30, $50, $60, $70, and $80

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Formed by leading musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake London church in November 1959.

The Academy returns to the Series for its sixth concert, this time with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Denk, the 2013 MacArthur “genius” Award recipient and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year, was most recently on the Series in a 2009 duo recital with violinist Joshua Bell.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Stravinsky: Concerto in D "Basel Concerto"
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052
Artist: Jeremy Denk (Piano)
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
Artist: Jeremy Denk (Piano)
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Stravinsky: Apollon musagète
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 7:30 PM
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Single ticket prices: $25, $45, $50, $60, and $70

The Series is known for its insatiable taste for the world’s best tenors and Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has been on its wish list for some years.

At 35, Calleja has sung an impressive 28 principal roles and counting. His frequent appearances have been on the world’s leading opera and concert stages.

His expansive discography has prompted National Public Radio to hail him as “arguably today’s finest lyric tenor” and led to him being voted Gramophone magazine’s 2012 Artist of the Year.

A Grammy-nominated recording artist for Decca Classics, Calleja has just released his fifth solo album for the label.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Tchaikovsky: Songs (6), Op. 6
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Caldara: Alma del core
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Handel: Ombra mai fu
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Pergolesi: Tre giorni son che Nina
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
De Crescenzo: Rondine Al Nido
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Bixio: Parlami d'amore, Mariù
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann)
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Tosti: Ideale
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Donaudy: Vaghissima sembianza
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Tosti: La serenata
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Verdi: Macbeth
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Puccini: Tosca
Artist: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 25 April 2015 - 8:00 PM

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For his new creation called STePz, Savion Glover returns to the Series with friends. Glover and his ensemble of protégé dancers take tap to new heights while fusing traditional music selections with his self-proclaimed tap style and energy.

STePz exposes Glover’s capability in all complexities of jazz phrasing—bass line and melody, wild improvisations, structures and deconstruction—from departure to return. STePz showcases the infinite versatility of a virtuosic tap genius.

“The result is a tight show with some of the most skillful tap you’ll ever see.” —The New York Post

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
William Jewell College: John Gano Memorial Hall
Liberty, Missouri
Saturday, 2 May 2015 - 8:00 PM
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Emanuel Ax has played for the Series 12 times, including a November 2010 benefit recital in tribute to the Series’ late founder Richard Harriman.

For his next Series appearance, the venerable pianist will return to the place where the Series began: John Gano Memorial Hall on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo.

“His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician, and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays.” —Los Angeles Times
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Bizet: Variations chromatiques de concert for Piano
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Rameau: Pièces de clavecin
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
I. Les Tricotets. Rondeau.
II. L'indifférente
III. Menuet I - Menuet II
IV. La Poule
VII. L'Enharmonique. Gracieusement.
VIII. L'Egyptienne
Debussy: Les Estampes, L 100
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
I. Pagodes
II. La soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la pluie
Debussy: Hommage a Rameau, L110 No. 2
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Chopin: 4 Scherzi
Artist: Emanuel Ax (Piano)
I. Op. 20: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor
II. Op. 31: Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor
III. Op. 39: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor
IV. Op. 54: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 6 June 2015 - 7:30 PM
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Single ticket prices: $25, $45, $50, $60, and $70

A 12th Series appearance by Kansas City native son David Parsons’ namesake company further galvanizes a hometown relationship that has spanned more than 25 years.

The athletic and exuberant NYC-based Parsons Dance includes eight full-time dancers and a repertory of more than 80 works by Parsons.

“The Company’s accuracy and teamwork are a tribute to Parsons’ commitment to keeping the dancers fully employed and performing together 40 weeks a year, a rarity in the hard-pressed modern dance world. That commitment pays off handsomely on stage.” —Newsday

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
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