At 22, violinist Randall Goosby has already racked up an impressive set of achievements. At 13, he became the youngest person ever to win the impressive Sphinx Concerto Competition. Goosby has performed as soloist with orchestras across America and has been honored as a Rising Star of the Stradivari Society.
Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook, which the Harriman-Jewell Series has long celebrated as part of America’s unique cultural heritage.
Stereophile Magazine calls Nadine Sierra’s voice “alive, gorgeous, and positively thrilling.” Winner of the prestigious 2017 Richard Tucker Award and the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Sierra is hailed as one of the most promising young talents in opera today. With a jam-packed schedule, Sierra is already on the move, continually touring the world’s great opera houses. Now it’s Kansas City’s turn to discover this remarkable singer.
Some of the most exciting dance in America is coming out of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Founded in 1996, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet combines adventurous American athleticism with European classical and avant-garde traditions. The New York Times says that Aspen Santa Fe Ballet “raise the bar, and then they jump over it.”
The horn-blowing angels known as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will swing into Kansas City under the direction of legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis with Big Band Holidays: a jubilant concert of seasonal favorites that could enthuse the sullenest Scrooge.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is already a star in Great Britain, but he’s waiting to be discovered on this side of the Atlantic. Winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year contest in January 2018, his debut album for Decca hit No. 18 on the official U.K. album chart and number one on the classical chart.
Winner of countless awards and honors, Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the greatest violinists of our day. To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020, Mutter will give an all-Beethoven recital. She’ll be joined by her longtime collaborator, pianist Lambert Orkis, to perform some of Beethoven’s most popular music, including the “Kreutzer” sonata and the lovely “Spring” sonata.
Mark Morris’s career canon of brilliant dance works are as diverse as the songs on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, so who better to choreograph an evening-length celebration of the iconic Beatles album? Commissioned by the city of Liverpool to commemorate Sgt. Pepper’s 50th anniversary, Pepperland is Mark Morris’s joyful, unabashed, and acclaimed homage to The Beatles classic that changed the world.
Since its founding in 1977, the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra has established itself as one of Russia’s great orchestras, which is quite an accomplishment. After opening with Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful overture to the opera Tzar’s Bride, the Orchestra will perform two great Russian concertos: Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18.
The Times (London) calls Daniil Trifonov “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.” In 2011, he won the First Prize and Grand Prix at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Trifonov has since acquired a mountain of awards and has performed with every major orchestra in the world. This will be his Harriman-Jewell Series debut.
Mozart’s piano concertos are among his greatest works, and no one plays Mozart like pianist Mitsuko Uchida. In the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, she has found her perfect Mozartean partner. With 45 players from 20 different countries, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is truly an international ensemble with the highest standards of performance.
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops On Tour, performing 'Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams'
John Williams is one of the greatest and most beloved living composers. His film scores, from Star Wars to Schindler’s List are forever woven into the fabric of American culture. The Boston Pops led by Keith Lockhart will celebrate Williams’ formidable legacy, heard in scores from Born on the Fourth of July and Saving Private Ryan to E.T. and Harry Potter.
Angela Gheorghiu is a diva in the grand style. Her regal bearing dominates any stage on which she finds herself. And Gheorghiu has the voice to match the persona. She’s an opera star in whom technique and charisma are abundant and perfectly balanced. Gheorghiu’s Harriman-Jewell Series debut in Helzberg Hall is an event not to be missed.
Aristo Sham is probably one of the finest pianists you’ve never heard of. Sham began playing the piano at three and entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at six. At the age of 12, he was featured in the documentary The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies. Now 22, Sham has already performed with the world’s greatest orchestras.
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano, with Il Pomo d’Oro, chamber orchestra, performing 'My Favorite Things'
Nobody sings baroque music like Joyce DiDonato. Dazzling runs, fiery emotion, and attention to period detail are assured when DiDonato performs baroque. DiDonato will be joined by the dynamic Italian chamber orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro, performing on authentic period instruments.
Longtime piano collaborator Rohan de Silva will join Itzhak Perlman for an evening of stories and music in the acoustically resplendent Helzberg Hall.
For a return to Helzberg Hall, Thomas will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in music by Ravel and Sibelius and Christian Tetzlaf will be the soloist for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3.
San Francisco Symphony members will lead free instrumental master classes, partnership with UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance.
*** Today’s master class with Jeremy Denk at UMKC has been canceled due to inclement weather. ***
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will make its seventh appearance on the Harriman-Jewell Series. Pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and one of the finest pianists of his generation, will join the ensemble from the keyboard.
Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, mezzo-soprano and pianist, performing Schubert's Winterreise
The Harriman-Jewell Series is proud to bring our hometown heroine back for eighth performance, this time with none other than Yannick Nézet-Séquin, who will prove he can play the piano as superbly as he can conduct.
Dr. Hali Fieldman will give a 30-minute talk about Schubert’s Winterreise in the Folly Theater Shareholder’s Room prior to Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séquin’s recital. This pre-concert talk is free and seating is limited. No reservations are needed.
Violinist Bella Hristova will bring her passionate playing to the Kauffman Center for a special Discovery Concert that combines the young violinist’s mastery with the Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Ballet Folklórico de México members will lead free master class. The public is welcome to observe the class and no reservations are required. Seating is limited.
Valery Gergiev returns to the Harriman-Jewell Series to conduct the maximum-strength Mariinsky Orchestra for its Helzberg Hall debut. The brilliant Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov will perform as soloist for Rachmaninoff’s dazzling Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.
Nathan Lee is like any other 17-year-old, except that he has already performed as piano soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras and has won top-tier piano competitions. Lee will play some of the most virtuosic works in piano literature for his free Discovery Concert.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra in Helzberg Hall when he makes his Harriman-Jewell Series debut.
Philadelphia Orchestra members will lead free instrumental master classes, partnership with UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance.
American soprano Alyson Cambridge is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today. She is hailed as “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative” (The Washington Post).
Soprano Alyson Cambridge will sing a brief performance at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Julia Bullock will lead a vocal master class with preselected participants at William Jewell College. The public is welcome to observe for free; no reservations are needed.
Julia Bullock will offer a talk/demonstration at Schlagle High School Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend for free; no reservations are needed.
Kathleen Battle, soprano and piano, choir, and narration | Underground Railroad — A Spiritual Journey
Soprano Kathleen Battle's Underground Railroad—A Spiritual Journey, is a moving program of traditional spirituals with choir and piano, with narration drawn from the writings of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
Dance Theater of Harlem members will lead a movement workshop that is free to the public.
Dance Theater of Harlem members will lead a master class that is free to observe.