Valery Gergiev returns to the Harriman-Jewell Series to conduct the maximum-strength Mariinsky Orchestra for its Helzberg Hall debut. The great Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will perform as soloist for Rachmaninoff’s dazzling Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Longtime piano collaborator Rohan de Silva will join Itzhak Perlman for an evening of stories and music in the acoustically resplendent Helzberg Hall.
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.
Dance Theater of Harlem members will lead a talk/demonstration that is free to the public.
The 43-year-old virtuoso, who made his American recital debut on the Series in 1993 and quickly returned in 1996, will demonstrate his peerless playing with a program of Brahms, Ravel, Ernst, and Paganini with pianist Roustem Saitkoulov.
American Spiritual Ensemble members will lead a choral workshop that is free to the public.
The 26-year-old cellist Pablo Ferrández has been racking up international awards and garnering praise from the world’s finest musicians, and now he will make his Kansas City debut in a free Discovery Concert.
Pablo Ferrández will lead a cello master class with preselected participants. The public is welcome to observe for free; no reservations are needed.
The King's Singers will lead a free master class with predetermined vocal ensembles, in partnership with the Harriman-Jewell Series.
Gergiev will focus his white-hot energy on the lead string players of the Mariinsky Orchestra, joined by the world-acclaimed and Kansas City-based pianists Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch for Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.
Composed of top dancers from New York City Ballet, the showcase ensemble led by NYC Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht is truly American ballet’s all-star team!
Joshua Bell is one of those rare classical musicians whose talent, charisma, and star power have made him popular with even non-classical audiences.
Double bassist Xavier Foley will play a half-hour solo demonstration at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
After the rapturous applause died down when the Series presented the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its first time in Helzberg Hall, conductor Riccardo Muti promised that they would return.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra members will lead free instrumental master classes, partnership with UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance.