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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 7:30 PM
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Noted for its athleticism and polish, the perennial favorite of Series’ audiences will return for a record-setting 13th engagement. Founded by David Parsons, who was raised in Kansas City, Parsons Dance is internationally recognized as one of the finest modern dance companies.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Parsons: Wolfgang
Ensemble: Parsons Dance
Parsons: Flower Duet from Remember Me
Ensemble: Parsons Dance
Parsons: Finding Center
Ensemble: Parsons Dance
Parsons: The Envelope
Ensemble: Parsons Dance
Parsons: Caught
Ensemble: Parsons Dance
Parsons: Whirlaway
Ensemble: Parsons Dance
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 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).

Praised by the New York Times for his “jaw-dropping technique,” pianist Charlie Albright makes his Kansas City debut on a free Discovery Concert. The first of Albright’s three all-Schubert recordings was released in 2016 to great acclaim; Schubert will be on his Kansas City program, along with Janacek, Strauss and Chopin.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Schubert: Impromptu in G flat major, Op.90 no.3 (D.899)
Artist: Charlie Albright (Piano)
Schubert: Impromptu No. 2 in E-Flat Major Op. 90
Artist: Charlie Albright (Piano)
Janacek: Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the street"
Artist: Charlie Albright (Piano)
Strauss: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Artist: Charlie Albright (Piano)
Chopin: Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
Artist: Charlie Albright (Piano)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 7:30 PM
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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. This time the powerhouse ensemble will scale the mountainous heights of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, also known as the “Romantic.”

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Ogonek: All These Lighted Things
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Bruckner: Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 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).

Discovery Concerts not only provide an opportunity to discover artists but, sometimes, instruments. It’s not often the rich sound of the double bass is featured in recital, but Xavier Foley (a member of the recently presented Sphinx Virtuosi) will demonstrate the beauty and power of the deeply toned giant.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 7:00 PM
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Joshua Bell is one of those rare classical musicians whose talent, charisma, and star power have made him popular with even non-classical audiences. For Bell’s return engagement, the dynamic Italian pianist Alessio Bax (who played a Series Discovery Concert in 2010) will join him for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Artists: Alessio Bax (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 13
Artists: Alessio Bax (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 "Regen"
Artists: Alessio Bax (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
Additional works to be announced.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 27 October 2017 - 7:30 PM
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Composed of top dancers from New York City Ballet and other premier companies, the showcase ensemble led by NYC Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht is truly American ballet’s all-star team. Among the dazzling works planned is Balanchine’s Who Cares?, which features the music of George Gershwin.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Who Cares? (Balanchine)
Ensemble: Stars of American Ballet
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 7:30 PM
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The titanic Valery Gergiev usually works on the larger canvas of symphonic orchestras but, for this rare event, 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.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Greig: Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Ensemble: The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Strauss: Metamorphosen, AV 142
Ensemble: The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos no 10 in E flat major, K 365 (316a)
Artists: Behzod Abduraimov (Piano); Stanislav Ioudenitch (Piano)
Ensemble: The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
Ensemble: The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 7:30 PM
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Since 1968, the King’s Singers have been delighting audiences with their uniquely English vocal style, which encompasses everything from Renaissance madrigals to Gilbert and Sullivan to the Beatles. A Series favorite, the “kings of sing” will thrill those who adore a cappella music on its 50th Anniversary Gold Standard Tour.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Ensemble: The King's Singers
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 17 November 2017 - 7:00 PM
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The 25-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. Noted for his expressive playing, Ferrández is sure to make his 1696 “Lord Aylesford” Stradivarius cello sing.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Artist: Pablo Ferrandez (Cello)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 13 January 2018 - 7:30 PM
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Spirituals have always been balm for the soul, and the American Spiritual Ensemble is a foremost interpreter of the genre. Founded in 1995, the group is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Negro Spiritual, but they also venture into classical music, jazz and Broadway. The group’s Folly Theater concert will showcase its versatility.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Ensemble: American Spiritual Ensemble
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 7:30 PM
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A violinist of supreme authority and ability, Siberian-born Maxim Vengerov will play in Kansas City after two decades away. The 42-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 Schubert, Beethoven, Ravel, Ysaye, Ernst, and Paganini.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Schubert: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 162, D. 574 “Grand Duo”
Artist: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2
Artist: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major "Sonate posthume"
Artist: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Ysaÿe: Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27: no 6 in E major
Artist: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Ernst: Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer"
Artist: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Paganini: Introduction and Variations on Rossini's "I Palpiti", Op. 13
Artist: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 9 February 2018 - 7:30 PM
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Harlem is one of America’s most important cultural centers, and there is no better advocate of the Harlem spirit than Dance Theatre of Harlem. Founded shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to inspire children with dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem has evolved into an outstanding institution.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Ensemble: Dance Theatre of Harlem
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 16 February 2018 - 7:30 PM
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Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, praised by the New York Times for possessing an “elegant and profound musicianship,” is indeed a very rare talent. She made her mark performing the music of Mozart, but her sublime touch with all composers has drawn universal praise from audiences and critics. Her first return to the Series since 1992 will feature Schubert’s poetic music.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B major, D 575/Op. posth.
Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42
Schubert: Sonata for Piano in D major, D 850/Op. 53 "Gasteiner"
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 7:00 PM
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Nathan Lee is like any other 15-year-old kid, 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.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 2 March 2018 - 7:00 PM
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Soprano Kathleen Battle is one of the great divas of our time. Her long-awaited return to the Series, 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.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
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The Staatskapelle Weimar has an illustrious history dating back to 1482. Bach, Liszt and countless other luminaries have conducted the orchestra. Under its current music director, Kirill Karabits, the Staatskapelle will perform an all-Beethoven program including the Coriolan Overture and the iconic Symphony No. 5.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 7:00 PM
All Complete Series subscriptions include tickets to Discovery Concerts. Click Tickets above to order the Complete Series package. This concert is free to the public; single tickets can be requested online beginning the Monday two months prior to the event date.

The New York Times heralded that Julia Bullock is “poised for a significant career.” The charismatic soprano has been lighting up stages around the world, performing vocal repertoire from Schubert to Broadway. Her Folly Theater recital will show off her amazing range.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
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