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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 10 March 2017 - 7:00 PM
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Harriman-Jewell Series patrons have come to expect the best orchestras, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine upholds that standard. The program conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko will feature Alexei Grynyuk as soloist for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Dvorák’s “From the New World” No. 9, and Verdi's La forza del destino.

Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November of 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Since 1993, the Orchestra has released more than 100 recordings, and many have received international acclaim.

Volodymyr Sirenko has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestra since 1999. Born in 1960 in the Poltava region of Ukraine, Sirenko has been compared by the international press to other brilliant conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Simon Rattle. Sirenko was previously chief conductor of the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Kiev-born pianist Alexei Grynyuk attracted wide attention at 13 when he won the first prize at the Sergei Diaghilev All-Soviet Union Competition in Moscow. Later he went on to achieve numerous awards at international competitions including first prizes at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev and the Shanghai International Piano Competition in China. Now enjoying worldwide critical acclaim, Grynyuk was described by Le Figaro as a “master of transparent and sovereign touch…astonishing personality and absolutely transcendental virtuosity.”

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
Gershwin: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Elliott Carter
Gershwin: Walking the dog (Promenade)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Elliott Carter
Gershwin: Fascinatin' Rhythm
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Elliott Carter
Gershwin: Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
Artist: Michael Chertock (Piano)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: William C. Schoenfeld
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Gershwin: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Artists: Justin Hopkins (Baritone); Erica Spyres (Vocals)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Don Sebesky
Gershwin: By Strauss
Artist: Erica Spyres (Vocals)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Don Sebesky
Gershwin: Slap That Bass
Artist: Justin Hopkins (Baritone)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Don Sebesky
Gershwin: Summertime
Artist: Charles Dimmick (Violin)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: John Williams
Gershwin: I've Got To Be There
Artist: Justin Hopkins (Baritone)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Elliott Carter
Gershwin: The Man I Love
Artist: Erica Spyres (Vocals)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Don Sebesky
Gershwin: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin
Artists: Justin Hopkins (Baritone); Erica Spyres (Vocals)
Ensemble: Boston Pops Esplanade
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Arranger: Don Sebesky
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Artist: Michael Chertock (Piano)
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
Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 7:30 PM
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Two of today’s greatest American voices will join together for a recital of art songs, arias, and spirituals.

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee first sang for the Harriman-Jewell Series in 2009 on his brilliant path toward being hailed one of the "world’s leading bel canto tenors” by the Associated Press. The New York Times named Brownlee as one of three tenors in “a new golden age of high male voices.“

Bass-Baritone Eric Owens was just named Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year. Through his powerful poise and expansive voice, Owens “speaks to you even in his silences…and shakes you when he sings” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Friends on and off stage, Brownlee and Owens are in high demand by top opera companies, orchestras, and presenters around the globe. The duo will be joined by pianist Craig Terry.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program TBA
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 8 April 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).

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 Boston, 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
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 7:30 PM
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Music and Dance package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
Program TBA
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 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.

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
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Music and Dance package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
New Work TBA
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
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 7:00 PM
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Masters: The Ingram Events package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
Program TBA
Artist: Joshua Bell (Violin)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 27 October 2017 - 7:30 PM
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Music and Dance package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Music and Dance package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Masters: The Ingram Events package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
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 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
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Masters: The Ingram Events package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Masters: The Ingram Events package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Music and Dance package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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
This event is currently sold as part of the Great Masters: The Ingram Events package (six events). Use the Tickets button above to order. Single tickets become available on August 1.

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"
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