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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 Harriman-Jewell Series and Kansas City since 2002, the famed orchestra will celebrate the music of America’s most original composer, George Gershwin.

By George! The Pops Plays Gershwin will feature several of the Boston Pops highly acclaimed orchestrations of Gershwin's most iconic works, taken from its unparalleled library of 3,400 exclusive arrangements and compositions.

The program will kick off with a new arrangement of the overture from George and Ira Gershwin’s musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, followed by additional popular works such as the original Paul Whiteman version of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Fascinating Rhythm and the instantly recognizable Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm variations will showcase the talents of longtime Boston Pops piano collaborator Michael Chertock. After intermission, acclaimed vocalists Justin Hopkins and Erica Spyres will sing audience-pleasing Gershwin duets Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off from the 1937 film Shall We Dance, and a medley entitled ’S Wonderful, ’S Marvelous, ’S Gershwin.

Affectionately known as “America's Orchestra,” the Boston Pops is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country, beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler and continuing through the innovations introduced by John Williams and the new-millennium Pops spearheaded by Keith Lockhart. With the 125th anniversary season in 2010, the Boston Pops reached a landmark moment in a remarkable history that began with its founding in 1885.

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
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 conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko upholds that standard. The program will feature Kiev-born 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.

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
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 3:00 PM
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This 20-year-old Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient has been recognized as an artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity, and vibrant sound. The Los Angeles Times, after referring to Porter as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” The violinist was a sensation in her showcase for the Series’ Prelude Gala event in 2015, and was quickly reengaged for this full concert.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 376 (374d)
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Janacek: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Pärt: Fratres
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Artists: Armen Guzelimian (Piano); Simone Porter (Violin)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 7:30 PM
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Nicola Benedetti is an incredibly versatile musician, performing everything from the great Romantic violin concertos by Brahms and Tchaikovsky to modernist works by James MacMillan and even lush Hollywood scores. Her Folly Theater concert will feature music by Italian Baroque composers Francesco Geminiani, Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi. See full program below.

Benedetti, who began playing the violin when she was four, studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians in England. One of her memorable early experiences was playing second violin in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double Concerto for Two Violins. The great violinist Menuhin himself was the conductor. “He was such a powerful force when he entered a room,” Benedetti said. Everybody was hushed. It was a very special moment when he would come to the school.

Over the years, Benedetti has studied with early music specialists, learning the subtleties of Baroque performance practice. But she says her playing and that of the Venice Baroque Orchestra is far from academic or clinical. “If you were not to analyze it and just listen to the wildness of a composer like (Antonio) Vivaldi, it inspires a certain freedom,” she said. “To me, it’s just unavoidable, no matter how much you would choose to do something different, you have to go in that direction.”

The Venice Baroque Orchestra, last presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series in 2002, is certainly not known for staid performances. They bring 18th-century music alive, with verve and fire. Benedetti will be featured in almost every work on the program, but she says that she will be “integrated” into the ensemble. “They are a very collegial orchestra and also have a lot of spontaneity and they inspire a lot of trust in me,” she said. Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The Orchestra has appeared in many more cities across the United States than any other Baroque orchestra in history.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Galuppi: Concerto a quattro no. 2 in G major
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Avison: Concerto grosso no. 8 in e minor, after D. Scarlatti
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Geminiani: Concerto grosso for strings in D minor, "La Follia" (after A. Corelli Op. V no.12)
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major for violin, strings, and basso continuo
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Corelli: Concerto grosso in D major, Op. VI no. 4
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in E flat major for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 257
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in B minor for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 386
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi: Concerto in D major for violin, strings and basso continuo, "Il Grosso Mogul," RV 208
Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 27 January 2017 - 7:30 PM
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The story ballet of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers along with several great Russian gems will be danced by the renowned Moscow Festival Ballet. The company was founded in 1989 by Sergei Radchenko, a former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Romeo and Juliet ballet
after William Shakespeare's tragedy
Music by Tchaikovsky
Original choreography by Petipa
Allegro
Music by Tchaikovsky
The Sleeping Beauty Act I, The Rose Adagio
Music by Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Petipa
The Ocean and the Pearls from The Little Humpbacked Horse
Music by Pugni
Cinderella Act III, Adagio
Music by Prokofiev
The Quatre
Music by Tchaikovsky
Russian Dances
Music by Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Alexander Daev
Don Quixote Act III, Grand Pas
Music by Minkus
Choreography by Gorsky
The Dying Swan
Music by Saint-Saens
Choreography by Fokine
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 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).

* Ticket holders can select seats in the Folly Theater beginning at 6 p.m.
Please be seated before 6:45 p.m.

* The concert will start at 7 p.m., will have one intermission, and will end at approximately 8:45 p.m.

* An artist/audience conversation from the stage will immediately follow the concert.

* Performers will autograph CDs and programs in the lobby after the conversation.

WindSync, known for its engaging interpretations of classical music, offers up a holiday treat that includes selections from The Nutcracker, folk tunes, and carols. {See the program list below. } The talented quintet includes Garrett Hudson, flute; Emily Tsai, oboe; Julian Hernandez, clarinet; Kara LaMoure, bassoon; and Anni Hochhalter, horn.

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. This young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, includes elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Shostakovich: Dance No. 1 from Suite for Variety Orchestra
Ensemble: WindSync
Respighi: Trittico botticelliano
Ensemble: WindSync
Arranger: WindSync
The Adoration of the Magi
Copland: Simple Gifts
Ensemble: WindSync
Arranger: WindSync
Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
Ensemble: WindSync
Ravel: Boléro
Ensemble: WindSync
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (highlights)
Ensemble: WindSync
Arranger: WindSync
Coleman: Umoja
Ensemble: WindSync
Traditional: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (featuring well known carols)
Ensemble: WindSync
Arranger: WindSync
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 - 7:30 PM
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The sensational mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and the Baroque orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro will perform In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series. The evening's program in two parts, "War" and "Peace," will explore the dichotomy of discord and harmony in times of war. In War & Peace was also released as an album on November 4 to complement an international tour.

"In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?" This overarching question from DiDonato is directed to anyone worldwide who wishes to share an answer at the "In War & Peace" website.

Prairie Village, Kansas native Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to The Times, DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography.

Italian chamber orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro was founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera, but is equally committed to instrumental performance in various formations. The musicians led by principal conductor and harpsichordist Maxim Emelyanychev are among the best worldwide for authentic and vivid interpretation on period instruments.


RELATED EVENT: FREE PANEL DISCUSSION
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, AT 6:30 P.M.

National WWI Museum and Memorial
J.C. Nichols Auditorium
2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108
In War & Peace – Perspectives on conflict resolution

The Harriman-Jewell Series will partner with the National WWI Museum and Memorial for a panel discussion on conflict resolution through unique and varied perspectives. Operatic mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will discuss her project In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music and will join Kansas City-area panelists Alvin Brooks, Dr. Joanne Katz, and Dr. Matthew Naylor as they each provide their perspective on finding peace in times of chaos.

R.S.V.P. to attend the discussion at theworldwar.org.


Creative Team Credits
Executive Producer Joyce DiDonato
Direction: Ralf Pleger
Light Design: Henning Blum
Choreography / Dancer: Manuel Palazzo

Il pomo d’oro
Musical direction /harpsichord: Maxim Emelyanychev

Lasha Rostobaia: Costumes for Manuel Palazzo
Vivienne Westwood: Gowns for Joyce DiDonato
Make up Provided by MAC
Greeting cards by Hallmark
Project Managed by Askonas Holt
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Handel: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Storge)
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Leo: Andromaca
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Cavalieri: Sinfonia Rappresentatione di anima e di corpo
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Purcell: Ciaconna in sol min for 3 violins and basso
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Purcell: Dido's Lament
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Gesualdo: "Tristis est anima mea" for Six Voices
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga (E Major)
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Purcell: They tell us that you mighty powers
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Crystal streams in murmurs flowing
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Da tempeste il legno infranto
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Pärt: Da Pacem Domine
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Handel: Augelletti, che cantata
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Jommelli: Par che di Giubilo
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
The Midland: Arvest Bank Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 7:30 PM
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New York City magic is coming to town with Big Band Holidays, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series and performed by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Catherine Russell.

The famous jazz ensemble has been a Harriman-Jewell Series favorite since its 1999 Kansas City debut, and its Big Band Holidays concert will be another first for Kansas City. The Orchestra led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis showcases 15 of today’s finest jazz players and will be joined by vocalist Catherine Russell. The next generation in a family of jazz royalty, Russell possesses a transcendent voice and uplifting spirit that have secured her spot as an audience favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is a New York native. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a distinguished musician, graduating with advanced degrees from Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Her father, Luis Russell, was born in Panama, but eventually found his way to New Orleans and New York to become Louis Armstrong’s musical director and collaborator. With this lineage it’s not surprising that Russell exudes musicality. Her gorgeous voice is on full display on her just-released album Harlem on My Mind. But Russell sings much more than jazz. In fact, she’s one of the most versatile performers around, having worked with Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper and David Bowie.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is another versatile performer, moving comfortably between the worlds of classical music and jazz. He has won nine Grammy Awards for music ranging from jazz standards and classical trumpet concertos to a spoken word album for children. In 1987, Marsalis co-founded the jazz program at Lincoln Center in New York City where he is now artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Marsalis won the Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio “Blood on the Fields” in 1997.

Click to listen to the "Big Band Holidays" album on Spotify.

Click to watch "Big Band Holidays" videos on YouTube.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Program works to be announced from the stage
Artists: Catherine Russell (Voice); Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Ensemble: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

In addition to the classic selections found on the Big Band Holidays album released in 2015, the Orchestra will perform new arrangements of songs, from Billie Holiday’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” to favorites like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 28 October 2016 - 7:30 PM
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Since his triumph in 1998 at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian pianistic traditions and has quickly become one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. The New York Times has hailed his “athletic virtuosity and steely power.”

For many years Denis Matsuev has led numerous musical festivals and educational projects which have added to his role as a prominent public figure. Since 2004 he has organized “Stars on Baikal” in Irkutsk, Siberia (in 2009 he was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Irkutsk), and since 2005 he has been the artistic director of the music festival “Crescendo” (a series of events held in international cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Tel Aviv, Kaliningrad, Paris, and New York).

In 2010 he became the artistic director of Annecy Music Festival in Annecy, France, with the goal to bring together Russian and French music cultures. Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian foundation “New Names” that discovers and supports talented children and helps to develop music education in regions of his native Russia.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Schumann: Sinfonische Etuden, Op. 13
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 for Piano, S 514 "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke"
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Tchaikovsky: Meditation, Op. 72 No. 5
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Prokofiev: Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
Artist: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Tenor Ben Bliss will return to the Kansas City community to sing his American recital debut as a Harriman-Jewell Series free Discovery Concert with pianist Lachlan Glen on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Folly Theater (300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.).

Ben Bliss, who is rapidly making his mark on the opera world, will soon join an elite list of renowned tenors who sang their American recital debuts for the Harriman-Jewell Series: most noteworthy are Luciano Pavarotti (1973), Ben Heppner (1997), Juan Diego Flórez (2002), and Michael Fabiano (2013).

What makes the Bliss debut especially exciting is that he is a Prairie Village, Kansas native. His mother, Judy Bliss, is well known among local opera lovers for her work with the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; clearly something of the mother’s talent has rubbed off on the son. The young tenor is in good company in his opera successes: fellow Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato is a global opera superstar who regularly appears for the Harriman-Jewell Series, and will star in two concerts (December 7 and April 28) for the Series this season.

After graduating from Shawnee Mission East in 2004, Ben Bliss received a degree in film but in 2011 he decided to pursue a singing career. It was a wise choice, as his career has been skyrocketing ever since. After auditioning for none other than Plácido Domingo, Bliss was invited to join the Los Angeles Opera’s L.A. Young Artist Program.

In 2013, Bliss was accepted into the New York-based Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, which resulted in Bliss singing the role of Vogelsang in the Met’s 2014 HD broadcast of Die Meistersinger. Bliss is also the recipient of the Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona.

Australia-born pianist Lachlan Glen is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (2015) and The Juilliard School (M.M. 2013), and maintains a private vocal coaching studio in New York City. In addition to other creative pursuits, Glen co-hosts The Operative Podcast, which features conversations with star singers, emerging artists, and other opera insiders.



In addition to the Discovery Concert, Ben Bliss will lead a free vocal master class with preselected vocal students on Sunday, October 23 at 1 p.m., at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Kansas 66208. The public is welcome to observe the master class.


Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Strauss: Lieder (6), Op. 17
Artist: Ben Bliss
Strauss: Morgen! Op. 27 no 4
Artist: Ben Bliss
Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel
Artist: Ben Bliss
Mozart: "O wie angstlich" from Die Entfuhrung aus dem Seral (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
Artists: Ben Bliss (Tenor); Lachlan Glen (Piano)
Donizetti: "Una furtiva lagrima" from L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)
Artists: Ben Bliss (Tenor); Lachlan Glen (Piano)
Gruen: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand from Three by E.E. Cummings
Artist: Ben Bliss
Gruen: Lady will You Come with Me Into from Three by E.E. Cummings
Artist: Ben Bliss
Liebermann: The Arrow and The Song from Six Songs on Poems of Henry W. Longfellow
Artist: Ben Bliss
Chanler: I Rise When You Enter
Artist: Ben Bliss
Rorem: Stopping by woods on a snowy evening
Artist: Ben Bliss
Britten: The Last Rose of Summer
Artist: Ben Bliss
Britten: The Choirmaster's Burial (from Winter Words)
Artist: Ben Bliss
Britten: Children and Sir Nameless
Artist: Ben Bliss
Ahbez: Nature Boy
Artist: Ben Bliss
Arlen: One for My Baby (and One more for the Road)
Artist: Ben Bliss
Charles: Hallelujah I Love Her So
Artist: Ben Bliss
Bernstein: Maria (from West Side Story)
Artists: Ben Bliss (Tenor); Lachlan Glen (Piano)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 7:00 PM
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The Harriman-Jewell Series will present beloved American soprano Renée Fleming on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Pianist Hartmut Höll will join Fleming for songs and arias by Massenet; Saint-Saëns; Straus; Schumann; Tosti; Donaudy; Boito; Leoncavallo; Ponce; Gómez; and selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Fleming's lustrous voice, warm personality and movie-star charisma have endeared her to audiences even beyond the world of opera. Witness her rendition of the national anthem at the 2014 Super Bowl when she became the first opera singer to perform at the event. Fleming’s performance dazzled not only the crowd in the MetLife Stadium, but television viewers around the world, who shared the video of her performance in a viral frenzy on social media.

The “Fleming Effect” should be especially powerful in the acoustically brilliant Helzberg Hall on October 15. This will mark the fourth time Fleming has appeared on the Harriman-Jewell Series since her first recital in Kansas City in 1993. Each of her previous appearances was a concert-of-the-year, and her first recital in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is certain to be memorable as well.

For more than a decade, German pianist Hartmut Höll has accompanied Renée Fleming in concerts across Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. For him, Fleming is the quintessential singer of our world community. He admiringly notes how this unique singer chooses from a wide repertory of works created over four centuries to transmit musical enthusiasms to people of different cultures around the world.

See the program list below.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Massenet: C'est Thais, l'idole fragile from Thais
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Saint-Saëns: Soirée en mer
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Straus: Je t'aime quand même from Les Trois Valses
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Tosti: Aprile
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Donaudy: O del mio amato ben
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Boito: L’altra notte in fondo al mare from Mefistofele
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Leoncavallo: Mattinata
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Hammerstein: Selections from The King and I
Artists: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Hartmut Höll (Piano)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 1 October 2016 - 7:30 PM
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Jessica Lang is being recognized as one of the finest choreographers of her generation, but it’s been a lifelong journey to her current success. She started dancing when she was three years old, growing up in a suburb of Philadelphia. Then fresh out of Juilliard, she joined Twyla Tharp Dance. After touring with the company for two years, it disbanded, and Lang was presented with the opportunity to take a new direction in her life.

“It was a really good thing for me because through that two-year experience, I realized I actually didn’t want to be a dancer, that I missed the creative process,” she said. “I had been exploring the creative process when I was at Juilliard and thought maybe it was something I could do. The commissions came quickly, and I just decided I didn’t want to be a dancer. I wanted to create dance instead.”

And create she did, choreographing works for companies around the world, including Joffrey Ballet, Sydney Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet. Lang’s choreography is a combination of classical technique and beautiful line, as well as a true understanding of modern dance. Lang has been hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine.

Jessica Lang Dance, founded by its namesake in 2011, will perform several works in Kansas City, but two will serve as the centerpiece of the program, Tesseracts of Time — A Dance for Architecture and Thousand Yard Stare. Both are substantial works that deal with complex and important themes.

Tesseracts of Time — A Dance for Architecture was a collaboration with architect Steven Holl. The work will have special interest to Kansas Citians, as Holl designed the Bloch Building expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The building won the 2008 American Institute of Architecture Honor Award and made many lists for the best new building of 2007.

Thousand Yard Stare is another new work by Lang. Its name comes from a 1945 Life magazine story’s description of a traumatized soldier’s mental state. Lang says that the work focuses on “war and those affected by it, most importantly veterans.”

“I set it to one of Beethoven’s late string quartets, Op. 132, when he himself was battling with his own illness and facing what he thought was certain death,” Lang said. “I think you hear that in the music. I did a lot of research, working with music therapists and talking to some veterans who were kind enough to share their stories.”

The Harriman-Jewell Series’ presentation of Jessica Lang Dance will reinforce the Series’ historic commitment to dance and the best in modern art. It promises to be an exciting and revelatory evening.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
The Calling
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Duet from i.n.k.
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Thousand Yard Stare
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Tesseracts of Time
Ensemble: Jessica Lang Dance
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 7:00 PM
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The Harriman-Jewell Series will inaugurate its new season with the Sphinx Virtuosi, an acclaimed chamber orchestra that exemplifies how diversity is enriching classical music in America. The group of 18 young Black and Latino classical string soloists will play a free Discovery Concert at the Folly Theater on Saturday, September 24. In addition, the ensemble will give a special performance as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series’ gala, Prelude 2016, on Monday, September 26.

The New York Times reported that the conductorless Sphinx Virtuosi displays “all the hallmarks of a first-rate string ensemble.” That’s not surprising, given the high quality of its young musicians. Members of Sphinx have completed and continue to pursue their studies at the nation’s top music schools.

For its free concert on September 24, the Sphinx Virtuosi will play a full-evening program of Latin music, “Viajes Latinos” (Latin Journeys). The concert of sizzling Latin music will give ample demonstration of the group’s prowess.

In addition to the Discovery Concert and Prelude 2016, other community events are planned for the Sphinx Virtuosi’s visit to Kansas City:

Saturday, September 24 – post-performance Q&A/autograph signing
The Series will host a Q&A with Sphinx artists and the audience following the performance and the ensemble members will sign autographs in the lobby after the Q&A.

Sunday, September 25 – 2 p.m. Catalyst Quartet at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Series and The Nelson-Atkins Museum will partner to present the Catalyst Quartet in an intimate performance setting onsite at the Museum. The event will be open to the public and will occur in the American Rotunda on the 2nd floor of the east wing.

Monday, September 26 – 10 a.m. School Performance – Sphinx Virtuosi at Ewing Marion Kauffman School
The Series will bring the Sphinx Virtuosi to perform for the students at Ewing Marion Kauffman School. Not open to the public.

Monday, September 26 – 6 p.m. Prelude 2016: An Evening of Discovery
The Series will present Sphinx Virtuosi at its annual Prelude gala benefit – a fundraiser for Education Events and Discovery Concerts. Tickets can be purchased here.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Piazzolla: Libertango
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Williams: Premera Suite Argentina
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Alvarez: Metro Chabacano
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Espejo: Prelude Iberique
Artist: Hannah White (Violin)
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no.5, Aria
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Piazzolla: La muerte del Angel
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Golijov: Last Round
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Ginastera: Concerto per corde, Op. 33
Ensemble: Sphinx Virtuosi
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 29 April 2016 - 7:00 PM
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French cellist Edgar Moreau will perform a free Discovery Concert presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Folly Theater (300 W. 12th St.) in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Moreau's program to be played with American pianist Jessica Osborne will include Bach's Sonata No. 3 in G minor BWV 1029; Franck's Sonata in A major, M. 8; Schnittke's Sonata No. 1; and Chopin's Introduction and polonaise brillante, Op. 3.

Moreau first became interested in the instrument at four when he happened upon a girl’s lesson while visiting an antique shop with his father. By 11, he was playing concerts with major orchestras. Moreau, who turned 22 this month, was awarded the Harriman-Jewell Series Young Concert Artists Performance Prize for 2015.

Moreau released his debut album in March 2014 on the Erato label with pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique: Play is a collection of short pieces and brilliant encores from Popper, Paganini, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Dvorák, Massenet, Schubert, Poulenc and Tchaikovsky among others. His October 2015 release, Giovincello, presents 18th-century cello concertos recorded with the Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro. (Il Pomo d'Oro will be presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series on December 7, in a concert with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.)

Jessica Osborne has been hailed by the Washington Post as a pianist “with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” after her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and is one of the most intensely expressive, passionate artists of her generation.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Bach: Sonata no. 3 for Cello and Piano in G minor BWV 1029
Artists: Jessica Osborne (Piano); Edgar Moreau (Cello)
Franck: Sonata in A Major, M. 8
Artists: Jessica Osborne (Piano); Edgar Moreau (Cello)
Schnittke: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1
Artists: Jessica Osborne (Piano); Edgar Moreau (Cello)
Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise brillante for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
Artists: Jessica Osborne (Piano); Edgar Moreau (Cello)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 7:00 PM
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This program of works by Charpentier, Moulinié, Lambert, and Le Camus will mark the ensemble's third concert presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series since 1990.

The acclaimed vocal and instrumental ensemble will perform a supertitled French and Italian program of “serious airs and drinking songs” lightly staged as a troupe of actors rehearsing, flirting, and arguing in song like the cast of an early music soap opera. The illustrious ensemble was founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, who directs the group to this day.

Dedicated to the performance of Baroque music on original instruments, Les Arts Florissants (pronounced layz ARR FLOOR ah SAHNT) has played a pioneering role in the resurgence of interest in the French baroque repertoire that had been long neglected. For more than 30 years, Christie and the ensemble have unearthed innumerable treasures from the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, particularly the French repertoire from the 17th century, but also European music of the 17th and 18th centuries—works which are now widely performed and admired.

Les Arts Florissants ensemble members present a season of concerts and opera performances each year in France at the Théâtre de Caen (where they are artists in residence), the Salle Pleyel, the Cité de la Musique, the Opéra Comique, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Château de Versailles, as well as in numerous festivals (including Septembre Musical de l’Orne, Beaune, Ambronay, Aix-en-Provence), and are active ambassadors for French culture abroad, being regularly invited to New York City, London, Edinburgh, Brussels, Vienna, Salzburg, Madrid, Barcelona, Moscow, and elsewhere.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Charpentier: Petite pastorale H. 479
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Moulinié: Amis, enivrons-nous du vin d'Espagne en France
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Lambert: Amour, je me suis plaint cent fois
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Charpentier: Amor vince ogni cosa - Pastoraletta 1a H. 492: Prelude and scene 1
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Lambert: Vos yeux adorables
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Moulinié: Enfin la beauté
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Le Camus: Ah, que vous êtes hereux!
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Charpentier: Charmantes fleurs, naissez
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Charpentier: Amor vince ogni cosa - Pastoraletta 1a H. 492: Scene 2
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Moulinié: Guillot est mon amy
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Charpentier: Tristes déserts, sombre retraite
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Lambert: J'aimerais mieux souffrir la mort
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Charpentier: Amor vince ogni cosa - Pastoraletta 1a H. 492: Scene 3
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Lambert: Sans murmurer
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Le Camus: Laissez durer la nuit, impatiente Aurore
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Lambert: Laissez-moi soupirer importune raison
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Lambert: Vous avez trop d'appas
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Lambert: Vos mépris chaque jour me causent mille alarmes
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Charpentier: Amor vince ogni cosa - Pastoraletta 1a H. 492: Scenes 4 and 5
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: William Christie
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 15 April 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will be joined by acclaimed guitarist Sharon Isbin for a program of Spanish music, with the addition of two favorite arias sung by Ms. Leonard with piano accompaniment.

Note this change: Baritone Nathan Gunn and pianist Julie Gunn were originally scheduled to perform with Ms. Leonard; however, Mr. and Mrs. Gunn had to withdraw due to serious family illness.

Two star musicians at the height of their powers will perform a special evening of Spanish music for voice and guitar.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, known for spellbinding passion, technique, and charisma, is the 2013 Richard Tucker Award recipient and appears in lead operatic roles worldwide. Ms. Leonard is currently at the Metropolitan Opera in one of her signature roles, Cherubino, in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

Sharon Isbin is acclaimed as one of the today’s finest guitarists and a foremost interpreter of Spanish guitar. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time” by Boston Magazine.

The power duo received high praise from critics for their Carnegie Hall Spanish concert last November. “With such formidable proponents as Leonard and Isbin, one hopes that such recitals will be less ‘change of pace’ and more of a regular attraction,” reported the New York Classical Review.

Mark Markham is widely recognized as one of the great piano collaborators of his generation. He has been the recital partner of soprano Jessye Norman since 1995, giving nearly 300 performances in over 25 countries. Markum performed a recital with Jessye Norman on April 15, 2000, at the Folly Theater, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series.


Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Valverde: Clavelitos
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Markham (Piano)
García Lorca: Canciones espanolas antiguas
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Arranger: Sharon Isbin
Transcribed by Sharon Isbin
Granados: Spanish Dance #5
Artist: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Albéniz: Asturias
Artist: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Mozart: "Voi che sapete" from Le nozze di Figaro
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Markham (Piano)
García Lorca: Canciones espanolas antiguas
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Transcribed by Sharon Isbin
Rossini: "Una voce poco fa" from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Markham (Piano)
Rodrigo: Aranjuez, ma pensée
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Montsalvatge: Selections from Cinco canciones negras
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Arranger: Sharon Isbin
Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Artist: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Falla: Siete canciones populares españolas
Artists: Isabel Leonard (Mezzo Soprano); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 12 March 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Hough's program will include Schubert's Sonata in A minor, D. 784; Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21; Hough's Piano Sonata III (Trinitas); Liszt's Valses Oubliée, S. 215 [Nos. 1 and 2]; and Liszt's Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 [Nos. 11 and 10]. The March 12 concert will mark the pianist's fourth Kansas City appearance for the Harriman-Jewell Series.

Named by The Economist as one of “20 Living Polymaths,” Stephen Hough (pronounced "Huff") is a rare renaissance man. Over his distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert pianists, Hough has also excelled as a writer and composer. The Washington Post has praised Hough as “a virtuoso who begins where others leave off.” Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality; his achievements have resulted in many accolades and a discography of more than 50 recordings.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
Artist: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21
Artist: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Hough: Piano Sonata III (Trinitas)
Artist: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Liszt: Valses Oubliee, S. 215 [Nos. 1 and 2]
Artist: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Liszt: Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 [Nos. 11 and 10]
Artist: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Folly Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Violinist Vilde Frang will perform a free Discovery Concert presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Folly Theater (300 W. 12th St.) in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Frang's program to be played with pianist Michail Lifits will include Mendelssohn's Sonata in F major; Schubert's Fantasie in C major, D. 934; Lutoslawski's Partita; and Strauss' Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18.

Vilde Frang, 29-year-old violinist from Norway, “is clearly a new star in the violin firmament” according to The Guardian (UK). Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards, including Gramophone Magazine's "Editors Choice.” Frang was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2012 and made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival.

Born in Norway in 1986, Vilde was engaged by Mariss Jansons at the age of 12 to debut with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has worked with famed pianist Mitsuko Uchida as a 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner and is an alumna of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Vilde Frang performs on a 1864 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin.

Michail Lifits, winner of the 57th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (2009), is praised for "his inspirational tone and his wise maturity" as well as for "the breathtaking beauty of his playing." In 2011, Lifits signed to Decca Classics. His debut CD with piano works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was released in 2012 and was acclaimed by critics worldwide. Lifits was born in 1982 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He studied at the University for Music and Drama in Hanover and at the International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola (Italy). Lifits is a Steinway Artist.

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Mendelssohn: Sonata in F Major Violin and Piano
Artists: Michail Lifits (Piano); Vilde Frang (Violin)
Schubert: Fantasie in C Major, D. 934
Artists: Michail Lifits (Piano); Vilde Frang (Violin)
Lutoslawski: Partita
Artists: Michail Lifits (Piano); Vilde Frang (Violin)
Strauss: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
Artists: Michail Lifits (Piano); Vilde Frang (Violin)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 3:00 PM
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The world-respected Orchestra returns to the Series under the trusted leadership of its founder and artistic director, Mikhail Pletnev. The dynamic pianist Yuja Wang will serve as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 2 in G major, with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Stravinsky’s The Firebird (1945) rounding out a sensational program.

The Russian National Orchestra (RNO) has been in demand throughout the music world ever since its 1990 Moscow premiere. Of the orchestra's 1996 debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote "They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure." More recently, they were described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art" by the Miami Herald and "as close to perfect as one could hope for" by the Trinity Mirror.

Founder and Artistic Director Mikhail Pletnev is an artist whose genius as pianist, conductor and composer enchants and amazes audiences around the globe. His musicianship encompasses a dazzling technical power and provocative emotional range, and a searching interpretation that fuses instinct with intellect. In 1990 Pletnev formed the first independent orchestra in Russia's history. The risks of this step, even with Gorbachev's endorsement, were enormous and it was Pletnev's reputation and commitment that made his long-held dream a reality.

Pianist Yuja Wang’s prodigious virtuosity and technical control command critical appreciation; she is also regularly praised for the clarity of her musical insight, the freshness of her interpretations and charismatic power of her stage presence. A New York Times writer praised "She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance."

Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44
Artist: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1945)
Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Atkins Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 5:00 PM
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This event is a collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The role of music in classic film and television has always been considerable. With "When You Wish Upon a Star," both for the just-released CD and the Kansas City concert program, the ever-versatile guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon the music we have heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see.

In a recent article about Frisell and his new CD, the Wall Street Journal's Steve Dollar wrote "movie songs are the ultimate ear worms. Who hasn’t whistled the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or crooned a Disney lullaby? Bill Frisell can’t resist, either...his latest album is devoted to composers famous for their work on the silver screen, including Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini and Elmer Bernstein.”

The musicians on the recording—violist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, singer Petra Haden, and guitarist Bill Frisell—will join drummer Kenny Wollesen to perform re-imagined time-honored gems such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Moon River, You Only Live Twice, themes from The Godfather, Psycho, and several others.

Bill Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel, reflects “music is so rich with all the associations that go along with it, whether it’s the words or a memory you get when you hear it.”

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Presenters: Harriman-Jewell Series; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Program to be announced from the stage
Artists: Thomas Morgan (Bass); Petra Haden (Vocals); Bill Frisell (Guitar); Eyvind Kang (Viola); Kenny Wollesen (Drums)
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