Let the Music Play! The Kansas City Symphony Returns

The Kansas City Symphony announced today they are welcoming in-person audiences to three concerts this May and June inside their performance home at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “We have been patiently awaiting the time we can again perform for an audience in Helzberg Hall,” says executive director Danny Beckley.


The Symphony and the Kauffman Center for the performing arts have been working together with the University of Kansas Health System throughout the pandemic. Starting next month, they will safely begin to perform for live audiences once again. “There will of course be protocols in place, such as seat distancing requirements, mask mandates and extensive cleaning procedures,” says Beckley. “But it is time for our return to in-person attendance, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography

Music director Michael Stern underscores what an emotional moment this is for everyone connected to the Kansas City Symphony. “There is no substitute for the special communion that occurs between all of us on stage and those listening in person,” says Stern. “After this long year of postponements, cancelations, distancing and absences, bringing music back to Kansas City is more urgent, necessary and meaningful than ever.”

Current 2020/21 Classical Series subscribers will be able to select tickets for the following upcoming concerts:

1) Wednesday, May 26 at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 28 at 1:30 & 8 p.m.
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts                        

COPLAND – Fanfare for the Common Man
HAILSTORK – Amazing Grace
STRAUSS – Wind Serenade
CARLOS SIMON – The Warmth from Other Suns
STRAVINSKY Suite from Pulcinella

2) Friday, June 4 at 1:30 & 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 5 at 1:30 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 6 at 2 & 7 p.m.
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

W.A. MOZART – Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major
DUKAS – Fanfare from La Peri
TIM HIGGINS – Sinfonietta
GRAINGER/HIGGINS – Lincolnshire Posy

3) Thursday, June 17 at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 19 at 1:30 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 20 at 2 p.m.
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

DEBUSSY/FRADIANI – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
BARBER – Medea
F.J. HAYDN – Symphony No. 64, “Tempo mutantur”

Contact the Symphony to reserve tickets for the May and June concerts. You can easily choose concerts by completing the online form at kcsymphony.org/ticketing. You may also contact the Symphony Box Office by calling (816) 471-0400, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Health and safety information and protocols are available on the Symphony’s website at kcsymphony.org/covid-19-procedures.)