Events

Dec
20
Sat
The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 20 @ 1:30 am

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

A Christmas Carol @ Spencer Theater
Dec 20 @ 2:00 am

A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costuming, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time!

Christmas Festival @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm

Aram Demirjian, associate conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Allegro
Rezound!
Whitney Claire Kaufman, Vocalist

Delight in this festive holiday concert, as unique arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season are presented. We welcome many exciting special guests, including Santa, for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer!

A Christmas Carol @ Spencer Theater
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm

A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costuming, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time!

The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

Dec
21
Sun
The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 21 @ 1:30 am

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

A Christmas Carol @ Spencer Theater
Dec 21 @ 2:00 am

A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costuming, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time!

The King’s Singers Holiday Concert @ Folly Theater
Dec 21 @ 2:00 am

The a cappella kings of sing “come a-caroling” to Folly Theater for a ninth appearance on the Series.

The male sextet, instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation and impeccable vocal blend, can flawlessly sing their way from serious medieval to comical pop.

One of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media, and education work that spans the globe.

The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

The Santaland Diaries @ Copaken Stage
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm

Written by David Sedaris
Directed by Eric Rosen

Brian Sills returns as America’s favorite irreverent elf Crumpet! David Sedaris’ hysterical tale of elfin’ woe is a hilarious send-up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. Featuring an uproarious soundtrack of lively Christmas music, The Santaland Diaries skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas—the happy children, the gifts, the spritely elves and the good cheer.

The Santaland Diaries shows us the other side of what it’s like to work at Santaland, the result is merrily subversive, but always fun!

This performance, as a work of satire, contains material that might be objectionable to some audiences. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Christmas Festival @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Dec 21 @ 8:30 pm

Aram Demirjian, associate conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Allegro
Rezound!
Whitney Claire Kaufman, Vocalist

Delight in this festive holiday concert, as unique arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season are presented. We welcome many exciting special guests, including Santa, for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer!

The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 21 @ 11:00 pm

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

Dec
22
Mon
Christmas Festival @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Dec 22 @ 1:30 am

Aram Demirjian, associate conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Allegro
Rezound!
Whitney Claire Kaufman, Vocalist

Delight in this festive holiday concert, as unique arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season are presented. We welcome many exciting special guests, including Santa, for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer!

Dec
23
Tue
The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 23 @ 1:30 am

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Sprint Center
Dec 23 @ 10:00 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will wrap up 2014 by performing their rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time in arenas across the nation on their Winter Tour 2014, visiting Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 23 for two incredible performances.

Dec
24
Wed
A Christmas Carol @ Spencer Theater
Dec 24 @ 1:00 am

A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costuming, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time!

The Santaland Diaries @ Copaken Stage
Dec 24 @ 1:00 am

Written by David Sedaris
Directed by Eric Rosen

Brian Sills returns as America’s favorite irreverent elf Crumpet! David Sedaris’ hysterical tale of elfin’ woe is a hilarious send-up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. Featuring an uproarious soundtrack of lively Christmas music, The Santaland Diaries skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas—the happy children, the gifts, the spritely elves and the good cheer.

The Santaland Diaries shows us the other side of what it’s like to work at Santaland, the result is merrily subversive, but always fun!

This performance, as a work of satire, contains material that might be objectionable to some audiences. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Sprint Center
Dec 24 @ 2:15 am

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will wrap up 2014 by performing their rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time in arenas across the nation on their Winter Tour 2014, visiting Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 23 for two incredible performances.

The Nutcracker @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm

‘Tis the season to make memories with the PERFECT seasonal celebration for your family. You’ll enjoy all the spectacular sights and sounds of Clara’s magical adventures, the Mouse King battling the Toy Soldiers, an enchanted Christmas tree, dozens and dozens of stunning dancers, dazzling scenery and costumes, wondrous music played by Kansas City Symphony, and snow falling inside the theatre!

Jan
1
Thu
NYE Live @ Power and Light District
Jan 1 @ 3:00 am

Party-goers can look forward to exclusive access to over 10 bars and nightclubs, all-inclusive food and drink packages, live music, great DJ’s, NYE-themed party favors, champagne toasts, confetti cannons, and the city’s most anticipated countdown to Midnight – complete with a Times Square ball drop and fireworks! Conveniently located in KC Live! in the Power & Light District this destination gives you easy access to transportation, parking and hotels! #NYELiveKC

Hangar 9 NYE Party @ National Airline Museum
Jan 1 @ 3:30 am

Join us for an evening of sophisticated revelry and unprecedented style as we depart for 2015 from a truly unrivaled setting, Hangar 9, located at the Downtown Airport in Kansas City, MO. Elevate yourself from the average at KC’s most exclusive NYE destination. Poised to once again exceed even the most discerning party goer’s every expectation.

Jan
10
Sat
The Rite of Spring @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Jan 10 @ 2:00 am

Michael Stern, music director
Yefim Bronfman, piano

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Program Notes

This concert opens with the familiar Debussy favorite, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a serene mythological work. Next, the Symphony welcomes back Yefim Bronfman to perform Brahms’ sweeping second Piano Concerto. In the second half, hear the work that nearly caused a riot after its premiere just more than 100 years ago, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Ovation & Masterworks Series

Bridal Spectacular @ Overland Park Convention Center
Jan 10 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular, Kansas City’s largest bridal show, returns to the Overland Park Convention Center on Saturday, January 10 from 10 to 5. Bridal Spectacular features great wedding and honeymoon ideas, two bridal fashion shows & over $20,000 in prize giveaways. Visit kcweddings.com to purchase your tickets and enter to win one of our online giveaways! Tickets can also be purchased at KC metro Hy-Vee stores.

Jan
11
Sun
The Rite of Spring @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Jan 11 @ 8:00 pm

Michael Stern, music director
Yefim Bronfman, piano

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Program Notes

This concert opens with the familiar Debussy favorite, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a serene mythological work. Next, the Symphony welcomes back Yefim Bronfman to perform Brahms’ sweeping second Piano Concerto. In the second half, hear the work that nearly caused a riot after its premiere just more than 100 years ago, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Ovation & Masterworks Series

Vinson Cole & Friends @ Folly Theater
Jan 11 @ 10:00 pm

This benefit concert pays tribute to Vinson Cole, internationally renowned tenor and treasured Kansas City native, for his contribution to the world of opera. Vinson, along with some friends including Christine Brewer and Danny Belcher, will perform a concert of opera classics. Afterwards, a reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be held for sponsors and ticket holders at the $125 level.

Kansas City native Vinson Cole is a veteran tenor who has worked with some of the world’s premier conductors, opera companies and orchestras. He has performed classics from Beethoven to Verdi all over the world. Currently, Vinson teaches at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Aspen Music Festival and School. LEARN MORE ABOUT VINSON COLE.

Jan
16
Fri
Kansas City Restaurant Week
Jan 16 – Jan 25 all-day

Restaurant Week features an array of restaurant participants so that diners can visit old favorites and also try the many new restaurants that have opened recently in the Kansas City metro area. Specially priced lunch and dinner menus are offered for fixed prices.

To dine out during restaurant week, use our restaurant list and search function to find your favorites (do a quick search by restaurant name, menu type, cuisine and/or location), and then click on the OpenTable links to make your online restaurant reservations in advance. After that, just show up during Restaurant Week and enjoy your specially-priced ($15 for lunch; $33 for dinner) multi-course meal!

An exhibition of Kansas City’s finest culinary talents, Kansas City Restaurant Week will offer a variety of mouth-watering foods from top chefs across the metro area, demonstrating why the KC dining scene is among the nation’s best–and up until now, one of the best-kept foodie secrets (the Zagat Survey has called Kansas City the No. 1 dining bargain of all the major cities it reviews).

Jan
17
Sat
Stern Conducts Mozart and Brahms @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Jan 17 @ 2:00 am

Michael Stern, music director
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

W. A. MOZART Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
ANDRÉ PREVIN Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (KCS co-commission)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Brahms waited longer than most composers to write his first symphony but many would agree that the work is nothing but pure beauty and intensity. Longtime colleagues Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson come together to tackle André Previn’s newest work, a double concerto that Kansas City Symphony co-commissioned. Mozart’s 35th Symphony has a majestic opening and closes with a finale to be played, according to the composer’s own words, “as fast as possible.” Bravo & Masterworks Series

Wassailing the Apple Trees and Dinner at Powell Gardens @ Powell Gardens
Jan 17 @ 11:00 pm

Join us on January 17, 2015, as we wassail the orchards of the Heartland Harvest Garden. Wassail, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon greeting “wes hal” means “be of good health” and is perhaps best known as a wintertime drink of hard cider or ale and spices.

But the tradition of “wassailing” to encourage a productive apple harvest dates back at least to the 1500s. Learn a bit more about this tradition as we sing to the health of the apple trees, scare away the evil spirits and imbibe some “ole recipe wassail” — all with a goal of ensuring a more productive harvest.

The evening starts with a brief explanation of wassailing, followed by a parade out to the Apple Spiral in the Heartland Harvest Garden to wassail the trees. After the outdoor festivities, we will return to the warmth of the roaring fireplaces in the Grand Hall for a country dinner featuring Heartland Harvest Garden produce and traditional wassail.

Jan
18
Sun
Stern Conducts Mozart and Brahms @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm

Michael Stern, music director
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

W. A. MOZART Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
ANDRÉ PREVIN Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (KCS co-commission)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Brahms waited longer than most composers to write his first symphony but many would agree that the work is nothing but pure beauty and intensity. Longtime colleagues Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson come together to tackle André Previn’s newest work, a double concerto that Kansas City Symphony co-commissioned. Mozart’s 35th Symphony has a majestic opening and closes with a finale to be played, according to the composer’s own words, “as fast as possible.” Bravo & Masterworks Series

Giselle performed by Russian National Ballet Theatre @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 18 @ 9:30 pm

In their fifth Series appearance, the Russian National Ballet Theatre will dance the enchanting full-evening story ballet, Giselle.

The 50-member ensemble is led by Elena Radchenko, a former principal dancer with Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet.

Giselle was first seen in Moscow in 1843, just two years after its creation in Paris. When Giselle was forgotten everywhere else in Europe, Russian dancers and ballet masters preserved and honored it.

The loving care for this Romantic gem will be evident in this Kansas City performance.

Jan
20
Tue
The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
21
Wed
Chicago @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 21 @ 1:30 am

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
22
Thu
Chicago @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 22 @ 1:30 am

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
23
Fri
Chicago @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 23 @ 1:30 am

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
24
Sat
Chicago @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 24 @ 1:30 am

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

Chicago @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

Jan
25
Sun
Chicago @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
26
Mon
Chicago @ Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 26 @ 12:30 am

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
27
Tue
The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
28
Wed
The Toughest Kid in the World @ H & R Block City Stage - Union Station
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

This musical play uses humor, songs and lively action to explore the difficult subject of violence and bullying in modern American society.

Jan
30
Fri
Piece by Piece: Building a Collection @ Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Jan 30 – Apr 26 all-day

Open Tues.–Thurs. 10–4, Fri.–Sat. 10–9, Sun. 11–5

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, is an exhibition of works of art from the Kansas City-based collection of Christy and Bill Gautreaux. Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, explores a selection of 32 objects by 25 national and international artists that evoke meditations on process, pattern, and material. Together the works engage with themes of abstraction, the body and gesture, race and politics, as well as landscape and geography; ultimately coalescing into the distinguished vision and influence of the collector in the building and shaping of a unique collection. The Gautreauxes were recently named by ARTnews among 200 of the world’s top art collectors.

Artists include Sanford Biggers, McArthur Binion, Nick Cave, Leonardo Drew, Andrew Erdos, Teresita Fernandez, Vibha Galhotra, Jeffrey Gibson, Michelle Grabner, Aimé Mpane, Vik Muniz, Toyin Odutola, Angel Otero, Ebony G. Patterson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and more.

Recording Preview Concert: Holst’s The Perfect Fool @ Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Jan 30 @ 1:00 am

Michael Stern, music director

This exciting recording session preview concert spotlights the masterful works of Gustav Holst to be featured on the Kansas City Symphony’s next CD release. We’ll explore Holst’s jovial ballet music from his opera The Perfect Fool, and the celestial celebration that is The Planets. Share a heavenly musical experience with your family and friends at the Symphony. All seats are only $15 each, inclusive of service charges.

Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Eva Perón @ Yardley Hall - Johnson County Community College
Jan 30 @ 1:30 am

Electrifying athleticism and sensual graceful moves are all part of an intertwining classic story. Heartache, revenge and pulsating desire will make you realize the artistry behind this troupe is pure passion.

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango.

Use your program as a fan ’cause it’s gonna get HOT!

Song of Eva Perón
Starting from nothing but propelled by the influence of the Tango, which she first heard while growing up in the slums of Buenos Aires, Eva Perón ultimately became Argentina’s First Lady. The “Song of Eva Perón,” inspired by the most important feminine character in Argentinian history, traces her epic life, from her ascent to fame in the 1930s to her death in 1952. This is a sparkling and poignant spectacle, brought to life by Argentina’s most famous dance troupe, Tango Buenos Aires.

Lobby Entertainment at 6:30 p.m.

2015 Royals FanFest @ Bartle Hall - Kansas City Convention Center
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 3:00 am

The event will feature autographs sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and more! A portion of the proceeds will again benefit Royals Charities.

Jan
31
Sat
Ariel Quartet with Alon Goldstein, piano @ The Folly Theater
Jan 31 @ 2:00 am

Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. In January 2012 the Quartet was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, a remarkable accomplishment for such a young ensemble and a testament to the Ariel’s skill and dedication to their craft. And in October 2013, the Quartet was selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award. Established in 1995, the biennial award honors and promotes an emerging young string quartet whose exceptional artistry demonstrates the potential for a major career.

Formed in Israel, the Quartet moved to the United States in 2004 to continue its professional studies as the resident ensemble at the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program. Since their graduation in 2010, the Ariel has won a number of international prizes, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and third prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007. At that same Banff competition, the quartet was also awarded the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók. The American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet’s performance at the 2007 Banff Competition as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and called their performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 “the pinnacle of the competition.”

In addition to performing the traditional quartet repertoire, the Ariel Quartet regularly collaborates with many musicians and composers, including such artists as pianists Menahem Pressler and Roman Rabinovich; the American and Jerusalem String Quartets; violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Paul Katz. The Ariel also served as quartet-in-residence in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival for two consecutive years.

Taught by Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, the Quartet has received extensive scholarship support for the members’ studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from The A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.

2015 Royals FanFest @ Bartle Hall - Kansas City Convention Center
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 1:00 am

The event will feature autographs sessions with current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and more! A portion of the proceeds will again benefit Royals Charities.

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