The Stars Are Lining Up for Kansas City

Chicago Symphony Orchestra (photo by Todd Rosenberg)

A Constellation of Great Artists to Shine Next Season

The Harriman-Jewell Series has announced its 2022-2023 season, and it’s positively glowing with some of the greatest stars of music and dance.

From cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott to violinists Maxim Vengerov and Nicola Benedetti, the new season offers world-class talent to appeal to every taste.

Acclaimed violinist Julia Fischer will appear with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with the legendary conductor Riccardo Muti Feb. 26. Those who attended Muti and the CSO’s previous concerts on the Series know that any chance to hear this remarkable ensemble is not to be missed.

Lovers of a cappella music can look forward to Voctave, who will give a holiday concert Dec. 9. For those more classically minded, Tenebrae, described by Gramophone Magazine as “devastatingly beautiful,” will perform March 5.

Dance, a cornerstone of the Harriman-Jewell Series, is represented by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 24 and Dublin Irish Dance Feb. 5.

Two giants of the keyboard are making return appearances. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the epitome of Gallic elegance, will give a recital April 1 and Georgian powerhouse Khatia Buniatishvili will make her second appearance on the Series May 13. When she made her Kansas City debut in 2019, music-lovers from 20 states came to hear her perform.

Pretty Yende, the South African soprano who has risen to the top of the opera world at unparalleled speed, will make her Kansas City debut with the Series Jan. 7.

The Harriman-Jewell Series believes that classical music is for everyone, which is why it offers free Discovery Concerts. Two artists are currently scheduled with additional concerts slated for 2023.

Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, his band, The E-Collective, and the Turtle Island Quartet will open the season Oct. 2. Blanchard’s opera Fire Shut Up In My Bones opened the Metropolitan Opera last season to great acclaim. Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress and singer Renée Elise Goldsberry, best known for her role as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, will present an evening of Broadway standards April 16. Creative pioneer Laurie Anderson and Filharmonie Brno will celebrate Atchison, Kansas native Amelia Earhart Feb. 18 and world-renowned Japanese percussion ensemble Kodo will set Helzberg Hall pulsing Feb. 25.

For tickets and a complete listing of all Season 58 concerts, go to hjseries.org.

–Patrick Neas

Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Absence: Terence Blanchard with The E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet (Atkins Auditorium, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo with Marin Alsop, conductor (Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts)

Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Maxim Vengerov, violin (Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.)

Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti, violin (Helzberg Hall)

Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. Harmony Zhu, piano DISCOVERY CONCERT (Folly Theater)

Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices. Music direction by Damien Sneed with Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo soprano, Brandie Inez Sutton, soprano, and string quartet (Folly Theater)

Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Voctave, vocal ensemble (Folly Theater)

Jan. 7, 2023 at 7 p.m. Pretty Yende, soprano (Folly Theater)

Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Dublin Irish Dance (Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts)

Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Filharmonie Brno with Dennis Russell Davies, conductor, and Laurie Anderson, soloist (Helzberg Hall)

Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Kodo, taiko performing arts ensemble (Helzberg Hall)

Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti and violinist Julia Fischer (Helzberg Hall)

March 5 at 7 p.m. Tenebrae, choral ensemble (Folly Theater)

March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (in partnership with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey) (Muriel Kauffman Theatre)

March 31 at 7 p.m. Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott, cello and piano (Folly Theater)

April 1 at 3 p.m. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano (Folly Theater)

April 16 at 7 p.m. An Evening with Renée Elise Goldsberry (Folly Theater)

May 13 at 7 p.m. Khatia Buniatishvili, piano (Folly Theater)

May 21 at 7 p.m. Jordan Bak, viola (in partnership with Harmony Project KC) (Folly Theater) DISCOVERY CONCERT

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