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Here are Kansas City's 2024-25 classical music seasons all in one place

Artwork by Crysta Henthorne
Artwork by Crysta Henthorne

As a gathering place for all classical music lovers in Kansas City, Classical KC presents as many upcoming concert seasons by local groups as we can get our hands on.

This page will be updated as more seasons are released. If you'd like to share season information for your organization or ensemble, please contact us at classical@classicalkc.org.

The Kansas City Symphony

Upcoming season highlights:

September 13-15
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
UNSUK CHIN subito con forza
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra
IGOR STRAVINSKY The Firebird (1910, complete ballet)

October 4-6
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY Sinfonietta
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, “Scottish”

Full season information can be found at kcsymphony.org.

Matthias Pintscher on the 2024-25 season
Conductor Matthias Pintscher leads the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall, March 2023


Lyric Opera of Kansas City

September 27 & 29
The Brightness of Light (2019)
Composer: Kevin Puts
A semi-staged concert with projections; the second half will consist of opera and Broadway hits specially selected by Renee Fleming and Rod Gilfry for Lyric Opera audiences.

November 15 - 17
The Barber of Seville (1816)
Composer: Giacomo Rossini
Librettist: Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian with English subtitles

March 7 - 9
Cruzar la cara de la luna (2010)
A mariachi opera by Jose “Pepe” Martinez and Leonard Foglia
Sung in Spanish and English with English subtitles

May 2 - 4
Turandot (1926)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettists: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Deborah Sandler Kemper speaks with Christy L'Esperance about Renée Fleming and the upcoming season at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Director Deborah Sandler Kemper at Classical KC

Full season info can be found at kcopera.org


Midwest Chamber Ensemble

Upcoming season highlight

Sunday, May 5
FAURE Pelleas et Melisande
MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture.
PAUL MEALOR Stabat Mater

Full season information can be found at midwestchamberensemble.org.

Artistic Director Kathryn Hilger discusses the Midwest Chamber Ensemble's upcoming season.
Kathryn Hilger


The Kansas City Ballet

Upcoming season highlights:

October 11-20
ALICE (in wonderland)
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Matthew Pierce

December 6-24
The Nutcracker
Choreography: Devon Carney
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

March 21-30
Don Quixote
Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus

Full season information can be found atkcballet.org.

Artistic Director Devon Carney discusses the upcoming Kansas City Ballet Season
Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney


The Mid America Freedom Band

Upcoming season highlights:

September 21
Variations on Democracy
Works by Louis Andriessen, Jennifer Jolley, Lee Hartman and more.
Featuring Soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson

October 20
Ghost Stories
Works by Randall Standridge, Julia Perry and Nick Omiccioli

December 14
Vintage Holidays
Works by William Henry Fry, Patric Standford and Abdo Timejardine-Zomeño

Full season information can be found at freedomband.com.


Friends of Chamber Music - Kansas City

Upcoming season highlights:

September 13
Voyage of Love
Works by Clara Schumann, Arnold Schoenberg and Johannes Brahms
Featuring Jennifer Frautschi, Oliver Neubauer, Che-Yen Chen, Hsin-Yun Huang, Nicholas Canellakis, Dmitri Atapine and Hyeyeon Park

September 28
Christina & Michelle Naughton: Master Pianists
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jennifer Higdon, Sergei Rachmaninoff and more

October 26
Handel's "Apollo e Dafne"
Performed by the Twelfth Night Ensemble
Featuring soprano Nola Richardson and baritone Roderick Williams OBE

Full season information can be found at chambermusic.org.

FCMKC Artistic Co-Director Dmitri Atapine discusses their 2024-25 season.


The Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College

Upcoming season highlights:

January 26
Time For Three
Including classical, Americana and singer-songwriter music

February 23
The Boston Brass and the Imani Winds
Music by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Arturo Sandoval and more

May 10
Opus 76 quartet with special guest David Kim
Mozart: String Quintet No. 3 in C major
Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G major

Full season information can be found at jccc.edu/mtc.

Stacie McDaniel, Executive Director for the Midwest Trust Center, describes the diverse events offered during their 2024-25 season.
Midwest Trust Center Executive Director Stacie McDaniel at the Classical KC studios


Bach Aria Soloists

Upcoming season highlights:

November 8
Bach Unlocked

February 15
Adventures of Don Quixote

April 5
Helen Sung meets Bach Aria Soloists

Full season information can be found at bachariasoloists.com.

Bach Aria Soloists director and violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane discusses their 25th season called "Synergy."

The Harriman-Jewell Series

Upcoming season highlights

September 17
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

September 29
Itzhak Perlman - In the Fiddler's House

December 9
Joyce DiDonato
With Kings Return and Craig Terry, piano

Full season information can be found at hjseries.org.

Artistic Director Clark Morris shares his goals for the Harriman-Jewell Series' 60th anniversary season
Harriman-Jewell Series Artistic Director Clark Morris at the Clas

Summerfest

Upcoming season highlights:

July 6 and 7
Quartets for the End of Time
Music by Mozart and Messiaen

July 13 and 14
Richly Romantic
Music by Bruch, Bacewicz and Vaughan Williams

Full season information can be found at summerfestkc.org.

Summerfest musicians and artistic advisors, Evan Halloin and Jane Carl, discuss the 32nd season for the chamber music collective.
Jane Carl and Evan Halloin at the Classical KC studios

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and afternoon host for Classical KC. You can reach her at brooke@classicalkc.org.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.
Kansas City native Christy L’Esperance (pronounced “LESS-per-ahns") started listening to classical music on the Snoopy radio she got for her 4th birthday. Today, as Classical KC’s Community Engagement Specialist and On-Air Host, she enjoys classical music through much better speakers. You can reach Christy at clesperance@classicalkc.org. She would love to hear about the ways you keep music in your life.