Kansas City Symphony sets dates, repertoire for return to Helzberg Hall this spring

Posted on: April 28, 2021

“Helzberg Hall inside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is about to be alive with music and voices again,” states an unsigned item in Tuesday’s (4/27) KMBC-TV (Kansas City, MO). “Officials with the Kansas City Symphony announced Tuesday that starting in late May, the symphony will resume concerts with in-person audiences…. Since then, symphony officials have worked to bring back virtual events, but nothing resembling packed concerts at the Kauffman Center…. Three concerts will be offered toward the end of May, into mid-June…. ‘There will of course be protocols in place…. But it is time for our return to in-person attendance, and we couldn’t be more excited,’ Executive Director Danny Beckley said…. Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern said this was an emotional moment for everyone connected to the symphony…. ‘There is no substitute for the special communion that occurs between all of us on stage and those listening in person, surrounded by the miraculous acoustics of Helzberg Hall.’ ” Concerts on May 26-28, June 4-6, and June 17-20 will feature music by Barber, Copland, Debussy, Dukas, Percy Grainger, Adolphus Hailstork, Haydn, Tim Higgins, Mozart, Carlos Simon, and Richard Strauss.