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Gold Subscription Concerts

Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf
Friday, October 29, 2021
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

Benjamin Bagby has captivated early music audiences for  decades with his chilling presentation of the epic, Beowulf. Armed with only a six-string harp based on an instrument excavated from the 7th century, Beowulf will transport audiences to distant shores full of kings, monsters, and battle.

Stile Antico presents
‘A Renaissance Christmas’
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Stile Antico has created a unique and beautiful sequence of works inspired by the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Renaissance masterworks alternate with intimate verse by poets such as John Donne and George Herbert in place of scripture. This hour-long program is a veritable feast of words and music performed by one of the top vocal ensembles in the world.

Brentano Quartet Celebrates 30 Years!
Friday, January 14, 2022
Folly Theater

The Brentano Quartet, the first winners of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, have appeared multiple times on the Friends stage. We are pleased to welcome them back as they celebrate 30 years. This concert opens with Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D-Major, Op. 71, No.2, the first work Brentano performed on their first recital plus works by Dvořák and Stravinsky.

Garrick Ohlsson Performs Chopin
Friday, January 28, 2022
Folly Theater

When Garrick Ohlsson became the first American to win the International Chopin Music Competition in 1970, he made history. Since that historic victory, he has risen to prominence as one of the top pianists in the world. Garrick will be performing an all-Chopin program that promises to be unforgettable.

Vladimir Feltsman Performs
Pictures at An Exhibition
Friday, February 11, 2022
Folly Theater

Russian-American  pianist Vladimir Feltsman, celebrated for his powerhouse performances, will perform one of his signature works, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition along with works by Beethoven and Brahms.

Goldmund Quartet
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Folly Theater

Winners of the 2018 Internatnional Wigmore Hall String Quartet and the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, The Goldmund Quartet is a rising star in the string quartet world. Goldmund will celebrate their Kansas City premiere with works by Schubert, Dvorak, and Beethoven’s Op. 59, No. 3.

Sergei Babayan
Friday, March 18, 2022
Folly Theater

Sergei Babayan, one of the world’s most celebrated pianists and teachers, takes the Kansas City stage with an impressive array of works, including works Schumann’s dramatic Kreisleriana, Op. 16.

Rafał Blechacz
April 10, 2022
Folly Theater

Rafał Blechacz, winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition, has distinguished himself for his breadth of repertoire and intelligent interpretations. Blechacz will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Franck, and conclude with Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in b minor, Op. 58, considered one of his most difficult works technically and musically.

Ensemble Correspondances
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Established a little over a decade ago, Ensemble Correspondances has quickly risen to prominence in the early music field, receiving numerous accolades and recording more than a dozen CDs. Their Kansas City premiere will feature the music of Charpentier, a contemporary of Jean Baptiste Lully.

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Beethoven Festival
Featuring the Morgenstern Trio
March 4-6, 2022
1900 Building

This three day festival presents the entire Beethoven Piano Trio Cycle performed by the Morgenstern Trio. This three-day event also features several panel discussions led by Dr. William Everett and a special post-concert reception.

‘Revolutionary Icons’ with Runge&Ammon
Friday, May 6, 2022
Yardley Hall

Eckart Runge, founding cellist for the Artemis Quartet, and his duo partner Jacque Ammon have been breaking down concert barriers for more than 25 years. This genre-defying concert juxtaposes Beethoven with more contemporary revolutionary icons such as Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Piazolla, Chick Corea, and more!