KC Symphony: Dvorak’s “New World”

Friday February 8, 2019 • 8 p.m. • Kauffman Center • TBA

8 p.m.

Gershwin’s rowdy Cuban Overture, a souvenir from his wild trip with friends to Havana, kick-starts this concert celebrating the melting pot of American music. The songs of Kansas City jazz icon Pat Metheny are showcased in Imaginary Day, a brilliant concerto for vibes and marimba, spotlighting Kansas City Symphony Principal Percussionist Christopher McLaurin and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Percussionist Christopher Deviney. While living in the U.S. in the 1890s, Dvorák’s study of American folk melodies resulted in an affectionate tribute to this remarkable “New World.” It will be held at the Kauffman Center from Feb. 8 through 10. The first two nights will be at 8 p.m., and the final performance will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are not on sale yet.