Kansas City Symphony Announces First-Ever European Tour

By David Salazar

Kansas City Symphony has announced its first-ever European tour under Matthias Pinscher.

Pinscher, who is the company’s incoming Music Director, will take the company to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Hamburg’s Elbsphilharmonie, and Musikfest Berlin.

The program in Amsterdam on August 26 will feature works by Ives (“Three Pieces from New England”), Gershwin (“Rhapsody in Blue”), Bernstein (Symphony Dances from “West Side Story”), and Ravel (“Rapsodie espagnole”). Then in Berlin, audiences will hear works by Ives (“Decoration Day” and “The Fourth of July”), Gershwin (“Rhapsody in Blue”), and Copland (Symphony No. 3). The same program, including the full “Three Pieces from New England,” will be presented during the August 29 performance in Hamburg.

“Performing in three of the top halls in Europe, we will showcase music that has shaped our identity as musicians. Touring presents a unique challenge as we showcase our artistic versatility, adapting our sound to different venues. It’s a time for exploration and can be an energetic, uplifting bonding experience — a real source of pride among our team. We are ready for this challenge and eager to demonstrate how American musicians perform at the highest level.”