Mozart's works are included in four of the KCS's 13 subscription programs. Among the composer's works on the schedule are the Mass in C minor, performed in Robert Levin's recent reconstruction, and Symphonies Nos. 1, 36 ("Linz"), 40, and 41 ("Jupiter").
A commissioned new work by Zhou Long, a professor at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, is part of the program for the season-opening concerts, which also include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") with Leon Fleisher as soloist.
Also among the new works on the schedule are Joan Tower's Purple Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra, a KCS co-commission performed by violist Paul Neubauer; Melinda Wagner's piano concerto Extremity of Sky; Jonathan Leshnoff's symphony Forgotten Chants and Refrains; and Gordon Chin's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with violinist Cho-Liang Lin and cellist Felix Fan.
Other guest soloists include mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and pianists Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, and Yefim Bronfman.