Songs of Hope

There was so much “Yes We Can” fever in the air during the last presidential election and inauguration that at least one young composer couldn’t help but be inspired to write a symphony. At 8 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre (1029 Central), the Kansas City Symphony, under the direction of Michael Stern, presents the world premiere of American Symphony by 31-year-old composer Adam Schoenberg. Schoenberg calls the third movement of his five-movement piece “happy music.” At adamschoenberg.com, he cites electronica as an influence and says his goal was to create clublike beats — perfect for the upheaval that’s going on now overseas. Additional performances take place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lied Center (1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence, 785-864-2787). Tickets for the Lyric concerts are $18-$58. Call 816-471-0400 or see kcsymphony.org. Lied Center tickets cost $36 or $40, or $10 for children and students.

Fri., March 4, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 5, 8 p.m., 2011