The first of 14 free outdoor chamber music concerts performed by various ensembles of Kansas City Symphony musicians at Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks and facilities will take place on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17, in Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.
Thursday’s concert will take place beginning at 6 p.m. near the parking lot near Shelter #1. Other concerts at JCPRD sites will take place on six dates and locations through Oct. 31 (see below). These performances will last 30 to 60 minutes each, will feature quartets and quintets of musicians from the symphony, and are part of a larger series of outdoor concerts being presented by the symphony throughout the Kansas City metro area.
According to KC Symphony Executive Director Danny Beckley, “We see the present conditions as an opportunity to innovate, and in the weeks ahead you are going to see the Kansas City Symphony reaching into every corner of the Kansas City region to deliver excellent music performances. We greatly miss performing in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, however with every challenge comes an opportunity. The present conditions give us an opportunity to launch a new series of performances in neighborhoods, parks, and public gathering places to reach new audiences in a most accessible fashion.”
“We are proud to partner with the KC Symphony to bring culture to our beautiful JCPRD parks in a way that is safe,” added JCPRD Superintendent of Culture Susan Mong.
Social distancing and the wearing of masks will be encouraged at all of these concerts. Most of these events will utilize a KC Symphony trailer that acts as a portable stage. Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The symphony’s Beckley referred to these concerts as “Live music, “Doordash-style.”
“This fall, you will see us in your community, giving socially distanced concerts outdoors,” he said. “Consider this like getting delivery from your favorite restaurant; but instead of pizza or barbecue to your front door, we’ll be delivering a brass quintet or string quartet to your neighborhood.”
Here is a listing of all concerts planned at JCPRD parks and facilities. See this list online at jcprd.com/1575/Symphony-in-the-Park
Thursday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., & 12 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., & 12:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., & 12:15 p.m. (as part of Fall Fest ticketed event)
For other metro locations where the symphony will be performing, go to kcsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/neighborhood-concerts/.
Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. The symphony performs more than 130 concerts each year, welcomes guests of international acclaim as part of its Classical and Pops series, and serves as the orchestra for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.