The first of four free spring and early summer outdoor chamber music concerts performed by various ensembles of Kansas City Symphony musicians, as well as a separate concert by artists from the Lyric Opera, are scheduled in April.
The April symphony concert will take place on Thursday, April 22, in the grassy area near Shelter #1 in Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Other concerts are planned for: May 6 in the wooded area next to the Inclusive Playground at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and May 9 and June 10, both on the Great Lawn behind the clubhouse at Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village.
All of these concerts are free, and no registration is required. With the exception of the May 9 event, which begins at 2 p.m., all symphony concerts start at 5:30 p.m. These performances will last 30 to 40 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. For more information, go to kcsymphony.org.
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.
These spring concerts represent a follow-up to symphony concerts conducted in 2020, which included 14 performances in seven JCPRD parks.
As part of a series called Soundscapes in the City, artists from the Lyric Opera will also present a free 35-minute concert beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, in Meadowbrook Park. This event promises a beautiful evening featuring hits from opera and musical theater. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held on Thursday, May 20. For more about the Lyric’s Soundscapes in the City series, go to kcopera.org.