KC Parks is thrilled to partner with the Kansas City Symphony to announce a fall schedule of free outdoor chamber music concerts, performed by various ensembles of KC Symphony musicians in Kansas City, Missouri parks.
According to the Symphony’s 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. Our opportunity now is an abundance of time in our performance calendar.”
Live music, “Doordash-style”
The Symphony has scheduled a robust offering of outdoor chamber music performances, in parks and neighborhoods throughout the Kansas City area. “This fall, you will see us in your community, giving socially distanced concerts outdoors. 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. We’ll also be debuting an innovative and fun way to stage these concerts in the very near future.” The Symphony will work with all of our community partners to make sure these concerts are socially-distanced and that audience members bring and wear their masks as required.
Details of free Symphony chamber music concerts in KCMO parks during September are listed below. Additional performances are being added each week, so stay tuned to the Kansas City Symphony on Facebook, Instagram, and kcsymphony.org for dates, times and locations of outdoor performances in the months ahead.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 AT 6 P.M.
Columbus Square Park, Missouri Avenue & Holmes St., Kansas City, MO
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 10 A.M.
Frank Vaydik Park, 5940 NW Waukomis Dr., Kansas City, MO
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 4 P.M.
Indian Mound Park, Gladstone Boulevard & Belmont Boulevard, Kansas City, MO
The concert event will be held on the north side of the Mound. Please park on the east side of the Mound. The road will be blocked off to keep traffic from driving through, but the street will be available for parking. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a cooler. There will be chalk circles to help with distancing. We ask that people keep masks on while coming and going from your seat, but you are welcome to take them off while seated. Thank you to the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association and KC Parks for hosting.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, AT 6 P.M.
Loose Park, 5200 Wornall (behind the statue), Kansas City, MO
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, AT 6 P.M.
9th and Van Brunt Athletic Fields
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 AT 6 P.M.
Hodge Park Amphitheater, 7000 E Barry Rd.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, AT 6 P.M.
Swope Park Shelter 3, E. Meyer Blvd and Swope Pkwy
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 AT 4 P.M.
Theis Park, Oak and 47th
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 10 A.M.
The Concourse, Benton Blvd and St. John Ave.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 4 P.M.
Gillham Park, 3915 Gillham Rd
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, AT 5 P.M.
Ilus Davis Park, 1000 Locust St.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 AT 10 A.M.
Blue Valley Park, 2301 Topping Ave.
About the Kansas City Symphony
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.
Complementing its full schedule of concerts, the Symphony enriches the lives of Kansas City residents by providing music education opportunities for children and adults, such as KinderKonzerts, Young People’s Concerts, an instrument petting zoo and concert comments. Highlights each season include a range of free master classes, events and concerts reaching more than 250,000 community members.
The Symphony has released seven highly praised CDs to date with Reference Recordings. The latest release features Holst’s The Planets and The Perfect Fool. The Symphony and Michael Stern also have recorded for the Naxos label. Kansas City’s new classical music radio station, ClassicalKC 91.9 FM, broadcasts Kansas City Symphony performances each week. For more information on the Symphony, please visit kcsymphony.org.