Music to our ears! Kansas City Symphony comes to south KC for first time performance

By Jill Draper

For the first time in south KC, the Kansas City Symphony will present a special community concert. The event will be held at Center High’s auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 8. Tickets are $10.

“It’s a great opportunity to see the symphony at a relatively inexpensive price and without having to drive downtown,” says Rick Chambers, executive director of the Center Education Foundation. “It’s just a win-win-win.”

 The symphony’s visit is funded through the Bill and Peggy Lyons Support School Music program. All ticket sales will go to the Center District’s fine arts department to help teach music and visual arts.

 Prior to the evening performance, a group of symphony members will interact with students during an open rehearsal at Center High

The concert will be directed by Jason Seber, the symphony’s David T. Beals III Associate Conductor, and will feature Beethoven’s Overture to The Consecration of the House, op. 124 and Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 36. 

Kim Jackson, music teacher at Red Bridge Elementary and assistant band director at Center High, says she has built up a relationship with the symphony’s education coordinator through programs like KinderKonzerts and the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors, and was excited when the symphony reached out to the district.

“It’s going to be such a cool opportunity,” she says. “I’ve already bought tickets for my whole family.”

Tickets are available at centereducationfoundation.org or at the door of Center High, 8715 Holmes Rd. Seating is general admission and doors open at 6:15 p.m. The concert will finish by 8:30 p.m.

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