Kansas City Symphony to skip annual Celebration at the Station, will perform in-person programs at Helzberg Hall

Posted on: May 18, 2021

“The Kansas City Symphony has announced that for the second year in a row, the Bank of America Celebration at the Station [on Memorial Day weekend] has been canceled,” writes Patrick Neas in Saturday’s (5/15) Kansas City Star (MO). “However, the symphony is taking steps toward post-pandemic normalcy with three in-person concerts in May and June. Working with the University of Kansas Health System and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the symphony has decided the time is right for limited, in-person concerts in the orchestra’s home, Helzberg Hall. There are three different programs.… The Kansas City Health Department has given the symphony approval to seat 20% of Helzberg Hall…. The symphony will be performing with reduced forces…. Music director Michael Stern has chosen works that will provide maximum oomph even without a full orchestra.” Repertoire will include Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Hailstork’s Amazing Grace, Richard Strauss’ Wind Serenade, Carlos Simon’s The Warmth From Other Suns, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 (“Tempo mutantur”), and Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, plus music by Barber, Dukas, Tim Higgins, Grainger, and Mozart.