Kansas City Symphony’s free Memorial Day concert to return in May

Posted on: April 7, 2022

“After two years, the Kansas City Symphony announced the return of the Bank of America Celebration at the Station, which will take place the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend,” writes Aarón Torres in Wednesday’s (4/6) Kansas City Star (MO). “The free concert will include fireworks and patriotic music. The event will feature a ‘unity’ theme for 2022, highlighting an ability for people to come together during times of struggle and also to honor those who have served. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The May 29 concert takes place on the grounds of Union Station Kansas City and the National World War I Museum and Memorial…. The main concert presented by the Kansas City Symphony and conducted by Music Director Michael Stern … will be followed by a large fireworks display. This year’s performance will also feature Kansas City native [vocalist and pianist] Oleta Adams.… Said Danny Beckley, the symphony’s executive director, ‘After what we have all endured over these years, it will be incredibly meaningful to gather together to celebrate our country and honor those who have given their all for it.’ The concert usually attracts around 50,000 people.”