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Harriman-Jewell Series Returns To In-Person Performances This Fall Across The Kansas City Metro

Winslow Townson
Boston Pops
Conductor Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops in concert during the 2021-2022 Harriman-Jewell Series.

This season marks the 57th season for the Harriman-Jewell Series — and a return to in-person audiences in Kansas City area venues from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to Overland Park, Kansas.

The Harriman-Jewell Series Tuesday announced it will open its 2021-2022 season in October, including live performances rescheduled from previous seasons.

Like many arts organizations, the series canceled in-person performances during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This past year has been a journey for each of us," Clark Morris, executive and artistic director, said in a news release.

Chris Singer
In April 2022, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs "Eden," a continuation of her production "In War and Peace," for the Harriman-Jewell Series.

The new season includes a variety of artists and ensembles, such as violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, soprano Renée Fleming, cellist and pianist Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason — and Kansas City’s own mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Also look for the Boston Pops On Tour, Parsons Dance, The King's Singers, Canadian Brass, and more.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo makes his Kansas City debut, as does educator and pianist Dr. Samantha Ege.

"Very soon we will be back to doing what we do best,” Morris said, “bringing outstanding in-person performances to Kansas City — and I can't wait."

Nineteen events are scheduled for the season, with most of the performances in downtown Kansas City, in both halls at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Folly Theater.

Performances are also scheduled at the White Theatre at the J (the Jewish Community Center) in Overland Park, Kansas, and William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri — where the program was founded in 1965.

The series meets safety protocols created by the Missouri Arts Council and follows guidance from the CDC and the Kansas City Health Department. A new “peace of mind" ticketing policy will enable patrons who decide not to attend within 48 hours of a performance to receive a credit or refund; they can also donate the value of their tickets.

Subscription packages are available — and single-ticket sales will go on sale in August. Contact the Harriman-Jewell Box Office at 816-415-5025, or order online.

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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