Bank of America Celebration at the Station
Rain and Inclement Weather Information
As long as conditions are safe, Bank of America Celebration at the Station will take place rain or shine today (Sunday, May 24). If it is raining and you are willing to brave the elements, please join us at Union Station in your rain gear and with your umbrellas. If there are periods of rain or thunderstorms, we hope to work around these delays and offer as much programming as possible this afternoon and evening. If you'd like to watch the 8 p.m. concert from the comfort of your home, please tune in to KCPT at 8 p.m. for the live broadcast. If the 8 p.m. concert is cancelled, there will not be rain date; however, the 8 p.m. concert may be delayed up to one hour if a clearing in the weather is expected. Please check the Kansas City Symphony's website, Facebook page and Twitter for any additional updates. As long as there is no lightning or dangerous wind, the show will go on! #celebrationkc
Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Kansas City Symphony
Kick off your summer with the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest! The Kansas City Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, performs patriotic favorites against the backdrop of Kansas City’s historic Union Station on Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
2015 SPECIAL GUESTS
Special guests this year include former Kansas City Chiefs running back and actor John Amos, known for his roles in “Good Times” and “The West Wing.” One of KC’s favorite local bands, The Elders, performs with your Kansas City Symphony on a program honoring veterans and active duty military personnel and their families COMPLETE LIST OF SPECIAL GUESTS ARTIST & BIOS
Bank of America Celebration at the Station concludes with blazing fireworks above the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial — Kansas City’s largest fireworks display of the year! The Kansas City Symphony is grateful to Bank of America for making this gift to our city possible. SPONSOR INFORMATION.
PRE-CONCERT ACTIVITIES, FOOD & FAMILY FUN
Grounds open at 1 p.m. for this free community event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase both inside and outside of Union Station, including from many of the area’s most popular food trucks.
Come early to enjoy Memorial Day weekend activities at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, including the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT)Vietnam Wall, an 80-percent scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., measuring nearly 400 feet long. The Vietnam Traveling Wall will be accessible to the public 24 hours per day (including after Bank of America Celebration at the Station) from Friday evening through Monday afternoon. Union Station also debuts their football-themed exhibit, Gridiron Glory. Various bands will entertain on the main stage throughout the afternoon.
We have many family-friendly activities are planned within Celebration Family Zone, a new child-friendly area in front of Union Station. Stop by the Oddball Kids Craft Tent and create something amazing, then show your pride with Sister Act Face Painting. Learn all about the Kansas City Symphony instruments, up close and personal in the Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo!
Bank of America salutes America’s men and women in military service, past and present, through banking services, financial contributions to military nonprofits, and recruitment and employment of military veterans, guard and reservists, and military spouses. Since 2012, Bank of America has donated more than 1,600 homes to military nonprofits that help veterans and military families with housing needs. This year, as in years past, Bank of America will be recognizing a local hero veteran by donating a home through the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund.
The Symphony takes the stage at 8 p.m. for a rousing set of orchestral music to celebrate all things American, including The Stars and Stripes Forever, Armed Forces Salute and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with live firing cannons! At 9:45 p.m. all heads will turn skyward over the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial for a stunning display of choreographed fireworks, bursting to the beat of patriotic music. This fireworks display is one of the largest staged in the Midwest.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Families attending the free outdoor performance by the Kansas City Symphony and the fireworks display are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Parking is available at many surfaces lots and garages in the area, including Union Station’s West Yards garage. Most parking costs $10 cash per car. PARKING INFORMATION.
Donate Now if you would like to support this musical celebration of our American heroes.
For those who cannot attend, Bank of America Celebration at the Station will be broadcast live again this year on KCPT Channel 19 starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. A rebroadcast of the concert is scheduled to air over the Fourth of July Weekend on KCPT as well as numerous public television stations throughout the region. Check your local listings for broadcast dates and times.
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