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Best of Bank of America Celebration at the Station by the Kansas City Symphony

KCPT to air a "best of" broadcast in lieu of live event this Memorial Day Weekend


Best of Bank of America Celebration at the Station

By the Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern, conductor

Sunday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. on KCPT/Channel 19
Monday, May 25 8:30 p.m. on KCPT/Channel 19

Watch the Best of Broadcast on KCPT/Channel 19

In collaboration with KCPT (Kansas City PBS) and generously supported by Bank of America, the Symphony will present a “best of” broadcast compilation from the last several years. The Symphony’s Music Director Michael Stern, Union Station’s President/CEO George Guastello and the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s President/CEO Matthew Naylor will provide context throughout the broadcast. The broadcast will air at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 24 and again at 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 25 on KCPT/Channel 19. KCPT also will simulcast on YouTube TV through the PBS channel.

The “best of” broadcast will replace the annual outdoor live concert, which is the largest free Memorial Day weekend concert in the Midwest. It regularly draws crowds of 50,000 people to the grounds of Union Station and the National WWI Museum and Memorial. The Symphony canceled the in-person festivities this year due to ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Broadcast highlights include:

Hometown favorites: Performances by Bobby Watson, The Elders and Jim Birdsall reciting a poem by John Musgrave.

Special guests: Performances by MusiCorps and Oleta Adams, John Brancy, Capathia Jenkins and Jim Birdsall.

Honoring troops: Favorites such as “Danny Boy,” “Taps,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “WWI Medley” and more.

Orchestral showstoppers: Kansas City Symphony performs “Saint Bailey’s Rag” and more, including Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

PLUS a very special guest:
In a tribute to our military along with medical professionals and first responders fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians of the Kansas City Symphony will join KC’s own internationally famous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, performing from her home in Spain, in two beautiful favorites, “Shenandoah” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Generous support from Bank America is making this “best of” broadcast possible.  Special thanks to KCPT, Union Station Kansas City, the National WWI Museum and Memorial and many additional community sponsors. Thank you.

Photo of Armed Salute with the Kansas City Symphony on an outdoor stage in front of Union Station in Kansas City at Bank of America Celebration at the Station

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