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KC Symphony announces Jun Iwasaki as its new Concertmaster beginning with 2022/23 Season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 19, 2022

The Kansas City Symphony has chosen its next concertmaster. Violinist Jun Iwasaki will join the orchestra in September 2022. Currently the concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony, Iwasaki was selected from a group of highly qualified candidates at the conclusion of a careful search.

“I am both honored and excited to be named the next concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony,” said Iwasaki. “I truly look forward to getting to know both the Kansas City Symphony organization and the city itself as I take on my new role.”

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s prestigious Concertmaster Academy, Iwasaki has been hailed for his combination of dazzling technique and lyrical musicianship. In a review of Iwasaki’s performance at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Fort Worth Star Telegram called him “the magician of the evening. He could reach into his violin and pull out bouquets of sound, then reach behind your ear and touch your soul.”

Music Director Michael Stern is thrilled that Iwasaki is joining the Kansas City Symphony as the new concertmaster. “This journey was an involved one for two reasons. The first was the terrible interruption imposed on us by the pandemic — what we hoped would be an expedited timeline was unavoidably delayed by two years. More significantly, we had the privilege of working with an impressive number of uniquely gifted violinists. We were lucky to have such an array of artistry to consider, and we went through the process with great deliberation and care. I believe we have found a superb concertmaster in Jun, and I am convinced that he is going to be a huge contributor to the Kansas City Symphony’s ongoing success. He is a marvelous violinist, a compelling and natural musician with proven experience, and a generous colleague. Above all, he will bring great leadership not only in his role on stage, but as a force for music and the arts, and for our Symphony, throughout the community. I am so happy he will be with us to conclude our season this year for our performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, even though he will formally assume his duties at the start of next season. I welcome him, his wife Paige and their two children Taiga and Kenta to our Kansas City family, and I look forward to the inspired musical road ahead.”

“I am most delighted to welcome Jun to the orchestra,” said Executive Director Danny Beckley. “His extensive leadership experience will be invaluable as we innovate and advance in artistic service to Kansas City. I am convinced that Jun is the right person to help lead our ambitions and to help our efforts to expand community engagement robustly with symphonic music.”

Iwasaki was appointed concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero at the beginning of the 2011/12 season. Maestro Guerrero extends his best wishes to Iwasaki. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Jun. He has been a valued partner in bringing the Nashville Symphony to ever higher artistic ground and has made a great contribution to the Symphony and to the Nashville community both artistically and professionally. I wish Jun and his family great success in Kansas City.”
Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony, Iwasaki served as concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony from 2007 to 2011. Throughout his career, he has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout Europe and the U.S., including the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Atlanta and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon Portugal, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. In addition, he has served as concertmaster of the Asian Artists and Concerts Orchestra (AAC), guest concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2010, and guest concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa in 2006.
Jun has won numerous First and Grand Prize performance awards, including First Prize in 2005’s Japanese American Association Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Kansas City Symphony patrons will have a chance to hear Jun Iwasaki when he joins the orchestra in the final subscription concerts of the season in programs featuring Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. He will be formally welcomed as the new concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony when he joins the orchestra at the “Royal Gala: Let’s Have a Ball” (the annual Symphony Ball) on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Barker
(816) 218-2626
jbarker@kcsymphony.org


Kansas City Symphony announces the return of Bank of America Celebration at the Station

With seating and fireworks on the grounds of Union Station Kansas City and the National WWI Museum and Memorial

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | April 5, 2022 — The Kansas City Symphony is excited to announce the return of Bank of America Celebration at the Station. The Symphony’s free concert event takes place Sunday, May 29, 2022 on the grounds of Union Station Kansas City and the National World War I Museum and Memorial – both near Pershing Road and Main Street, just south of Downtown Kansas City, Mo. The event returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event site will open at 5 p.m. and includes food trucks, live pre-concert entertainment on the main stage, plus various vendors and booths in the Honeywell Veterans Place. A patriotic concert presented by the Kansas City Symphony and conducted by Music Director Michael Stern begins at 8 p.m. followed by Kansas City’s largest fireworks display, sponsored by Humana.

Highlights of the 2022 Bank of America Celebration at the Station concert event include:

  • A theme of unity that reflects one of America’s defining characteristics – the ability to come together during and after times of struggle and to collectively honor those who have served.
  • This year’s performance will feature Kansas City’s own Oleta Adams, singing some of her best-known hits and patriotic favorites.
  • The Kansas City Symphony is privileged to again partner with Union Station and the National WWI Museum and Memorial, who each will have their own Memorial Day Weekend activities and special exhibitions within their venues.

The Symphony’s Executive Director Danny Beckley talks about the significant return of Bank of America Celebration at the Station. “We are overjoyed to bring Kansas City’s favorite event back for 2022. 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.”

Parking for the event is available in multiple surface lots and garages around the event site, including Union Station’s West Yards garage. Attendees may also park anywhere along Downtown KC’s streetcar route and ride the streetcar directly to Union Station.

We thank Kansas City PBS for once again broadcasting the concert live on KCPT Channel 19.1, and re-broadcasting the concert many times afterward.

For the latest event information, be sure to visit CelebrationAtTheStation.org.


As of April 4, Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Wearing will no longer be Required for Admission to Kansas City Symphony concerts at the Kauffman Center

MEDIA ALERT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | March 30, 2022 — EFFECTIVE MONDAY, APRIL 4, public performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will no longer require proof of vaccination for admission to performances. This includes Kansas City Symphony concerts.

In addition, unless the performing artist requires masks to be worn by the audience, masks will no longer be required while in the building, though patrons are encouraged to continue to wear them.  Please visit kauffmancenter.org/event-updates to confirm requirements for your performance or email questions to contact@kauffmancenter.org.

For KC Symphony concerts scheduled prior to April 4, proof of vaccination and masking while in Kauffman Center public spaces is still required. The wearing of masks while inside Helzberg Hall for KC Symphony concerts is now optional.

There are no announced vaccination or masking requirements for the upcoming 2022/23 Symphony season.

The Symphony, Kauffman Center and others will continue to monitor the COVID health situation in our area and take appropriate precautions as necessary.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Barker
(816) 218-2626


Kansas City Symphony announces its 2022/23 Season

Filled with passionate performances of exciting music with exceptional guests

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | March 4, 2022 — The Kansas City Symphony has announced its Classical, Pops and Family Series concerts for the upcoming 2022/23 season, in addition to holiday concerts, special performances and film + live orchestra productions. This new season begins in September 2022 and season tickets are on sale now.

“The 2022/23 season promises to be revelatory in many ways” says Music Director Michael Stern. “We are making the case for music and the arts in our community as fervently as ever. This new season welcomes the new and explores innovative paths as we look together toward the future, and it celebrates the best of what our KC Symphony has come to mean for our city and audiences.”

CLASSICAL SERIES   From as little as $24 per concert!

Repertoire highlights include Holst’s “The Planets” and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue;” Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony,” both Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and “Pines of Rome” on one concert program, and masterworks of Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Beethoven and many others.

New music is in the spotlight, as the Symphony is pleased to present Billy Childs’ Saxophone Concerto (a KC Symphony co-commission) and Jessie Montgomery’s “Five Freedom Songs” along with contemporary pieces by Mason Bates, James Lee III, Iman Habibi and Carlos Simon.

The Symphony welcomes nine accomplished guest conductors, appearing on our Classical Series: Teddy Abrams, Francesco Lecce-Chong, Kevin John Edusei, Domingo Hindoyan, Valentina Peleggi, Matthias Pintscher, Ruth Reinhardt, Aziz Shokhakimov and Thomas Wilkins.

Classical Series guest soloists include violinists Gil Shaham, Jennifer Koh, Geneva Lewis and KC’s Maria Ioudenitch; pianists Emanuel Ax, George Li and Ray Ushikubo plus KC’s Behzod Abduraimov and Kenny Broberg; saxophonist Steven Banks, soprano Julia Bullock, and the Symphony’s percussionist Josh Jones as a featured performer.

The Kansas City Symphony Chorus shines in two spectacular concert programs. In addition, the Women of the Symphony Chorus join us for an out of this world performance of Holst’s “The Planets.

POPS SERIES   From as little as $36 per concert!

Downtown, Uptown and Motown! Your KC Symphony offers four fun, memorable concerts in our Pops Series, and the opportunity to add a fifth concert to your season package: a night with the one and only Kenny G!

Broadway’s Leading Men welcomes the Heartland Men’s Chorus back to our stage for sizzling showstoppers.
Uptown Nights takes us back to the days of The Cotton Club and The Savoy in Harlem’s heyday.
Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin relives the best songs and performances by the Queen of Soul.
The Music of Richard Rodgers honors the gigantic career and songbook of a titan composer.

Want more concerts in your Pops Series package? Kenny G makes a lively return to your KC Symphony. He will capture you and carry you away with his music, engaging performance and gigantic personality.

FAMILY SERIES   Child subscriptions only $10 with each paid adult subscription!

We have curated four fun and educational concert experiences, sure to inspire and mesmerize the young people in your life – young in age or young at heart.

Magic Circle Mimes teach about the orchestra and the art of listening with familiar classics and comedy.
Christmas Festival returns with carols and holiday songs you know and love, plus an early visit from Santa!
Philharmonia Fantastique is an animated film that flies through the orchestra with creativity and technology.
Symphony’s Wild Adventure spotlights creatures from the Kansas City Zoo using musical families and video.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS (add-on to your season subscription order now for the best available seats)

The holiday tradition continues at the KC Symphony, with beloved favorites such as Handel’s “Messiah” and Christmas Festival, a Christmas movie and a doo-woppin’ fun-filled December evening!

The Doo Wop Project Christmas rings in the season with Broadway stars, yuletide tunes and songs of Doo Wop legends – from The Del Vikings, The Belmonts, Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and more.
Handel’s “Messiah” is a holiday tradition, presented with the glorious KC Symphony Chorus and some of America’s leading soloists – all in one of the world’s best concert venues.
Christmas Festival is chock-full of holiday songs, sing-alongs and the Symphony Chorus with special guests.
Elf in Concert/Film + Live Orchestra has Buddy (Will Ferrell) transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised by elves, then roaming the streets of New York City. What could go wrong?

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (add-on to your season subscription order now for the best available seats)

Film + Live Orchestra concerts and some of the most creative artists of our generation are presented with your immensely-talented KC Symphony musicians, guaranteeing many nights of good times and great music.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert/Film + Live Orchestra finds Harry obsessed with a magic potions book. See the entire movie with your KC Symphony performing the soundtrack live.
The Violent Femmes bring their retro punk-rock staples to KC, from “Blister in the Sun” to “Gone Daddy Gone.”
Rufus Wainwright is a genuine original. From lush to gritty, Rufus will take you on an emotional journey.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert/Film + Live Orchestra takes you on a beautiful, eye-opening adventure as T’Challa becomes king and battles Killmonger.
The Indigo Girls are back with captivating folk-rock favorites like “Closer to Fine” and “Galileo.”
The Princess Bride in Concert/Film + Live Orchestra features fencing, fighting, giants, monsters, true love and miracles. An all-star cast and Mark Knopfler’s score will ensure you have fun “stormin’ the castle!”

WHY SUBSCRIBE?

  • Receive the lowest per concert price and access to the best available seats.
  • Can’t attend a concert? Exchange your tickets for FREE into another KC Symphony performance.
  • Reserve your parking in the Arts District Garage in advance.
  • Secure tickets before the general public and at a discount for high-demand Symphony concerts.
  • Receive the Performing Arts Card to save up to 50% on KC’s best performing arts presentations.
  • Access to the vast 1 million-song Naxos Online Music Library.

HOW TO RENEW OR SUBSCRIBE NOW

Current KC Symphony subscribers have until Friday, April 1 to renew or upgrade their current seats. To renew online, simply visit kcsymphony.org and start by logging in to your account.

We are welcoming new season ticket holders, as well. If you are not a current Symphony subscriber, now is the time to join us! New orders will be prioritized by order date, which means the earlier you subscribe, the better your seats will be. You may order online now by visiting kcsymphony.org. If you already have a Symphony account, be sure to log in first before selecting your season package. It’s also a great time to add-on any holiday and special concerts when you subscribe. You’ll receive access to the best available seats before they are made available to the public, plus take $5 off each adult ticket you add-on, and save money on fees.

To view the Symphony’s flip-through season brochure, concert package options, pricing and more, visit kcsymphony.org.

For the best service, please call the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400, Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM. Our wonderful and knowledgeable staff is eager to answer your subscription questions and help guide you to seats you’ll love.

We look forward to welcoming you for another Symphony season full of cherished music, inspired performances and a live music experience like no other.

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Media Contact:
Jeff Barker
(816) 218-2626
jbarker@kcsymphony.org


Masks no longer required at KC Symphony concerts inside Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center

MEDIA ALERT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – February 22, 2022    The Kansas City Symphony announced today that face masks are no longer required inside Helzberg Hall during KC Symphony performances. However, mask wearing is still strongly encouraged.

Effective immediately, for all upcoming Kansas City Symphony concerts:

  • Masks are still required when entering the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts complex, and while in the lobby and box office areas when not actively eating or drinking.
  • If you desire, you may remove your mask once inside Helzberg Hall when attending a
  • Kansas City Symphony performance.
  • This policy applies only to Kansas City Symphony performances. For performances at the Kauffman Center by organizations other than the KC Symphony, please refer to that organization’s website or kauffmancenter.org for specific masking requirements.

The current vaccination policy is still in effect:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals will be admitted. (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson or other WHO-approved vaccine).
  • You must have received your final shot at least 14 days before attending a concert.
  • Negative COVID tests will NOT be accepted for anyone of any age.
  • You must show your actual vaccination card, or a photo of the card on your phone, along with corresponding photo I.D. upon entry. No exceptions.

 

Media Contact:
Jeff Barker
(816) 218-2626
jbarker@kcsymphony.org


Masks are once again required to attend Kansas City Symphony performances at the Kauffman Center, including January 14-16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – January 13, 2022   The Kansas City Symphony, in conjunction with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, announced today that face masks will once again be required to attend Symphony concerts in Helzberg Hall.

At this time, for all upcoming Kansas City Symphony concerts including January 14-16:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals will be admitted. (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson or other WHO-approved vaccine).
  • You must have received your final shot at least 14 days before attending a concert.
  • Negative COVID tests will NOT be accepted for anyone of any age.
  • You must show your actual vaccination card, or a photo of the card on your phone, along with corresponding photo I.D. upon entry. No exceptions.
  • Temporarily, masks are required to be worn over the mouth and nose at all times inside the Kauffman Center, except while actively eating or drinking. This policy continues to be evaluated based on local health department and government guidance.

 

Media Contact:
Jeff Barker
(816) 218-2626
jbarker@kcsymphony.org


Kansas City Symphony announces Gonzalo Farias as Associate Conductor beginning with 2022/23 Season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | January 13, 2022 — The Kansas City Symphony is excited to announce the appointment of Gonzalo Farias as the David T. Beals III Associate Conductor beginning with the 2022/23 season. Currently associate conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Farias was selected at the conclusion of an international search with more than 120 applicants.

“I am absolutely thrilled to work side by side with the world-class musicians and administration of the Kansas City Symphony,” said Farias. “I feel a great sense of excitement and responsibility to be part of the respect, trust and love established by Michael Stern and the KC Symphony in the community. I can’t wait to meet everyone and create lifelong memories.”

Music Director Michael Stern echoed the excitement expressed by Farias. “The associate conductor’s role is a vital one which touches every facet of our orchestra’s daily life and work. It requires wonderful musicianship, personality on the podium, leadership skills, and consummate preparation so as to be ready for any last-minute situation. Here at the Kansas City Symphony, we have been fortunate to have had some remarkable colleagues in that demanding job. Most recently, Jason Seber set the bar very high. Happily, Gonzalo Farias is a worthy successor. From the very start of his audition, his gifts and passion for music were abundantly clear. He has great experience both as a conductor and as an accomplished pianist, and I have no doubt that he is going to make a tremendous contribution to our orchestra and the musical life of our city.”

A native of Chile, Farias will move to Kansas City this summer and will play an important role in representing the Kansas City Symphony in the community. He will lead the orchestra’s educational programs — more than 40 performances, reaching more than 30,000 students annually. In addition, Farias will conduct many of the Symphony’s pops, family and Film + Live Orchestra concerts as well as other special presentations. He will make his conducting debut with the Symphony on April 9, 2022, leading the orchestra in a family program that features Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

“I am thrilled to welcome Gonzalo Farias to the Kansas City Symphony,” said Executive Director Danny Beckley. “I was most impressed by his conducting at the audition, and I know he will be an excellent advocate for music and for the Symphony in our Kansas City community. He is an outstanding addition to our orchestra.”

Representing the Symphony’s musicians, Principal Oboe Kristina Fulton (Shirley Bush Helzberg Chair) added, “We are so excited to welcome Gonzalo Farias into the Kansas City Symphony family as our associate conductor for the upcoming seasons. In a strong pool of candidates, he stood out for his desire to share the way music can benefit us all, enriching the lives of the whole community. He demonstrated strength in his abilities but also a willingness to improve and grow. And above all, he showed us that he truly enjoys the art of music making, and that he is excited to spread this joy among our musicians and audiences alike.”

Farias has degrees in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory at John Hopkins University and the University of Illinois. In addition to his experience as a conductor, Farias holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and is an accomplished pianist.

Current associate conductor Jason Seber will conclude his six-year tenure with the Kansas City Symphony in June 2022. He will be deeply missed by the musicians, staff and community, and the Symphony wishes him the best as he explores new opportunities for his career.

 

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Media Contact:
Jeff Barker
(816) 218-2626
jbarker@kcsymphony.org

 

 

About the Kansas City Symphony

Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. The Symphony performs more than 130 concerts each year, reaching more than 250,000 community members. The Symphony welcomes guests of international acclaim as part of its Classical and Pops series and serves as the orchestra for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


KC Symphony Opens Select Performances to Children Under 12

MEDIA ALERT

Negative COVID-19 tests allowed for children to attend select December performances

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | November 8, 2021 — The Kansas City Symphony will open the following
concerts to unvaccinated children under the age of 12, so long as the child is wearing a mask
while inside the Kauffman Center and Helzberg Hall, is accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult
and presents proof of a negative COVID-19 test:

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Saturday, December 18 @ 1 p.m.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Sunday, December 19 @ 2 p.m.
HOME ALONE – Film + Live Orchestra: Thursday, December 23 @ 7 p.m.
HOME ALONE – Film + Live Orchestra: Friday, December 24 @ 11 a.m.

The COVID-19 test must have been administered no more than 72 hours prior to the
performance. Only PCR tests will be accepted. Antigen, or rapid, test results will not be
accepted.

For all other performances not listed above, only fully vaccinated individuals will be admitted.
Persons who have already purchased tickets for these performances and would like to
exchange their tickets for another performance should contact the Kansas City Symphony Box
Office at (816) 471-0400, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

As conditions within the community change and admission policies evolve, you may visit
kcsymphony.org/coronavirus for the latest updates and information.


Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Partnership with Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series Announce New COVID-19 Protocols

Kauffman Center Vaccination & Masking Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021
Contact: Jeff Barker, VP Sales & Marketing, Kansas City Symphony, (816) 218-2626 or JBarker@kcsymphony.org
Contact: Bess Wallerstein Huff, Director of Marketing, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, (816) 994-7229 or bwh@kauffmancenter.org
Contact: Ellen McDonald, Publicist for Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, (816) 213-4355 or ellen@mershonandmcdonald.com

Effective Sept. 6, Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Masks Required for All Patrons, Event Staff, and Volunteers Who Enter The Building To Attend Public Performances Kauffman Center, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series. We will Reevaluate Policy As Public Health Circumstances Evolve

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 23, 2021) — To address the current COVID-19 public health concerns, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series, will implement new COVID-19 protocols. Effective Sept. 6, all patrons who enter the building to attend public performances must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will also be required, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the building, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. We continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances in hope that children under 12 years of age can safely attend public performances in time for the holiday season. At the current time, we are unable to accommodate children under 12, or any unvaccinated patrons for public performances. The Kauffman Center in collaboration with its partners will reevaluate this policy on an on-going basis and may adjust according to public health circumstances. The Kauffman Center will continue to monitor information as it is shared by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the City of Kansas City, MO and partners. For more information, visit CDC and the World Health Organization. The Kauffman Center has a health and safety plan in place. For further details, please visit the Kauffman Center Health and Safety page for current information.

Kauffman Center President and CEO Paul Schofer stated, “Amid growing public concern aroundCOVID-19 and to provide as many safety precautions as possible for our community, the Kauffman Center, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series are implementing this layer of protection to provide the highest level of public safety for audiences, event staff, and volunteers. We feel that this measure, hopefully a temporary one, will allow us to welcome audiences safely back into the Kauffman Center. It’s clear that all of us in the community need to work together to successfully combat this virus and end the pandemic. We hope that our guests will be comforted by our joint efforts to keep our patrons safe.”

Under this new policy, anyone entering Kauffman Center to attend a public performance will need to show proof of vaccination at time of entry with a valid ticket. Fully vaccinated means the day of a performance is at least 14 days after a patron’s second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination or at least 14 days after their single-dose COVID-19 vaccination. There will be no exceptions. We continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances in hope that children under 12 years of age can safely attend public performances in time for the holiday season. At the current time, we are unable to accommodate children under 12, or any unvaccinated patrons for public performances. The Symphony is exploring spring concert dates in order to possibly move the October 3 Family Series concert. An announcement will be forthcoming.

Patrons with tickets for performances will be directly contacted by the presenting or producing arts organization, alerting them of this new COVID-19 protocol and assisting them with any questions. Any specific questions, please contact the organization where tickets were initially purchased.

For a complete schedule of the performances impacted by the new COVID-19 protocols at the Kauffman Center visit www.kauffmancenter.org. Please email boxoffice@kcsymphony.org or call the Kansas City Symphony box office at (816) 471-0400 with questions.

 

ABOUT THE KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – a major not-for-profit center for music, opera, theater, and dance designed by Moshe Safdie – opened in 2011. Serving as a cultural
cornerstone for Kansas City and the region, the Kauffman Center delivers extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls, the Kauffman Center attracts some of the world’s most renowned performers and entertainers. Through educational outreach programs and community enrichment, the Kauffman Center supports Kansas City as a cultural destination. More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at kauffmancenter.org. Kauffman Center Presents is made possible by the John N. and Marilyn P. McConnell Foundation. Thanks to the following series sponsors for their generous support of Kauffman Center Presents: Saint Luke’s Health System, PNC Bank, and Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City. Visit the Kauffman Center’s online press room for media resources, multimedia library, press release archive and more: kauffmancenter.org/about/press-room/.

ABOUT THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY AND CHORUS
Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the
orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. The Kansas City Symphony Chorus is a volunteer,
160-member ensemble led by multi-Grammy® Award-winning conductor, Charles Bruffy, that continues its long tradition of excellence as the choral voice of the Kansas City Symphony. The Kansas City Symphony performs more than 130 concerts each year, often welcomes guests of international acclaim as part of its Classical and Pops Series, and serves as the orchestra for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. More information on the Kansas City Symphony is available at kcsymphony.org.


KC Symphony hires John Roloff as Chief Operating Officer

Media Contact:  Jeff Barker  (816) 218-2626  jbarker@kcsymphony.org

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | August 24, 2021 — The Kansas City Symphony is pleased to announce the hiring of John
Roloff as its Chief Operating Officer.

Roloff was most recently the Vice President of Orchestra and Facility Operations for the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra (MSO), having joined that organization in 2015 as the Director of Operations and Facilities. He was
responsible for production of all MSO presentations and served as executive producer for all MSO media
activities, including the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio series heard by more than two million listeners
annually. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he managed the start-up and production of MSO Live, the
orchestra’s streaming video program.

In addition, he was instrumental in the design, renovation and restoration of Milwaukee’s Bradley Symphony
Center (formerly the Warner Grand Theater), serving as the primary staff contact to multiple contractors,
architects and other consultants. After the building opened in January 2021, he led the team that transitioned
concert and administrative activities to the facility and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the venue.

“I am delighted to have John joining the KCS team,” said Executive Director Danny Beckley. “His particular
experience and success in orchestra management will expand the capabilities and capacity of our tremendous
staff, and I look forward to working closely with John in leading the administration.”

In addition to helping manage the Kansas City Symphony’s return to the Kauffman Center for the Performing
Arts, Roloff will be deeply involved with creating opportunities for the public to interact with the Symphony at
their new headquarters, the former Webster School building at 17th and Wyandotte streets.


John Roloff

“The new headquarters facility presents multiple opportunities for the Kansas City Symphony to experiment
with and expand its programming and mission,” said Roloff. “Coming out of the pandemic, I believe there is
going to be a strong desire for everyone to experience new things in a group setting. The facility will be utilized
in a variety of ways and provide spaces for people to gather for learning, socialization and entertainment.”

Kristin Velicer, Acting Associate Principal Second Violin and Chair of the Kansas City Symphony Musicians’
Committee, commented, “John brings a wealth of experience and a depth of knowledge that will help propel
our continued artistic and organizational growth. He understands the deep cross-constituency relationships
we share here and values the importance of collaboration to support these connections. We look forward to
working with him and we welcome him to the Symphony family.”

Roloff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Central College in Pella, Iowa and a Master of Business
Administration degree from the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He is a
regular participant in the League of American Orchestras’ training programs and was selected to participate in
the Emerging Leaders Program during the 2017-18 season. Outside of work, his hobbies include golf, cooking,
travel and backpacking.

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About the Kansas City Symphony
Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances
of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music
Director Michael Stern. The Symphony performs more than 130 concerts each year, reaching more than 250,000 community members. The
Symphony welcomes guests of international acclaim as part of its Classical and Pops series and serves as the orchestra for the Kansas City Ballet
and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Complementing its full schedule of concerts, the Symphony enriches the lives of Kansas City residents by providing music education opportunities
for children and adults, such as KinderKonzerts, Young People’s Concerts, an instrument petting zoo and concert comments. The Mobile Music Box,
a popup stage created by the Symphony during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaches thousands of audience members each season with dozens of
chamber music concerts throughout the Kansas City metro area.

The Symphony has released nine highly praised CDs to date with Reference Recordings. The latest release features one-movement symphonies by
Samuel Barber, Jean Sibelius and Alexander Scriabin. The Symphony and Michael Stern also have recorded for the Naxos label. Kansas City’s new
classical music radio station, 91.9 ClassicalKC, broadcasts Kansas City Symphony performances each week. For more information on the Symphony,
please visit kcsymphony.org.


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