Pictured: Bobby McFerrin
The Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park has announced the 2019-2020 season.
“The Carlsen Center consistently presents the most talented performers from around the world,” said Emily Behrmann, General Manager for the “Carlsen Center Presents” series. “The season will feature Russian folk music and American Roots music, India’s pop music and dance and American Indigenous music, four WORLD PREMIERES in modern dance and one of the world’s preeminent guitarists, Japanese drumming and precision choreography and a Kansas City jazz trumpeter on the rise,” she said.
“With no shortage of diverse arts represented, our 30th season will also present an illusionist and improvised comedy, passionate flamenco and classical piano, the vocal virtuosity of Bobby McFerrin and a Gershwin musical triumph,” Behrmann added. “We like to say we have something for everyone!”
Running Sep. 27 and 28, New Dance Partners—The Ultimate Collaboration presents four choreographers, four companies and four world premiere performances in contemporary and modern dance. Four choreographers create original works for four Kansas City dance companies, premiering on the Yardley Hall stage.
On Oct. 11, Russian Renaissance takes the stage of the Polsky Theatre. The ensemble redefines the boundaries of traditional Russian folk instruments.
On Oct. 19, master illusionist Rick Thomas returns to the Carlsen Center with grand illusions on the Yardley Hall stage. Thomas has completed five world tours covering more than 50 countries—from the Sydney Opera House to Las Vegas, Branson to Broadway.
On Oct. 25, Taj Express: Bollywood Musical Revue presents its high-energy celebration of India’s pop music on the Yardley Hall stage. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, the company takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society.
On Oct. 26, Grammy-winning pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler brings the Pablo Ziegler Trio to the Polsky Theatre. With Hector del Curto on bandoneon and Claudio Ragazzi on guitar, the trio delivers modern tango music—raw, stripped-down, jazz-influenced arrangements and improvised solos.
On October 27, Jake Shimabukuro, the “master of the ukulele,” comes to the Yardley Hall stage for a single performance with solo covers of such standards as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as well as his reimagined “Over the Rainbow.”
On Nov. 2, the National Dance Company of Siberia will showcase Siberian folk dance, with costumes, folk instruments and vital, precise choreography and acrobatic strength—infused with a modern images and rhythms.
On Nov. 9, Robert Randolph and the Family Band bring their pedal steel/jam band sound to Yardley Hall. Randolph, named one of the top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All time by Rolling Stone, blends rock, funk, soul and jazz, and is a three-time Grammy nominee.
On Feb. 9, 2020, Bobby McFerrin: circlesongs will see the 10-time Grammy winner return to the Yardley Hall stage, with the vocal ensemble Gimme5. “McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience is changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.” (Los Angeles Times.)
On Feb. 15, 2020, the National Tour of George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” will perform on the Yardley Hall stage for two performances. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, the production features the favorite Gershwin songs: “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “’S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.”
For more information about the Carlsen Center Presents at Johnson County Community College, and a full list of performers, visit www.jccc.edu/1920Season.
Carlsen Center Presents 2019-2020 Full Season
Sept. 7 Ballet Nepantla, Valentina
Sept. 27-28 New Dance Partners
Oct. 10 Preston Singletary and Khu.éex’*
Oct. 11 Russian Renaissance*
Oct. 19 Illusionist Rick Thomas
Oct. 25 Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue
Oct. 26 Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio*
Oct. 27 Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele
Nov. 2 National Dance Company of Siberia
Nov. 8 Cirque Mechanics: 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Nov. 9 Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Nov. 10 Harlem 100 – A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance
Nov. 22 Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood—The Scared Scriptless Tour
Dec. 8 Winterlude—Ensemble Ibérica—Siento y Vivo (I Feel and Live)*
Jan. 18 Bomsori Kim, Violin—In Recital*
Jan. 19 Winterlude—Eboni Fondren*
Feb. 7 Anderson & Roe—Piano Duo*
Feb. 9 Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: circlesongs
Feb. 15 An American in Paris (matinee and evening performances)
Feb. 16 Winterlude—Sax & Violins*
Feb. 21 The Choir of Man
Mar. 6 Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait*
Mar. 7 Danú St. Patrick’s Celebration
Mar. 11 SEEDS*
Mar. 15 Winterlude—Nate Nall Quintet*
Mar. 20-21 Drum TAO
Apr. 2 The Reminders*
May 9 Alonzo King LINES Ballet
* Events held in Polsky Theatre, JCCC
Season tickets go on sale 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 12 to the general public, with individual events on sale 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 6. Tickets may be purchased online www.jccc.edu/1920Season or by phone (913) 469-4445. Season ticket packages which include a purchase of five + events are available for a 10% discount. Season ticket packages which include a purchase of eight + events are available for a 15% discount. Donors to the Friends of the Carlsen Center (starting at $50) receive an extra 5% discount off 5+ or 8+ season packages.