Heartland Chamber Music Festival stages free concerts

June 30, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The popular Heartland Chamber Music Festival returns this summer for a nine-day run from Friday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 6.

The festival, now in its seventh year with Johnson County Community College hosting, annually attracts more than 80 string and piano students, ages 8-26, from all over the world. Students receive instruction from internationally-renowned music faculty and present free summer concerts.

The event is coordinated by Heartland Chamber Music, an award-winning student chamber music academy located in Mission Kansas, in partnership with Johnson County Community College’s Performing Arts Series, Arts Education Program.

This year, the education portion of the festival will take place in JCCC’s Carlsen Center as usual. But because the college is renovating the center’s performance areas, the concerts will take place at venues elsewhere.

Here’s the concert lineup. All are free. The first concert, on Sunday, July 31, will take place at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas. The rest will be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Missouri. 

  • 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, Faculty and Guests Concert
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, Junior Festival Concert, featuring young chamber musicians 15 and under.
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, Festival Scholars Concert, featuring local and national up-and-coming young artists.
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, Student Concert I, Chamber music students ages 12-26 perform the classics.
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, Chamber music students ages 12-26 perform the classics.

For more information, contact Angel Mercier, director of JCCC’s Arts Education program at 913-469-8500, ext. 4221 or visit Heartland Chamber Music academy.