New Season 2020-2021


When the JCCC campus re-opens, we will invite you to renew your Carlsen Center Presents season ticket package, and get all the perks:

  • The best seats in the house!
  • 10% off when you purchase five shows or more, 15% off when you purchase eight shows or more*
  • Lock in your season ticket discount on any additional shows all season long
  • Free, no-hassle ticket exchanges
  • Pre-sale access to special events and programs
  • Friends of the Carlsen Center save an extra 5% on 5+ and 8+ Season Packages!

Again, we’re working on a new season timeline, and will invite you to subscribe soon.


PURCHASE 5+ Event Season Package               PURCHASE 8+ Event Season Package


Michael Brown, pianist

New Season

Michael Brown, pianist
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020 - September 30, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung

New Season

Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung, pianos
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2020 - October 7, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Cho-Liang Lin, violin

New Season

Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2020 - October 14, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Gilbert Kalish, pianist

New Season

Gilbert Kalish, pianist
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020 - October 21, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Boston Brass

New Season

Boston Brass
Arts Across America: Community, Together

7 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2020 | 1 Hour VIRTUAL EVENT

Boston Brass offers a “something-for-everyone” livestreamed program featuring familiar classical works and popular jazz ...

Opus 76 Quartet.

New Season

The Opus 76 Quartet - Becoming Beethoven:
Master of the String Quartet

7 p.m. CDT Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | Virtual Event and Live Q and A with the members of the quartet.

An entertaining and energetic interpretation of the classics.

David Shifrin, clarinet

New Season

David Shifrin, clarinet
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2020 - October 28, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Gloria Chien, piano

New Season

Gloria Chien, piano
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2020 - November 4, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Arnaud Sussmann, violin

New Season

Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020 - November 11, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

New Season

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Presented by Carlsen Center and CMS: Front Row

7 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2020 - November 18, 2020 | VIRTUAL EVENT

CMS: FRONT ROW is a digital initiative bringing outstanding chamber music concerts and content to audiences. This beautiful high ...

Bridget Kibbey and the Dover Quartet.

New Season

Bridget Kibbey, Harp, with the Dover Quartet
Celebrating Bach

8 p.m. CST Saturday, December 5, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Surprising audiences with diverse and energetic programming, Kibbey spans Baroque, French Masterworks and rhythmic migration in South ...

A la mode, Clayton and Jesica DeLong

New Season

Winterlude - A La Mode Quintet

7 p.m. CST Sunday, December 6, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Spotlights the very essence of Prohibition-era Kansas City.

Mariachis los Camperos.

New Season

Mariachi Los Camperos "Fiesta Navidad"

8 p.m. CST Saturday, December 12, 2020 | Yardley Hall

Always an explosion of music and color, Mariachi Los Camperos is known for moving mariachi music out of the cantinas and into the ...

Promotional image for Yesterday and Today.

New Season

'Yesterday and Today'
The Interactive Beatles Experience

8 p.m. CST Friday, January 15, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Yesterday and Today’s all-request show does away with the wigs, costumes and fake accents. Instead, it recreates the energy and ...

Sons of Brasil.

New Season

Winterlude - Sons of Brasil

7 p.m. CST Sunday, January 24, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Kansas City natives, led by trumpeter Stan Kessler, transport audiences to a nightclub in Ipanema or Leblon.

Cast of The Greatest Love of All.

New Season

'The Greatest Love of All'

8 p.m. CST Saturday, January 30, 2021 | Yardley Hall

A Tribute to Whitney Houston starring Belinda Davids. Not affiliated with the estate of Whitney Houston.

Las Cafeteras and the Villalobos brothers.

New Season

Las Cafeteras and Villalobos Brothers

7 p.m. CST Sunday, January 31, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Afro-Mexican beats from the streets of LA pair with a leading contemporary Mexican ensemble.

Michael Bridge and Kornel Wolak.

New Season

Bridge & Wolak

8 p.m. CST Friday, February 12, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Melding traditional acoustic instruments with 21st century digital technology – watch and be amazed!

Promotional poster for South Pacific.

New Season

South Pacific – two shows!
Professional Broadway Tour!

8 p.m. CST Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 13, 2021 - February 14, 2021 | Yardley Hall

One of the most romantic scores of all time!

Two dancers from Trinity Irish Dance. Company.

New Season

Trinity Irish Dance Company

8 p.m. CST Saturday, February 20, 2021 | Yardley Hall

Everything you expect, but like nothing you’d imagine.

Saxophonist Gerald Dunn, pianist Everett Freeman, drummer Michael Warren and bassist DeAndre Manning.

New Season

Winterlude - Kansas City Jazz Disciples

7 p.m. CST Sunday, February 21, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Kansas City jazz greats share their smooth, contemporary and innovative sound.

Sarah Drew as Lucille Ball.

New Season

'Lucy Loves Desi' – two shows!
'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom'

8 p.m. CST Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 27, 2021 - February 28, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

A true-life comedy that’s an absolute ball!

Contemporary circus company Circa.

New Season

Circa Performs 'Sacre'

7 p.m. CST Sunday, February 28, 2021 | Yardley Hall

A powerful and deeply moving acrobatic encounter with Stravinsky’s "Rite of Spring."

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

New Season

Academy of St Martin
in the Fields Chamber Orchestra with Johannes Moser, cello

8 p.m. CST Friday, March 5, 2021 | Yardley Hall

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields has gained an international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound.

Promotional poster for Bessie, Billie & Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz.

New Season

'Bessie, Billie and Nina
Pioneering Women in Jazz'

7 p.m. CST Sunday, March 7, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Three dynamic vocalists celebrate the enduring legacies of three iconic female artists.

Susan Werner

New Season

Susan Werner

8 p.m. CST Friday, March 12, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Folk, jazz and pop delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm.

Larry Carlton.

New Season

RESCHEDULED - Larry Carlton
Steely Dan/’78 Album

8 p.m. CDT Sunday, March 14, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Four-time Grammy winner, “Titan of Tone” award recipient and legendary guitar great Larry Carlton mesmerizes audiences with ...

Quartet San Francisco, Masters of Pop: The Beatles and Beyond

New Season

Quartet San Francisco
"Masters of Pop: The Beatles and Beyond"

7:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, March 20, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Spend the evening with three-time Grammy®-nominated Quartet San Francisco, whose work has been hailed by critics as “…a ...

The Texas Tenors.

New Season

The Texas Tenors

8 p.m. CDT Saturday, March 27, 2021 | Yardley Hall

A mix of timeless classics and foot-stomping, hand-clapping country favorites.

Bob Bowman.

New Season

Winterlude - Bob Bowman

7 p.m. CDT Sunday, March 28, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

Bassist, composer and Kansas native Bob Bowman has been a major contributor to Kansas City jazz since 1988.

Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

New Season

Napoleon Dynamite - Film Screening and Conversation

7:30 p.m. CDT Friday, April 9, 2021 | Yardley Hall

As a teen, everyone knew a guy like Napoleon Dynamite. Embarrassing families and awkward adolescence — that’s the ...

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

New Season

George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra
of Great Britain

8 p.m. CDT Saturday, April 10, 2021 | Yardley Hall

Ukuleles of all sounds and sizes – it’s a worldwide phenomenon!

Gymnasts of Pilobolus.

New Season

Pilobolus 'Big Five-Oh!'

7 p.m. CDT Sunday, April 18, 2021 | Yardley Hall

In a shadow performance unlike any you’ve seen before, Pilobolus reveals its techniques by changing the audience perspective ...

A musical revue from Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll.

New Season

Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock 'N' Roll

8 p.m. CDT Friday, April 30, 2021 | Yardley Hall

Composer/lyricist Neil Berg pays tribute to the fascinating stories and groundbreaking music of everyone’s favorite music genre.

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New Season

Rent – two shows!
25th Anniversary Farewell Tour Professional Broadway Tour!

8 p.m. CDT Saturday and 1 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 1, 2021 - May 2, 2021 | Yardley Hall

This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner that spent 12 years on Broadway now speaks loudly and defiantly to audiences in Yardley Hall.