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'Second Born' by Wangechi Mutu

February 19, 2022 - October 2, 2022

Nerman Museum Exhibition: 'Pushing Paper'

Nerman Museum of Contemporary. Art

Selected works on paper from the Nerman Museum’s permanent collection will be on view Feb. 19 – Oct. 2, 2022.

Arts & Performances

Poster for Commedia dell'Aesop with title and times of the show.

April 18, 2022 - June 3, 2022

Arts Education: Commedia Dell'Aesop

Online

A JCCC Theatre Department production in collaboration with Midwest Trust Center's Arts Education Department.

Arts & Performances

STARGAZER exhibit.

April 21, 2022 - July 31, 2022

Nerman Museum Exhibition: Shinique Smith • 'STARGAZERS'

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Spiritual qualities of everyday objects are the focus of Shinique Smith's art.

Arts & Performances

Zigmunds Priede, Event Horizon, n.d., Woodcut, relief and acrylic on paper, 41 x 77" Collection Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College.

May 5, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Nerman Museum Exhibition: Zigmunds Priede | 'Aggregates of Time'

Kansas Focus Gallery, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Selected works by a former JCCC professor, from the collection of Landon Kirchner and Barbara Smith

Arts & Performances

a girl holding an art project.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, June 5, 2022

Day of Creativity 2022

Nerman Museum, Regnier Center

New date! Join us for art activities, free stuff, music, Kona Ice and fun!

Community, Campus Life, Arts & Performances

8 children display works of art they created during a youth summer art class.

June 7, 2022 - July 29, 2022

Nerman Museum: Summer Youth Art Classes

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

The museum offers a popular series of studio classes for children on weekdays during the summer.

Arts & Performances

A dancer with The Culture House School of Dance poses as The Little Mermaid.

June 10, 2022 - June 11, 2022

'The Little Mermaid'

Yardley Hall

Presented by The Culture House School of Dance. Four shows!

Arts & Performances

The Escher String Quartet.

August 3, 2022

Escher String Quartet

Polsky Theatre

This appearance is part of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival, for which the Escher String Quartet will serve as artists-in-residence.

Arts & Performances

Kansas City harpist Calvin Arsenia.

8:30 PM, August 19, 2022

Light Up the Lawn: Calvin Arsenia

Nerman Museum lawn

Harpist turns the arts world on its head as he flirts between genres.

Community, Campus Life, Arts & Performances

Chris Botti.

7:30 PM, August 24, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: Chris Botti

Yardley Hall

Chris Botti is the complete package: a dazzling trumpeter, a brilliant bandleader, and a born showman whose joy at being onstage is infectious.

Arts & Performances

The four members of Making Movies.

8:30 PM, August 26, 2022

Light Up the Lawn: Making Movies

Nerman Museum lawn

Innovative Latinx rock ‘n’ rollers perform in Spanish and English.

Arts & Performances, Community, Campus Life

Portrait of Victor and Penny holding guitars.

8:30 PM, September 2, 2022

Light Up the Lawn: Victor & Penny

Nerman Museum lawn

Swing-infused folk-jazz rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style.

Campus Life, Community, Arts & Performances

Six dancers perform a routine.

September 16, 2022 - September 17, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: New Dance Partners

Yardley Hall

Four choreographers, four dance companies, four world premieres! Performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Arts & Performances

The Opus 76 Quartet standing on stairs of the Midwest Trust Center

2:00 PM, September 25, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: Opus 76 Quartet — 'Glass, Beethoven and Mendelssohn'

Polsky Theatre

MTC's artists-in-residence will perform works by Philip Glass, Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn.

Arts & Performances

Matthew Maxey.

7:30 PM, September 29, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: DEAFinitely Dope

Polsky Theatre

Matthew Maxey continues to break barriers and defy the norms with a fresh perspective on interaction, inclusion, accessibility and equality.

Arts & Performances

The Verona Quartet.

8:00 PM, September 30, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: Verona Quartet

Yardley Hall

The Verona Quartet has firmly established itself among the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today.

Arts & Performances

Bari Koral beside a rainbow.

11:00 AM, October 1, 2022

MTC Kids Jam series – Yogapalooza with Bari Koral

Yardley Hall

The MTC Kids Jam concert series is specially designed with families in mind! Join us in the MTC lobby at 10 a.m. for art activities followed by a 60-minute concert with an acclaimed children’s musician.

Arts & Performances

Members of the Vine Street Rumble.

7:00 PM, October 2, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: Winterlude — Vine Street Rumble

Yardley Hall

Kansas City’s Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra, directed by Kent Rausch, was formed to honor the legacy of the “golden era” of Kansas City’s world-renowned jazz history.

Arts & Performances

Winnie the Pooh's head peeking from bottom of page.

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, October 14, 2022 - October 15, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: 'Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation'

Yardley Hall

Disney's iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends come to life in this beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation. School shows and public performances are scheduled.

Arts & Performances

The Soweto Gospel Choir

7:00 PM, October 16, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: Soweto Gospel Choir — 'Hope'

Yardley Hall

Winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, the world’s most critically acclaimed choir brings its 'Hope' concert to North America and Canada for the first time.

Arts & Performances

KC Jazz Orchestra performing on stage.

8:00 PM, October 21, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: KC Jazz Orchestra/Hanover Big Band (Germany)

Yardley Hall

Celebrate the reunion of Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Hanover Big Band with their return to Kansas City for another joyful collaboration.

Arts & Performances

 Efren Ramirez, Jon Heder and Jon Gries.

8:00 PM, October 22, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: An Evening with Jon Heder, Jon Gries and Efren Ramirez: 'Napoleon Dynamite – Film Screening and Conversation'

Yardley Hall

“Nunchuck skills… bowhunting skills… computer hacking skills… Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!”

Arts & Performances

Silhouettes of a drummer, guitarist, bassist and trumpeter.

8:00 PM, October 28, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: The Four Freshmen

Yardley Hall

Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen have enamored listeners worldwide for years.

Arts & Performances

Piff the Magic Dragon and Puddles Pity Party.

7:00 PM, October 30, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: Piff the Magic Dragon and Puddles Pity Party — 'The Misery Loves Company' tour

Yardley Hall

These satin-adorned down-and-outers have been pals since meeting ages ago at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now, they’re world-famous and traveling the world. Not bad for two “losers” from “America’s Got Talent.”

Arts & Performances

A girl pretends to bat with a woman umpire behind her.

November 10, 2022

Arts Education: In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Yardley Hall

Celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of those who bring new perspectives to our country with this adaptation of Bette Bao Lord’s book. Two shows: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Arts & Performances

Promotional poster for “Legally Blonde — The Musical” with Elle and her Chihuahua.

November 12, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: 'Legally Blonde — the Musical'

Yardley Hall

Fabulously fun and international award-winning “Legally Blonde — The Musical” is the ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power! Two shows, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Arts & Performances

Nigella Lawson.

8:00 PM, November 19, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: An Evening with Nigella Lawson

Yardley Hall

Marvel in this conversation and Q & A with Nigella Lawson as she recounts the people, food and recipes that have shaped her unique career and life.

Arts & Performances

The tenThing Brass Ensemble.

8:00 PM, December 2, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: tenThing Brass Ensemble — 'A Feeling of Norwegian Christmas'

Yardley Hall

Explore musical traditions of the Christmas season while traveling across the old continent.

Arts & Performances

Doug Talley playing a saxophone.

7:00 PM, December 4, 2022

Midwest Trust Center Series: Winterlude – Doug Talley Quartet

Polsky Theatre

The Doug Talley Quartet expands the parameters of jazz with colorful harmonies and strong rhythms.

Arts & Performances

A circus ringmaster holds a wiener dog puppet.

December 7, 2022 - December 10, 2022

Arts Education: Mesner Puppet Theater | 'Cirque du Wiener Dog'

Yardley Hall

Cirque du Wiener Dog is a variety show featuring a cast of wacky wiener dog performers. Seven performances over four days!

Arts & Performances

Bobby Watson holding a saxophone.

7:00 PM, January 15, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Winterlude – Bobby Watson Quartet

Polsky Theatre

For more than three decades, Bobby Watson has contributed consistently intelligent, sensitive and well-thought-out music to the modern-day jazz lexicon.

Arts & Performances

Oran Etkin engages with a group of children.

11:00 AM, January 21, 2023

MTC Kids Jam series – Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo | 'Finding Friends Far from Home'

Polsky Theatre

The MTC Kids Jam concert series is specially designed with families in mind! Join us in the MTC lobby at 10 a.m. for art activities followed by a 60-minute concert with an acclaimed children’s musician.

Arts & Performances

Oran Etkin holding a clarinet.

7:00 PM, January 22, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Oran Etkin — 'Open Arms'

Polsky Theatre

Etkin's unique sound on the clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone comes from an openness to deep musical connections that transcend cultural and generational boundaries.

Arts & Performances

The Opus 76 Quartet standing in the Midwest Trust Centerwith instruments

2:00 PM, January 29, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Opus 76 Quartet — 'Amadeus' (recital + film)

Polsky Theatre

Described as a “brilliant young string quartet” by London’s Spectator and giving “certainly passionate performances” by The Kansas City Star, Opus 76 Quartet is proud to return to MTC as artists-in-residence.

Arts & Performances

A young girl playing Cenicienta/Cinderella.

February 2, 2023 - February 4, 2023

Arts Education: Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story

Polsky Theatre

Using everyday objects, 10-year-old Belinda recreates the classic tale of Cinderella. This captivating retelling tackles cultural heritage, family and the power of language. Morning and afternoon performances.

Arts & Performances

The Small Glories – Cara Luft and J.D. Edwards.

7:00 PM, February 5, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: The Small Glories

Polsky Theatre

Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate.

Arts & Performances

An actress playing Lucille Ball scratches her head.

February 11, 2023 - February 12, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: L.A. Theatre Works — 'Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom'

Polsky Theatre

The hilarious, true story behind one of America’s most beloved TV comedies. Shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Arts & Performances

Composite image of 4 performers in Voices of Mississippi.

7:30 PM, February 11, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: 'Voices of Mississippi'

Yardley Hall

"Voices of Mississippi” is a new multimedia event that celebrates the music, art and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi.

Arts & Performances

The Emerson Quartet.

8:00 PM, February 18, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Emerson Quartet Farewell Tour

Yardley Hall

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its status as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. With special guest David Finckel, cello.

Arts & Performances

Trent Austin playing a trumpet.

7:00 PM, February 19, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Winterlude – Trent Austin Quartet

Polsky Theatre

As a trumpeting Renaissance man, Trent Austin plays jazz classics with the influences of classical and contemporary music.

Arts & Performances

The 4 members of DakhaBrakha.

8:00 PM, February 24, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: DakhaBrakha

Polsky Theatre

Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music.

Arts & Performances

The Opus 76 Quartet performing

2:00 PM, February 26, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Opus 76 Quartet — Haydn and Schubert

Polsky Theatre

Join the Midwest Trust Center’s Artists-in-Residence for an intimate performance on the stage of Yardley Hall. Patrons will sit in the round as the Opus 76 Quartet plays works by Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert.

Arts & Performances

Cartoon poster with children and animals, and the title of show and author.

March 2, 2023

Arts Education: It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr

Yardley Hall

Ideal for young audiences, the hourlong production “It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr” features three books from his collection. Morning, afternoon and evening performances.

Arts & Performances

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra,

8:00 PM, March 3, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra

Yardley Hall

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music.

Arts & Performances

The Brooklyn Rider string quartet.

7:00 PM, March 5, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Brooklyn Rider — 'Variations on a Theme'

Polsky Theatre

With its gripping performance style and unquenchable appetite for musical adventure, Brooklyn Rider has carved a singular space in the world of string quartets over its 15-year history.

Arts & Performances

Members of Danu.

8:00 PM, March 10, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Danú — St. Patrick's Celebration

Yardley Hall

A perennial favorite of MTC audiences, Danú’s standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland feature high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.

Arts & Performances

John McCutcheon.

8:00 PM, March 11, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: John McCutcheon

Polsky Theatre

From simple beginnings, John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folk singers.

Arts & Performances

The Opus 76 Quartet standing with instruments

March 12, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Opus 76 Quartet — Tchaikovsky and Schumann with Ramona Pansegrau, piano

Polsky Theatre

Hailed as “Kansas City’s Premier String Quartet” (KC Independent), the Opus 76 Quartet and pianist Ramona Pansegrau, Kansas City Ballet Music Director, reunite to perform Robert Schumann’s E-flat major Piano Quintet, following Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D major.

Arts & Performances

The KC Jazz Disciples.

7:00 PM, March 19, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Winterlude – KC Jazz Disciples

Polsky Theatre

Five musicians flawlessly blend into the ultimate Kansas City jazz sound while bringing their unique touch to the stage.

Arts & Performances

Billy Jonas playing guitar to a group of children.

11:00 AM, March 25, 2023

MTC Kids Jam series – Billy Jonas | 'Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?!'

Polsky Theatre

The MTC Kids Jam concert series is specially designed with families in mind! Join us in the MTC lobby at 10 a.m. for art activities followed by a 60-minute concert with an acclaimed children’s musician.

Arts & Performances

Composite image of David Shifrin, John de Lancie, and Soovin Kim.

7:00 PM, March 26, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: 'Curtis on Tour' — Featuring David Shifrin, clarinet; John de Lancie, narrator; Soovin Kim, violin

Polsky Theatre

The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music, performing Stravinsky’s ‘L’Histoire du soldat’ and more.

Arts & Performances

Members of A Moving Sound.

8:00 PM, March 31, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: A Moving Sound

Polsky Theatre

Fusing traditional Taiwanese influences with a global sensibility, award-winning ensemble A Moving Sound (Sheng Don 聲動) built a worldwide following through their joyous mix of original music and dance.

Arts & Performances

Composite photo of Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath and Jayanthi Kumaresh.

April 1, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: 'Masters of Percussion' featuring Zakir Hussain

Yardley Hall

Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath and Jayanthi Kumaresh come together for the first time as a trio for the 2022 TRIVENI tour.

Arts & Performances

Members of George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

April 15, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Yardley Hall

Returning for their fifth appearance at MTC, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become not only a national institution, but also a worldwide phenomenon.

Arts & Performances

Photo montage of 3 KC musicians.

11:00 AM, May 6, 2023

MTC Kids Jam series – KC Spotlight

Polsky Theatre

The MTC Kids Jam concert series is specially designed with families in mind! Join us in the MTC lobby at 10 a.m. for art activities followed by a 60-minute concert with an acclaimed children’s musician.

Arts & Performances

Drummers and acrobats from "Afrique in Cirque".

May 19, 2023

Midwest Trust Center Series: Cirque Kalabanté — 'Afrique en Cirque'

Yardley Hall

“Afrique en Cirque” is a highly colorful creation featuring amazing acrobats performing authentic choreography to the frantic rhythms of native instruments of Guinea. A school show and a public performance are scheduled.

Arts & Performances