JCCC announces spring season


Posted by Bob Evans


Johnson County Community College’s

Midwest Trust Center

 Announces 2022 Spring Season


Performances Include

The Choir of Man, The Texas Tenors, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock N Roll,

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston,

South Pacific, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo


Overland Park, KS (November 1, 2021) Emily Behrmann, Executive Director for the series branded Midwest Trust Center (formerly Carlsen Center) Series, today announced the upcoming spring season featuring accomplished artists from around the world and around the corner. High-res photos with IDs can be found here.

“Some of the shows scheduled for this spring were originally planned for spring 2020, so to finally see them play on our stages will be truly joyous!” says Emily Behrmann, Executive Director.

A short list of performances:

The Opus 76 Quartet, MTC’s artists-in-residence, will perform a series of concerts featuring works by Beethoven (Jan. 9), Mozart and Dvořák (Feb. 20) and Haydn and Brahms (Mar. 20).  Their celebrated digital series “Eat, Drink, Play” returns Apr. 27-May 7, allowing ticket holders to stream this date night at home on-demand.

On Jan. 23, The Choir of Man will perform in Yardley Hall. Featuring pop, classic rock, folk, Broadway and pub tunes, the cast of nine handsome guys showcase their talent with high energy music and foot-stomping choreography. Their incredible harmonies, world-class tap dance and poetic meditations pay riotous homage to that gathering place we’ve all missed so much: the local pub.

Friday, Jan. 28, Trinity Irish Dance Company will be everything you expect, but like nothing you’d imagine. The acclaimed company elevates the traditional Irish American dance legacy by delivering a fresh and engaging performance. Founded and making their home in Chicago, they’re truly the high watermark of Irish dance.

On Feb. 6, The Greatest Love of All: a Tribute to Whitney Houston starring Belinda Davids will play Yardley Hall.  Houston’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed stage show as Belinda Davids’ breathtaking vocals deliver a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers.

Saturday, Feb. 19, South Pacific, the Tony Award winning musical will perform two shows. The Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes numerous American songbook classics such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger than Springtime,” “Happy Talk,” “Bali H’ai” and “There is Nothing Like a Dame.”  The plot intertwines romance, duty and prejudice to create a multicultural love story that is hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking.

On Mar. 13, Quartet San Francisco, will perform Masters of Pop: The Beatles and Beyond in Polsky Theatre.  Three-time Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco introduces audiences to a fresh, vibrant body of string quartet literature hailed by critics as “…a remarkable musical experience…simply delicious.” The group has a singular mission: to make the world a better place through music.

On Apr. 2, Pilobolus Big Five-Oh! will question its own “givens,” turn its traditions sideways, and bring its past into the future – in a thoroughly engaging new way. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds. The celebration includes the classic, Untitled, the high-voltage Megawatt, signature shadow works, and a few concepts that have never been seen before!

Closing out the season,  Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux will perform May 22 in Yardley Hall.  The folk and jazz icons will share the stage for an unforgettable evening.  Collins continues to thrill audiences with her unique blend of interpretive folk songs and contemporary themes while Madeleine Peyroux has become one of the most acclaimed jazz singers of her generation.

For more information about the Midwest Trust Center Series at Johnson County Community College, visit Midwest Trust Center 2021-2022 Season.

Midwest Trust Center Series 2022 Spring Season

Jan. 9               The Opus 76 Quartet Beethoven’s Opus 131 and a screening of the film Immortal Beloved*

Jan. 23             The Choir of Man

Jan. 23             Winterlude – The Eclipse Trio featuring Poet Glenn North*

Jan. 28             Trinity Irish Dance Company

Jan. 29             The Texas Tenors

Jan. 30             Villalobos Brothers and Las Cafeteras*

Feb. 4              Bridge & Wolak*

Feb. 6              The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston starring Belinda Davids

Feb. 19            South Pacific

Feb. 20            The Opus 76 Quartet Mozart and Dvořák*

Feb. 27            Winterlude – Clint Ashlock and Charles Williams Quartet*

Mar. 2             StoneLion Puppet Theatre, The Lost Treasure

Mar. 6             Winterlude – Bessie, Billie and Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz*

Mar. 13           Quartet San Francisco*

Mar. 18-19      Drum TAO 2022

Mar. 20           The Opus 76 Quartet with Julie Coucheron, piano Haydn and Brahms*

Mar. 27           Mnozil Brass

Apr. 2              Pilobolus, Big Five-Oh!

Apr. 8              Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Apr. 14            Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

May 14-15      Mesner Puppet Theater, In the Workshop LIVE*

May 22            Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux

Ticket Information

Season packages will go on sale November 15.  Individual shows will go on sale December 6. Until then, please look at the full lineup on the website Midwest Trust Center Spring 2022 Season.  To contact the Box Office call (913) 469-4445 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.  Donors to the Friends of the Midwest Trust Center (starting at $60) receive early access. Become a Friend here.

Covid-19 Safety Protocols at the Midwest Trust Center

Please visit us at jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter for the latest updates.

  • Face coverings are required.
  • Temperature kiosks will be available at venue entrances.
  • Sanitizer stations are available throughout the venue.
  • All seating is reserved.
  • If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
  • Signage will be posted in the lobby and volunteers will be available to direct guests to appropriate entrances, closest to their seats.
  • Gathering places are limited; no receptions, meet & greets, or intermissions.
  • There will be COVID-level post-show cleaning in the theatre, in restrooms and backstage.
  • Air handling and ventilation has been upgraded for safety.

About Midwest Center, Johnson County Community College

The Midwest Trust Center is Johnson County’s performing arts center. Early on, the founders of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) dreamed of building a world-class performing arts venue in Johnson County, Kansas. In 1990, that dream was realized, and the center soon became a cultural hub for the rapidly growing county. The Midwest Trust Center’s growth parallels that of Johnson County, expanding from 50 events the first season to around 150 annually today. Events include Midwest Trust Center Series, the annual series of around 25 events presented by JCCC that feature professional, internationally known artists in a wide variety of genres; academic branches of JCCC; and community groups who rent the space.

In 2020 Johnson County Community College accepted a $1,000,000 donation intended to provide an ongoing endowment to support the College’s Performing Arts Series. These funds will also provide scholarships for students studying creative arts at JCCC. As a feature of the donation, the center now bears the name Midwest Trust Center, a local company founded by Brad Bergman. The donors Brad and Libby Bergman are long-time supporters of the College, having co-chaired the JCCC Foundation’s annual Some Enchanted Evening Gala – the largest single fundraising event for student scholarships. Brad has also served as Chair of the JCCC Foundation Board of Directors. The Bergmans have been consistent supporters of dozens of activities at JCCC. They have four children, each of whom has benefited from classes taught at the College.

Since 2000, with the development of the Midwest Trust Center Arts Education program, the Midwest Trust Center also addresses cultural and art-related program needs in K-12 education. The MTC Arts Education programs include school performances at the Midwest Trust Center, and engagement activities with artists performing in schools. Master classes, lecture/demonstrations, workshops and other opportunities for interaction with students happen throughout the year. MTC Arts Education  also offers support materials for programs, study guides, concert previews, plus professional development – creative skills workshops and curriculum-building seminars for teachers in arts integration.

The MTC Arts Education had a leadership role in the re-establishment of the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education, and in 2014 was named a Kennedy Center Partners in Education site, teamed with the Shawnee Mission School District. An expansion of the Kennedy Center Partnership occurred in 2018 with the addition of the Liberty Schools, and again in 2019, adding Kansas City Young Audiences, making it one of two cross-state Kennedy Center Partnerships in the US. MTC Arts Ed is the only Kennedy Center Partner in the state of Kansas.

For more information, please visit Midwest Trust Center Spring 2022 Season.

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