JCCC anounces upcoming features


Posted by Bob Evans

Overland Park, KS (November 15, 2021) Emily Behrmann, Executive Director, the Midwest Trust Center (formerly Carlsen Center), today invited audiences to purchase tickets for December shows, featuring local favorites and nationally recognized artists.  Performances will take place at the Midwest Trust Center on the campus of Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210).  High res photos with IDs can be found here.

Behrmann noted, “We are ready to embrace the holiday season and welcome guests with a mix of music, comedy, and family shows!  The Midwest Trust Center invites you to end 2021 on a high note with these talented performers.”

Performances include:

December 3, 2021, 8:00 p.m. – Bridget Kibbey and the Dover Quartet will feature some of the best-beloved works of J.S. Bach, including Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which Kibbey adapted for harp.  The accomplished harpist has been called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue’s Senior Editor Corey Seymour, while the quartet has been hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune) and “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker).

December 4-5, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – Mesner Puppet Theater presents “The Snowy Day” featuring stories from the Caldecott Award-winning author Ezra Jack Keats.  Adapted by Jerome Hairston, featuring  Shawna Peña-Downing and Meredith Wolfe, follow Peter and his friends as they start snowball fights, make snow angels and play in the snow in this uplifting musical.  Mesner Puppet Theater brings Keats’ stories to life in this charming collection featuring “Whistle for Willie,” “A Letter to Amy,” “Goggles!”  and “The Snowy Day.”

December 4, 2021, 8:00 p.m. – Mariachi Los Camperos performs “Fiesta Navidad,” a holiday fiesta perfect for the entire family in 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 concert halls of America.

December 5, 2021, 8:00 p.m. – Ana Gasteyer brings her “Sugar & Booze Holiday Tour” to Overland Park.  The “Saturday Night Live” actor and trained singer will perform songs from her holiday album.  Harking back to the big-band era — but with Gasteyer’s modern and comedic touch — “Sugar & Booze” is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album, “I’m Hip.”

December 16, 2021 – Friends of the Midwest Trust Center Exclusive. Pianist Chaeyoung Park will perform works by Robert Schumann and Sergei Prokofiev.  Winner of the 2019 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Park has presented thoughtfully curated programs on major stages such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as well as in intimate house concerts.  South Korean-born, and raised in Kansas from age ten, Park considers Lawrence, Kansas, her second home.

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased online jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter or by phone (913) 469-4445.

For more information about these shows and the rest of the 2021-2022 Season, visit www.jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter.

Midwest Trust Center 2021-2022 Season at a Glance

Nov. 8-18        The Opus 76 Quartet Eat, Drink, Play (a digital release)

Nov. 20           Susan Werner

Dec. 3              Bridget Kibbey, harp with the Dover Quartet

Dec. 4              Mariachi Los Camperos, Fiesta Navidad

Dec. 4-5          Mesner Puppet Theater, The Snowy Day*

Dec. 5              Ana Gasteyer, “Sugar & Booze” Holiday Tour

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

* Events held in Polsky Theatre, JCCC

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 2021-2022 Season.

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