JCCC updates season


Posted by Bob Evans

Johnson County Community College’s

Carlsen Center Presents Announces 2020-2021 Fall Season UPDATE

Much of Fall Programming Cancelled or Postponed

January – May 2021 Programming Remains on Calendar and

December 2020 Performances To Be Determined in October


Emily Behrmann, General Manager for the series branded Carlsen Center Presents, today announced a revised 2020-2021 fall season which leaves much of the fall programming cancelled or postponed.  Final determinations on December programming will be made in October. The January – May 2020-2021 programming remains on the calendar. Please visit Carlsen Center Events for an updated schedule.

 General Manager Emily Behrmann stated, “Things have certainly turned out differently than when we announced the season in April! We had high hopes at that time we would safely gather in the fall, but the progression of the virus has changed things. The well-being of our volunteers, staff, crew, and community is paramount. We are taking our cues from leaders in Johnson County and the State of Kansas, as well as at JCCC, and for now, have kept our event schedule intact in January – May 2021. We miss our audiences and can’t wait to return to holding events.”

 She continued, “It’s doubtful we’ll be able to offer a true season ticket package this year. Subscribers and Friends of the Carlsen Center will receive early access to tickets that go on sale for the current schedule. And they’ll retain their status for the 2021-2022 season.”

 “I’m grateful to those who have expressed their concern for us and have continued to support us with donations. We are all navigating these unprecedented times together, and our patrons have been kind and understanding throughout. They are just the best!”

 Today’s announcement includes the following fall performances that were to take place at either Yardley Hall or Polsky Theatre. In the coming weeks, the Carlsen Center will release additional information regarding the possible rescheduling of performances. 

 Sept. 18-19      New Dance Partners (Virtual Event – more information posted soon to Carlsen Center Presents)

Sept. 26            Opus 76 Quartet, Becoming Beethoven: Master of the String Quartet *    (Virtual Event)

Oct. 9               Larry Carlton – Steely Dan/’78 Album * (Rescheduled to March 14, 2021. Tickets on sale late fall.)

Oct. 16             Get the Led Out, Led Zeppelin tribute  (Rescheduled to Fall 2021. Tickets on sale Spring 2021.)

Oct. 18             Winterlude – local KC jazz, Bob Bowman *  (Decision pending.)

Oct. 24             10 Hairy Legs – contemporary dance* (Cancelled)

Nov. 7              Darlene Love  (Rescheduled to Fall 2021. Tickets on sale Spring 2021.)

Nov.13             The Romeros guitar quartet with Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano 

            (Rescheduled to Fall 2021. Tickets on sale Spring 2021.)

Nov. 14            Kansas City and All That’s Jazz – Celebrating “Bird”  

           (Rescheduled to Fall 2021. Tickets on sale Spring 2021.)

Nov. 15            Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie, Together Again Tour 

           (Rescheduled to Fall 2021. Tickets on sale Spring 2021.)

Nov. 20            A Night with Jon, Efren, and Jon – Napoleon Dynamite – film screening and panel with 3 actors  (Rescheduled to April 9, 2021. Tickets on sale late fall..)

Dec. 5              Bridget Kibbey, harp with the Dover Quartet *   (Decision pending.)

Dec. 6              Winterlude – local KC jazz, A La Mode Quintet *  (Decision pending.)

Dec.12             Fiesta Navidad, Mariachi Los Camperos  (Decision pending.)

 * Events originally to be held in Polsky Theatre, JCCC may be moved to Yardley Hall, if socially distanced seating is necessary/allowed.

 Ticket Information

Please visit Carlsen Center Events for the latest updates on ticket information. The Box Office is closed but the phone lines are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ticket holders may contact the Box Office online www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter, by phone (913) 469-4445 or via email at CarlsenCenter@jccc.edu. Your patience is appreciated as staff, working remotely, address each patron inquiry.

 Connecting to our Community

Even through these difficult and unprecedented times, the Carlsen Center is committed to being the cultural hub of Johnson County. To learn more about how to connect with the Carlsen Center, please visit Carlsen Center Presents which has links to content and resources that are sure to uplift, aid, or inspire. For the latest news and updates related to COVID-19, be sure to follow us on all of our social media channels: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter .

 About Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College

The Carlsen 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 Carlsen Center’s growth parallels that of Johnson County, expanding from 50 events the first season to around 150 annually today. Events include Carlsen Center Presents (CCP), 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.

 Johnson County Community College has 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 Carlsen Center will in the future bear 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 Carlsen Center Arts Education program, the Carlsen Center also addresses cultural and art-related program needs in K-12 education. The CC Arts Education programs include school performances at the Carlsen Center and engagement activities with artists performing in schools. Masterclasses, lecture/demonstrations, workshops, and other opportunities for interaction with students happen throughout the year. CC 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 CC 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. CC Arts Ed is the only Kennedy Center Partner in the state of Kansas.

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