Updates from Johnson County Community College: The Carlsen Center announces 2019-2020 season

Bobby McFerrin. Photo credit: Johnson County Community College.

As a cornerstone of the Johnson County community for 50 years, we know a thing or two about making the arts accessible to the public. The Carlsen Center – which boasts one of the largest multidisciplinary performing arts series in the region – continues to bring culture, creativity and celebration to the JCCC campus every year.

The Carlsen Center’s newly announced 2019-2020 season – its 30th to date – will feature artists from around the globe and from around the corner, helping propel the College into its next 50 years.

Emily Behrmann, General Manager for the Carlsen Center Presents Series, said, “The Carlsen Center consistently presents the most talented performers from around the world. The season will feature Russian folk music and American Roots music, India’s pop music and dance and American Indigenous music, four WORLD PREMIERES in modern dance and one of the world’s preeminent guitarists, Japanese drumming and precision choreography, and a Kansas City jazz trumpeter on the rise.”

Behrmann goes on to say the new season has something for everyone, with no shortage of artistic diversity.

Figures of Speech. Photo credit: Johnson County Community College

Here’s a taste of the performances on deck:

Sept. 27 and 28, 2019:
New Dance Partners—The Ultimate Collaboration presents four choreographers, four companies and four world premiere performances of contemporary and modern dance.

Oct. 11, 2019:
Russian Renaissance, an electrifying and exhilarating ensemble that redefines the boundaries of traditional Russian folk instruments, will dazzle with a breathtaking style that touches the hearts of audiences worldwide.

Oct. 19, 2019:
Master illusionist Rick Thomas returns to the Yardley Hall stage with innovative and mind-blowing grand illusions that have captivated audiences in more than 50 countries.

Oct. 25, 2019:
Taj Express: Bollywood Musical Revue showcases its high-energy celebration of India’s pop music through a fusion of film, dance and live musical performances.

Oct. 26, 2019:
Pablo Ziegler, Grammy-winning composer who helped define the modern tango, brings the Pablo Ziegler Trio to Polsky Theatre to deliver an evening of nuevo tango.

Oct. 27, 2019:
Jake Shimabukuro is the “master of the ukulele” (NY Times). His solo covers of standards such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” make this one of the hottest tickets around.

Nov. 2, 2019:
The National Dance Company of Siberia’s stunning costumes and dynamic choreography showcase a great love and mastery of joyful Siberian folk dance.

Nov. 9, 2019:
Robert Randolph and the Family Band, a jubilant, infectious pedal steel/jam band, blends rock, funk, soul and jazz for an unforgettable performance.

Feb. 9, 2020:
Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: circlesongs is an improv vocal program that showcases the power of the human voice, where lyrics meet pure sound.

Feb. 15, 2020:
An American in Paris, the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, presents an exquisite production with favorite Gershwin songs: “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “’S Wonderful” and more.

Learn more about the Carlsen Center Presents, and check out the full 2019/2020 season.

Secure Your Tickets

Season tickets go on sale on March 12! Season ticket packages include a purchase of five events (or more) at a 10 percent discount. Season ticket packages of eight events (or more) receive a 15 percent discount. Friends of the Carlsen Center receive an additional five percent off season packages, plus other benefits.

Individual event tickets will become available on Aug. 6. Tickets can be purchased online, in-person and by calling the box office at 913-469-4445.

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