symphony in the flint hills

Jeff McPheeters

The Symphony in the Flint Hills is back after two years of cancellations — and so far there’s no threat of another cancellation on the horizon.

Through art, music and educational presentations, the Symphony in the Flint Hills tells the story of one of the last standing tallgrass prairies in North America.

The 2019 event was cancelled after storms damaged the concert site, and the pandemic was the culprit in 2020.

Ascha Lee / KMUW/File photo

The Symphony in the Flint Hills has canceled its 2020 signature outdoor performance of the Kansas City Symphony for the second year in a row.

The event was originally scheduled for June 13. Last year was the first cancellation in the symphony's 14-year history, due to storms that caused severe damage.

The event was scrapped this year due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

The Symphony in the Flint Hills on Saturday canceled its signature event — an outdoor performance by the Kansas City Symphony — for the first time in the organization's 14-year history. Early morning storms caused severe damage, including flattening four tents slated for ticketing, patrons, food and art.

Juri Hiensch Webres

Jherek Bischoff emerged in the music world as a member of indie rock outfits such as Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu and Degenerate Art Ensemble. Since then he has performed with David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Bang On A Can and a number of other artists and collectives. Additionally, he's established himself as a formidable force in the world of orchestral music.

Symphony In The Flint Hills Will Return To Butler County On Saturday

Jun 4, 2018
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The 13th annual Symphony in the Flint Hills event will take place Saturday in Butler County.

The one-day event is organized to educate people about the importance of appreciating and protecting the tallgrass prairie landscape. About 7,000 guests attend each year to enjoy barbecue, art and educational sessions throughout the afternoon before the concert. The Kansas City Symphony performs at sunset.

This year’s event will be held at Rosalia Ranch, about 15 miles east of El Dorado. It also was the site of the 2014 symphony.