presented by the KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY


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Michael Stern, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, special guest

Jim Birdsall, host
Staff Sergeant Paula Hunt, vocals
Airman First Class Andrew Szymanek, trumpet
Brass players from the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble



The Kansas City Symphony’s 17th annual patriotic concert event is the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend festival in the Midwest! From a moving Symphony concert to the city’s grandest fireworks display, nothing celebrates our military and veterans quite like Bank of America Celebration at the Station. Make it an all-day family affair with pre-concert musical acts, food trucks, Bayer Family Zone, the Honeywell Veterans Place with services for veterans, plus activities inside Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. 

At dusk, Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern leads a spectacular patriotic concert, including Tchaikovsky’s famous “1812 Overture” with live cannons and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” as a prelude to KC’s biggest fireworks display. The concert program honors veterans from all generations and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Hear special guest vocalist Capathia Jenkins join the Symphony in “America the Beautiful,” “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess and more. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Grounds open at 3 p.m.