Johnson County Community College’s
Midwest Trust Center
Welcomes Artists-in-Residence Opus 76 Quartet
Overland Park, KS (December 13, 2021) The Spring 2022 season at the Midwest Trust Center kicks off with Artists-in-Residence, the Opus 76 Quartet. 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.
January 9, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – “Beethoven Op. 131” & “Immortal Beloved” film screening will feature a lively performance of one of Beethoven’s late quartets followed by a biographical film about his life. Known for their entertaining and energetic interpretations of the classics, the Opus 76 Quartet has been called “Kansas City’s gem of a quartet” by The Kansas City Star. This performance is presented in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City.
February 20, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – Mozart & Dvořák will feature the heartwarming classics “The Hunt” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “American” by Antonín Dvořák. Described as a “brilliant young string quartet” by London’s Spectator and giving “certainly passionate performances” by The Kansas City Star, Opus 76 Quartet are proud to be artists-in-residence at MTC.
March 20, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – Pianist Julie Coucheron will join the quartet for Haydn & Brahms, which includes J.S. Brahms’ tempestuous “F minor Piano Quintet.” Hailed as “Kansas City’s Premier String Quartet” (KC Independent), the Opus 76 Quartet and Coucheron – renowned for “dazzling performances with astonishing pyrotechnical flair” (Arts Atlanta) – present a live performance of their recently released recording following Joseph Haydn’s “Op.76 no.5.”
April 27 – May 7, 2022 – ‘Eat, Drink, Play’ will round out their series with on-demand performances of “Death and the Maiden” by Franz Schubert and Brahms’ “Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111.” Create a date night at home with a fabulous recipe from a local chef and lively chamber music from MTC’s artists-in-residence. Ticket purchasers will receive a unique link prior to the broadcast to enjoy this digital performance.
Tickets may be purchased online jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter or by phone (913) 469-4445. Season ticket packages, which include a purchase of 3-4 events, are available for a 10% discount. Packages of 5 (or more) events are available for a 15% discount. Donors to the Friends of the Midwest Trust Center receive an additional 5% discount off-season ticket packages. Midwest Trust Center Presents the Opus 76 Quartet Page 2
For more information about these shows and the rest of the Spring 2022 Season, visit www.jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter.
Midwest Trust Center Spring 2022 Season at a Glance
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
Apr. 27-May 7 Eat, Drink, Play with The Opus 76 Quartet
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 Midwest Trust Center Presents the Opus 76 Quartet Page 3
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.