Signature Event

The Signature Event is an annual gathering on the prairie celebrating music, art, and the ecology of the Flint Hills.

BNSF Logo

2020 Major Presenting Sponsor

As a Major Presenting Sponsor for Symphony in the Flint Hills through 2021, BNSF Railway is honored this year to celebrate Stone in the Flint Hills. Shallow deposits of limestone, the foundation rock in the Flint Hills, are a critical element of prairie conservation, thus preserving the rich ecological diversity. BNSF’s commitment is strong in Kansas, partnering to build the state’s economy by accessing markets around the world. BNSF is proud to partner with Symphony in the Flint Hills to educate and celebrate the role of stone in protecting the prairie.

– Zak Andersen, President BNSF Railway Foundation


COVID-19

We will make a final decision regarding our Signature Event concert on April 30. If we are forced to cancel, general admission ticket holders will be eligible for a voluntary full refund.

2020 Location


The 2020 Signature Event will take place on Wade Pasture in Wabaunsee County, Kansas on June 13, 2020. Directions to the 2020 site: From Eskridge, go south on Main Street out of town. This turns into Allen Road for approximately one mile to Old K-4. Turn right (west) for approximately five miles on Old K-4 to the site entrance.

COVID-19 Concerns

We at Symphony in the Flint Hills are continually assessing the news about COVID-19 and will follow recommended precautions to keep our staff, volunteers, and audience safe. We will communicate openly with you about any changes we make and continue to look forward to a successful Signature Event on June 13.

Theme

The region’s native building material, limestone, will be the focus of the 2020 Signature Event. Masonry demonstrations will take place on site and presentations will explore the dynamic geologic and cultural impact of Flint Hills stone.

Lodging & Food

Stay and enjoy a weekend in the Kansas Flint Hills! Discover a camp ground, quaint inn or hotel in one of our charming small towns in Wabaunsee County.

Join us at the Signature Event site for lunch and dinner. Enjoy offerings from Cox Brothers BBQ. At dinnertime, VIP ticketholders enjoy conversation with friends and a fine chuckwagon-style dining experience by Coco Bolos.

Music & Prairie Pavilions

Symphony in the Flint Hills is proud to partner with the Kansas City Symphony (KCS) for our Signature Event. In the education tents, speakers will explore a variety of topics covering the land, the people and the future of the Kansas Flint Hills.

Guest Artist

World-class banjo player and musician Béla Fleck will join the Kansas City Symphony as this year’s guest artist. Fleck is a 15-time Grammy Award winner, nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history.

Field Journal

When you purchase your tickets, remember to reserve a copy of this year’s Field Journal. Our Field Journal, now in its 12th Edition, is a Flint Hills resource whose articles on topics from night skies to prairie chickens have been downloaded by thousands of researchers worldwide. Browse past editions or search our online database at New Prairie Press. Or buy hard copies at our Flint Hills Store.

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now! Buy online or call 620-273-8955. Adult General Admission tickets are $95 plus tax. Child tickets (12 and under) are $50 plus tax.

Consider becoming a patron. Patrons, who help support our year-round mission, receive two VIP tickets with reserved concert seating, a parking pass, access to the on-site hospitality tent, admission to the patron reception and dinner, recognition in the program and other amenities. Learn more.

Weather Contingency Plans

In the event of weather impacting this year’s event, there are three contingency plans in place:

  • Plan A: On June 13, the Signature Event will go on as planned with all-day activities and special guest artist, Béla Fleck, with the Kansas City Symphony.
  • Plan B: In the event of a weather postponement on June 13, the Signature Event will take place on the rain date of June 14. However, Fleck will not perform because of a pre-existing conflict.
  • Plan C: If weather cancels the weekend events completely, all GA ticket holders will be eligible for a full refund.
“Forgotten Farmer Township Fence” by Mark Feiden
2020 guest artist Béla Fleck 
Photo by Kelly Glasscock

We welcome for the fifteenth year, the world-class Kansas City Symphony to the Flint Hills. The sunset concert, conducted by Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor, is not to miss!