Severe thunderstorms lead to the premature end of Symphony in the Flint Hills Signature Event


Mother nature briefly cooperated for the 2022 Symphony in Flint Hills on Saturday night, but unfortunately bad weather cut the premiere short.

The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra was able to begin its star performance at Irma’s Pasture near Bazaar in front of a crowd of approximately 7,000.


Unfortunately, a strong line of thunderstorms rolled through the area just before 8 p.m., causing the concert to end prematurely. Ironically, this year’s theme was “Weather in Kansas,” a nod to the microburst that ripped through Chase County and canceled the event altogether in 2019.

While the weather itself was not fun, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, who was on hand for the event, couldn’t help but find this year’s theme poetic.

Along with the sunset concert performed by the Kansas City Symphony, the event included a traditional slate of activities throughout the day, including lectures and presentations, guided prairie walks, covered wagon rides , music, poetry, stargazing and dancing. Also this year, guests had the opportunity to meet Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author, author of “River of the Gods: Genius, Courage and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile” at a book signing at the Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery in Cottonwood Falls.

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

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