Discovering New Audiences for the
Jeannette Nichols with President Sallee
A new partnership between Kansas City area philanthropist
Jeannette Nichols and William Jewell’s Harriman
Arts Program is making performing arts opportunities
more accessible to area audiences.
The Harriman Arts Program has joined forces
with arts advocate Jeannette Nichols to offer
a special Discovery Concert featuring the rising
star pianist Simon Trpceski March 6 at the Folly
Thanks to Nichols’ generosity, the “New Artists
for New Audiences” concert will be free and open
to the public, with special emphasis on exposing
young people to the performing arts.
"We want the arts to be for everybody,”
Nichols says.“It should be a basic part of every
child’s education to develop a cultural perspective.
Our world would be a very sterile place without
the colors that the arts bring. If you introduce
young people to the performing arts at an early
age, they will become more comfortable with that
experience. And the more comfortable they are,
the more they will want to continue with the arts
throughout their lives. I think it is really a
very basic quality of life issue.”
Clark Morris, executive director of the Harriman
Arts Program, says that program founder Richard
Harriman approached Nichols last year with the
idea of a free Discovery Concert.
“It’s an important part of our program
to build our audience and make the performing
arts more accessible to the community,”
Morris says.“We are happy to be able to
partner with Jeannette Nichols to make this Discovery
Concert a reality.”
Simon Trpceski, pianist
The concert has already received positive attention
from the media:“Have you ever thought classical
music and dance were getting too expensive?”The
Kansas City Star’s classical music and dance
critic Paul Horsley asked in a recent Sunday arts
story. “Addressing this concern, the Harriman
Arts Program of William Jewell College has repriced
at least one of its concerts for the 2003-2004
season. How about zero dollars and zero cents?
The Discovery Concert, in which up-and-coming
pianist Simon Trpceski will perform a regular
concert free of charge, is just one example of
the spirit of innovation that has kept the Harriman
series fresh for 38 years.”
Program founder Richard Harriman told the Star:“The
arts so often get accused of elitism.We don’t
want to be elite at all. We thought this was a
way to reach a wider public without having them
worrying about the expense.”
Jeannette Nichols has been involved for many
years in audience development programs for area
arts organizations. She has also served on the
national level on the President’s Advisory
Committee on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington,D.C. She
was recognized earlier this year by William Jewell
College with the presentation of the William F.
Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service.
Trpceski is an ascending artist whose concerts
and recordings have been warmly received by critics
and audiences alike since his triumphant North
American debut in September of 2002.
“This is a young man whose name we’re
all going to have to learn to spell,” the
Seattle Times wrote of the Macedonianborn artist’s
debut performance.Trpceski’s debut recording
was called “one of the most thrilling piano
discs of recent times” by the Guardian (UK).