In Memoriam, Richard Harriman, Arts Presenter


Richard L. Harriman, Kansas City’s beloved performing arts impresario, died on Thursday, July 15, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo., at the age of 77. Harriman had leukemia.  Over the past 45 years, Harriman’s namesake organization at William Jewell College has become a treasured part of the cultural landscape of Kansas City and the entire region. The Harriman-Jewell Series has presented more than 850 events, and 19 American recital debuts by prominent artists, including today’s leading tenors Juan Diego Flórez, Ben Heppner, Salvatore Licitra, and Clifton Forbis.

UMKC Conservatory Dean Peter Witte said, "The Conservatory celebrates the life of Richard Harriman and mourns his passing.  For decades, Richard brought the greatest performers to Kansas City, lifting us up and bringing us together.  He leaves an enormous legacy as an educator, mentor, and presenter." 

A public memorial service for Richard Harriman will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, August 8, at the John Gano Memorial Chapel, on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. Contributions can be made to the Harriman-Jewell Series’ Richard L. Harriman Fund for Excellence in the Arts. Please call the Series’ development office at 816-415-5025 for additional information.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949