Come to the Rising Symphony Stars on October 5!

One of the biggest events for the Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) is coming up  very soon!  We hope you can join us there, but we need to get your reservation very soon!  

On October 5, 2014, KCSA will sponsor the first of what it hopes to be an annual series of dinner/concerts featuring finalists in the Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition.  This event is calledRising Symphony Stars.

Rising Symphony Stars will be held at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel at 45th and Main Streets, Kansas City, Missouri. A social hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the dinner will start at 6:15 p.m.   During the course of the evening, you will hear a series of performances by young artists who have been or are finalists in the Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition. Also performing, in some instances, will be musicians from the Kansas City Symphony, playing duets or accompanying the young artists who are their students.

In between the performances, you will be served a lovely meal. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour.

You should have received your invitation already, but if not please contact Anne Marie Oesterle-Siegwarth at the Kansas City Symphony, (816) 218-2616, or by e-mail at  Better yet, given the shortness of time, information is also available on the web site  You can make your reservation online.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sylvia Brush is the chair of the Rising Symphony Stars event.


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Welcome to Our New Members!

Several new members of KCSA joined us for our Fall Membership Meeting on September 16 at the Country Club Congregational Church.  They are shown in these photos; be sure to welcome them the next time you see them.

KCSA passed its 2014-15 budget at the Fall Membership Meeting thanks to the hard work of our Treasurer, Peggy Jacobson, and the members of her Budget Committee.  The members also enjoyed a wonderful presentation from Symphony first violinist Alex Shum, who told about his boyhood and training in his native Hong Kong and his adventures in this country and how he ended up with a career in the Kansas City Symphony. We appreciated the wonderful insights and terrific stories, as well as his enchanting playing, including a solo violin version of Mozart’s Ein Kleine Nachtmusik.  Thanks, Alex!

Janet Allton, Sandy Juluan and Diane Hanson joined KCSA.

Janet Allton, Sandy Juluan and Diane Hanson joined KCSA.

These new KCSA members are Linda Skaith and Beth Farleigh.

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Dick Klein Elected KCSA President for 2014-15

Dick Klein was elected the President of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance for the 2014-15 year at the annual Spring Luncheon of KCSA, held June 7 at Californos Restaurant in Westport.

Sylvia Brush was elected the Vice President-President Elect for the 2014-15 year, and will become the President of KCSA during the 2015-16 year.

Augie Bogina was elected the Vice President-Designers’ Showhouse and will be in charge of the Committee for the 2015 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. Cathy Radek was chosen as the Vice President-Symphony Shop, and will chair the committee which will run the Symphony Shop during the next Kansas City Symphony season. Vandra Solomon was chosen the Vice President-Membership Retention, and Judy Barackman was elected the Vice President-Membership Recruitment and Orientation. Former President Tracey Hawkins will serve as the Vice President-Public Relations.

Peggy Jacobson will serve again as Treasurer of KCSA for the 2014-15 year, with Leisa Dunn becoming the Recording Secretary and Laura Heinlein was elected the Corresponding Secretary.

Don Dagenais is the Immediate Past President.

Congratulations, board members and officers!





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45th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse: A Great Success!

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The 45th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse at 1246 West 59th Street was a great success.  We attracted over 8,000 people to the house during the three-plus weeks we were open, held many successful private parties, ran a profitable Boutique with delightful music and gift items, provide goodies for hundreds of people with our Cafe, and had over 550 people enter our raffle for 72 glorious bottles of wine.

Thanks so much to Ann Hager and her entire Designers’ Showhouse Committee for their excellent work, and to each and every one of you who who worked so hard to make this success possible!

1246 W. 59th Street, KCMO (between Ward Parkway and State Line Road) Bill Mathews, Photographer

1246 W. 59th Street, KCMO (between Ward Parkway and State Line Road)
Bill Mathews, Photographer

We are already working on trying to locate another spectacular home for our 2015 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, and our longtime member Augie Bogina will be the chair of the 2015 Designers’ Showhouse Committee.   We look forward to your participation in 2015!

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A Word From Our President

From Dick Klein, Kansas City Symphony Alliance President:

To the KCSA Team:

First I want to thank all team members who worked hard last year to make a very successful year.  If we continue working as a team in the coming season we will produce another good year.  Your Board of Directors is in place and working on project and event planning and scheduling.  Only with the help of everybody is the planning of any value.  We need all members to actively participate in our projects and activities to the extent of their abilities. We need them to be willing to be a part of a continued learning and succession of leadership in large and small roles in the organization.  We can plan but the team makes it happen.

Our very capable ex-president, Don, has agreed to keep our web site up to date and publish a regular news letter.  It’s purpose is so the membership knows what is happening and what help is needed to make it happen.  In addition to being informative I see the news letter as an engine for interactive dialogue between members and the board.

One activity that will succeed only if members help is the Rising Symphony Stars event scheduled for October 5, 2014.  The event does not require vast amounts of volunteer time but to fund the event it will take members buying tickets and spreading the word to non-members for additional ticket sales.  Beyond tickets sales sponsorships and donations where possible will enable us to provide a classy, fun event and also raise money for the Symphony.

One of my personal objectives is to become familiar with new members and older members whom I don’t know.  This will enable me to learn why they choose to be KCSA members and how we can provide opportunities for their participation in our events.  Toward the goal of a more cohesive group I also plan to return to some after concert or similar gatherings that are social and get-to- know events for our group.

Dick Klein

Kansas City Symphony Alliance President 2014-15

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