KCSA had a wonderful inaugural performance of its Rising Symphony Stars event on October 5. The evening featured a full course dinner at the Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel, along with interspersed performances by some of the outstanding young musicians who have been finalists in the Kansas City Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.
Over 140 people attended and enjoyed outstanding string and piano performances, along with a delicious dinner and a successful fund raising raffle.
The young musicians performing at the event included Akshay Dinakar, Genevieve Frank, Angela Holmes, Micaela Murphy, Chaeyoung Park and Emily Shehi. Symphony Concertmaster Noah Geller and Associate Concertmaster Emeritus Gregory Sandomirsky also performed, playing duets with their students.
Our thanks to President-Elect Sylvia Brush who was the chair of the event, and to her entire committee who worked so hard to make Rising Symphony Stars a success. Here are a few photos from this event. Keep in mind that if you missed this one, you can catch next year’s Rising Symphony Stars at around this same time of year. Watch for it!
The Marriott Plaza Hotel ballroom was full at Rising Symphony Stars.
The six young performers who played at Rising Symphony Stars took a bow at the end of the evening.
Ruth Holszschuh, John Turner, Chaeyoung Park, Marylou Turner and Don Dagenais enjoyed the reception before the dinner and performances.
A string quartet of young players entertained the audience.
Karen Hardcastle, her daughter Madelyn and Judy O’Brien at the reception.
Pianist Chaeyoung Park performed Chopin for the audience.
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.
These new KCSA members are Linda Skaith and Beth Farleigh.
Alex Shum, a first violinist with the Kansas City Symphony, treated the KCSA members to a special private concert.
Dick Klein wis the President of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance for the 2014-15 year. Sylvia Brush serves as the Vice President-President Elect for the 2014-15 year, and will become the President of KCSA during the 2015-16 year.
Augie Bogina is the Vice President-Designers’ Showhouse and is in charge of the Committee for the 2015 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. Cathy Radek serves as the Vice President-Symphony Shop, and chairs the committee which runs the Symphony Shop during the 2014-15 Kansas City Symphony season. Vandra Solomon is our Vice President-Membership Retention, and Judy Barackman is the Vice President-Membership Recruitment and Orientation. Former President Tracey Hawkins serves as the Vice President-Public Relations.
Peggy Jacobson is the Treasurer of KCSA for the 2014-15 year, with Leisa Dunn serving as the Recording Secretary and Laura Heinlein is our Corresponding Secretary.
Don Dagenais is the Immediate Past President.
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
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!
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.
Kansas City Symphony Alliance President 2014-15