Please Visit the 2016 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

The 2016 Kansas City Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is now open for your enjoyment. Please visit the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse to look at the wonderful design creations made by some of Kansas City’s leading interior designers and to support the education programs of the Kansas City Symphony which benefit young people throughout our community.

Exteriors of private residence

The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is located at 444 Westover Road, Kansas City, Missouri, between Wornall Road and Ward Parkway.

The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is located at 444 Westover Road, Kansas City, Missouri .

The hours of the Showhouse are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily except for Monday when the Showhouse is closed, and except for Sunday when the hours are noon to 4:00 p.m.  Yes, the Showhouse is open on Mother’s Day, May 8, and what a great opportunity it presents for you and your mother or grandmother to enjoy a great time together!

Tickets are available at the door ($20.00) or at any Hyvee grocery store throughout the metropolitan area ($15.00), or online at our sister web site, ($15.00), or from any member of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance ($15.00).

Enjoy your tour!  And don’t forget to visit our Boutique afterwards, which has for sale many delightful decorative and household items from local vendors and artists.  Also, we are selling $10 tickets for our Massive Wine Raffle. The winner will win all 70 bottles of wine we have on display!

Further information is available at

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Join Us at the KC Symphony Alliance Annual Luncheon on June 4

Kansas City Symphony Alliance members are invited to join their fellow organization members at the Kansas City Symphony Alliance Annual Luncheon on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

June 4The luncheon will in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel at 4445 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a social time. It will include a choice of three entrees, then special music by Kansas City Symphony artists and special recognition of KCSA members for outstanding service during the year.  We will celebrate the success of our annual Symphony Designers’ Showhouse project and elect our officers and directors for the coming year.

For more information, or for an invitation if you missed yours in the mail, please contact Vandra Solomon at, or call her at (913) 383-2317.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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An Evening at the Chesterfield Club

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance held a delightful “candlelight” preview party at the house which will be the 47th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse on January 14. The theme of the party was “Chesterfield Club” and those entering to tour the house “before” the renovations were met by gangsters and their girls, complete with opportunities to purchase forbidden drinks and smokes. An extensive buffet and an exciting drawing for donations solicited by Georgia Klein added to the festive air of the party.

Shown here are just a few of the photos illustrating the fun of the Chesterfield Club party.

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A Message From the 2015-16 KCSA President

Our Kansas City Symphony Alliance history indicates a strong tradition of events which have supported the Kansas City Symphony and enriched the awareness of symphonic music in our community.  We can learn specific lessons from our history which helps us evaluate and make strong plans to continue our outreach.

Sylvia Brush 2015-16 President of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance


Recently during my trip to the League of American Orchestra Conference representing KCSA, I was inspired and challenged to find renewal of purpose for our auxiliary.  We have the opportunity to experience collective ownership of our traditions, blend ideas, and refresh our focus.

In order to accomplish these goals, we encourage our KCSA members to review their responsibilities and privileges which constitute membership.  This review is an opportunity to stimulate a new resolve for members to become more connected.  A strong connection with each other will foster stronger trust and renewed inspiration to carry out our purpose of supporting our symphony.

Thanks for trusting me to work together with our KCSA Board of Directors as we carry leadership responsibilities for the year ahead. I will do my best to join hands with all members of our auxiliary in an effort to move forward together.  Let’s remember our KCSA mission to be effective supporters of our Kansas City Symphony as they enrich our community through the performing arts.

Let’s have a great year in KCSA!
Sylvia Brush

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Welcome to Our New Members for 2015-16

KCSA is pleased to welcome seven new members to the group, who were introduced to the full KCSA membership at our Fall Membership Meeting on September 15 at the Country Club Congregational Church.  Four were in attendance and are pictured below.  The other three new members, not able to attend that night, are Ruth Gerald and Will and Myrna Vatnsdal.  Be sure to welcome them the next time you see them.

2015-16 New Members

The four new members welcomed into KCSA at the Member Meeting on September 15 are Marta Goodpasture, Katherine Weinstein, Betty Culley and Glenda Negrelli.

KCSA passed its 2015-16 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 violinist Mary Garcia Grant, who charmingly told us about her artistic beginnings as a Suzuki violin student in Emporia, Kansas, and her subsequent education, auditions, and her continuing and long career as a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony.

She also played a delightful Bach partita.  Thanks for the insights and humor, Mary!


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Two KCSA Projects Receive National Recognition

Two projects of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) recently received national recognition from the League of American Orchestras (LAO), an organization of symphonic orchestra organizations throughout the United States.  The projects received the “Gold Book” award from LAO, which is given to those projects of volunteer auxiliaries of symphony orchestras “to highlight volunteer organizations’ activities and provide innovative examples for other volunteer organizations to adapt and follow.”

The two KCSA projects which received the Gold Book award are:

The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, the main annual fundraising project of KCSA to benefit the Kansas City Symphony.  Last year’s Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, the 45th in the long run of such projects, attracted over 7,000 visitors and raised over $80,000 for the Symphony.

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KCSA President Elect Sylvia Brush attended the League of American Orchestras conference and told the delegates about KCSA’s two nationally award winning projects. She is shown below with a group of winners from other orchestra volunteer organizations, and below with the award given to KCSA.

The Massive Wine Raffle, a new project last year which was held at the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse.  KCSA collected a total of 72 bottles of wine, and presented them for display in a large wine rack in the Boutique area of the Showhouse.  Raffle tickets were sold for just $10 apiece, and the winner of the raffle received the entire collection of 72 bottles.  Over 500 people purchased $10 tickets for the chance to win 72 bottles of wine, and the total amount raised from the Massive Wine Raffle exceed $5,000.

This year KCSA repeated the Massive Wine Raffle at the 46th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, with even greater success.

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In addition to these two KCSA projects, two other Kansas City Symphony auxiliaries also received Gold Book recognition from the League of American Orchestras.  The Kansas City Symphony League received an award for its hosting of the Symphony Ball, and the Kansas City Symphony Guild received an award for its Intermezzo project.



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KCSA Officers for 2015-16

Sylvia Brush is the President of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance for the 2015-16 year. Patty Bibler serves as the Vice President-President Elect for the 2015-16 year, and will become the President of KCSA during the 2016-17 year.

Karen Hodson and Patty Bibler serve as the co-Vice Presidents-Designers’ Showhouse and are in charge of the Committee for the 2016 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. Cathy Radek serves as the Vice President-Symphony Shop, and chairs the committee which runs the Symphony Shop during the 2015-16 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.

Dick Klein is the Immediate Past President and chair of the Nominating Committee.  Don Dagenais serves as the Advisor.





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