KCSA Attends Missouri Meetings and Events Expo

A picture of KCSA's prize winning booth at the Missouri Meetings and Events Expo.

A picture of KCSA’s prize winning booth at the Missouri Meetings and Events Expo.

KCSA hosted a booth at the annual regional Missouri Meetings and Events Expo held this year in Kansas City. The September event was held at the downtown Marriott. The Private Parties Committee Co-Chairmen, Jim and Barbara Holzmark, hosted the booth and met with companies that requested an informational meeting to learn about the Showhouse as an event venue.

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Barbara Holzmark and Dick Klein of KCSA are shown at the Missouri Meetings and Events Expo.

Dick Klein, Augie Bogina and Tracey Hawkins accompanied the Holzmarks for the networking event the evening before the Expo. The Holzmarks attended the breakfast and got an opportunity to meet the new Visit KC President and CEO, Ronnie Burt, as well as hear other meeting and event industry-related speakers.

Past Showhouse designer Karen Linville, accompanied by her builder, created the booth display (which can be used again). The KCSA booth won the Planner’s Choice Award for a first-time booth that went above and beyond typical design.

Barbara and Jim Holzmark are shown with the plaque for representing the winning KCSA booth.

Barbara and Jim Holzmark are shown with the plaque for representing the winning KCSA booth.

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Jim and Barbara Holzmark each won a door prize at the MIssouri Meetings and Event Expo.

This was a public relations event designed to get the word out in the business community about the availability of the Showhouse as an event venue. The event was attended by other venue locations, as well as planners seeking to learn about available locations for their meetings and events. The Holzmarks plan to aggressively build KCSA’s private party business utilizing their business backgrounds, networking and a sales plan.

In addition, the Holzmarks each won door prizes as shown in the photo at left. Congratulations and thanks to Jim and Barbara!

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Our Holiday Luncheon is Coming December 6, and You are Invited!

Holly and ivyThe Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) is hosting its annual Holiday Luncheon on Saturday, December 6, and you are cordially invited to attend.  The luncheon is open to all members and their guests.  Here are the details:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Social Hour 11:00 a.m.

Luncheon served 12:00 noon

Grand Street Cafe 

8815 Renner Road, Lenexa, Kansas 

(not the one on the Plaza…this is the new one in Lenexa)

Debbie Clark, Kansas City Symphony harpist, will perform, and the luncheon will also feature a special opportunity to shop for holiday items and gifts at our Symphony Shop.

The price is $36, including wine or a cocktail. The menu selections are Roasted Chicken or Crispy Lemon Sole. Please write your choice of entrée on your check. Your RSVP is due by November 28. Please send your check, made payable to Kansas City Symphony Alliance or KCSA, to: Vandra Solomon, 4907 W. 78th Street,  Prairie Village, KS 66208.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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KCSA Holds New Member Orientation

On October 25 KCSA held an orientation session for new KCSA members at the Livestock Exchange Building in the Kansas City Stockyards.  The session included a tour to some of the interesting areas of the building.

Shown here are the new members who attended the session (left to right):  PrNew Members 2014aemla Kunar, Judith Zivanovic, Sandra Julian, Mason Colvin, Anne Marie Oesterle-Siegwarth, Linda Skaith and Diane Hansen.

Thanks to Membership Vice-Presidents Vandra Solomon and Judy Barackman for putting together this event. Be sure to welcome these new KCSA members at our Holiday Luncheon on December 6, and whenever you see them at KCSA or Symphony events!  We are delighted that they have joined us.

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Our Rising Symphony Stars Event was a Star-Studded Success!

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!

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The Marriott Plaza Hotel ballroom was full at Rising Symphony Stars.

The Marriott Plaza Hotel ballroom was full at Rising Symphony Stars.

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The six young performers who played at Rising Symphony Stars took a bow at the end of the evening.

Ruth Holszschuh, John Turner, Che ---, Marylou Turner and Don Dagenais enjoyed the reception before the dinner and performances.

Ruth Holszschuh, John Turner, Chaeyoung Park, Marylou Turner and Don Dagenais enjoyed the reception before the dinner and performances.

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A string quartet of young players entertained the audience.

Karen Hardcastle, her daughter Katie and Judy O'Brien at the reception.

Karen Hardcastle, her daughter Madelyn and Judy O’Brien at the reception.

 

Pianist Chaeyoung Park performed Chopin for the audience.

Pianist Chaeyoung Park performed Chopin for the audience.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Shum, a first violinist with the Kansas City Symphony, treated the KCSA members to a special private concert.

Alex Shum, a first violinist with the Kansas City Symphony, treated the KCSA members to a special private concert.

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KCSA Officers for 2014-15

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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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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