Welcome to our 46th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse! Join us for our Designer Toast Party on May 8 and Devine Designer Connection on May 19!

Welcome to the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse!

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) Symphony Designers’ Showhouse for 2015 is located at 96 Janssen Place in Kansas City, Missouri. The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse this year opens on Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m.  It closes on Sunday, June 7 at 5:00 p.mThe spacious three-story home features nine bedrooms and four baths, and has many desirable design areas for the pleasure of our outstanding interior designers.

This home at 96 Janssen Place in Kansas City, Missouri will be featured as the 46th Symphony Designers' Showhouse.

This home at 96 Janssen Place in Kansas City, Missouri will be featured as the 46th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse.

All Things Bright and Beautiful for Spring

KCSA is hosting a pre-opening celebration on Friday, May 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Showhouse, called All Things Bright and Beautiful for Spring.  This party will be a Designers’ Toast Party and will be a lovely occasion to relax with friends and explore this newly decorated home and landscaped grounds. A jazz duet will add to the celebratory atmosphere where you will find a cozy spot to enjoy wine and an elegant dinner provided by Gourmet Grocers. Also, the party will feature an array of silent auction items that will be available for bidding, including paintings by some of Kansas City’s up and coming artists. All proceeds benefit the Kansas City Symphony. The honorary chairs for the All Things Bright and Beautiful party are Vince and Julie Clark.

The price for the Designers’ Toast Party is only $75.00 per person, a portion of which is a tax deductible contribution to the Kansas City Symphony. This helps us raise additional funds to make this year’s Symphony Designers’ Showhouse a great financial success!

For further information about the All Things Bright and Beautiful Designers’ Toast party, please contact Kami Toben, the chair, at (316) 207-8217 or by e-mail at catoben07@gmail.com.

The Divine Design Connection

Another great Symphony Designers’ Showhouse event coming up is The Divine Design Connection.  This is a special event that will connect the Designers of the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse with people who may be interested in using their services. This event will occur on May 19, 2015 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  A drawing will be held for one lucky viewer of the Showhouse to receive a complimentary designer consultation from their designer of choice.

In addition, Bob Anne Kalkofen, Dean of Interior Design at Johnson County Community College will give a short presentation on why and how people make their design choices as well as important things to remember in preparation for the initial designer-client meeting. Of special interest is an art exhibit of photographs, paintings, and mixed media by some of Kansas City’s up and coming artists. Artists will be present to discuss the creation and intent of their artwork which will be available for purchase.

You will enjoy beverages and refreshments of light appetizers provided by Cosentinos Market, against a backdrop of Spanish guitar music to complete your enjoyment of this event.

The price of The Devine Design Connection is just $30.00 per person.  A portion of each ticket purchase is a tax deductible contribution to the Kansas City Symphony Alliance.

Please come and enjoy this lovely May evening with the Kansas City Symphony Alliance to witness the magnificent transformation to elegance that Designers’ of the 46th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse have made to the historic home at 96 Janssen Place.

General Showhouse Information

Showhouse hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Thursdays the Showhouse is open until 8:00 p.m.  On Sundays the Showhouse is open from noon until 5:00 p.m. The Showhouse is closed on Mondays. Private party opportunities are available in the evenings and on Mondays, so contact us if you would like to have a private party at the Showhouse!

August (Augie) Bogina, Jr. is the Chair of this year’s Symphony Designers’ Showhouse Committee.  The other members of this Committee are:

  • Designer Chair – Janis Downs
  • Budget – Peggy Jacobson
  • Historian – Beverly Shaw
  • Marketing and Speakers Bureau – Tracey Hawkins
  • Music – Jan Miller
  • Private Parties – Barbara and Jim Holzmark
  • Program Book – Sandy Carolan
  • Secretary – Karen Hodson
  • Tickets – Patty Bibler and Annette Szulc
  • School Tours – Helen Miller
  • Donations – Georgia Klein and Karen Hodson
  • Public Preview – Joy McNeese and Gloria Connealy
  • Hard Hat – Nancy Johnson
  • Coffeehouse – Cathy Bossert
  • House Operations – Kim Martincich
  • Boutique – Barbara Bloch
  • Showhouse Search – Kim Martincich
  • Advisor – Karen Hardcastle

Thank you to all of these dedicated Committee chairs, and to the members of their committees, for making the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse possible.

 

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Join us for Rising Symphony Stars September 18, 2015

 

Adobe Photoshop PDFKCSA has announced that the second annual Rising Symphony Stars event will be held on October 18, 2015.  As was the case with last year’s extremely successful debut of this event, the evening will feature 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.

At last year’s inaugural Rising Symphony Stars event, over 140 people attended and enjoyed outstanding string and piano performances, along with a delicious dinner and a successful fund raising raffle.

The chair of Rising Symphony Stars this year is Patty Bibler.  She and her committee have been hard at work for several months already, to try to make the second Rising Symphony Stars concert a success.  Here are a few photos from last year’s event.  Your invitation should be arriving in the mail in the coming months. Please watch for it and plan to join us for this delightful evening!

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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 in October 2014.

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The six young performers who played at Rising Symphony Stars 2014 event 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 at the 2014 Rising Symphony Stars.

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A string quartet of young players entertained the audience at the 2014 Rising Symphony Stars.

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

Karen Hardcastle, her daughter Madelyn and Judy O’Brien are shown at the reception for Rising Symphony Stars in October 2014.

 

Pianist Chaeyoung Park performed Chopin for the audience.

Pianist Chaeyoung Park performed Chopin for the audience at the 2014 Rising Symphony Stars concert and dinner.

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Dine at Lidia’s Restaurant and Help the Symphony

Lidia’s Kansas City Restaurant in the Freight House Building in the Crossroads District (101 West 22nd Street) is donating 10% of every dining tab to the Kansas City Symphony from now through September 1.  All you need to do is identify yourself as a supporter of the Symphony and ask for the Symphony donation to apply to your restaurant bill. That is all there is to it!

Lydia's Restaurant

Lidia’s Restaurant features the culinary artistry of Lidia Bastianich, the host of Lidia’s Italy, an Emmy-nominated television series. She is one of the best-loved chefs on television and is a best-selling cookbook author. Her line of cookbooks include Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy and Lidia’s Italy as well as Lidia’s Family Table, Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia’s Italian Table and La Cucina di Lidia. Lidia is the chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants, Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City.

So enjoy wonderful Italian food before your next Symphony concert, or on any occasion, and help the Symphony at the same time!

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Symphony League Presents Spring Shopping Night at Country Club Plaza

The Kansas City Symphony League, a sister auxiliary organization to KCSA, in cooperation with Spaces Magazine is presenting a Spring Shopping Night at the Country Club Plaza to benefit the Kansas City Symphony. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at the following host retailers on the Country Club Plaza: Eileen Fisher, Helzberg Diamonds, St. John, Terrasi Living & Scandia Home and Zoom!  Participating merchants will donate 10% of your purchases to the Kansas City Symphony.

You can RSVP for this event by April 22 by calling (816) 753-4144 or by e-mail at event@terrasi.com. Register throughout the evening for special drawings and surprise gifts. Valet parking is available at Plaza III or other parking stands. In addition, Brio Tuscan Grill will donate 10% of your purchases that evening to the Kansas City Symphony; be sure to mention your participation when ordering.

If you cannot participate that night, no worries…the participating stores will still honor the discount on all of your purchases through May 4. Just mention the Kansas City Symphony and ask that the donation go to the Symphony.

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You are Invited to the KCSA Annual Membership Meeting on June 20

All KCSA members and their guests are invited to the Annual Membership Meeting of KCSA to be held on Saturday, June 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gaslight Grill at 5020 West 137th Street (between Roe and Nall Avenues) in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Judy Barackman and Vandra Solomon are the Vice Presidents of KCSA in charge of Membership, and are organizing the Annual Meeting. You should be getting your invitation soon, but in the meantime please mark this on your calendar and plan to attend!

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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.

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.

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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Join us at the Symphony Shop!

Cathy Radek, the chair of the Symphony Shop, asks all KCSA members to pitch in and help out at the Symphony Shop this winter and spring. January marks the beginning of the busy season at the Symphony Shop as many concerts are scheduled during the next several months. She and her able assistant Melissa Green, the immediate past chair of the Symphony Shop, have purchased a number of unique gift and music-related items for the pleasure of our shoppers. So far this year, the Shop has attracted record sales!

Shown at the Kauffman Center during one of the Christmas Festival concerts in December are Symphony Shop workers Vandra Solomon, Cathy Radek (chair), Don Dagenais and Melissa Green.

Shown at the Kauffman Center during one of the Christmas Festival concerts in December are Symphony Shop workers Vandra Solomon, Cathy Radek (chair), Don Dagenais and Melissa Green.

Working at the Symphony Shop is lots of fun, as the attached photo will attest. It’s easy…just sign up for a shift with Volunteer Matters, the KCSA volunteer organization web site. Then you will get reminders of your Symphony Shop assignments.  Come in around 5:30 or 6:00 the evening of your shift (earlier on Friday would be appreciated, as that’s set-up day for the weekend), help out our shoppers, and possibly even attend the concert if tickets are available!

Cathy Radek can answer your questions. Her contact information is found on our Board of Directors page. We look forward to seeing you at the Symphony Shop!

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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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Mark Your Calendar for the Symphony Ball 2015

The Kansas City Symphony League, a sister auxiliary organization of KCSA, has scheduled the 2015 Symphony Ball for Saturday, September 12, 2015.  The Ball will be held at at the Marriott Hotel downtown at 12th and Central Streets. More information will be coming later, but be sure to mark this date on your calendar!

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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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