The second annual Rising Symphony Stars evening sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) was a great success on Sunday, October 18, with over 140 people in attendance. The program featured performances by seven young musicians who have been finalists in the Kansas City Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, plus several of their instructors, who are members of the Kansas City Symphony. In addition, those attending enjoyed a cocktail hour and a delightful meal.
Rising Symphony Stars was held at the Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel.
Rising Symphony Stairs chair Patty Bibler welcomed the crowd to the dinner and concert.
Dr. Valerie Chow and Jon Gray sat at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance table.
A string quartet at Rising Symphony Stars consisted of Emily Shehi, Noah Geller, Dana Rath and Youming Chen. Noah Geller is the concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony.
Cellist Dana Rath and violinist Emily Shehi were among the young performers at Rising Symphony Stars.
The chair of Rising Symphony Stars this year was Patty Bibler, assisted by committee members Judy Barackman, Sylvia Brush, Don Dagenais, Linda Hartman, Tracey Hawkins, Laura Heinlein, Barbara Holzmark, Karen Hodson, Helen Miller and Marilyn Raines.
Patty and her committee thank all of those who attended for helping to make the second Rising Symphony Stars evening such a success.
As the photos on this page attest, it was a delightful event for all who attended. If you came, we appreciate your support. If you missed it, we hope to see you there next year!
The Marriott Hotel ballroom was decorated festively for the event.
Karen Tennant and Karen Hodson enjoyed Rising Symphony Stars.
Among the Rising Symphony Stars guests were John and Laurie Burgess and Karen Hardcastle and her daughter Maddie, along with Judy O’Brien.
The performers and their instructors took a well deserved bow at the end of the evening. Left to right are Maria Abner, Victor Medina, Brian Rood, Nick Kashka, Noah Geller, Emily Shehi, Dana Rath and Youming Chen