How Your Gift Makes a Difference
"Every great city deserves and needs a great orchestra.
Because of your support, we are achieving our dreams. Thank you!"
- Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern
The Kansas City Symphony is the region’s largest performing arts organization – and is deeply interwoven into our community. While our base is Helzberg Hall, the home for our Classical, Pops, Family, and Education series, the Symphony does so much more in and around the Kansas City region.
When you give to the Symphony you invest in:
Artistic Excellence in a World-Class Venue
The Kansas City Symphony is a cultural cornerstone in the region, contributing to Kansas City’s prominence as a culturally rich community.
- More than 200,000 people attend Symphony concerts each year, and over one million experience the Symphony through television and radio broadcasts.
- Low ticket prices and free offerings, supported by contributions from our generous donors, keep the Symphony’s transcendent concert experiences accessible to all.
- The Symphony’s recent recording of music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams has been internationally acclaimed.
An Outstanding Community Partner
The Kansas City Symphony’s vision is to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music.
- The Symphony engages more than 43,000 schoolchildren, teachers, and parents annually through its extensive array of education programs and concerts. Concert ticket prices for schoolchildren are the lowest of any performing arts institution in the city.
- Every Memorial Day weekend, tens of thousands attend the Symphony’s Bank of America Celebration at the Station patriotic concert, held at Union Station. The performance is broadcast on public television to a regional audience of over one million.
- The Symphony collaborates with many of Kansas City’s other cultural organizations, including the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Ballet, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KCPT, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, and many others.
A Civic Asset
The Kansas City Symphony is an extraordinary community asset, supporting Kansas City’s diverse economy and growing reputation as a center of music and the arts.
- The Symphony has a $19.5 million annual impact on the local economy, as it supports the equivalent of 443 fulltime jobs and generates $1.7 million in state and local revenues.
- The Symphony is the largest resident arts organization of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, offering 100 classical, pops, family, holiday, organ, film and other exciting concerts each season, bringing new audiences to Helzberg Hall, one of the great concert halls of the world.
- The partnerships that the Symphony has forged with other arts organizations have contributed to Kansas City’s growing cultural tourism and distinct identity as “America’s Cultural Crossroads.”