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 vibrant community.
- More than 200,000 people attend Symphony programs each year, and over one million experience the Symphony through television and radio broadcasts.
- Low ticket prices and numerous free programs, supported by contributions from our generous donors, keep the Symphony’s transcendent concert experiences accessible to all.
- In June 2014 the Symphony took on its most ambitious recording project to date, recording three of composer Adam Schoenberg’s dynamic contemporary works: Finding Rothko, inspired by the works of painter Mark Rothko; Picture Studies, a musical interpretation of works at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and American Symphony, commissioned and premiered by the Symphony in 2011.
- The Symphony’s four recordings on the Grammy-winning Reference Recordings label have earned international acclaim.
An outstanding community partner
The Kansas City Symphony transforms hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music.
- The Symphony engages more than 43,000 children and adults annually through its extensive array of education programs and concerts. Concert ticket prices for schoolchildren are the lowest of any performing arts organization in the city.
- Every Memorial Day weekend, more than 50,000 attend the Symphony’s production of Bank of America Celebration at the Station. The performance is broadcast on public television to a regional audience of over 1 million in six states.
- The Symphony collaborates with many of Kansas City’s cultural institutions, including the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Ballet, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KCPT, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, 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 more than 100 classical, pops, family, holiday, 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 contribute to Kansas City’s growing cultural tourism and distinct identity as “America’s Cultural Crossroads.”