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Donor Stories: Bruce and Jennifer Balke

We both have a long-standing interest in music. Jennifer played flute and piano growing up. Bruce took a music appreciation class in college that introduced him to classical music. Jennifer is a high school teacher, and Bruce is an accountant.

A few years ago, we reached a point in our lives when we decided to attend a Kansas City Symphony concert — Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Hearing the live music was magical! We quickly decided to become subscribers and have been attending regularly for 7 years.

So many performances stand out over the years: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Carmina Burana, Pines of Rome, La Valse. The modern pieces and new commissions are also enjoyable.

The Symphony means a lot to us, and we believe it’s important to financially support the things we value. Music and the arts stir emotions, enrich lives, and speak to our common humanity. Plus, our Kansas City Symphony is a key part of the performing arts community in Kansas City, performing with the Opera and Ballet. That’s why we are Prelude Society donors.

We have missed concerts this year! The coronavirus pandemic will end at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later. Our continued giving during this crisis can help sustain our Symphony and ensure that they will be ready to perform when we can safely gather in Helzberg Hall again to live performances.  And that will be a great day!