The volunteer musicians of the Lee’s Summit Symphony and friends celebrated the organization’s 10th anniversary June 4 at Longview Mansion.
The celebration began with cocktails and conversation at 6 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Joel Nichols of KMBC-TV served as the master of ceremonies.
“This has been an extraordinary 10th anniversary year for the Lee’s Summit Symphony,” said Bob White, Board of Directors president. “We are truly blessed with both an exceptional conductor and musicians who are committed to offering the finest musical programs at an affordable price. We also very much appreciate the tremendous support we receive from our Lee’s Summit citizens.”
The Lee’s Summit Symphony formed in April 2003 through the leadership of retired music educator Russell E. Berlin Jr. and the late Phyllis Hamilton. During the Symphony’s first year, a newspaper ad invited area musicians to audition with many responding. Remarkably, more than half of the current members have been playing together under Berlin’s baton since the first concert, which took place in the former show horse arena at Longview Farm.
With the 10-year appreciation dinner at Longview Mansion, the Lee’s Summit Symphony has come full circle back to the historic Longview Farm. Since its beginnings, the Symphony has enhanced the Lee’s Summit quality of life by presenting five concerts each year, performing at community events and providing cultural arts education opportunities. The orchestra is supported by the Friends of the Symphony organization and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Symphony has been able to keep its concert ticket prices at a reasonable level due to the generous contributions of many individuals and businesses.
Thanks to this support and the dedication of the group’s musicians, the Lee’s Summit Symphony has provided high-quality, accessible live performances that inspire, educate and entertain the local community for an entire decade.
In addition to the June 4 appreciation event, the Lee’s Summit Symphony is commemorating its 10th anniversary with a special concert – Celebration at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. June 15. The concert is sponsored exclusively by Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit. Tickets for the concert start at $15. For information about this concert and the Symphony, visit http://www.lssymphony.