The 24th Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball, hosted by chair Mrs. Shelley Zucht, on December 1st transformed the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown into the Land of Sweets. Guests enjoyed the Kansas City Youth Ballet performance, as well as holiday carols sung by Ginger Frost High School Honors Artists from the Lyric Opera. It was indeed all about the twinkle and sparkle of the holidays as guests were treated with incredible magicians, jugglers, beautiful face painting, photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and shopping at the Nutcracker market. At the end of the feast, everyone was whisked away to the matinee performance of The Nutcracker presented by Kansas City Ballet and sponsored by Bank of America. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the start of the holiday season.
Generous patrons of the 2018 Ballet Ball, The Emerald City Ball, were guests at a private dinner on the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Emerald City scene from The Wizard of Oz ballet provided the perfect setting for the event underwritten by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. The exquisite four-course dinner was served amid the lovely table décor provided by Craig Sole and Larry Wheeler. Guests enjoyed Kansas City Ballet Second Company Dancers and Trainees performing a number from The Wizard of Oz.
On September 27, Kansas City Ballet Guild hosted their 2018-2019 Season’s Fall Luncheon at Webster House. Members, new and old, enjoyed a delicious luncheon followed by a welcome from the Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer.
Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley welcomed guests to the 61st season of Kansas City Ballet at its annual Season Launch Party on Oct. 12, 2018 at One Park Place and a post-show reception at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the Ballet’s Bolender Society enjoyed an elegant event reflective of the artistic themes of the season. Following the fete, Bolender Society members enjoyed the world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz at the Kauffman Center. Upcoming Kansas City Ballet performances include The Nutcracker (Nov. 30 – Dec. 23), Lady of the Camellias (Feb. 15-24), New Moves (March 28-31), and Tharp, Parsons, Forsythe (May 10-19). For tickets or more information, visit kcballet.org.
On Saturday, October 6, the Kansas City Ballet Guild presented the Emerald City Ball, a celebration of Kansas City Ballet’s world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz, at the beautiful InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party, delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler and Craig Sole Designs, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Michael Beers Band, and a spectacular runway show featuring the fashions of Oz narrated by costume designer Liz Vandal. Gigi Rose chaired the event. Carol and W. Anthony Feiock, whose involvement with Kansas City Ballet has been long and noteworthy, served as honorary chairman. Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer and Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley presented the 2018 Pirouette Award to Frank Byrne, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, for his outstanding contribution to the performing arts.
Join Kansas City Mayor Sly James as he leads a procession to announce the Kickoff to Oz with an official proclamation about Kansas City Ballet’s World Premiere of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy’s ruby slippers will be put on display and attendees will enjoy a performance by the Second Company, and an educational dance workshop for kids will follow.
Take a selfie with Dorothy’s ruby slipper pointe shoes before they make their world premiere during Kansas City Ballet’s The Wizard of Oz, October 12-21 at the Kauffman Center.
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Kansas City Ballet Patrons Society celebrated the end of a very successful 2017-2018 performance season with a cocktail reception on May 24 hosted at Roth Living. Attendees reminisced about Kansas City Ballet’s Diamond Jubilee Season, which featured the WORLD PREMIERE choreography of Devon Carney’s Romeo & Juliet, the Anniversary Dance Festival with six Kansas City premieres in two weekends featuring George Balanchine’s Diamonds and James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, and the WORLD PREMIERE choreography of Devon Carney’s Peter Pan.
Several Patrons’ Society members embarked on a weekend excursion May 4-6, 2018 to see Tulsa Ballet’s Signature Series featuring three thought-provoking works. Each ballet reminded audiences of the dangers in allowing history to repeat itself, and inspired them to keep moving forward.
Rassemblement (which translates to “gathering”) is Nacho Duato’s moving look at the “liberating powers of music and dance” as related to human rights issues.
And, an exciting new work called Glass Figures by Resident Choreographer and audience favorite Ma Cong.
While in Tulsa the group had dinner with Ma Cong at Dalessandro’s where he decribed his inspiration and motivation for his piece. He met the group before the show as well.
The next day the group also visited the Gilcrease Museum which houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West and the Philbrook Museum of Art (where these photos were taken) an art museum in the historic home of Waite and Genevieve Phillips with expansive formal gardens located in Tulsa, Oklahoma featuring two locations.
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Kansas City Ballet’s Celebrate 60 event was on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and honored the people of Kansas City Ballet’s past and present. Former and current dancers talked about each era of Kansas City Ballet: Michele Hamlet-Weith for founder, Tatiana Dokoudovska; Kimberly Cowen for Todd Bolender; Logan Pachciarz for William Whitener; and Tempe Ostergren for Devon Carney. In addition, Jeffrey J. Bentley thanked Muriel McBrien Kauffman and Julia Irene Kauffman for their steadfast commitment to Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts in our community. The formal presentation ended with a mini-performance by Kansas City Ballet School Academy students. The night continued in Brandmeyer Hall with champagne and desserts to celebrate the dedicated artists, staff, volunteers, patrons, donors, students, parents, and audiences for all that they do to support & create excellent performing arts in Kansas City! Links to videos about the four eras of Kansas City Ballet are at the end of this post.
A special thank you to Mobank Private Wealth as the Supporting Sponsor of Kansas City Ballet’s 2018 New Moves performances Feb. 15-18. As part of their sponsorship, they received a pre-performance reception on opening night. For the past five years, Mobank Private Wealth has been a valued Ballet Business Council member and a generous annual contributor. They support the ballet’s mission to establish Kansas City Ballet as an indispensable asset of KC through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training and community education for all ages. It’s partnerships like these that help the ballet bring a love of dance to children and adults alike through educational programs like Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.), performances, and more.
Kansas City Ballet also would like to congratulate Molly Kerr for her new role as Kansas City Ballet’s 2018 Business Leadership Council Co-Chair! Molly is the Senior Vice President and KC Market Executive for Mobank Private Wealth, a division of Mobank/BOK Financial. Molly has worked in this field for nearly 30 years overseeing investments, and trust and private banking.