Event Recap: The Emerald City Ball Private Dinner

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.

Event Photos

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose
Mr. Michael Fields, Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman, Mr. Cliff Illig, Mr. Terry Dunn
Mr. Michael Fields, Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman, Mr. Cliff Illig, Mr. Terry Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. John Walker flank Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director
Mr. and Mrs. John Walker flank Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whittaker, Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director, Ms. Nancy Murdock
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whittaker, Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director, Ms. Nancy Murdock
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Frost
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Frost
Mrs. James Eiszner, Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mrs. Gary Rose, Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer, Mrs. Andrew Beal, Mrs. Randy Downing, Ms. Juliette Singer
Mrs. James Eiszner, Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mrs. Gary Rose, Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer, Mrs. Andrew Beal, Mrs. Randy Downing, Ms. Juliette Singer.
Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director, Ms. Joan J. Horan.
Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director, Ms. Joan J. Horan.

Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Event Recap: Guild 2018 Fall Luncheon

Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Susan Sands, Melinda Petet. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Susan Sands, Melinda Petet. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

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.

Event Photos

Artistic Director Devon Carney, Vicki Baxter, Sue Ann Fagerberg, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Artistic Director Devon Carney, Vicki Baxter, Sue Ann Fagerberg, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Melissa Ford, Mary Beth Hershey, Kathy Nordhus. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Melissa Ford, Mary Beth Hershey, Kathy Nordhus. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Pattie Lou Cleary, Glenda Lee Touslee, Lisa Hickok. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Pattie Lou Cleary, Glenda Lee Touslee, Lisa Hickok. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Front row: Sue Ann Fagerberg, Juliette Singer, Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Linda Peakes, Second Row: Barbara Eiszner, Gail Van Way, Gigi Rose, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Edie Downing, Mary Beth Hershey, Back Row: Vicki Baxter, Becky Quinn, Peggy Beal, Cydni James. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Front row: Sue Ann Fagerberg, Juliette Singer, Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Linda Peakes, Second Row: Barbara Eiszner, Gail Van Way, Gigi Rose, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Edie Downing, Mary Beth Hershey, Back Row: Vicki Baxter, Becky Quinn, Peggy Beal, Cydni James. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
New Guild Members: Carrie Kruse, Stephanie Eppler, Cyndi James, Linda Peakes, Becky Quinn, Pattie Lou Cleary, Melissa Cavanaugh, Whitney Hosty. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
New Guild Members: Carrie Kruse, Stephanie Eppler, Cyndi James, Linda Peakes, Becky Quinn, Pattie Lou Cleary, Melissa Cavanaugh, Whitney Hosty. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

Photography: Larry F. Levenson.

Event Recap: 2018-19 Season Launch Party

Richard Jensen, Pam and (Artistic Director) Devon Carney, Susan and Zack Hangauer, Gay Dannelly
Richard Jensen, Pam and (Artistic Director) Devon Carney, Susan and Zack Hangauer, Gay Dannelly

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.

Event Photos

Julia Irene Kauffman, Thomas and Loren Whittaker, Carol Feiock
Julia Irene Kauffman, Thomas and Loren Whittaker, Carol Feiock
Daniel Rodriguez, John and Angela Walker, Josh Bodden, Septime Webre
Daniel Rodriguez, John and Angela Walker, Josh Bodden, Septime Webre
Jeff and Ashley Crouch, Susan Lordi and Dennis Marker
Jeff and Ashley Crouch, Susan Lordi and Dennis Marker
Howard Rothwell, Lilliana Hagerman, Lamin Pereira dos Santos, Kathy Stepp
Howard Rothwell, Lilliana Hagerman, Lamin Pereira dos Santos, Kathy Stepp
Dr. David S. McGee, Amanda DeVenuta, Mark Sappington
Dr. David S. McGee, Amanda DeVenuta, Mark Sappington

Photography:  Don Ipock

Event Recap: The Emerald City Ball

Honorary Chairmen Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Feiock, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Honorary Chairmen Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Feiock, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

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.

EVENT PHOTOS

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cohen, Mr. Devon Carney, Ms. Liz Vandal. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cohen, Mr. Devon Carney, Ms. Liz Vandal. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mrs. John Walker, Trainee Miss Leah Upchurch, Mr. John Walker, Trainee Miss Juliana Kuhm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Mrs. John Walker, Trainee Miss Leah Upchurch, Mr. John Walker, Trainee Miss Juliana Kuhm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Ms. Kristina Klug, Ms. Kim Stevens, Mrs. Cliff Illig, Ms. Kathy Fallon, Ms. Collette Harrison, Ms. Sandy Pummill, Ms. Charmaine Pummill, Ms. Rachel Thompson, Ms. Leah FitzGerald, Ms. Gretchen FitzGerald. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Ms. Kristina Klug, Ms. Kim Stevens, Mrs. Cliff Illig, Ms. Kathy Fallon, Ms. Collette Harrison, Ms. Sandy Pummill, Ms. Charmaine Pummill, Ms. Rachel Thompson, Ms. Leah FitzGerald, Ms. Gretchen FitzGerald. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Beautiful ambiance, floral by Mr. Larry Wheeler and Mr. Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Beautiful ambiance, floral by Mr. Larry Wheeler and Mr. Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mr. Ian Spinks, Ms. Juliette Singer, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Chairwoman, Mr. Septime Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Downing. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mr. Ian Spinks, Ms. Juliette Singer, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Chairwoman, Mr. Septime Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Downing. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Costume Fashion Show announced by Costume Designer Liz Vandal (middle). Members of Kansas City Ballet's Second Company walked the runway. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Costume Fashion Show announced by Costume Designer Liz Vandal (middle). Members of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company walked the runway. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Trainee Mr. Jeremy Hanson, Company dancer Ms. Tempe Ostergren, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Rowland, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stowers, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Parkerson, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Esrey. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
KCB Trainee Mr. Jeremy Hanson, Company dancer Ms. Tempe Ostergren, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Rowland, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stowers, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Parkerson, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Esrey. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Pirouette Award Winner Mr. Frank Byrne, Ballet Guild President Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Pirouette Award Winner Mr. Frank Byrne, Ballet Guild President Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

 

Photography by Larry F. Levenson

You’re Invited: Kickoff to Oz at Union Station

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.

Selfie Contest

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.

Upload to Kansas City Ballet Social Media Channels and type the hashtag #OZsomeKC. Be sure to like or follow us anytime before September 30. We will announce the winner on October 1.

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One lucky fan will WIN 4 tickets to Kansas City Ballet’s The Wizard of Oz! We will randomly select a winner from one of our social media sites.

Tickets

For tickets visit KCBallet.org or call 816.931.8993.

Event Recap: Patrons Society Year-End Celebration

Board Member Jack Rowe, outgoing Board Member Barbara Storm, Claire Brand Board Member and Joe Brand. Outgoing Board. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board Member Jack Rowe, outgoing Board Member Barbara Storm, Claire Brand Board Member and Joe Brand. Outgoing Board. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

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.

Event Photos

Board President Kathy Stepp, Howard Rothwell and Deb Westdorp. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board President Kathy Stepp, Howard Rothwell and Deb Westdorp. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Dillon Malinski, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Board Member Michael Frost, Ginger Frost and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Dillon Malinski, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Board Member Michael Frost, Ginger Frost and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Retiring Dancer Charles Martin, Ballet Master Parrish Master, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Retiring Dancer Angelina Sansone, Ballet Master Kristi Capps, Artistic Director Devon Carney, and Executive Jeffrey Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Retiring Dancer Charles Martin, Ballet Master Parrish Master, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Retiring Dancer Angelina Sansone, Ballet Master Kristi Capps, Artistic Director Devon Carney, and Executive Jeffrey Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Tony Feiock Board Member and Carol Feiock with Ballet Master Parrish Maynard. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Tony Feiock Board Member and Carol Feiock with Ballet Master Parrish Maynard. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board Member and Bolender Society Chair Susan Lordi Marker and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board Member and Bolender Society Chair Susan Lordi Marker and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Lilliana Hagerman, Loren Whittaker, Company Dancer Lamin Pereira Dos Santos, and Board Member Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Lilliana Hagerman, Loren Whittaker, Company Dancer Lamin Pereira Dos Santos, and Board Member Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Andrew and Peggy Beal joined by Michael and Cindy Wurm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Andrew and Peggy Beal joined by Michael and Cindy Wurm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Sarah Porter, Board Member Vince Clark, and Georgia Fuller Company Trainee. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Sarah Porter, Board Member Vince Clark, and Georgia Fuller Company Trainee. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

Patrons’ Trip to Tulsa

Front row: Anna Allen, David McGee, Dennis Marker, Mark Sappington, Claire and Joe Brand. Back row: Susan Lordi Marker, Jeffrey Bentley, Nancy Murdock, and Brent Kimmi.
Front row: Anna Allen, David McGee, Dennis Marker, Mark Sappington, Claire and Joe Brand. Back row: Susan Lordi Marker, Jeffrey Bentley, Nancy Murdock, and Brent Kimmi.

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.

  • Kurt Jooss’ classic 1932 The Green Table is a powerful statement on war that continues to remain provocative and relevant today. 
  • 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 group with Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong.
The group with Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong.

Other Adventures

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. 

Philbrook Museum of Art
Philbrook Museum of Art

If you are interested in joining the Patrons’ Society or making an individual donation, please contact Brent Kimmi at bkimmi@kcballet.org or 816.216.5608.

 

Event Recap: Celebrate 60

Kansas City Ballet School Academy students
Kansas City Ballet School Academy students

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.

Photos from the Celebration

Photography: Larry F. Levenson

Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney

Videos: The Four Eras

Event Recap: Mobank Sponsors New Moves Reception

Molly Kerr with KCB Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry Levenson.
Molly Kerr with KCB Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry Levenson.

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.

Molly Kerr and her guest Hal Higdon. Photography by Larry Levenson.

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. 

Molly Kerr with her Mobank Private Wealth Team and guests. Photography by Larry Levenson.

Learn more about 2018 New Moves here:

New Moves Delivers

Behind the Scenes: New Moves 2018

Event Recap: 2017 Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball

Ambience

The 23rd Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball, hosted by chair Mrs. Shelley Zucht, on December 9th transformed the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown into a beautiful floral garden. 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.

Event Photos

School Director Grace Holmes with Event Chair Shelley Zucht
School Director Grace Holmes with Event Chair Shelley Zucht
Artistic Director Devon Carney, Christa Dubill (emcee), and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley
Artistic Director Devon Carney, Christa Dubill (emcee), and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley
Robbi Walberg, Mark Walberg, Diane Searcy, Steven Fass, Laurie Fass, (front boys) Lawson Fass, Hudson Fass
Robbi Walberg, Mark Walberg, Diane Searcy, Steven Fass, Laurie Fass, (front boys) Lawson Fass, Hudson Fass
Catherine Middleton with daughter Sophie
Catherine Middleton with daughter Sophie
L-R. Back to front: Alison Patterson and her daughter Elwyn, Pam Welker and her daughter Sophie, Loren Whittaker and her niece Mia Whittaker.
L-R. Back to front: Alison Patterson and her daughter Elwyn, Pam Welker and her daughter Sophie, Loren Whittaker and her niece Mia Whittaker.

Photography by Brian Goodman