On Sunday, August 25, 2019, Kansas City Ballet Guild hosted their Kick Off Party at Lydia’s in Kansas City Crossroads’ historic Freight House. Over 100 ballet enthusiasts and dancers mingled and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while Guild President John Walker and Artistic Director Devon Carney spoke of the exciting new season ahead. Proceeds raised by the Kansas City Ballet Guild help support the company’s repertory, its engagement and educational programs, as well as the Kansas City Ballet Archives.
The 2019 Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen
Kansas City Ballet Guild is pleased to announce long-time supporters of the Kansas City Ballet and generous members of the Kansas City community, Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sandy Jackson, as Honorary Chairmen for The Nutcracker Ball.
The 2019 Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sandy Jackson and Ball Chairman Peggy Beal invite you to join them for an evening of cocktails, exquisite cuisine and dancing on Saturday evening, November 23, 2019, at The InterContinental Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza. The Nutcracker Ball, presented by Kansas City Ballet Guild, benefits the Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet School.
For more information and ticket purchases, please go to www.kcballetball.org.
KC Ballet Guild Spring Luncheon
The Kansas City Ballet Guild held its annual Spring Luncheon on May 9th at the Carriage Club. Hosts Felicia Bondi and Pauline Henne planned the lovely luncheon – Craig Sole provided the beautiful floral arrangements. President Susan Meehan-Mizer recognized special guest, Rene Horne, a retiring staff member after 12 years of service to the Ballet. After, guests were treated to a dance performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Youth Ballet, Susan introduced the 2019-2020 Guild Board and passed the gavel to her successor, incoming President John Walker.
2019-2020 GUILD BOARD
Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Susan Meehan-Mizer
KANSAS CITY YOUTH BALLET
Photography: Larry F. Levenson
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.
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.
Photography: 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.
Photography by Larry F. Levenson
The Kansas City Ballet Guild held its annual Spring Luncheon on May 10th at Hallbrook Country Club. Peggy Beal and host Barbara Eiszner planned the lovely luncheon – Craig Sole provided the beautiful floral arrangements. President Gigi Rose recognized special guests, Carol and Tony Feiock, the Honorary Chairmen of the upcoming Emerald City Ball taking place on October 6, 2018. After guests were treated to a dance performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company, Gigi introduced the 2018-2019 Guild Board and passed the gavel to her successor, incoming President Susan Meehan-Mizer.
Kansas City Ballet Guild is pleased to announce long-time supporters of the Kansas City Ballet and generous members of the Kansas City community Carol and Tony Feiock as Honorary Chairmen for The Emerald City Ball.
The Emerald City Ball
2018 Ballet Ball Honorary Chairmen, Carol and Tony Feiock, and Ball Chairman, Gigi Rose, are looking forward to an evening of cocktails, exquisite cuisine, and dancing on Saturday evening, October 6, 2018, at the InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza. This year’s Ball will celebrate the Kansas City Ballet’s world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz. The Emerald City Ball is presented by Kansas City Ballet Guild in support of Kansas City Ballet programs and scholarships.
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Kansas City Ballet Guild will hold its annual gala on October 6th at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Gigi Rose is serving as chair of the event that will kick off the Kansas City Ballet season. The theme, “The Emerald City Ball”, will commemorate the Ballet’s world premiere The Wizard of Oz which opens October 12th.
The recipient of the Guild’s Pirouette Award will be announced at the Ball. This award is presented annually to an individual whose extraordinary volunteer efforts have benefited the Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts community.
Proceeds from the gala support the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Ballet School.
Underwriters and Benefactors
With gratitude for your support, Emerald City Ball Underwriters and Benefactors will enjoy a splendid pre-dinner reception in the InterContinental’s rooftop ballroom prior to entering the Emerald City.
Additionally, sponsors at the Table Host level and above on Tuesday, October 16 will experience an evening of dinner, music and dance among the never-before-seen sets of The Wizard of Oz on the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Learn more about becoming an underwriter or benefactor of the Ballet Ball here. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2018.
When is a book club more than a book club? When it’s organized by Mark Sappington.
Sappington has filled many roles with Kansas City Ballet over the years including Board President and Member, Guild President, former chair of the Patrons Society, Bolender Center Campaign Co-chair, and longtime subscriber and donor. His most recent position is leader of the Guild’s Book Club/Movie Nights. The Guild is a group of over 180 members who serve as advocates for dance and ballet in the Kansas City community.
This year the Guild’s book club had five books on their list and for each one, Sappington arranged for some additional educational component or special guest to be part of the discussion.
“I believe you have to provide different portals of entry for ballet. This is a way of reaching out to people who are interested in exploring the history of dance,” Sappington says.
JULY: A BIOGRAPHY OF SERGEI PAVLOVICH DIAGHILEV
Last July, the group started off by choosing their own books about Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev the Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes. They ranged from art picture books to various biographies. “It was fascinating to see which books people chose and to discuss the life of this ballet aficionado.”
SEPTEMBER: NO WAY HOME
In September, they read No Way Home by Carlos Acosta. Acosta, a Cuban dancer, was considered to be one of the world’s greatest performers. He began life in the slums of Havana before grueling hard work took him around the world. It is his story of the price he paid for success. It was noted that former Kansas City Ballet dancer Juan Pablo Trujillo was friends with Carlos Acosta.
NOVEMBER: THE PAINTED GIRLS
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan from 2014 was the choice for November. This historical novel about two sisters her served as muse for Edgar Degas, touched on ballet in a different setting in 1878 Paris. As part of the discussion, the book club took a special tour of Degas’ sculptures and drawings of ballet dancers that was on display recently at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, led by Nelson-Atkins docent and KCB Guild Member Barb Nicely.
JANUARY: APOLLO’S ANGELS: A HISTORY OF BALLET
The history of ballet was revealed in Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans. Homans is an historian, critic and former professional ballerina devoted to all things ballet. As part of the discussion, Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau joined the group and shared her wealth of knowledge about amazing historical stories.
MARCH: THE MASTER’S MUSE
In March the group discussed The Master’s Muse by Varley O’Connor—a novel about the love affair between George Balanchine and Tanaquil Le Clercq. In 1956, Tanny is a gorgeous young ballerina at the top of her game and married to the legendary Balanchine. She falls ill and loses the ability to walk. Kansas City Ballet Archives revealed a letter from Tanny to Kansas City Ballet’s former Artistic Director Todd Bolender she’d dictated to her mother around the time of her illness. Several Guild members also shared their interactions with Tanny and others mentioned in the book.
MAY: WHEN BALLET BECAME FRENCH
The final book in this season’s lineup is When Ballet Became French by Ilyana Karthas, associate professor at the University of Columbia. The book explores the correlation between ballet and French nationalism. The author will attend the discussion in May.
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