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A New Day
"The 41st Symphony Designers' Showhouse Takes Aim at The National Spotlight." Two-page spread explains a new emphasis for the Designers' Showhouse. Karen Mills, a radio show host, interior designer and...
A Star is Born
September 17, 2011
Article describes the opening night reception at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Festivities included performances by the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony, and opera star Placido...
Alfred Benjamin Memorial
Postcard of Alfred Benjamin Memorial
Another Chorus for Bruffy
June 29, 2008
Charles Bruffy, "longtime conductor of the Kansas City Chorale," has been appointed conductor of the Kansas City Symphony chorus. Bruffy succeeds Arnold Epley who served for 17 years as conductor of the...
Art Center Will be Named for Kauffmans
September 22-28, 2006
The performing arts center planned to be built downtown will officially be named after the Kauffman family who have pledged forty per cent of the cost of the building. The ceremonial groundbreaking is...
Bartle Deal Clears Way for Ballroom
May 3, 2005
A preliminary agreement has been reached that will allow construction of the Bartle Hall ballroom and provide a $25 million city contribution to a revised Performing Arts Center. About 1/3 of a 17.5 acre...
Bertrand Rockwell Residence
The Rockwell house at 1004 West 52nd Street was featured as the 13th Designers' Showhouse in 1982.
Biography of Clara S. Hockaday (1909-1994), Social Leader
Biography of Conrad Mann (1871-1943), Civic Leader
Biography of Ruth Seufert(1897-1975), Concert Promoter
Brand-New Digs, Bigger Shows
November 14, 2010
Kansas City's largest performing arts organizations anticipate "big and better" performances for their 2011-2012 inaugural seasons at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Center is scheduled...
File contains information about Carl Busch, the founder and conductor of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He was a native of Denmark and musical composer of the early 20th century, included in the 1912...
Carl Busch and the Symphony Orchestra an Asset That Should Be Capitalized
March 30, 1915
Article about the importance of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, led by director Carl Busch, to the city, "as much a necessity for this city as water, light and paved streets," with photo.
Clasical Music in Kansas City: a Brief but Fascinating History
Article surveys the history of Kansas City's orchestras starting with Mary Donohue who gave piano lessons out of her home at First and Grand in the 1850s. The various orchestras and their conductors are...
Crescendo of Guest Artists at Symphony's New Home
January 15, 2011
Article details the plans for the 2011-12 season for the Kansas City Symphony that will help "to inaugurate the Symphony's state-of-the-art performance home, the 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall." The program...
Designers' Showcase to Be in Roanoke Area
Aticle about the eighth Designers' Showhouse, at 1008 Valentine Road, a Victorian mansion built in 1901-1902 for the family of Llewellyn James, general counsel for the Armour Packing Company and later...
Designers' Showhouse I
The first Designers' Showhouse was 5208 Belleview Avenue, residence of Harry Seavey. Designed by architect John Van Brunt, it was built in 1912 and overlooked Brush Creek Valley. Seavey was born in Chicago...
Designers' Showhouse XIX
Two-page paper on the 19th Designers' Showhouse showcasing the residence of Herbert P. Wright at 3735 Belleview Avenue. The house was built in 1913, designed by architect Clarence Shepard, and listed "on...
Designers' Showhouse XXXIV, Roselawn
Magazine of the 34th Designers' Showhouse featuring Roselawn, former home of William Volker at 3717 Bell, Kansas City, Missouri. Includes floor plans (p. 62) and photographs and descriptions of the design...
File contains manuscripts, booklets, and information about the designers' showhouses. Designers' Showhouse is a fund-raiser for the Kansas City Symphony generally held in Spring and organized by the Junior...
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