The Kansas City Symphony received a $2.7 million donation from the remainder of the David T. Beals III Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, to endow the assistant conductor position, henceforth named the David T. Beals III Chair. This generous gift helps the Symphony sustain its remarkable success, secure its financial future and ensure its ability to serve the Kansas City community with world-class symphonic music.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City and devoted patron of the arts, Beals created the trust in 1982 — the same year the Symphony was founded. The gift is an expression of Beals’ unwavering belief in the importance of the arts in Kansas City.

The David T. Beals III Assistant Conductor is an important and influential role at the Symphony, leading all pops, family, holiday, special and Classics Uncorked concerts each season. Additionally, the assistant conductor helps design the Symphony’s education programs and conducts the orchestra for many prominent community events.

Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne noted, “We are extraordinarily grateful to the David T. Beals Trust and Bank of America for their investment in our organization. This will help the Symphony fulfill our essential role in bringing great artistic performances to the city.”