“Nothing Else Quite Like It”

Cincinnati natives Ron and Donna Patton both attended Young People’s Concerts of the Cincinnati Symphony when children, but they didn’t meet until Ron was a freshman at the University of Cincinnati and Donna was a junior in high school. Donna has played piano and organ for many years and has sung in and accompanied her church and high school choirs. Ron was a college radio announcer and recording engineer who often recorded the Cincinnati Symphony for distribution to public radio stations across the country.

The Pattons moved to Kansas City in 1973. They immediately became subscribers to what was then the Kansas City Philharmonic and soon the Kansas City Symphony. They are long-time donors and have gradually increased their giving so that they are now annual concert sponsors, donors to the Masterpiece Campaign, and will leave a legacy gift to the Symphony as members of the Sempre Society.

Donna, a financial advisor with Principal Financial Group, advertises regularly in the Symphony program book. Ron, an ordained minister who received his doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary, serves as media production coordinator at Village Presbyterian Church. They have two grown sons: Kirk and his wife Terra, who accompany Ron and Donna to the Symphony; and Andy, who lives in Minnesota with his family.

“We can hear quality classical music performances from around the world with Internet radio in our home, satellite radio in our cars, CDs and downloaded files on our computers. But at Kansas City Symphony concerts we can watch the musicians and soloists interact with Michael Stern, live, and be in an audience of other music lovers. There is nothing else quite like it.”