“We believe that the Kansas City Symphony is an essential source of cultural enrichment and civic pride,” say Masterpiece Campaign donors Ted and Kim Higgins.

Subscribers to the Bravo series, the Higginses grew up in homes filled with classical music, opera, show tunes and jazz. Ted was raised in central New York, and remembers occasional cultural trips to New York City. Now a general and vascular surgeon, he always listens to music in the operating room. A native of Kansas City and a teacher at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kim recalls school trips to see the Kansas City Philharmonic.

When they settled in Kansas City as adults, subscribing to the Symphony seemed to them a good way to “support local culture and to guarantee an occasional relaxing night out.” They absolutely love the Symphony’s Classical Series, but have also enjoyed the sheer variety of concert experiences that the Symphony has to offer, attending Bank of America Celebration at the Station, Symphony in the Flint Hills, Family and Pops Series concerts and the Screenland at Symphony film concerts.

Ted and Kim also make it a priority to support the Kansas City Symphony philanthropically, both through annual donations and their commitment to the Masterpiece Campaign. “We understand that the Symphony does not survive on ticket sales alone,” they explain. “We want to support musicians whose contribution is as valuable to society as that of highly-paid athletes.”

Donating to the Sympohny also enhances their entire experience of the Symphony. “It’s always nice to mingle with other Symphony patrons and some of the musicians in the Sprint Reception Suite.” Most importantly, though, supporting the Kansas City Symphony “feels good and it sounds even better!”