Kansas City Symphony Receives $2.7 Million Bequest

Kansas City Symphony Receives $2.7 Million Bequest

The Kansas City Symphony has announced a gift of $2.7 million from the David T. Beals III Trust to endow the position of assistant conductor.

In addition to conducting the orchestra at its pops, family, holiday, and Classics Uncorked concerts as well as community events, the assistant conductor has a role in designing the symphony's education programs. Jason Seber has been appointed the inaugural David T. Beals III Assistant Conductor, succeeding Aram Demirjian, who was with KSO for four seasons, and officially will take up his post this fall.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City and a patron of the arts, Beals established the trust in 1982. His wishes were to distribute the remainder of his trust ten years after the passing of his wife, Jeanne McCray Beals, who died in September 2005.

"We are humbled that the David Beals Trust is supporting the Kansas City Symphony in such a profound way," said Frank Byrne, the symphony’s executive director. "This inspiring gesture reflects David Beals’ exceptional philanthropic spirit, a legacy that now will live on in perpetuity through the symphony’s work in Helzberg Hall and throughout our community."