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Contact: Kate Hodel

KANSAS CITY, MO (SEPTEMBER 26, 2016) — The Kansas City Symphony Alliance (KCSA) has selected the home of Casey and Abby Ventrillo, a historic residence in the central part of Hyde Park, as its 48th Annual Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. This Kansas City tradition will be open to the public from April 22 through May 14, 2017, and benefits the Kansas City Symphony.

The natural stone home is located at 816 Gleed Terrace. Listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, the house overlooks the eastern end of Hyde Park, just east of Gillham Road. The residence dates back to 1908 and will provide more than 30 spaces for area designers to transform into works of art.

“We are so excited to present one of Kansas City’s treasures as our 48th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse,” said Patricia Bibler, KCSA president and Symphony Designers’ Showhouse vice president. “When Abby, the homeowner, moved to this part of town from her former residence, her friends started calling her ‘Downtown Abby.’ We’re going to have a lot of fun with that theme this year.”

The first Symphony Designers’ Showhouse was presented in 1970. The project has enabled KCSA to contribute more than $5 million to the Kansas City Symphony and has been recognized nationally as an exemplary fund raising project.

The home will be open for a “before” sneak preview Jan. 21, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Then area designers will work their professional magic. The finished home will be open to the public April 22 through May 14, 2017, with specific times to be determined. Tickets for the “after” tour are $15 in advance (available from KCSA members, various ticket outlets and online) and $20 at the door. Tickets will go on sale in early January.

The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse also will feature a Boutique filled with one-of-a-kind items and the latest in home décor ideas and fashion from area artisans. Several special events are being planned and will be announced as details become available.
KCSA is currently researching the history of the house. Anyone who was a previous owner/tenant or a descendant can email The address was originally designated as 3660 Campbell.

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About the Kansas City Symphony Alliance

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer organization which promotes an interest in symphonic music throughout the greater Kansas City area, and in particular the welfare of the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony’s programming, young peoples’ concerts and youth activities, through volunteerism, educational projects, social activities and fund raising projects.

About the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus

Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony is a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region, with 80 full-time musicians, and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. The 160-member volunteer Symphony Chorus is led by Charles Bruffy. Presenting more than 100 concerts annually in a 42-week season, the Symphony also performs for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Every season comprises an impressive variety of programs that collectively reach more than 200,000 people, including the Symphony’s annual Bank of America Celebration at the Station concert held each Memorial Day weekend. For more information or tickets, visit or call (816) 471-0400.