Kansas City Symphony violinist retires after 48 years

Posted on: June 17, 2011

“You can forgive Ginni Rader for skipping the chance to move with her fellow players into the warm and glistening new home of the Kansas City Symphony,” writes Steve Paul in Friday’s (6/17) Kansas City Star. “After all, the violinist has played longer than anyone else in the orchestra right now. The Symphony is about to put on its last concerts of the season before taking a summer hiatus and moving in September to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. And when Rader takes the stage this weekend at the Lyric Theatre and Yardley Hall to play the music of Mendelssohn, Bruch and Tchaikovsky, it will cap her 48-year career with the Symphony and its predecessor, the Kansas City Philharmonic. … Rader is one of the last Philharmonic veterans remaining with the orchestra. She’ll be joined in retirement by clarinetist Forrest Philpott, 65, who also will be hanging it up after this weekend. Petite, pragmatic and straight-talking, Rader says she has no regrets about leaving now rather than later. At least she got to hear the Symphony play in the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, where the orchestra had tune-up rehearsals in recent weeks before taking up residence in September.”

Posted June 17, 2011