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Meet Summerfest Board President Don Dagenais


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Don Dagenais, President of the Summerfest Concerts Board of Directors.

Don Dagenais is the President of the Board of Summerfest Concerts. Don has been a lifelong fan of classical music, a season ticket subscriber to the Kansas City Symphony since before it existed (during the days of its predecessor, the Kansas City Philharmonic) and a supporter of almost every classical music organization in town. He has served on the boards of the Lyric Opera, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Opera Guild, the Arts KC Regional Arts Council and Kansas City Symphony Alliance and at one time or the other has been the President of most of them.   He is also interested in theater, and has served on the boards of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, The Coterie and the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and has been President of each. He is currently on the board of the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, an opera training program in the Ozarks. He was a longtime board member and President of Opera Volunteers International and received two awards from that organization, including one for national service. He has received special awards from the Kansas City Music Club, The Coterie, the Daughters of the American Revolution (public service) and ArtsKC as Kansas City’s arts volunteer of the year.  He has written book-length histories of the Kansas City Lyric Opera, Opera Volunteers International and the Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild. He also published a book for novice opera goers, and teaches classes on classical music and opera for several local organizations including the Osher Institute of the University of Kansas.

In his professional career Don is a senior real estate attorney with Lathrop & Gage LLP and is an adjunct professor at both the UMKC Law School and the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.  He is also a frequent guest speaker at continuing education programs for attorneys and has published articles in national publications in the field of real estate.  His and his wife Patricia have two grown children and one overactive grandchild and live in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Missouri.

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