This exciting collaborative program partners UMKC Conservatory musicians with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The goal of the program is to combine the visual and performing arts within thespaces of the museum to offer exciting new art interactions to the public.
Save the dates for:
Conservatory Connections 2013-14
Fall Faculty Series: Conservatory Connections - Light Salon
September 27, 2013, 6:30pm and October 4, 2013, 6:30pm
Lens 2 Event Space
Spring Student Series: Conservatory Connections - Music in the Galleries
January 15, 2014, February 22, 2014, March 22, 2-14, and April 26, 2014, 1:30pm and 2:30pm
Gallery locations TBA
Conservatory Connections 2012-13
Conservatory Connections: Light Salon
This new series expands the partnership with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s Academy and features the talents of their award-winning faculty. Set in the dramatic, light-filled space of Lens 2, these intimate performances include music inspired by works in the museum’s collections.
Jane Carl, Martin Hackleman and Robert Weirich – September 28, 6:30pm Lens 2 Event Room.
Renowned Conservatory faculty members Jane Carl (clarinet), Martin Hackleman (horn) and Robert Weirich (piano) open the 2012-13 Conservatory Connections: Light Salon concert series with an evening of Viennese chamber music, featuring works by Johannes Brahms and Gustav Jenner.
Paul Rudy: 2012 Stories – December 14, 6:30pm Lens 2 Event Room.
Distinguished UMKC composition faculty and sound alchemist Paul Rudy performs selections from his recent compilation, 2012 Stories, an CD Series he describes as "...many parts intuition, many parts spiritual, and many parts science."
Petrella Ensemble – February 1, 6:30pm Lens 2 Event Room.
The museum welcomes the esteemed Petrella Ensemble (Diane Helfers Petrella, piano, and Nick Petrella, percussion) to perform pieces for piano and mallet instruments, featuring works by Chen Yi, Aleksandra Vrebelov, William Cahn and James Romig. (this performance was rescheduled from a prior, canceled date)
Conservatory Connections: Special Event
A Tribute to Kevin Oldham – March 10, 6:30pm Lens 2 Event Room.
Please enter through Block Lobby Garage Entrance ONLY.
Join us for a musical tribute to internationally celebrated Kansas City composer Kevin Oldham, who passed away from AIDS in 1993. The program of original music will feature pianists Karen Kushner, Marcus Ostermiller, Shane Spangler and Robert Weirich, and singers Vinson Cole, Rebecca Sherburn, Aidan Soder, and Elizabeth Tredent. A short documentary about Kevin's life by Australian filmmaker Rohan Spong will be screened, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tim Page will speak.
Read the Press Release HERE
Conservatory Connections: Music in the Galleries
The museum partners with UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance's Academy to offer gallery performances for audiences of all ages. Sight, movement and sound mingle in the spaces of the Museum to offer exciting art interactions! Drop by, no tickets required.
Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City – January 26, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Sculpture Hall.
Chinese Journeys, Traditional and New (featuring the students of composer Chen Yi) – February 23, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Kirkwood Hall.
Soma Athanaton (Eternal Body) – March 23, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Medieval Cloister, gallery P7.
Western monks blended many different ideas and practices into unique religious expressions. Composer/performer Brad Van Wick joins visual artists Chris Daharsh and Alli Litwicki for a multi-media performance inspired by the Medieval monks, their cloister, and their ideas.
RIP Ensemble (featuring Mark Southerland and students of composer Paul Rudy) – April 20, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Gallery 220.
Sound Alchemist Paul Rudy leads the RIP Ensemble, featuring his students and special guest Mark Southerland, for this sound exploration in the museum's American galleries.