Conservatory Artist Series

Conservatory Artist Series
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is thrilled to partner with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Folly Theater to present our ensembles in these beautiful and important halls. 

The 2016–17 Conservatory Artist Series is comprised of eight performances, three in Helzberg Hall, one in the Folly Theater, and the rest in White Recital Hall.  Here’s the line up.

Oct. 20–23 Fall Opera, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi Puccini’s one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, depict divergent paths to heaven and hell. Suor Angelica tells the sad story of a nun who was sent to a convent as punishment for having an illegitimate child. Gianni Schicchi is a farcical tale based on an episode from Dante’s The Divine Comedy about a greedy family trying to impersonate a dead relative and worm its way into the will.  It features one of the most popular arias of all time, “O mio babbino caro.” October 20–22, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, 2:30 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center Tickets

November 4  Crescendo: Dream Within Reach  The Conservatory’s annual fundraising event for scholarships, with music and dance performed by Conservatory students and faculty, features an exciting prism concert with performances in various locations around Helzberg Hall.  It’s a “not to be missed” performance. 6 p.m. patron party/cocktails. Patron dinner in Brandmeyer Hall follows performance. 7 p.m., concert, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall, Sponsored by the Friends of the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Tickets

February 2  Frank Almond, violin, Mr. Almond is the concertmaster for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He usually plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1715, the “ex-Lipinski.” On January 27, 2014, the “ex-Lipinski” Stradivari was stolen from Mr. Almond in an armed robbery after a concert. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story continues to make headlines around the world, most recently with NPR’s All Things Considered, the BBC World Service, and a major investigative feature in Vanity Fair.  Mr. Almond's program includes Tartini: Violin Sonata in G Minor ("Devil's Trill"); Maier-Röntgen: Sonata in B Minor for Violin and Piano; J.S. Bach: Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin BWV 1004; Strauss: Violin Sonata, Op. 18.  Pianist Jeannie Yu performs with Mr. Almond. 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center Tickets

March 17 Conservatory Wind Symphony  The always-dynamic Conservatory Wind Symphony performs at the College Band Directors National Association Conference, directed by Steven D. Davis, featuring Conservatory choirs and dancers. 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall Tickets

March 23–26 Spring Opera, Rodelinda, George Frideric Handel In one of Handel’s best dramas, we find our heroine Rodelinda—who believes her husband to be dead—having to marry a despicable character or see him murder her son.  How will this story end? The opera is directed by Fenlon Lamb, with coaching by artist in residence Estelí Gomez and faculty Allison DeSimone, and featuring collaborations with Conservatory dance faculty and students. March 23–­25, 7:30 p.m., March 26, 2:30 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center Tickets

April 13 Conservatory Jazz Bands Join the Conservatory jazz bands in a hoppin’ collage concert featuring a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies at the Conservatory, directed by Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas. 7:30 p.m., Folly Theater Tickets

April 24 Conservatory Orchestra The Conservatory Orchestra directed by Robert Olson will perform. Program includes Richard Strauss:  Alpine Symphony, Op. 64 and Chancellor's Concerto Competition alternate Xiangyu Zhao, piano, performing Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43. 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall Tickets

April 27–29 Finale:  Spring Dance Experience the athleticism, precision, and passion of the Conservatory’s dance ensemble.  The extraordinary creativity of the dance faculty’s choreography is combined with our dance students and collaborations with Conservatory musicians. 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall Tickets

Contact the Central Ticket Office, 816-235-6222. All White Recital Hall and Folly Theater concerts are $12 for the general public, except for Frank Almond.  The White Recital Hall performances are free for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with ID, except for Frank Almond.  Folly Theater tickets are $5 for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with ID.