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Le Poisson Rouge Founders Speak at UMKC Conservatory Convocation and Interact with Students Aug. 30-Sept. 1

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Justin Kantor, David Handler, and Ronen Givony, founders of New York City's visionary music venue Le Poisson Rouge, will speak at the UMKC Conservatory's Convocation, Tuesday, August 30, 12 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus. These three visionaries will share the Le Poisson Rouge story and interact with our students August 30–September 1, 2011.

New York City's Le Poisson Rouge styles itself as "a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue's mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences."

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According to the New York Times, "...Le Poisson Rouge, in both its chic veneer and its earnest disregard for genre boundaries, has embraced a style and ethos fostered by the Kronos Quartet for more than three decades. In any given week at the club you might hear classical post-Minimalism, beat-heavy electronica, evanescent chamber pop and clever world-music fusions."

Le Poisson Rouge just concluded its third year, and has co-presented with Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, Curtis, and a who's who of living composers and leading performers. Justin, David, and LPR were recognized recently (as was the Conservatory's Zhou Long) at the 12th Annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards. The two accepted the Victor Herbert Award as "courageous and visionary impresarios for their commitment to creating an environment which invites audiences to share and enjoy adventurous programming of the full spectrum of music of our time."

The Convocation will be a moderated discussion with Justin Kantor, David Handler, and Ronen Givony about LPR, its founding, its approach, and its implication for performers and composers in the coming years. Conservatory faculty Andrew Granade and Paul Rudy will moderate the talk. LPR founders will be available to meet with our fellowship ensembles, composition program, and others, in less formal Q&A sessions.

Convocation is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu