Remembering World War I

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The UMKC Conservatory commemorates World War I through partnerships with The Friends of Chamber Music and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.  Join us in January for the following events, including an unforgettable performance by the Ariel Quartet with pianist Along Goldstein January 30 at the Folly Theater.

January 22—Paths of Glory 7:00 p.m. | Tivoli Cinemas Rated: G; Length: 88 minutes. In the third year of World War I, the erudite, but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified “Ant Hill” from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrifice his men to enhance his own reputation. Against his better judgment, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) leads the charge, and the results are appalling.

Films are free with a reservation.  Please call 816-561-9999 or sign up at  Special thanks to Jerry Harrington and the Tivoli staff for making this possible.

January 28—Sounds from an Unsettled World, 1914–19, 6:30 p.m., National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. Composers respond in different ways to their world. The events leading up to World War I and the conflict itself greatly affected how composers thought of their art and also how audiences responded to new works. Using the music from the Ariel Quartet and Alon Goldstein’s program on Friday, January 30 as inspiration, the panelists will investigate the relationships between music and world events between 1914–1919.? Panel Members: Dr. William Everett and Dr. Andrew Granade, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance; Dr. Lynda Payne, UMKC Dept. of History; Matthew Naylor, President and CEO of the National World War I Museum with musical guests the Ariel Quartet and Alon Goldstein, piano.

This event is general admission and free to the public, but tickets are required. Please reserve online at or call 816-561-9999.  Cash bar and small plates available at J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby 5:30–6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

Co-presented by The Friends of Chamber Music, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the National World War I Museum.

January 29—Alon Goldstein, piano master class, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., WRH, FREE and open to the public.

January 30—Ariel Quartet with Alon Goldstein, Music Alliance concert, Music From the Great War.  8 p.m., Folly Theater, Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. In January 2012 the Quartet was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. Program includes SCHULHOFF: Divertimento for String Quartet, Op. 14; STRAVINSKY: Three Pieces for String Quartet; ELGAR: Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84.

Tickets: $25 general public; $10 for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with UMKC or student ID.816-235-6222

January 31—Ariel Quartet chamber music master class, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., WRH, FREE and open to the public.


For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949