The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Gears Up For Its New Season!


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce its exciting 2013–14 Conservatory Artist and Music Alliance Series, plus a new miniseries with the Folly Theater.  Our first concert is September 28, 8 p.m. on the Helzberg Hall stage, featuring Gustav Holst's The Planets.  The performance is accompanied by a spectacular film of planets via NASA footage.  It will be a very engaging intergenerational concert.

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Conservatory Artist Series

The Conservatory Artist Series sustains our commitment to great performances while celebrating our bonds with Kansas City and national arts organizations. We are thrilled to partner with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for the third year to present our ensembles in this beautiful hall.

This is the fourth year for Music Alliance, our partnership with the Friends of Chamber Music, which is designed to bring the world’s finest artists to Kansas City. The series, highlighting master works and new music, builds bridges between emerging and established artists and fosters community access to professional musicians through concerts, residencies and master classes.

Here is the line up.

Conservatory Wind Symphony with Robert Weirich, piano
September 28, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Conservatory Wind Symphony, under the direction of Steven D. Davis performs Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Op. 32. Holst called his work, based on astrological characteristics of Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, a “series of mood pictures.” A high definition film accompanies the performance from NASA solar system exploration, including stunning images from the Mars Rovers and past probe missions Magellan, Voyager, and Galileo. Commissioned by the Houston Symphony and created by filmmaker Duncan Copp, in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories, The Planets – An HD Odyssey is a fantastical accompaniment to Holst’s cosmic masterpiece. The evening also includes Variations on a Nursery Tune, Op. 25, Ernst von Dohnányi, arranged by John P. Paynter, edited by James A. Grymes, featuring Robert Weirich, piano.

No Limits: Crescendo!*
November 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Join the Conservatory for its second Crescendo Helzberg Hall appearance. This performance featuring multi-talented Conservatory students and faculty will blow you away. Come only to the concert, or stay for the entire event, but don’t miss it! The program is a secret until the night of the performance!
* subscriber and general public seating for this concert is in side mezzanines, grand tier. For sponsorship information call 816-235-5982.

April 25, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Join Robert Bode as he conducts the Conservatory choirs and orchestra performing Mozart’s Requiem in the grandeur of Helzberg Hall. Mozart’s Requiem is his first Mass for the Dead, and his last, finishing around two-thirds of the musical material before he died tragically after composing only eight bars of the Lacrimosa. Robert Olson will also lead the Conservatory Orchestra in dynamic repertoire.

Music Alliance

Horszowski Trio
January 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall

Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” when they played together for the first time, Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom. And so, in 2011, they formed the Horszowski Trio. The progam includes Fauré: Trio in D Minor, Op. 120 (1923); Wuorinen: Trio (1983); and Schubert: Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929 (1827).

So Percussion
February 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall

For more than a decade, S? Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. Praised by The New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” So’s adventurous spirit is written into the DNA passed down from composers like John Cage and Steve Reich, as well as from pioneering ensembles like the Kronos Quartet and Nexus Percussion. So Percussion’s career now encompasses 13 albums, touring throughout the USA and around the world, a dizzying array of collaborative projects, several ambitious educational programs, and a steady output of their own music. The group will perform master classes and work with Conservatory students.

This concert is underwritten by the James and Vera Olson Fund for the Arts.

 Folly For Five Miniseries

The UMKC Conservatory has teamed with the beautiful Folly Theater in a delightful miniseries featuring our excellent faculty and students at the Folly Theater.  Tickets are only $5 per concert.

Missouri Brass Quintet, Feb. 9, 4 p.m. (Faculty Brass Quintet)

UMKC Chamber Orchestra, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

UMKC Conservatory Singers with Kansas City Baroque Consortium (Dido and Aeneas) and arias performed by UMKC Conservatory/Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artists, April 13, 3:30 p.m.

UMKC Graduate Fellowship Ensembles (String Quartet, Brass Quintet and Woodwind Quintet), April 16, 7:30 p.m.

You may purchase tickets at the UMKC Central Ticket Office or by calling 816-235-6222 beginning August 8, 2013.

We’ll see you soon!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949