Conservatory Opens 2013-14 Season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts



The Conservatory is pleased to open its 2013-13 Conservatory Artist Series with a fantastical performance on the Helzberg Hall Stage of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 8 p.m.

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 Astronomical Society of Kansas City will have high-powered telescopes on the South side of the Kauffman Center for planet gazing before and after the concert, and during intermission, and UMKC astronomers from the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy will be on hand to answer questions. 

The evening also includes Variations on a Nursery Tune, Op. 25, Ernst von Dohnanyi, arranged by John P. Paynter, edited by James A. Grymes, featuring Conservatory faculty Robert Weirich, piano.

Tickets are $25, general and $10 for all UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with ID.  Service fees apply.  Contact the Kauffman Center box office, 816-994-7222. 

We'll see you at the Kauffman Center!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949