UMKC Conservatory Academy Rekindles Its Conservatory Connections Program with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


The UMKC Conservatory Academy is pleased to announce that it will renew its Conservatory Connections program with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the 2011-12 academic year.

Conservatory Dean Peter Witte notes, "The Nelson-Atkins is a national treasure, and a joyful partner. Julián Zugazagoitia helped make this partnership between the Nelson-Atkins and UMKC's Conservatory a reality, he brings such energy and imagination to Kansas City.  Great things are ahead as we bring the arts together in concert."

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Director Julián Zugazagoitia said, "Our ongoing mission is partnering with as many members of this community as possible, and we are delighted to be working arm in arm with UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance once again. The Nelson-Atkins Museum is proud to play a part in bringing these electrifying performances to the public. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with UMKC's Conservatory."

Conservatory Connections represents a collaboration between the museum and the Conservatory. The program's goal is to combine the visual and performing arts within the spaces of the museum to offer the public exciting new art interactions. In 2008-09, each performance drew approximately 150 audience members in three, 20-30 minute repeat performances. In this new year, two longer performances will extend the experience of music and dance in the galleries.  Academy director Mara Gibson notes, "We are absolutely thrilled to have Conservatory Connections back with an exceptional line up of artists.  It is through partnerships like this that we reach our creative potential."

Save these dates for the 2011-12 season.

September 30, 2011, In the Bloch Lobby, featuring dance faculty Sabrina Madison Cannon in Ghostcatching, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

February 24, 2012, In the Chinese Temple, featuring Composition faculty Chen Yi and UMKC Chinese women composers, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

March 23, 2012, In the Egyptian, Greek and Roman Gallery, featuring musicology professor William Everett and vocal professor Dale Morehouse, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

April 27, In the European Galleries, featuring vocal professor Vinson Cole, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Conservatory Connections performances are FREE.

For more information, please contact Mara Gibson (Conservatory Academy Director) 816-235-2741, or Kathleen Leighton (Communications and Media Relations Officer, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) 816-751-1321

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949