Conservatory Announces 2011-12 Concert Season

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 concert series, comprised of the Conservatory Artist Series and Music Alliance, its partnership with Friends of Chamber Music. The most exciting news is that the Conservatory ensembles will perform at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, giving our students an unequaled opportunity. More than 300 Conservatory students from dance, jazz, winds, choral, and orchestra will perform in the Kauffman’s inaugural year, giving these students an unparalleled opportunity to experience this state of the art new hall.

Conservatory Dean Peter Witte notes, "The opening of the Kauffman Center is historic–and UMKC is honored to part of that history. Muriel McBrien Kauffman’s dream was to create a home for the kind of diverse and exceptional performances our faculty have imagined. In this great era for the arts in Kansas City, we are thrilled to showcase the Conservatory’s greatest strengths, our exceptional faculty and students.”

The Conservatory Artist Series, which continues its focus on collaboration, will sustain our commitment to great performances while celebrating our bonds with leading national and Kansas City arts organizations. Performances by PRISM Quartet, performing William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso, a PRISM commission, the Conservatory's own Concert Jazz Band, performing Bobby Watson's The Gates BBQ Suite, and Conservatory Wind Symphony, which performs Corigliano's Circus Maximus will dramatize the Conservatory's innovative strengths.

Conservatory dancers will collaborate with the Conservatory choirs and Wind Symphony to perform the dazzling Carmina Burana, while the season will wrap up with the stellar Conservatory Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Olson performing Chen Yi's beautiful Chinese Myths, which also includes the Conservatory's dancers and choir in addition to four Chinese traditional instrumentalists.

Music Alliance, our partnership with the Friends of Chamber Music, presents three concerts in its second year, including pianist Konstantin Lifschitz, the Morgenstern Trio from Germany, and violinist Jennifer Koh with pianist Shai Wosner. All of these artists will give master classes at the Conservatory.

Here's the lineup of performances in the new Kauffman Center, the Conservatory's White Recital Hall, and the Folly Theater.

Conservatory Artist Series

Sept. 28, 2011 Conservatory Concert Jazz Band, Conservatory Wind Symphony, PRISM Quartet, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. The Conservatory’s Concert Jazz Band, conducted by Bobby Watson, will perform Watson’s The Gates BBQ Suite. The Conservatory Wind Symphony, directed by Steven D. Davis will perform Corigliano’s Circus Maximus, Symphony No. 3 for Large Wind Ensemble. We also welcome PRISM Quartet, who will perform William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for saxophone quartet and winds, a PRISM commission.

Feb 1, 2012 Pro Arte Quartet, White Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. The Pro Arte Quartet was founded at the Brussels Conservatory in 1911–12 and is known for its devotion to new music. The University of Wisconsin offered the quartet a permanent home on a visit in 1940 during the quartet's visit to Madison, and thus a model of residency was born. The quartet will conduct a master class at the Conservatory. This concert is underwritten by the James and Vera Olson Fund for the Arts.

Feb. 20, 2012, Conservatory Dancers, Choirs, and Wind Symphony: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Orff’s popular Carmina Burana, conducted by Robert Bode, is an audience favorite for its diverse offerings of love, lust, and the evocative moods of spring. Choreographed by Paula Weber, the dancers evoke the poetry of spring and the Carmina Burana’s cycle of life.

April 28, 2012, Conservatory Orchestra Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Robert Olson, this stellar group of Conservatory students always dazzles the audience with amazing artistry. The program includes Chen Yi’s Chinese Myths, a cantata for orchestra with four Chinese traditional instrumentalists, mixed choir and dancers. The performance will include the Conservatory's dancers, choir, and orchestra.

Music Alliance

Sunday, February 19, 2012, Konstantin Lifschitz, Piano, White Recital Hall, 2:30 p.m. As a child, Lifschitz became irresistibly attracted to the piano, playing by ear and improvising with total absorption for hours on end. At age 17 his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations led The New York Times to acclaim the performance as “the most powerful pianistic interpretation since Glenn Gould’s.” Lifschitz is also performing in the Friends of Chamber Music's Bach Festival, 2012. Lifschitz will give master classes at the Conservatory.

Friday, March 16, 2012, Morgenstern Trio, Folly Theater, 8:00 p.m. Stefan Hempel, violin, Catherine Klipfel, piano, and Emanuel Wehse, violoncello joined forces in 2005 at the Folkwang Academy in Essen, taking its name after Christian Morgenstern, a popular German writer. The Morgenstern Trio has made a name for itself in concert halls across Germany, particularly through the "Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler" and the "Best of NRW" concert series. The trio will give master classes at the Conservatory.

Saturday, April 21, 2012, Jennifer Koh, violin, Shai Wosner, piano, White Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Violinist Jennifer Koh has earned a world-wide reputation for being unique in her generation for bringing her probing intellectual acuity to contemporary and traditional repertoire in equal measure, and is beloved by audiences and critics alike for her consummate musicianship and the daring passion of her performances. Her programs often present rare juxtapositions. Ms. Koh and Mr. Wosner will give master classes at the Conservatory.

Our series is still one of Kansas City’s best entertainment values. The season package offers all seven concerts for $105—only $15 per ticket. Single tickets are $20 per ticket, $10 for students. You may also choose to purchase only the four Conservatory Artist Series performances for $60 or the three Music Alliance performances for $45.

Contact the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 for ticket information. Or,

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949