Composition Students, Staff, and Alum Perform in "Dark Matter"


Dark Matter is a collaboration of composers, performers, and scientists including UMKC Composition DMA students Daniel Eichenbaum and Richard Johnson, Conservatory alumna Rebecca Ashe, flute, Conservatory Academy staff member Cheryl Melfi, clarinet, and Robert Riddle, astronomer.

Dark Matter's first performance Orbit, is Feb. 4 and 5, 2011, 7 and 9 p.m., each night, at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, Kansas City, MO. Tickets are $15, they may be purchased at (816)460-2020, or online:

Dark Matter fuses cutting-edge technology with exceptional musical artistry. The result is an art form that blurs the boundaries between performance, education, and composition by blending them into an event produced at one of the largest stardomes in the country. seeks to inspire and educate its audiences. Through music, visual projection, and interactive lecture/discussion, Dark Matter addresses the interrelationships between science and the arts along with the impact of technology on society. This inter-disciplinary approach helps audiences understand the “passion” of science and the “logic” of art. The goal is to show how science and the arts function together in a mutually beneficial relationship.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949