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UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony Chamber Players Invited to Perform in China

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The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that the Conservatory Wind Symphony Chamber Players have been invited to China to perform as a featured ensemble at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Tianjin May Festival.  The trip begins May 17, 2014.
 
The students and faculty will perform three concerts. The first concert will be at the 2014 Beijing Modern Music Festival, which, according to its web site  “is an influential modern musical event in China, and … one of the most important modern music festivals in the world.”
 
Conservatory students and faculty also perform twice at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music’s (TJCM) May Festival. The TJCM is one of the leading conservatories in China.

Conservatory Dean Peter Witte said, "The invitation to perform at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Tianjin Conservatory in an honor that extends UMKC's international reputation in the arts. Steven Davis, the Conservatory Wind Symphony, and our dancers will perform beautifully.  Chen Yi and Zhou Long have helped create particularly rich  connections between Kansas City's conservatory and our sister conservatories in Beijing and Tianjin.  We look forward to the tour and to joyful cultural exchanges.  Of course, tours like these require great support. We are grateful for the assistance we've received from the UMKC Conservatory Alumni Society, the Friends of the Conservatory, and members of the Conservatory Advisory Board to help send our students and faculty abroad."
 
Professor Steven D. Davis is the Director of Bands, Professor of Conducting, and the conductor of the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony Chamber Players. He will conduct the performances as well as teach master classes at the TJCM.
 
Other faculty on the tour includes Dr. Chen Yi, Dr. Zhou Long, dance professor Sabrina Madison Cannon, and cello professor Carter Enyeart. The UMKC Conservatory faculty members will teach master classes in China, working with students from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music.
 
Carter Enyeart, the Rose Ann Carr Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, is the soloist for Suite for Cello and Chamber Winds, a composition for solo cello and eight winds by UMKC’s composition professor Chen Yi.
 
The program for the concerts is a collection of music by significant American composers, as well as composers with ties to UMKC. The program includes John Adam’s Son of Chamber Symphony, Jennifer Higdon’s Zaka, and Evan Chambers’ longing for peace in the garden of lost children.  The program includes the premiere of Conservatory alum Narong Prangcharoen’s Echoes of Silence, as well as a performance of Chen Yi’s Suite for Cello and Chamber Winds. Dr. Chen Yi is the Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance.  
 
The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory Wind Symphony Chamber Players are comprised of the finest wind, string, and percussion students at the Conservatory. The ensemble is guided by a philosophy that seeks to expose its students and its audiences to the highest quality of music available.
 
The Conservatory Wind Symphony has a rich history of creative programming and collaboration—a hallmark of its existence. Numerous compositions have been written for this esteemed ensemble by some of the world’s leading composers. In 2012, the Symphony performed with the PRISM Quartet in the renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
 
The group has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers including John Corigliano, Bernard Rands Steven Stucky, and the Conservatory’s Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, Chen Yi, Jim Mobberley and Paul Rudy.
 
Critics have called the Conservatory Wind Symphony “musicians of the highest caliber,” who play with “professional skill” (KC Metropolis). Additional highlights include performances at the Midwest Clinic, and the College Band Directors National Association (U.S.A.).
 
UMKC Conservatory dance students Sarah Frangenberg and John Swapshire will perform during Narong Prangcharoen’s Echoes of Silence.  Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Associate Professor of Dance and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Conservatory of Music and Dance choreographed the dance.
 
Narong Prangcharoen received his DMA in Composition from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Dr. Chen Yi. He was the winner of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2013 Barlow Prize. He is currently the composer-in-residence of Pacific Symphony in Orange County, California, as well as the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Prangcharoen is the founder of the Thailand International Composition Festival.
 
John Adams is one of the most significant American composers of the late 20th and early 21st century. His music is regularly performed around the world by leading orchestras and performers. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award and several Grammy Awards. The UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony Chamber Players will perform his Son of Chamber Symphony on the programs in Beijing and Tianjin.

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation and engagement with our communities. In rehearsals, in class and on stage, our students interact with an exceptionally gifted faculty and with leading visiting artists in ways that are supportive, yet rigorous.

Our faculty and students recognize that arts careers in the 21st century will blend new works with master pieces; unite performance, engagement and education; and above all will pulse with a sense of adventure and creativity.

A community of artists, educators and scholars, the Conservatory enrolls more than 600 students in a comprehensive array of liberal arts and professional degree programs in Composition, Music Theory and Musicology; Dance; Instrumental Studies; Jazz Studies; Keyboard Studies; Music Education/Music Therapy; and Vocal Studies.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu