UMKC's Conservatory Artist Series, 2016–17
The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce its 2016–17 Conservatory Artist Series. As is our tradition, our Conservatory students and faculty will perform in downtown Kansas City at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and at the Folly Theater. Our experiences there have been transformational and so important for our students.
Conservatory jazz students will perform at the historic Folly Theater, our two main-stage operas will perform in White Recital Hall, (Sunday matinees are back!) and violinist Frank Almond will perform. Mr. Almond is the concertmaster for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Read more about his story below.
The series opens with Puccini’s well-loved Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
October 20–23 Fall Opera, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi Puccini’s one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, depict divergent paths to heaven and hell. Suor Angelica tells the sad story of a nun who was sent to a convent as punishment for having an illegitimate child. Gianni Schicchi is a farcical tale based on an episode from Dante’s The Divine Comedy about a greedy family trying to impersonate a dead relative and worm its way into the will. It features one of the most popular arias of all time, “O mio babbino caro.” October 20–22, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, 2:30 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
November 4 Crescendo: Dream Within Reach The Conservatory’s annual fundraising event for scholarships, with music and dance performed by Conservatory students and faculty, features an exciting prism concert with performances in various locations around Helzberg Hall. It’s a “not to be missed” performance. 6 p.m. patron party/cocktails. Patron dinner in Brandmeyer Hall follows performance. 7 p.m., concert, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall Sponsored by the Friends of the Conservatory of Music and Dance.
February 2 Frank Almond, violin Mr. Almond is the concertmaster for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He usually plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1715, the “ex-Lipinski.” On January 27, 2014, the “ex-Lipinski” Stradivari was stolen from Mr. Almond in an armed robbery after a concert. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story continues to make headlines around the world, most recently with NPR’s All Things Considered, the BBC World Service, and a major investigative feature in Vanity Fair. 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
March 17 Conservatory Wind Symphony The always-dynamic Conservatory Wind Symphony performs at the College Band Directors National Association Conference, directed by Steven D. Davis, featuring Conservatory choirs and dancers. 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall
March 23–26 Spring Opera, Rodelinda, George Frideric Handel In one of Handel’s best dramas, we find our heroine Rodelinda—who believes her husband to be dead—having to marry a despicable character or see him murder her son. How will this story end? The opera is directed by Fenlon Lamb, with coaching by artist in residence Estelí Gomez and faculty Allison DeSimone, and featuring collaborations with Conservatory dance faculty and students. March 23–25, 7:30 p.m., March 26, 2:30 p.m., White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
April 13 Conservatory Jazz Bands Join the Conservatory jazz bands in a hoppin’ collage concert featuring a variety of ensembles that represent the entirety of jazz studies at the Conservatory, directed by Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas. 7:30 p.m., Folly Theater
April 24 Conservatory Orchestra The Conservatory Orchestra directed by Robert Olson will perform with the Chancellor’s Concerto Competition winner. Other repertoire will be announced at a later date. 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall
April 27–29 Finale: Spring Dance Experience the athleticism, precision, and passion of the Conservatory’s dance ensemble. The extraordinary creativity of the dance faculty’s choreography is combined with our dance students and collaborations with Conservatory musicians. 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall
All White Recital Hall and Folly Theater concerts are $12 for the general public, except for Frank Almond. The White Recital Hall performances are free for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with ID, except for Frank Almond. Folly Theater tickets are $5 for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with ID.
For more information, please contact:
Name: Dana Self