World-Renowned Oscar-Winning Composer John Corigliano and Grammy-Winning eighth blackbird At UMKC Conservatory

World-renowned composer John Corigliano, who won a 1999 Oscar for his composition for the film The Red Violin, is the Conservatory's Barr Laureate, Fall 2012–Spring 2014. He will visit the campus throughout his laureateship, working with Conservatory students for the next two years.

In 2012 Corigliano is on campus November 7-9. During this visit Corigliano will work with the Conservatory's Barr Laureate Ensemble, eighth blackbird, in rehearsals on Corigliano's Mr Tambourine Man, work with student and faculty performers in dress rehearsals for the Nov 7 performance of his work, attend that concert, and meet with various classes and seminars.

He will also coach students during a November 8 session, 2:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m., White Recital Hall, and conduct a master class for Conservatory composition students.

The Conservatory's November 7 performance is a John Corigliano Concert. Conservatory Singers perform Fern Hill, piano graduate students Richard Jeric and Charles Dickinson perform the duo piano work Chiaroscuro, the Conservatory Wind Symphony performs DC Fanfares and Tarantella from Symphony No. 1. The program also includes "Duet: As Summer Brings a Wistful Breeze" (from The Ghosts of Versailles), performed by students Rachel Coleman and Jenny Beauregard and "Quartet: Come Now, My Darling" (from The Ghosts of Versailles) is performed by Jenny Beauregard, Rachel Coleman, Ellen Hinkel, and Jared Johnson.

eighth blackbird is in Kansas City, October 23–24 and Nov. 7–9. The ensemble coaches students and gives master classes Oct. 23 and 24, performs with the Kansas City Symphony, October 26, and November 8 performs a collaborative concert with student composers and students, 5:30 p.m., at EventPort, 208 W. 19th in the Crossroads. This concert is free.

November 9, eighth blackbird has a performance which includes Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man, and work by Bermel, Muhly, Mackey and Ligeti. This is a Music Alliance concert, part of the Conservatory's series with The Friends of Chamber Music.

The Corigliano concert (tickets here) and eighth blackbird performance (tickets here) are both in White Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for both concerts are at the Central Ticket Office, 816-235-6222.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949