A Musical Tribute to Composer Kevin Oldham



The UMKC Conservatory and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are pleased to present A Tribute to Kevin Oldham, honoring internationally celebrated Kansas City composer Kevin Oldham who passed away from AIDS in 1993.  The performance is March 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m., at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO.

March 2013 marks twenty years since Oldham died at age 32.  The lively, irreverent virtuoso pianist began writing music in earnest after his HIV diagnosis in 1988.  Oldham grew up in Kansas City, the son of musical parents.  His prodigious gifts were apparent from an early age, and he garnered top prizes at many competitions.  After attending Northwestern University, he moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School. His professional debut at Carnegie Recital Hall was well received, and he continued to perform solo recitals and with orchestra, including the Kansas City Symphony, with whom he performed his own piano concerto shortly before his death.

The program of original music will feature pianists Karen Kushner, Marcus Ostermiller, Shane Spangler and Robert Weirich, and vocalists Vinson Cole, Rebecca Sherburn, Aidan Soder, and Elizabeth Tredent. Kushner, Weirich, Cole, Sherburn, and Soder all teach at the UMKC Conservatory. The program includes solo piano music, including Oldham's virtuosic Variations on a French Noel, as well as some lively and touching songs.

The evening also features a short portion (focusing on Kevin Oldham) of the documentary film All the Way Through Evening by Australian filmmaker Rohan Spong. The film features preparations for the twentieth World AIDS Day concert, telling the emotional story of the pandemic, alongside candid interviews with the friends, families and lovers who survived it.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and music critic Tim Page, a professor at USC, will speak.

The FREE event takes place in Lens 2 of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO. The event is sponsored by the UMKC Conservatory's Dean's Office, Musicology, the Conservatory Academy, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. The institution-wide transformation of the Nelson-Atkins has included the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building expansion and renovation of the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free to everyone. For museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949