UMKC Conservatory Announces 2012-13 Season


The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is pleased to announce its 2012–13 Conservatory Artist and Music Alliance Series. Dean Peter Witte notes, "Students and partnerships are central to the Conservatory.  With our series, we celebrate both.  We make our dance debut in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, continue our concerts in Helzberg Hall, and celebrate our partnerships with the Friends of Chamber Music and the Kansas City Symphony.  From Beethoven's Ninth to eighth blackbird, from Sondheim and Corigliano to Balanchine, 2012–13 will be a joy."

This is the third year for Music Alliance, our partnership with the Friends of Chamber Music, which is designed to bring the world’s finest artists to Kansas City. The series, highlighting master works and new music, builds bridges between emerging and established artists and fosters community access to professional musicians through concerts, residencies and master classes.

Conservatory Artist Series

September 14, Anthony de Mare, piano 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall Anthony de Mare is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists, and one of its foremost champions of contemporary music. He will perform Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From the Piano, a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The project brings together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to “re-imagine” one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. His provocative and engaging programs have led critics to declare he has “transformed the recital format” The New York Times, enlivening them with “a theatrical twist… more akin to a show than to a recital.” The New York Times.

October 5 and 6, Radiate, Illuminate, Dance! 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts This performance features the choreography of Conservatory dance faculty, including Sabrina Madison-Cannon’s Rapture with music composed by Paul Rudy, performed by the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Joe Parisi, and Serenade, choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust, with Conservatory strings, conducted by Steven D. Davis.

May 6, 2013 Finale, Conservatory Orchestra 7:30 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Join Robert Olson as he conducts the Conservatory Orchestra in another scintillating performance in the grandeur of Helzberg Hall. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in D minor, one of the most widely recognized choral symphonies in the Western canon.

Music Alliance

October 26 Jasper String Quartet 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” by The Strad and as “powerful” by The New York Times. They play “with sparkling vitality and great verve...polished, engaged, and in tune with one another,” Classical Voice of North Carolina. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the quartet holds ensemble-in-residence positions at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida. The program includes Haydn, Ligeti, and Ravel.

November 9 eighth blackbird 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall Eighth blackbird is the Conservatory’s 2012 Barr Laureate Ensemble. The program includes composer John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man and works by Nico Muhly, Steve Mackey, and György Ligeti. This concert is underwritten by the James and Vera Olson Fund for the Arts, and is supported in part by the Howard and Patricia Barr Institute for American Composition Studies.

Single tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with ID. Subscriber rates and all tickets can be found by calling the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949