Over the years, Crescendo has evolved into one of the premier events on the Kansas City arts calendar. The exciting evening celebrates the achievements of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the venue couldn't be more dazzling — the world-renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Proceeds from Crescendo directly benefit Conservatory students. Your support helps ensure that the Conservatory can continue to attract and retain the artists, educators and leaders who make the Conservatory “one of the country's liveliest academies,” in the words of The New York Times.

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The evening begins with a patron reception and cocktail party at 5:45 p.m. in Brandmeyer Great Hall. Gala patrons receive priority seating for the 7 p.m. Crescendo concert, which spotlights the talented students and faculty of the UMKC Conservatory as they perform throughout Helzberg Hall. The quick-paced concert features dance, jazz, opera, voice, orchestra and more. Afterward, gala patrons enjoy a delicious dinner in the beautifully decorated Brandmeyer Great Hall. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Learn more about being a sponsor and ordering Gala Tickets.

For more information, call Tamara Morris at 816-235-6173.

The Concert

More than 250 students and faculty perform during the 60-minute concert. Crescendo is a tour de force of Conservatory talent that rivals any you have seen.

Concert Tickets are now available for purchase online or by calling the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Concert/Dinner Combo

You can also enjoy the evening with the $80 concert/dinner combo, which includes a ticket to the concert plus a three-course dinner at Lidia's in the Crossroads at 5 p.m. or at Webster House at 8:30 p.m. Contact Kiersten Schorgl at 816-235-6260 for more details.