Exceptional Talent

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.

The Gala

The dynamic, uninterrupted Crescendo performance 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.

The gala includes a patron reception and cocktail party at 6 p.m. Patrons receive priority seating for the 7 p.m. concert in Helzberg Hall. Afterward, patrons enjoy a delicious dinner in the beautifully decorated Brandmeyer Great Hall.

Cocktail attire is suggested.

Gala patrons also receive free valet or self-service parking in the underground Kauffman Center garage.

Purchase Gala Tickets

The Concert

You can be a part of the excitement of Crescendo without attending the entire gala. Tickets to only the concert, which starts at 7 p.m., cost $30, or $15 for students with ID. They will go on sale Sept. 1; check this website for details.

Parking in the underground Kauffman Center garage is available to concert-goers for $8. Valet parking is $17.

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