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.



Please designate your gift for the Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The Concert

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.

Tickets to the concert, which starts at 7 p.m., cost $30, or $15 for students with ID.

Another way to experience Crescendo is through a concert/dinner combination. For $80, you can enjoy the performance at the Kauffman Center and a three-course prix fixe meal at award-winning Lidia's restaurant, 101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City, Mo.

Underground parking in the Kauffman Center garage is available to concert-goers for $8. Valet parking is $18.

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The Gala

Gala seating for Crescendo 2014 is sold out. Tickets to the concert are still available, as are combination tickets for the concert and dinner at Lidia's.

The Crescendo gala includes a patron reception and cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. Patrons receive priority seating for the 7 p.m. concert in Helzberg Hall. Afterward, gala patrons enjoy a delicious dinner in the beautifully decorated Brandmeyer Great Hall.

Cocktail attire is suggested.

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

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