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 evening begins with a patron reception and cocktail party at 6 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.
PURCHASE GALA TICKETS
The earliest sponsors at the Underwriter, Platinum and Gold levels are invited to a gourmet dinner in either the beautiful wine cellar of Greg and Deanna Graves, with Dean Peter Witte as server, or in the Harry S. Truman Dining Car, an elegantly restored 1928 Pullman rail car.
The earliest sponsors at the Silver level will be invited to a Champagne brunch at the home of Regina and Bill Kort.
The patron party tradition continues, this year in the home of Anne and Howard Elsberry.
These unique benefactor events are our way of saying “thank you” for supporting Crescendo.