Mar 16, 2012    #031
Contact: John Martellaro

Celebrated composer-performer DBR headlines Musical Bridges benefit gala

Genre-defying violinist and composer of 'hip-hop etudes' will perform with local youth at scholarship benefit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) will be the featured performer at the annual Musical Bridges Gala, a concert benefitting music students from the Kansas City, Kansas public schools.

The event is sponsored by the Community Music and Dance Academy, a program of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are available online or by calling 816-235-2741.

DBR is perhaps the only composer who has collaborated and performed with Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, and Lady Gaga. He's received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Library of Congress, and the sports channel ESPN. He's appeared on American Idol (FOX), America's Assignment (CBS Evening News), E:60 (ESPN) and been spotlighted as a "New Face of Classical Music" by Esquire Magazine. Most recently DBR has created a new evening length-work, "Symphony for the Dance Floor," for the 2011 BAM Next Wave Festival and ASU Gammage, and composed music for the Atlanta Ballet's "Home in 7," with the choreographer Amy Seiwert and the poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

The UMKC Conservatory's Musical Bridges program helps outstanding young musicians from local schools reach their full potential through no-cost private music lessons, individual mentoring and participation in summer music programs, the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and other performance opportunities. The gala specifically supports students from the Kansas City, Kansas public schools. DBR will also be artist-in-residence at the Conservatory April 12-14, working with both Academy and Conservatory students.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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