Oct 8, 2012    #128
Contact: Jacqueline Hawkins

UMKC's Crescendo Takes on New Venue

Annual celebration benefits the Conservatory

This year, the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance's Crescendo celebration is going in a new direction, in a new venue.

On Nov. 2, the Conservatory will showcase its greatest strengths in the area's best new arts venue, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Crescendo 2012 will place more than 250 students and faculty on stage in a seamless performance designed to be as brisk as it is eclectic. From jazz to classics, music and dance will fill Helzberg Hall. Crescendo 2012's performance reflects the dynamic and ever-changing rhythms and riffs that define the Conservatory.

For Conservatory patrons, the evening will begin at 6 p.m., with cocktails prior to the performance. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dinner in Brandmeyer Hall will immediately follow the concert. Patron tickets start at $250.

Guests who prefer to simply enjoy the concert may purchase concert-only tickets. Student tickets are $12.50 plus a $2 Kauffman customer service fee in advance, and $12.50 plus a $6 Kauffman Fee at the door. General audience tickets are $27.50, plus a $6 Kauffman fee in advance or at the door.

Tickets are available through the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Crescendo is an annual celebration designed to support UMKC's Conservatory.

"The Conservatory's best and brightest will sing, dance, and play from every corner of Helzberg Hall. The concert will be a celebration of the arts in Kansas City. We can't wait," Peter Witte, dean of the Conservatory, said.

Crescendo 2012's venue will place Conservatory students downtown, where artistic energy is already thriving.

"More than ever, Kansas City is talking about UMKC's Conservatory. Crescendo 2012 is yet another big idea, an elegant yet action-packed performance that celebrates the Conservatory's future." Lisa Hickok, chair of Crescendo 2012, said.

About the Conservatory

Dubbed "one of the country's liveliest academies" by The New York Times, UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation and engagement with our communities. A community of artists, educators and scholars, the Conservatory enrolls about 500 students in a comprehensive array of liberal arts and professional degree programs in Composition, Music Theory and Musicology; Dance; Instrumental Studies, Keyboard Studies; Music Education/Music Therapy; Jazz Studies; and Vocal Studies.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), 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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