A Benefit for the UMKC Conservatory

Sponsor and Ticketing Information Coming Soon

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory is thrilled to announce exciting changes for Crescendo 2024, the Friends of the Conservatory’s annual scholarship benefit. After more than a decade at our amazing home away from home, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, this fall we are moving the gala portion of the event to the iconic Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to be held on Saturday, November 9, 2024.

This elevated gala experience will be immersive, with artists sprinkled throughout and flowing between the museum spaces all evening long. Conservatory dancers, actors and musicians will present intimate performances specially created for the museum’s majestic halls, with guests not only observing but also becoming a part of the experience from the moment they arrive, during the cocktail hour and throughout dinner.

For past patrons who love the amazing collage-style concert performance in Helzberg Hall, we have something very special for you. In addition to the fall Crescendo gala, you will receive tickets to “Crescendo in Concert” scheduled for April 29, 2025, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This two-for-one, added-value sponsorship allows you the opportunity to experience the Crescendo Gala this fall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the treasured concert format at the Kauffman Center in the spring. We are delighted to offer both performances with one sponsorship this year.

We look forward to seeing you at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for Crescendo 2024!

The UMKC Conservatory is a school for the performing arts and has been recognized for its artistic excellence and innovation for more than 115 years. Proceeds from Crescendo support student scholarships, which are essential to the Conservatory’s success and a critical part of recruiting and retaining top talent.

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