A Benefit for the UMKC Conservatory

About the Event

A fast-paced performance showcasing the talented students of the UMKC Conservatory, Crescendo delights audiences year after year.

Held in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, this exciting prism concert features more than 250 student and faculty performers. Jazz, opera, theater, dance and music fill Helzberg Hall in one of Kansas City's premier arts events.

After more than 20 years, Crescendo has raised millions of dollars for student scholarships, through the generosity of individuals, corporations and community sponsors.


When and where is the event?

The 2019 Gala and concert are on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

How do I get there?

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1601 Broadway, near the Power & Light District, Sprint Center and Crossroads Arts District. Driving directions are available on the Kauffman Center's website. The Kansas City Streetcar also stops at the Kauffman Center, connecting guests to the River Market and Union Station.

What is the Crescendo gala?

Gala guests will gather in the glorious Brandmeyer Great Hall for cocktails and dinner before the concert. The celebration continues afterward when Brandmeyer will be transformed to our Crescendo after-party with music, dessert and a cash bar with champagne. Single Gala tickets may be purchased online September 1st or by contacting Mark Mattison at 816-235-1247 or mattisonm@umkcfoundation.org.

Where can I buy concert tickets?

Concert tickets are available from the UMKC Central Ticket Office or by calling the box office at 816-235-6222. Tickets are available for sale on October 1st.

What do I wear?

Concertgoers are encouraged to wear anything they normally would for a night on the town in Kansas City. For gala attendees, cocktail attire is suggested.

Where should I park, and how much does it cost?

Gala guests will receive a parking voucher for the garage via mail or e-mail. Bring your voucher to the event for complimentary self-parking or valet service beginning at 5 p.m. Parking for the concert ticket is $10.00 for self-parking and $18.00 for valet.

Where does my money go?

All proceeds from Crescendo go toward scholarships for students at the UMKC Conservatory. (Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law for goods and services. After the event, you will receive a letter from UMKC confirming the tax-deductible portion of your contribution. The tax-deductible portion for a Gala ticket is $125.)

How can I/my company become a sponsor?

Elevate your support for the arts and join us as a Crescendo sponsor. All sponsors receive tickets to the gala, invitations to the patron party and program recognition. For more information, contact Mark Mattison at 816-235-1247 or mattisonm@umkcfoundation.org.

Who organizes Crescendo and how can I get involved?

Our Crescendo co-chairs, steering committee and volunteers are the driving force behind this event. These community leaders are experts in public relations, finance, ambiance and more. Their gifts of time and talent ensure an unforgettable evening for our guests. Please contact Tamara Morris at 816-235-6173 if you would like to volunteer.

My question wasn't addressed here. Who should I contact?

For more information, contact Tamara Morris at 816-235-6173 or morristam@umkc.edu.

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