A Benefit for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

Crescendo is one of Kansas City's premier arts events, hosted by the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance at the beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The event has raised millions for student scholarships.

The 2018 concert will take place Friday, November 2. Co-chairs Yvette and Joseph Miceli and Honorary Co-chairs Suzanne Shank and Martin Smoler look forward to seeing you there!

Setting the Stage

The Concert

Whether you’re a lover of jazz, opera, dance or classical music, you will find it all in this fast-paced, one-hour performance in Helzberg Hall by 250 of the Conservatory’s most talented students and faculty. The concert begins at 8 p.m and is followed by dancing to music by A La Mode and a cash bar in Brandmeyer Great Hall.

A New Gala

In 2018, we are turning Crescendo upside down. The event is still centered around a fabulous, prism-style performance in Helzberg Hall, presented by the Conservatory's talented students and internationally acclaimed faculty.

New this year, registration and cocktails for the gala start at 5:30pm. Cocktails and dinner begin in the Brandmeyer Great Hall at 6:30 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Afterwards, the celebration continues in Brandmeyer, where all guests are invited to join the party and enjoy dessert and dancing to the band, A La Mode.

Sponsorship Opportunities

All sponsors receive a table at the gala, invitation to the patron party and program recognition. For more information, contact Mark Mattison at 816-235-1247 or mattisonm@umkcfoundation.org.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Hononary Co-Chairs Martin Smoler and Suzanne Shank and Chairs Yvette and Joseph Miceli Crescendo performers