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President's Gala Planned for Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Contact: Mike Greife
Students enrolled in the University of Central Missouri’s music programs will experience the thrill of performing on the one of the greatest music venues in the world as they present the annual President’s Gala at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

The gala concert traditionally marks the close of a successful academic year for the UCM music students and faculty. The decision to take the performance from UCM’s historic Hendricks Hall to the Kauffman Center is a result of a decision by the leadership of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Department of Music to give students and UCM’s loyal music patrons the opportunity to experience a performance the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall.

The April 9 performance is free, but tickets are required to assure seating. Tickets may be picked up in person at the Performing Arts Series box office in Administration 100 on the UCM campus, or at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts box office.

Groups scheduled to perform include the Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble. The program also features a duet piano performance by UCM music faculty members Mia Hynes and Tian Tian.

For Cameron Carney, a sophomore music education major from North Kansas City, traveling to the Kauffman Center to perform is an invaluable experience. A Kansas City native and graduate of North Kansas City High School, he also feels a sense of pride in what his hometown has to offer his classmates and their audience.

“The vision of Muriel Kauffman brought us an opportunity the showcase the talents of our student body in a venue that continues to actively and significantly impact the arts community,” he said. “Like my classmates, I look forward to this experience, and I hope it won’t be the last time I find myself on this stage.”

Pat Setser, Kansas City, also will be in the audience on April 9. An alumna of UCM, she is retired as the music coordinator for the North Kansas City School District. A career educator, she also has had the opportunity to perform on the Kauffman Center stage, playing bass clarinet and serving as assistant conductor for the Kansas City Wind Symphony.

“Throughout my career, the people I have met and the places I have performed are all truly memorable and heartwarming for me,” she said. “I can hardly wait for the UCM students to take the stage at Kauffman, and for those who appreciate their talent and excellent training to experience that thrill with them. It will truly be an amazing experience for us all.”

“We are delighted to showcase the talents of our students and faculty for alumni and friends in the Greater Kansas city area to experience and appreciate,” said Gersham Nelson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “As President Ambrose positions UCM to the launch the Arts Gateway initiative that will upgrade our performance spaces, the timing could not be more propitious for the public to experience the thrill, excitement and sheer magic that can be generated by our student and faculty musicians. All of our alumni and friends will want to be a part of the April 9 President’s Gala, as well as the advancement of the arts on campus.”

“We want to showcase our University of Central Missouri music students in this world-class facility,” said Steven Moore, chair of the Department of Music. “The arts at the University of Central Missouri are on an upward trajectory, and our talented students and artist faculty are excited to perform in Helzberg Hall. Our community members, both in Warrensburg and the Kansas City region, will enjoy experiencing UCM performers in one of the finest music venues in the world.”

For more information about the President’s Gala at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts or the Department of Music programs and events, call 660-543-4530.