Conservatory choir sings to benefit local non-profit

UMKC Conservatory’s concert choir performed on Tuesday evening, at a benefit concert with proceeds going to Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough.

Operation Breakthrough is one Kansas City’s largest non-profits that provide quality child care to children of the city’s working poor.

Along with four other choirs, the conservatory choir gave a beautiful performance. All of the choirs sang individually and came together for a combined performance at the end of the concert.

Some pieces played were in different languages, and drums were used by two of the choirs. There was also piano interspersed throughout, some performed by UMKC’s Paul Thomas.

Dustin Cates, graduate student and conductor of the conservatory choir.

Chosen pieces ranged from modern and postmodern styles. A piece composed by classicial artist, Orlando Di Lasso, was featured, as well as Harry Belafonte’s “Turn the World Around” (1977).

UMKC’s conservatory choir chose some intriguing pieces to perform.

Alleluia (2013), by Jake Runestad, was the first piece, simply featuring the choir repeating “alleluia” in different arrangments throughout the song.

The second piece by W.A. Mozart, Veni Sancte Spiritus (1768), was performed in a haunting and elegant manner.

Runestad was featured again with a dazzling version of Let My Love Be Heard (2014).

The conservatory choirs sing again on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center, along with the conservatory orchestra, as a part of the Conservatory Artist Series).

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