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UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance – Crescendo Patrons’ Party

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s Crescendo Patrons’ Party was held on October 26th at the beautiful home of Barbara and Dr. Doug Cusick. More than 100 guests enjoyed a special inside look at Barbara and Doug’s collection of antique, automatic musical instruments. The beautiful collection even includes a self-playing grand piano that once belonged to Kansas City political leader Tom Pendergast. Guests were also treated to a sneak peek of the Crescendo concert with an aria by graduate student Laurel Weir, who was accompanied by master’s student John Livingston.

Ben and Elaine Mann, Emily and Dick Ballentine and Anne and Howard Elsberry


John Livingston and Laurel Weir entertained guests with a piece by Giuseppe Verdi.


Dr. Doug Cusick, host; demonstrated a late 19th century music box.


Partygoers were mesmerized by Dr. Doug Cusick’s explanation of his magnificent collection of antique player instruments.

Also featured in the December 9, 2017 issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: David Riffel


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UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance – Crescendo 2017

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