Michael Stern in Atlanta, Kansas City, and Guangzhou

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Michael Stern in Atlanta, Kansas City, and Guangzhou

May 5-7, with his home orchestra, the Kansas City SymphonyMichael Stern leads the Britten War Requiem with fellow Colbert Artists soprano Christine Brewer and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in commemoration of the United State's entry into World War I. (Kansas City is home to the National World War I Museum and Memorial.)  May and June highlights include Mozart Piano Concertos with Emanuel Ax in Kansas City, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra with Yo-Yo Ma.

In March, Stern led the highly anticipated world premiere performance of Einojunahi Rautavaara's  "Fantasia" with fellow Colbert Artist, Anne Akiko Meyers and the Kansas City Symphony.

Earlier in March, Stern led a subscription week with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Marc-André Hamelin (another Colbert Artist!), in nights of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Medtner's Piano Concerto No. 2.

"Under Stern's impassioned baton, the orchestra produced teeth-rattling forte passages in the fifth movement, which turned abruptly into complete silence. The juxtaposition, which was exaggerated by Stern, emphasized Tchaikovsky's wittiness."
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, March 10, 2017

Stern led a round of several different programs with the National Symphony. and Joshua Bell in Édouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, and the premiere of Anne Dudley's The Man With The Violin.

In January, Stern spent two weeks in Guangzhou as Music Director of the Youth Music Culture Guangdong, alongside Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma, and then returned to the US to lead the Kansas City Symphony in a program of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

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 In Russia, Boston and elsewhere with Ken-David Masur

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In Russia, Boston and elsewhere with Ken-David Masur

This May, Maestro Ken-David Masur leads the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (his debut with that organization) in works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn at Symphony Center on May 8.  In June he oversees the Chelsea Music Festival, of which he is music director, alongside his wife, Melinda Lee Masur.  July and August finds him at Tanglewood, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra on July 23 and the Boston University of Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) Orchestra on August 12. On September 5 he returns to the Hollywood Bowl, leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic and pianist Inon Barnatan in an LA Phil commission, a new piano concerto from Alan Fletcher. Also on the program are Boulanger's D’un matin de printemps and Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”.

After leading orchestras in Germany, Korea, and Russia, and in North America with the New England Conservatory of Music and the Boston University Symphony, 2017 began with Masur leading a subscription week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring concertos by Vivaldi, Krommer, Jolivet, Rota, and Schumann, followed by a night leading the Orchestre National de France with Anne-Sophie Mutter in an homage to his late father.  Ken just led the Omaha Symphony this month in a program of Strauss, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.  

"Masur was charming as a conductor. His natural enthusiasm came across as expressive and familiar. His skill and connection with the orchestra were evident."
– OMAHA WORLD HERALD, April 8, 2017

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