Michael Stern with the KC Symphony


 

Conductor Michael Stern took the podium with Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony for the penultimate concert at Tanglewood this summer in a program of Bernstein, Haydn, John Williams, and Respighi:
 

"The program was designed for popular appeal, with Ma as the chief attraction. In the end, conductor Michael Stern seemed the most interesting part of the evening. He lit up the BSO, whether accompanying Ma or going to the movies with Bernstein." 
THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE, August 28, 2016
 

Stern began September leading the Shanghai Symphony in the inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, and now heads Down Under to lead the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in performances of Elgar, Haydn, and Prokofiev.  Stern opens his 12th season as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony in the remarkable Helzberg Hall of the architectural icon that is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in K.C.  Stern also continues as Music Director of IRIS, the ground-breaking orchestra he founded in Memphis to champion new American music -- played by extraordinary rosters of musicians -- alongside the Classical canon.  Mo. Stern also leads weeks with the Nationaland Atlanta Symphonies this season.