Michael Stern, conductor. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. download

Michael Stern returns from a Music Director residency in Guangzhou

Conductor and Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern just led a subscription week with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and fellow Colbert Artist, Marc-André Hamelin 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.” – Jon Ross, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 10, 2017

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

Stern returned from two weeks in Guangzhou in January as Music Director for the Youth Music Culture Guangdong, alongside Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma, to finish his tenth week with the Kansas City Symphony in a program of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Next up, Stern will premiere Rautavaara’s Violin Concerto with Anne Akiko Meyers and the Kansas City Symphony on March 24, 25, & 26.