Michael Stern, conductor. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. download

Michael Stern with Curtis, Iris, YCA, in Israel, and beyond

Conductor Michael Stern starts the summer with a 7 concert tour of Israel, leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Joshua Bell in a program of Copland, Lalo, and Sibelius and ends the summer at Tanglewood leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma in works of Bernstein, Haydn, John Williams, and Respighi.

In between, Stern leads Beethoven 9 performances (featuring Colbert Artists Dashon Burton and Celena Shafer) in the season closing concerts of his Kansas City Symphony, then heads west for concerts at the Crested Butte Festival, and a performance of Mahler’s 6th Symphony with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Last month, Michael returned to his alma mater to lead the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in their final concert of the season in a program of Debussy, Varése, and Brahms at the Kimmel Center, and finished up the season with his IRIS orchestra in a program of Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Last week he conducted the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall for the Young Concert Artists Gala Concert – Mozart’sViolin Concerto No. 5, Barber’s “Knoxville”, and Prokofiev’sPiano Concerto No. 3.