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A Season of Discovery: Five Conductors, Five Concerts



Alastair Willis
Alastair Willis
October 2016
In the past few seasons, Grammy-nominated conductor ALASTAIR WILLIS has guest conducted orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony. “The music (Strauss Till Eulenspiegel) describing the life and gallows death of a legendary trickster, is full of theatrical gestures, and Willis savored every one of them. For all his attention to detail - and his accurate rendering of tempo indications that are often fudged - this was also a red-blooded, impetuous and deliciously over-the-top performance.”
- Mike Greenberg, San Antonio Express News   Read more....

Stilian Kirov
Stilian Kirov
December 2016

"Kirov conducted with great vitality and energy as well as a fine sense of both balance and timing, and got exciting performances from all hands - chorus, soloists, orchestra." [Orff’s Carmina Burana]

Seattle Symphony- SEATTLE TIMES

A prize winner at prestigious 2015 Malko Competition, and recently completing a highly successful tenure as Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Stilian Kirov has just been appointed Music Director of the Symphony in C.  Read more....


José-Luis Novo
José-Luis Novo
January 2017

Serving for over a decade at the helm of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in Maryland and the Binghamton Philharmonic (BPO) in New York State, José-Luis Novo has managed to instill a new artistic vision and leave his personal imprint in both organizations. His continuous drive for artistic excellence, innovative thematic programming, and collaborations with some of today’s most respected guest artists, have resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, praising audiences, and enthusiastic reviews. Read more....


Vladimir Kulenovic
Vladimir Kulenovic
March 2017

Designated “Chicagoan of the Year (2015) in Classical Music” by the distinguished Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein, Vladimir Kulenovic has begun 2016 on a high note.  He has completed a highly successful first season as Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony, and was also named the 2015 Solti Conducting Fellow, one of the most prestigious conducting honors in the United States.  Having recently concluded four seasons as Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, where he conducted an average of one hundred performances annually, Mr. Kulenovic will serve as staff conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the English National Opera, as well as continuing his post as Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic.   Read more....


Keitaro Harada
Keitaro Harada
April 2017

Conductor Keitaro Harada continues to be recognized at the highest levels for his artistic abilities and passion for musical excellence. As a recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2014 and 2015), Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview (2013), the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, a student of Lorin Maazel at Castleton Festival and Fabio Luisi at Pacific Music Festival, Harada’s credentials are exemplary. Newly appointed Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Harada is also Associate Conductor of the Arizona Opera and Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony.

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