Kevin John Edusei, Fort Worth Symphony’s new principal guest conductor, to make Dallas Symphony debut leading music by Coleridge-Taylor and Ravel

Posted on: December 22, 2021

“Newly appointed principal guest conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Kevin John Edusei will make his Dallas Symphony debut in concerts Jan. 7-9,” writes Tim Diovanni in Monday’s (12/20) Dallas Morning News. “He’ll conduct well-known works by Ravel and a rarely heard violin concerto by British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, with American violinist Elena Urioste. Of African and European heritage, like Edusei, Coleridge-Taylor was largely forgotten after his death in 1912, at the age of 37. Yet interest in his music has spiked over the last several years, especially during the recent reckoning around race in America. His Violin Concerto blends folk and late romantic styles, revealing influences from Dvořák and Elgar….. Edusei … believes it deserves a wider audience…. Although trained at the Curtis Institute and Juilliard School, Urioste is not your typical violinist. She’s also a writer, entrepreneur and certified yoga teacher. Rounding out the program will be Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso, Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 and Bolero.… Edusei’s … 2023 FWSO programs will heavily feature Mozart, Schumann and Brahms. For future FWSO concerts, Edusei said he also wants to dig up forgotten works by … Franz Schreker and Alexander Zemlinsky.”