Kansas City Symphony 2022-23: guest conductors, music by Strauss, Zemlinsky, Billy Childs, Jessie Montgomery, Adam Schoenberg

Posted on: March 28, 2022

“A parade of guest conductors will strut their stuff” at the Kansas City Symphony in the 2022-23 season, with Music Director Michael Stern set to step down in 2024, writes Patrick Neas in Friday’s (3/25) Kansas City Star. “And there’s a bevy of guest artists … including … some … from our own backyard. Three world-class virtuosos trained at Park University’s International Center for Music, pianists Behzod Abduraimov and Kenny Broberg and violinist Maria Ioudenitch, will be featured … Stern will conduct the opening weekend … with [violinist Gil] Shaham performing Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3…. Stern says he’s also looking forward to conducting a concert that celebrates the beauty of planet Earth [featuring] Richard Strauss’ … Alpine Symphony [and] a percussion concerto by Adam Schoenberg with Symphony percussionist Josh Jones…. Stern is proud that fully 25% of the works next season are by American composers, including two co-commissions by Billy Childs and Jessie Montgomery…. The … season [includes] Zemlinsky’s ‘The Mermaid’ and Paul Hindemith’s ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.’ ” Guest conductors will include Domingo Hindoyan, Aziz Shokhakimov, Francesco Lecce-Chong, Ruth Reinhardt, Matthias Pintscher, Teddy Abrams, Thomas Wilkins, and Valentina Peleggi.