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The Future of American Orchestras

Conductor Michael Stern, Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and the Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra, discusses how orchestras are adapting to changing times with NRO CEO, Dave DePeters. From financial impacts to programming, the community, diversity, and inclusion, the NRO Conductor Seminars share vital topics for the Arts.

The industry talk includes a question and answers session.

Conductor Michael Stern is Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and the Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra.

Stern and Kansas City have been hailed for their remarkable artistic ascent, original programming, and the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences. Stern and the orchestra have partnered with Reference Recordings in an ongoing series of well received CDs.  Two new releases are a disc of new works by American composer Adam Schoenberg, and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”

Stern’s IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee is a leader in innovative programming, with special emphasis on American contemporary music.  Under Stern’s direction, IRIS has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, Stephen Hartke, Jonathan Leshnoff, Huang Ruo, and Adam Schoenberg, amongst others.

Michael Stern has conducted the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, National, Montreal, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Seattle and Boston symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, as well as the New York Philharmonic. He also has appeared regularly at the Aspen Music Festival and has served on faculty there.

He has conducted in London, Stockholm, Paris, Helsinki, Budapest, Israel, Moscow, Taiwan, and Tokyo, and has held permanent posts with the orchestras in Saarbrücken, the Orchestre National de Lyon, and the Orchestre National de Lille.

NRO Virtual Masterclass & Seminar Series

Not even a pandemic can stop us from educating the most promising classical musicians.
Every 2020 NRO Fellow has the opportunity to participate in a masterclass or lesson on their instrument.  Seminars will include a line-up of top conductors and guest artists discussing a variety of essential topics for the Arts.

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The sessions are accessible online only and are open for public viewing.  All are welcome!  FREE admission for everyone.  Registration is required. Times are MDT.

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