Week 1 Conductor Announced: Kenneth Kiesler
We are proud to announce the 2014 Sewanee Summer Music Festival Week One Conductor…
“There do exist great American conductors, and Kiesler is one of them! Standing on behalf of the music he serves, he conducts from memory with unaffected gestures both precise and passionate. Nothing is unecessary in his conducting; yet everything is there. Very beautiful work!” - Roger Bouchard (Ensemble Orchestral de Paris)
“Mr. Kiesler drew an assured, colorful performance, winning a prolonged ovation… The Account of Mahler‟s “Titan” Symphony was solid and winning…” - The New York Times (Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia and principal players of the New York Philharmonic)
Three things to know about Maestro Kiesler:
- He’s a pioneer! Described as “… an intense and charismatic leader with a vibrant conducting style” (Omaha World Herald, Omaha Symphony Orchestra), and as having “A refreshing Vision… allowing innate brilliance to come through” (Los Angelas Times, San Diego Symphony Orchestra), Kiesler blazes a trail both on and off the podium.
- – Bonus fact: In addition to his many noteworthy accomplishments in conducting, Kiesler is also founder of the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and Illinois Symphony Chorus.
- You probably want to go to him for travel tips. He’s led orchestras on at least three different continents and in several countries, including Mexico, Brazil, China, and Japan (that’s not even close to the full list - see his biography for more). We are guessing that the maestro knows his way around an airport.
- New music is a big deal to Kiesler. In his own words, he is “a passionate advocate for new music and living composers”, having led premiers by Evan Chambers, Steven Stucky, Gunther Schuller, Leslie Bassett, Ben Johnston, Aharon Harlap, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kristen Kuster, Steven Rush, and Paul Brantley.
Looking forward to having you here at Sewanee, Maestro!
Read Kenneth Kiesler’s full biography on kennethkiesler.com.
See all 2014 Festival conductors here.