"an admirably self-possessed musician with a future"
Kelly returns to the Zenith Chamber Music Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, to perform chamber music with musicians from the Houston and Cincinnati symphonies. Performances are scheduled August 15-19, 2017. Oregon Mozart Players' opening concert of the 2017-18 season features clarinetist David Shifrin and celebrates anniversaries of Korngold and Brahms in addition to Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Charlie Parker's Yardbird received accolades for its performances. Among the reviews, Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times highly recommended the "expertly directed" Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, writing, "Conductor Kelly Kuo and his small but superb orchestra are a seamless match for the singers in this work that clearly has attracted the ever-desirable “crossover” audience — a mix of both Lyric Opera fans and jazz aficionados." Kelly is thrilled to be making his Memphis Symphony debut conducting two subscription concerts in February 2018. Kelly's debut with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra was a success. "Kuo easily had his forces maintain the vaunted reputation they've gained." Read NUVO's complete review here. Oregon Mozart Players has extended Kelly's contract as Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra through the 2017-2018 season.
Butler Opera Center's 2017-18 season includes new productions of three masterworks: Mozart's Così fan tutte, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, and Verdi's Falstaff.