"an admirably self-possessed musician with a future"
Kelly leads DaXun Zhang and Oregon Mozart Players in a special collaboration with Ballet Fantastique featuring Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger Concerto.
Kelly is thrilled to be returning to Lyric Opera of Chicago in March to conduct Charlie Parker's Yardbird for Lyric Unlimited.
In the 2016-17 season, the Butler Opera Center will present new productions of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, Adamo's Little Women, and Mozart's Die Zauberfloete.
With glowing accolades in hand for the Summermusik festival he helped assemble as Interim Music Director, Kelly is one of the five finalists for Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Butler Opera Center's production of Jake Heggie's "At the Statue of Venus" and "Three Decembers," conducted by Kelly Kuo, won the opera category in the 2015-16 awards by Austin Critics' Table. Concerts of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra led by Kelly were recently named to the Best of 2015 lists by both Music in Cincinnati and Rafael deAcha for Scene and Heard International. 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.
Malta Youth Orchestra invited Kelly to lead concerts for the Ziguzajg Festival in Valletta. He brought with him a quartet of American string pedagogues from Indiana University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and The University of Texas at Austin to lead masterclasses and serve as mentors for the musicians of the MYO.
Oregon Mozart Players has extended Kelly's contract as Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra through the 2017-2018 season.