"an admirably self-possessed musician with a future"
Kelly is thrilled to be making his Memphis Symphony debut conducting subscription concerts on February 17 and 18 in a program of Korngold, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky with Karen Busler as flute soloist.
The Register Guard raved about Oregon Mozart Players' second concert of the season, an all-French program with the Cleveland Orchestra's principal cellist Mark Kosower as soloist on works by Saint-Saens and Faure, saying "Kuo’s orchestral forces proved to be superb collaborators." Read the entire review here. Oregon Mozart Players opened its season with a critically-acclaimed concert featuring clarinet soloist David Shifrin. Said the Register Guard about the performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, "Kuo spurred his forces (kudos to the horns) to deliver a driving performance of the opening movement, and to bring maximum drama and excitement to the tempestuous finale. The persistent and bumptious scherzo proved chock full of assertive humor. But most satisfying of all was the ensemble’s artful shaping of the Allegretto movement, where the strings played with spellbinding sensitivity and various wind principals contributed elegant solo lines." 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." Oregon Mozart Players has extended Kelly's contract as Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra through the 2020-2021 season.
Kelly leads Butler Opera Center's production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia in performances on March 1, 3, and 4.