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Conductor and Composer

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Coming Soon

John will be conducting Omar

by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels at San Francisco Opera,

November 5-21, 2023


On deck:

Even the Stones Breathe 

 Grand Canyon Music Festival

 September 16

John Kennedy conductor

Conductor and Composer

With a legacy of artistic leadership fueled by creativity and experimentalism, John Kennedy has led acclaimed performances worldwide in opera, orchestral, dance, and new music. Kennedy is known for centering musicians and audiences in the musical experience with imaginative programming linking music of all eras, as well as illuminating performances of contemporary music. A prolific composer whose work has been hailed for its beauty, communicative capacity, and environmental consciousness, Kennedy is a devoted agent of music as a living cultural force.

“A brilliant, clear account of the harmonically attractive, rhythmically complex score under contemporary music expert John Kennedy... Kennedy's work and that of his musicians was superb.”

Opera News

"Conductor John Kennedy not only made the demanding, meticulous details of the score sound easy, but also brought forward a dense emotional richness..."

Gramophone (UK)

"His reading of Beethoven 7 had it all: carefully controlled dynamics, subtle interpretative nuance, a perfect sense of musical line, and a sure knack for unleashing the raw energy and power of his marvelous players where called for.”

Charleston City Paper


For conducting inquiries:
Wittenberg Artists

Martin Wittenberg

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