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Conductor and Composer

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“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

John Kennedy conductor

Conductor and Composer

With a legacy of artistic leadership fueled by creativity and collaboration, 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.

Excellence and Joy in music-making

Care and Trust in leadership

Recent conversation with Dr. Julie Pham about the practice of respect in music.

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