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Wes Kenney, Music Director

Wes KenneyThe 2007 Grand Prize Winner of the Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition, Wes Kenney is now beginning his second decade as Music Director of the Fort Collins (Colorado) Symphony and Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University. Named in 2004 to an additional post as Music Director of Opera Fort Collins, he currently conducts three professional operatic productions as well as numerous orchestra concerts and dance performances each season throughout Northern Colorado.

Mr. Kenney’s recent guest conducting activities include the Buffalo Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony. International guest conducting includes performances with the Vidin State Philharmonic and Stara Zagora Opera Company in Bulgaria as well as the Edinburgh (Scotland) Music Festival. He has also appeared with the Savannah Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Acadiana (LA) Symphony, San Juan (CO) Symphony and Coastal Valleys (CA) Symphony.

Former positions include Associate Conductor of the Virginia Symphony, Music Director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, and faculty conducting positions with the College of William and Mary as well as San Francisco State University.

Named Educator of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association in 2008, Mr. Kenney has always sought out opportunities to work with talented young people. He was named Music Director of the Denver Young Artist Orchestra and will take them on tour to Italy next summer. Mr. Kenney has been a Guest Conductor with the Alabama, New Mexico, and Virginia All-State Orchestras and served as Music Director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra for five seasons.

Mr. Kenney is a graduate of the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University and was awarded the prestigious Carmen Dragon Conducting Prize in 1992. Additional studies include a year at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik, three years as a fellow at the Conductors Institute, several American Symphony Orchestra League and Conductors Guild Workshops, and the Sandpoint Festival. His teachers include Harold Farberman, Hans Beer, Gunther Schuller, Hans Swarovsky and Miltiardes Carides.

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2013-2014 Schedule

The Best of Romanticism
October 5, 2013 | Masterworks #1
7:30pm | Lincoln Center
Brahms - Tragic Overture
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3
Guest Artist - Keenan Reesor, Piano
Dvorak - Symphony No. 8

On the Cusp
November 2, 2013 | Masterworks #2
7:30pm | Lincoln Center
Beethoven - Symphony No. 1
Haydn - Trumpet Concerto
Guest Artist - Andrew Bishop, Trumpet
Haydn - Symphony No. 101 "Clock"

Magnificent Mahler
February 1, 2014 | Masterworks #3
7:30pm | Lincoln Center
Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Baroque and Beyond
March 1, 2014 | Masterworks #4
7:30pm | Lincoln Center
Bach - Suite in B minor
Guest Artist - Norman Gonzales, Flute
Bach/Webern - Ricercar from the Musical Offering
Stravinsky - Pulcinella (Complete)

Both Sides of the Border
May 10, 2014 | Masterworks #5
7:30pm | Lincoln Center
Copland - El Salon Mexico
Bates - Desert Transport
Schwantner - Angel Fire for Amplified Violin and Orchestra
Guest Artist - Ron Francois, Amplified Violin
Grofe - Grand Canyon Suite

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