HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan to Stand In For Conductor Marin Alsop

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Kuan to Serve as Last Minute Replacement at Festival de Inverso de Campos do Jordão in Brazil and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California

HARTFORD, July 11, 2013 –Hartford Symphony Orchestra music director Carolyn Kuan will be serving as a last minute replacement for Marin Aslop at the Festival de Inverso de Campos do Jordão in São Paolo, Brazil July 15-21 and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California July 27-August 4. Alsop had to cancel her most immediate performance plans due to a minor hand injury suffered on July 1, which has left her temporarily unable to conduct.

In São Paulo, Kuan will lead the Festival de Inverso de Campos do Jordão orchestra and will perform Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (which Kuan conducted in Hartford in May 2013) and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, featuring renowned violin soloist Jennifer Koh.

In Santa Cruz, Kuan will lead the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, comprised of musicians from around the world dedicated to the creation and performance of new music. At the Festival, Kuan will perform the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto, the West Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 3, the world premiere of Sean Friar’s Noise Gate, Thomas Newman’s It Got Dark featuring the Kronos Quartet, and Mason Bates’ Alternative Energy. (Kuan will lead the Hartford Symphony in a performance of Alternative Energy in June 2014).

With her appointment as the 10th Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2011-2012, Carolyn Kuan’s reputation as a skilled interpreter and impressive podium presence is recognizable on a national level.  Ms. Kuan has enjoyed long and successful associations with several top tier orchestras and festivals, in addition to close connections with prominent contemporaries in the field, yielding more engagements and projects abroad, including her debut album on Naxos, with the New Zealand Symphony. Ms. Kuan’s recent North America engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Milwaukee, North Carolina, and Toledo symphonies; the Florida and Louisville orchestras; the New York City Ballet; and the New York City Opera.  Recent international engagements have included concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán.  The recipient of numerous awards, she holds the distinction of being the first female to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship in 2003, and the first winner of the first Taki Concordia Fellowship in 2003.