Prominent American pianist Richard Goode will join the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 at the Miller Auditorium in the first concert for the 2021-22 season. Music director Julian Kuerti and Goode joined Cara Lieurance to explore the program.
This is the first in-person indoor concert the Kalamazoo Symphony has given since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended all gatherings in March 2020 on the eve of its 100th anniversary. In 2020-21, the symphony produced a virtual online season, the KSO Canon Project, and a summer outdoor concert series at the Gilmore Car Museum. The 100th anniversary celebrations continue with the reinstatement of some of the original 2020 plans, including Richard Goode as the season’s opening soloist. A conversation with Goode and Kuerti reveals a deep affection for Mozart’s music. Kuerti shares an admiration for Goode as an artist whose playing is a bridge to a legacy tradition also possessed by his father, concert pianist Anton Kuerti. Julian Kuerti also comments on a new 100th anniversary commission, that of Elizabeth Start Traces, and the final work, that of Antonin Dvorak Symphony No.8.