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Kansas City Symphony to perform music by Michael Kurth

by Mark Gresham | 5 OCT 2018

Composer and Atlanta Symphony contrabassist Michael Kurth (credit: Jeff Roffman)

Composer and Atlanta Symphony contrabassist Michael Kurth (credit: Jeff Roffman)

A Thousands Words by Atlanta composer Michael Kurth will open this weekend’s concerts by the Kansas City Symphony, led by KCS music director Michael Stern. The three performances will take place tonight, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Also on the program are Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, featuring pianist George Li as soloist, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

A Thousand Words was premiered in February 2016 with music director Robert Spano leading the ASO. Symphonic in form, the 27-minute work has four movements, each given an intriguing title, as the verbally imaginative composer is inclined to do: “Above: Radiance,” “Beneath: My Sinister Groove Machine,” “Within” and “Beyond: We Will Puncture the Canopy of Night.”

Born in 1971, Kurth joined the contrabass section the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1994. The Orchestra has given world premieres of five of his orchestral works since 2011: “May Cause Dizziness,” “Everything Lasts Forever,” “Prometheus Unhinged,” “A Thousand Words” and “Miserere.” The ASO has recorded a complete album of works by Kurth, to be released in 2019 on ASO Media. Kurth also serves as composer-in-residence for the Riverside Chamber Players, which has premiered a number of his chamber works, and released an album of his music for string quartet in 2012.

Program notes for the concert by Ken Meltzer are available for download in PDF form. ❧

Preview: ASO musicians coming to Eddie’s Attic for “United by Music” reprise, all-Kurth concert [ArtsATL]

By Mark Gresham | 26 Apr 2013, ArtsATL

The Riverside Chamber Players will perform works by Michael Kurth.

The Riverside Chamber Players will perform works by Michael Kurth.

More than two dozen musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will descend upon Eddie’s Attic in Decatur this Sunday evening, April 28, for a reprise of “United by Music,” last September‘s highly successful chamber music marathon organized by the ASO Players Association … Only two days later, on Tuesday, April 30, another group drawn from the ranks of ASO musicians, the Riverside Chamber Players, will perform at Eddie’s Attic to celebrate the release of their new CD, “The Music of Michael Kurth.” … • READ MORE on ArtsATL