The Barack of Bach Comes to DC
Maestro Kazem Abdullah is quickly becoming one of the most watched young American conductors on the international scene today. The Daily Beast named him #4 on its list of the hottest young “rock stars” of the conducting world. In an industry where African American conductors are rarely seen, his extraordinary talent compliments his extraordinary presence as a young conductor.
This season, Kazem Abdullah will be conducting the internationally renowned Orquestra de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil’s most celebrated classical music ensembles, during its return to the United States, for the orchestra’s third coast-to-coast tour on Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00PM at the Music Center at Strathmore.
A significant highlight of Mr. Abdullah’s 2008-2009 season included a highly anticipated debut with the Metropolitan Opera where he conducted Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, a feat that was lauded by the New York Times as “…a confident performance, especially during the lively dances, impressively responsive to the singers during their long stretches of orchestra-accompanied recitative – a combination of urgency and flexibility.” Mr. Abdullah served as an Assistant and Cover Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera from 2006 to 2009
Mr. Abdullah began his music studies at the age of ten and later graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory ofMusic in 2000, and subsequently studied at the University of Southern California. He originally trained as a clarinetist and has appeared as a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony, and the New World Symphony.
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