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Valentine Romance

  • Dates: February 11, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Price: Varies
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    KALENA BOVELL, GUEST CONDUCTOR | JIJI, GUITAR


    Georges Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1


    Nkeiru Okoye: Voices Shouting Out


    Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez


    Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8















    GET TO KNOW THE GUEST CONDUCTOR: KALENA BOVELL


    With her distinctive voice as maestra, speaker, and poet, critics praise Panamanian-American conductor Kalena Bovell as “one of the brightest stars in classical music.” (Channel 3 News, Connecticut).


    Her twin tenets of musical excellence and community access have left an imprint on orchestras across North America, including recognition as a 2022-2024 Awardee of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship. Bovell, highly in demand as a guest conductor, continues to implement these values as Assistant Conductor to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony.








    After making her professional debut as the Chicago Sinfonietta's Assistant Conductor in 2015, Bovell held cover conducting roles with the St. Louis Symphony and Hartford Symphony. However, her 2018-2019 appointment as the Music Director at the Civic Orchestra of New Haven would serve as a first marker of Bovell’s potential. There, she elevated Civic Orchestra's musicality and the diversity of its repertoire, all while increasing the size of its roster. Further, she made her mark on the region through numerous guest conducting appearances, including Hartford Opera Theater, leading two short operas in its annual "New in November" festival. Prior to her current appointment with the Memphis Symphony, Bovell debuted as a guest conductor in a memorable 2019 performance with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. Her relationship with the MSO dates back to 2016, when she served as Assistant Conductor for former Music Director Mei-Ann Chen’s farewell



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