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For Kansas City Symphony guest conductor Paolo Bortolameolli, tears of joy led to a life in music

Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli
Marco Borrelli
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Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli

Classical KC spoke with Paolo Bortolameolli, associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, before he joins the Kansas City Symphony as guest conductor April 22-24.

Music used in this story

The Tempest - incidental music - Op. 1
Dance of Nymphs and Reapers
by Jean Sibelius
Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony

Symphony No 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
III. Scherzo Allegro
IV. Allegro
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Richard Edlinger and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

Suite from the Miraculous Mandarin
by Béla Bartók
Paolo Bortolameolli and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

The Love For Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33
IV. Scherzo
by Sergei Prokofiev
Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony

Atlas - Part 1 - Personal Climate
Overture (Out Of Body 1)
by Meredith Monk

Soli Deo Gloria
by Courtney Bryan

Symphonic Metamorphoses On Themes Of Carl Maria Von Weber
IV. March
by Paul Hindemith
Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony

You can learn more about Paolo at, and more information about his performances with the Kansas City Symphony can be found at

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