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Music creates community for Kansas City Symphony guest conductor Gemma New

Conductor Gemma new
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Conductor Gemma New

Classical KC spoke with Gemma New, artistic advisor and principal conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, before she joins the Kansas City Symphony as guest conductor June 3-5.

Music used in this story

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 (Organ Symphony)
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony
Jan Kraybill, organ

Ma mere l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
by Maurice Ravel
Gemma New and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

The Tempest - Suite No. 2 for Orchestra, Op. 109-3 - Song 2
by Jean Sibelius
Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony

Symphony No. 8 - "Symphony of a Thousand” Part I – Tempo I (Allegro, etwas hastig)
by Gustav Mahler
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Some Details of Hell
by David Smooke
Gemma New and the Lunar Ensemble

Of Simple Grace
by Chris Rogerson
Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

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

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