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18-19 Grand Finale
Conductor Kevin Sütterlin
Guest Artist Thomas Stark, Trombone
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Saturday, May 11, 2019 (7:30 pm)

Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Adam Hochstatter: My Name is Aiden
Jim Pugh: Trombone Concerto
with Guest Artist Thomas Stark
César Franck: Symphony in D minor

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Program Notes

Dr. Kevin F.E. Sütterlin is an internationally sought-after conductor and pedagogue. A dedicated 21st century musician, Sütterlin is passionate about exploring new, non-traditional forms of musical experience together with the community.

Sütterlin is Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Concordia College, where he and his colleagues received the prestigious EMMY award for 2016’s nationally broadcast Concordia Christmas Concert productions. He is Music Director and Conductor of The Concordia Orchestra and Concordia Opera.

Further, Sütterlin is founding Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis, an ensemble that provides free concerts and educational experiences for Memphis’s most diverse communities. The ensemble specializes in historically informed performance practices of Viennese Classical music, and presents it in fresh and innovative ways. Being perhaps the only ensemble in the US with a co-music directorship model, Sinfonietta Memphis’s conductors Mathias Elmer and Kevin Sütterlin proudly represent the orchestra’s credo: friendship through music.

Considering himself a "citizen of the world," Sütterlin has been building musical bridges across three different continents, and led his ensembles on many successful national and international tours. He performed and taught across the globe including Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States. Recent engagements have brought him to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, Shanghai Conservatory – School of Music, Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara in Romania, and Staufen Music Academy in Germany. Another highlight of the young conductor's career was his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2011 at age 22.

Sütterlin recently won third place in the prestigious American Prize for Orchestral Conducting. He is an awardee of the Hirschmann Foundation scholarship of Switzerland, the Hendrickson Fine Arts Grant, the University of Memphis International Research scholarship, and the University of Memphis Creative Achievement Award.

Sütterlin is a strong advocate of new music, and has commissioned and recorded works of numerous living composers, including René Clausen, Adam Hochstatter, Paul Cravens, and Doug Harbin, among others. He is one of the leading scholars of the music of American composer Dominick Argento. Sütterlin’s recording collaborations include CD and DVD productions such as “René Clausen: The Passion of Jesus Christ” (2016), “Gather Us In O Child Of Peace” (2016), and “From Heaven Above” (2017).

Before joining the faculty at Concordia College in 2016, Sütterlin served The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music as Acting Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra, Acting Music Director of Opera, and Chief Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.

Sütterlin is very passionate about working with young musicians. He is an internationally sought-after clinician and teacher, and is currently conductor for the Minnesota All-State Symphony Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras. In 2017 he conducted the North Dakota State Orchestra Festival, and in 2018 the Tennessee All-West Symphony Orchestra. He has been on the board of directors of the Zurich Music Association since 2011, organizing training opportunities, workshops, and music festivals for both amateur as well as professional musicians.

Sütterlin received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting as well as his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from The University of Memphis where he studied with Maestro Pu-Qi Jiang, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music in Instrumental Conducting from the Hochschule Luzern—Musik in Lucerne, Switzerland.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. He has featured some of his culinary creations in Fargo’s Concerts and Cuisine Series. He also loves traveling and learning from different cultures. The secret introvert’s life dream is to own a lighthouse in which he could get stuck during high tides, and study scores while listening to the crashing waves.

Kevin is looking forward to getting to know the wonderful people of the Fox Valley. He would be excited to work together with the musicians, board members, and the community of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in redefining the orchestra of the 21st century!
Guest Artist

Guest Artist Thomas Stark

Thomas Stark, Principal Trombonist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, New Philharmonic, Camerata di Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony, and trombonist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, received the Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, and continued his studies at DePaul University in Chicago.

Mr. Stark is a member of the Chicago Trombone Quartet, Chicago Trombone Consort, Lincoln Park Brass, the Windy City Brass and has performed with prominent US orchestras such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Opera Theater, Kansas City Symphony and Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Elgin Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony (Denver), and the symphonies of Madison (WI), Rockford, and Peoria. He was recently the featured soloist with the Festival Orchestra at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center.

Mr. Stark has also toured the US as bass trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and can be heard on recordings with The Alliance Brass Quintet, The Chicago Trombone Consort, The Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, The John Burnett Swing Orchestra, and The Bill O’Connell Skyliners Big Band. He also performed as lead trombonist at the 1996 Montreaux Jazz Festival under the direction of Quincy Jones for the “Quincy Jones - 50 Years in Music” Celebration.

Mr. Stark has also performed with artists such as Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, country music singer Vince Gill, Marie Osmond, Josh Groban, Lorna Luft, Carl Topilow, Quincy Jones, ABBA, Tito Puente, “Blue” Lou Marini, Carl Fontana, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Chris Brubeck, Joe Williams, Jack Jones, Marilyn McCoo, Diane Shuur, Diane Reeves, Maureen McGovern, and many more.

In addition to being in demand as a freelancer in the Chicagoland area, Mr. Stark is the Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Elmhurst College, Concordia University Chicago, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Harper College, Guest Lecturer at Wheaton College, and was previously Lecturer of Trombone at Illinois State University.

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