Symphony to Introduce Third Conductor Finalist

OWENSBORO – Conductor finalist Bruce Kiesling, pianist Andrew Tyson, and the Symphony will offer some of the most exciting romantic Russian orchestral masterpieces performed by the world’s finest orchestras and artists. Tyson has been winning competitions around the world since he was 15 years old. He has been hailed “a real poet of the piano” and is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice world-wide.

Conductor Candidate

Bruce Kiesling, Music Director and Conductor of the Tulare County Symphony (Visali, CA) and the Adrian Symphony (Adrian, MI) will be the third auditioning candidate to join the Symphony on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Kiesling received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Michigan. He received a Master’s in Film Composition from University of North Carolina and a Master’s in Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music. Bruce received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.


Opportunities to Meet Bruce Kiesling

Kiesling will spend the entire week prior to his concert in Owensboro. In addition to conducting rehearsals with the orchestra, meeting with local officials, donors and sponsors, he will be involved in education and community engagement events that have been scheduled throughout the region.


The community is invited to attend “Coffee with the Conductor” on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Symphony Academy, 211 East Second Street. Chad Benefield hosts this casual question and answer session with Conductor Finalist Bruce Kiesling.

Specialty sandwiches provided by Specialty Foods Group, Inc.
Coffee provided by Starbucks on Frederica Street.


The community is also encouraged to attend High Notes – a pre-concert conversation led by Bruce Kiesling. This popular event will provide audiences with an overview of the evening’s performance, insights on the music, composers and historical background. High Notes takes place at 6:15 p.m. in the RiverPark Center –  Holbrook Balcony and is presented free of charge to patrons with tickets for the performance.


About the Guest Artist

Hailed by BBC Radio as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice.  An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition, Tyson’s performances have been praised by the New York Times as full of “passion and poetry.”


Guests In The Community

As part of the Symphony’s community engagement program, Bruce Kiesling and Andrew Tyson will be making an educational appearance at Heritage Christian School on Thursday, February 16.



The Saturday, February 18, 2017 concert is sponsored by The Glenmore Distillery.  The guest artist sponsor for the concert is Anne and Ron Sheffer.

Specialty Foods Group, Inc. is the Official Sponsor of the Conductor Search.



Single tickets for the Opening Night performance are $23.00 – $45.00 and are available by phone at 270-687-2787 and at the RiverPark Center Box Office at 101 Daviess Street, Owensboro.  Student tickets are $10.50 a piece.