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Carolyn Kuan '95 has been part of the public search for a new music director for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Kuan, who conducted the orchestra December 2-5, was born in Taiwan but came to the United States by herself at age 14 to attend NMH. She also attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. In a special to the Hartford Courant, Jeffrey Johnson described Kuan as having "worked with an impressive list of organizations that include the Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and New York City Ballet, and she has been a part of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in New York since 2003. She has also with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán." To read the full article, click here.

Kuan conducts the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. A pre-concert talk begins an hour before each performance. Alexander Beyer is the feature pianist. The program includes: Barber Selection from Medea, Ballet Suite; Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Tickets are $33.50 to $68.50, $13.50 for students, $23.50 for under 40 (limited availability, Saturday only). Information: 860-244-2999 or the orchestra website.