Steven Stucky’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Concerto

Second Concerto for Orchestra, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composition by Steven Stucky, will be in a performance by the Kansas City Symphony this fall featuring pianist Alon Goldstein at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Second Concerto for Orchestra led by music director Michael Stern and featuring pianist Alon Goldstein, will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Liszt’s Les préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3 during October 25-27 at Helzberg Hall.

Stucky, born in Hutchinson, Kan., has numerous commissions from orchestras, performing groups, individuals and foundations both at home and abroad. Raised in Kansas and Texas, Stucky went on to study at Baylor and Cornell Universities with Richard Willis, Robert Palmer, Karel Husa and Burrill Phillips. An accomplished composer, Mr. Stucky’s extensive catalogue of compositions ranges from large-scale orchestral works to a cappella miniatures for chorus, an eight-minute work for five percussionists, solo piano pieces and music for such ensembles as piano quartet, string quartet, wind quintet, voice and piano and saxophone and piano.

His compositions have been performed in recent years by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, New World Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and others.

The New York Times called the Second Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned and premiered in 2004 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, “an electrifying piece: three movements that explore an orchestra’s potential in much the way Bartok’s and Lutoslawski’s concertos for orchestra do, but in ways that sound fresh and exciting. It alludes to works by other composers without losing its own focus, … stands apart from academic disputes about style and language, and strives for direct communication.”

Hear Steven Stucky speak about his emotional journey while writing “Symphony.”


The audience at Helzberg Hall can anticipate a thrilling performance by the KC Symphony of Stucky’s work as well as other classic compositions that will inspire the senses. For example, international classical superstar Franz Liszt used literature as the inspiration for his beautiful symphonic poem, Les préludes, a dramatic narrative depicting epic forces including stars, floods, earth and wind.

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