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News and Reviews

"Corcoran's exploration of Debussy's soundscapes was sure and sensitive, and the NSO played for her with unusual delicacy. "

Tim Page, Washington Post


" On the podium, Corcoran looked assured with a smooth conducting style that flashed dynamism when need be. "

Warren Gerds, Green Bay Press Gazette

"Corcoran made a habit of producing dramatic buildups... This was just one way in which her lively conducting made for a fresh encounter with otherwise familiar repertoire."

Tyler Zimmer, The Tennessean

Kelly discusses the work of Julia Perry on Kentucky Life, a program of KET - June 2022

Appointment as Interim Artistic Advisor of Lexington Philharmonic - January 2021

Check out Intersection's LISTEN - December 2020

From the Back of the Bus Will Honor the Nashville Freedom Riders - Nashville Scene - February 2020

Intersection Celebrates Black History Month - Music City Review - February 2020

Best Interdisciplinary Residency - Hannibal Lokumbe With Intersection - Nashville Scene - October 2019

Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls A-Traveling, A Modern Age Requiem - July 2019
Focus Middle Tennessee Print/Online Feature - May 2019
Out & About Nashville Print/Online Feature - May 2019
WKRN Show Coverage - May 2019
Music City Review Show Review - May 2019
NATIVE Magazine "Top 3" Online Feature - May 2019
WXNA Interview - May 2019

Watch Highlights of Hannibal Lokumbe’s Intersection Residency - Nashville Scene - April 2019

Hannibal Lokumbe Residency - Nashville Scene - February 2019

Intersection presents its third ‘Upon these Shoulders’ event with Hannibal Lokumbe’s ‘Crucifixion Resurrection' - February 2019

Intersection: Stravinksy to Marsalis - September 2018

NATIVE Digital Feature: Kelly Corcoran & Intersection Music - September 2018

NECAT’s Our Nashville featuring Intersection - August 2018

June Nashville Arts magazine features Intersection's Contempo Kids program - June 2018

Alumna Kelly Corcoran at the Intersection of New Music and Community Engagement
- Boston Conservatory
- May 2018

Intersection's "From the Ancient Valley" Celebrates Global and Local Kurdish and Persian Culture - NPR - March 2018

New Music Inspired By The World’s Oldest Civilization - String Theory - March 2018

Upon These Shoulders at Fisk - Nashville Arts - February 2018

Veils and Vesper from Intersection - Nashville Arts - October 2017

Best Classical Introduction for Kids - Intersection’s Dragon Harmony - Nashville Scene - October 2017

Chinese Music and Instruments at Green Door Gourmet & MTSU February 11 & 12 - Nashville Arts - February 2017

There Comes A Time When Silence Is Betrayal - Nashville Arts - January 2017

Free Concert at Fisk University - The Tennessean - January 2017

Settling the Score - Native Magazine - November 2016

Kelly Corcoran’s pursuit to transform lives and communities through classical music and Intersection - October 2016


Nashville Scene Writers Choice
- October 2016

Intersection Completes Project Music Accelerator, Announces Contempo Kids and Previews
Third Season
- August 2016

Intersection's Key of Intensity - Sounding Off - Nashville Arts Magazine - June 2016

Nashville Symphony Ends Its Classical Season With Exhilarating Mahler Third - Nashville Scene - May 2016

These Eight Music Startups Will Reveal Themselves To The World Today In Nashville - Forbes - May 2016

Symphony Of The Goddesses, un estremecedor viaje musical - Mexico - May 2016

[Entrevista] The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Eventos En Guadalajara, Mexico - May 2016

An early French electronic instrument helps Intersection explore the crossroads of music and noise
- Nashville Scene
- April 2016

Nuanced And Otherworldly Electronic Sounds At Center Of Nashville Classical Concert - NPR - April 2016

Arts Voices: Conductor Kelly Corcoran On Why Classical Music Is For Everyone - NPR - April 2016

Intersection’s “Key of Intensity” explores the Ondes Martenot - Nashville Art Scene - March 2016

Concert Gateway for Zelda fans to learn about symphony - The Toronto Observer - March 2016

Sound Exploration with Intersection - Nashville Scene - March 2016

La Ciudad de la Música: Mexican Music Invades Nashville - Nashville Arts Magazine - March 2016

12th Awards: Kelly Corcoran wins for Creative Achiever category - The Tennessean - February 2016

Intersection | Arts Break | NPT - January 2016

Guest Blog Post and Interview by Kelly Corcoran, Conductor with Cristina Spinei - Dart Music - January 2016

Intersection Opens Music to the Community - Dart Music Guest Blog Post by Kelly Corcoran, Conductor - January 2016

'Zelda' concerts make Nashville Symphony 'rock stars' - The Tennessean - January 2016

Zelda Sings its Way Back to Nashville - Nashville Geek Life - January 2016

Nashville Symphony Let Freedom Sing Concert honors Dr. King - The Examiner - January 2016

Nashville Symphony and Chorus Find Poignancy and Pathos in Mozart’s Requiem - Nashville Scene - January 2016

Intersection introduces a new musical experience for the whole family - Nashville Lifestyles Magazine - January 2016

Intersection Brings Life to Classical Music at the Musician's Hall of Fame - December 2015

Applauding, cheering mandatory for 'Pixar In Concert' - November 2015

Tucson Symphony celebrates the holiday season with Pixar - Arizona Daily Wildcat - November 2015

TSO swimming with Nemo in Thanksgiving weekend concerts - Arizona Daily Star - November 2015

Intersection presents the Nashville premiere of composer Julia Wolfe's accordion concerto True Love
Nashville Scene
- October 2015

Symphony conductor encourages young musicians to excel - The Tennesseean - October 2015

Kelly Corcoran, Conductor named "Best Classical Conductor" in Nashville Scene's Best of Nashville Magazine
- October 2015

Intersection Announces Second Season Beginning October 29th - October 2015

Music City on cutting edge of classical genre - The Tennesseean - September 2015

Nashville Symphony Opens Its Season With the Music of John Adams and Beethoven - September 2015

Q&A With Kelly Corcoran, Conductor - Nashville Arts Magazine - September 2015

Intersection, Nashville's Contemporary Music Ensemble, Announces New Season and Indiegogo Campaign
- August 2015

Dissonant Winnie The Pooh: Avant-Garde Music In Nashville Grows, Even Among Kids - NPR - August 2015

Nashville State of the Arts featuring INTERSECTION - Video - June 2015

On Stages - Nashville Parent Magazine - June 2015

Intersection's first family concert includes music for Winnie the Pooh and a T. Rex named Sue - June 2015

On Stages - Nashville Parent Magazine - June 2015

POOH, ZOO, AND A DINO NAMED SUE — Intersection's Family Concert › Green Door Gourmet • June 7 - June 2015

INTERSECTION — A New Musical Chapter - May 2015

Britten's War Requiem: A Warning from the NSO - May 2015

Nashville Symphony Ends its Season With Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem - May 2015

Exploring the crossroads of music, dance and film, the modern music ensemble Intersection lives up to its name
- March 2015

Thursday at the Platform: Intersection’s debut program Transfiguration - March 2015

New ensemble takes aim at Nashville’s contemporary music scene - March 2015

Filling a hole in Music City's musical offerings - WMOT - March 2015

Intersection's TRANSFIGURATION - Nashville Arts Magazine - March 2015

Intersection showcases living composers - A brave new sound for Music City - January 2015

Nashville Entertainment; Classical: Let Freedom Sing with Nashville Symphony - January 2015

Kelly Corcoran – Musical Renaissance Woman – The Nashville Experience Podcast - December 2014

Symphony Chorus Celebrates 51 Years with Messiah - December 2014

Introducing Intersection: Nashville's First-Ever Contemporary Ensemble - December 2014

Intersection - New Contemporary Music Ensemble - December 2014

Nashville Symphony and Chorus pay tribute to Stephen Paulus - November 2014

Intersection and A New Music City Frontier by Craig Havighurst: String Theory - November 2014

Contemporary music groups chatterbird and Intersection will give Nashville's Classical Scene a Generational Jolt - November 2014

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra with Sean Chen - September 2014

Richness of Indianapolis music receives a season-opening demonstration by the ICO - September 2014

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra — An Interview With Music Director Candidate Kelly Corcoran - September 2014

Nashville Leadership Music Announces Class of 2015 - June 2014

ICO Announces Music Director Candidates - May 12, 2014

Mahler 8 review featuring the Nashville Symphony Chorus, Cincinnati May Festival - May 18, 2014

Appearing with The Cleveland Orchestra - April 3, 2014

Some great features of a concert with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra - February 19, 2014

Charleston Symphony Orchestra - February 19, 2014

Serving on the Advisory Council for Music Makes Us - January 2014

Abels: The Perfect Piece! - January 2014

A rave review of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Amy Grant and Vince Gill - December 16, 2013

Corcoran leads Nashville Symphony and pianist Cecile Licad in riveting all-Tchaikovsky concert - June 22, 2013

A great review of KSO Takes an Adventurous Tour Through Spain - March 27, 2013

A feature of a concert with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra - March 16, 2013

A quote on the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship - January 12, 2013

An Article for HER Magazine (A great feature!) - June 2012

A feature of a piece I performed by DBR - February 24, 2012

Review of DBR performance - February 29, 2012


APRIL 2011
The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra's last concert of the season was a WOW!!! Kelly Corcoran was the season's final guest conductor and she breathed vigor into the orchestra.

Interchanging Idioms: Corcoran was graceful and fun, articulate yet flowing. It was nearly as much fun watching her conduct as it was listening to the orchestra. She exudes such poise and confidence it is impossible not to follow her every request; the Colorado Symphony has played this piece hundreds of times and yet doubtful they have ever played it better.
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Denver Post: Corcoran was in complete control.
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Lassoed Live at the Schermerhorn CD AWARDED ALBUM OF THE YEAR

“Lassoed Live at the Schermerhorn”, the recent CD collaboration between Corcoran, Riders in the Sky and the Nashville Symphony has been awarded Album of the Year and Best Collaborative / Composite Album by the Western Music Association. Continue Reading Story Here
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JUNE 2010:

The Nashville Symphony delivered everything it had promised on Sunday
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JULY 2010


Kelly Corcoran has agreed to a contract extension with the Nashville Symphony. In addition, she will assume the new title of Associate Conductor.
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When Naples Philharmonic Orchestra musicians yelled “play ball” Sunday during their opening number of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the audience knew they were in for a whole different orchestral ball game.
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AUGUST 2009:


A "live" recording of Riders In The Sky backed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  led by Conductor "Cowgirl"
Kelly Corcoran. Three special nights in February at the famed Schermerhorn Symphony Hall captured for the ages.
Purchase the recording here
Listen to tracks here

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