Albert Herring

Led with a secure grasp by JoAnn Kulesza, the orchestra coped quite decently on Friday with the considerable challenges of the score; the winds and brass were especially telling in the Act 2 Interlude.

Tim Smith, Clef Notes

Baltimore Sun
May, 2009


Cosi Fan Tutte

Conductor JoAnn Kulesza set breezy tempos and drew mostly fluent, flavorful playing from the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

Baltimore Sun
March 2009



JoAnn Kulesza conducted sensitively and drew alert, polished playing from a chamber ensemble that seemed to relish the score's brilliant dance through Susa's idiomatic diversity.

Baltimore Sun

February 26, 2009


Turn of the Screw

Conductor JoAnn Kulesza brought out much of the power in the score from a mostly tight, accomplished ensemble.

Baltimore Sun

October 4, 2005


L’Italiana in Algieri

JoAnn Kulesza conducted the spotty, but scrappy, little orchestra in propulsive style, and, baton clutched between her teeth, smoothly switched to the harpsichord to play recitatives.

Baltimore Sun

October 27, 2004



Conductor JoAnn Kulesza did a fine job keeping the singers and instrumentalists tightly integrated.

Washington Times

May, 2004


Freeman and director Leon Major kept the stage action clear, as clear as conductor JoAnn Kulesza kept the music.

danceview DC

May 10, 2004


Die Weisse Rose/Mahagonny Songspiel

Conductor JoAnn Kulesza led a taut, assured account of the score and had the orchestra responding firmly. Kulesza's conducting was again admirable; so was the instrumental contribution.

Baltimore Sun

January 27, 2003



Conductor JoAnn Kulesza coaxed a good deal of sound from the players as she shaped Sunday afternoon's performance with a good ear for its expressive ebb and flow.

Baltimore Sun

November 10, 2003

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