After leaving the Overland Park Orchestra, conductor Shah Sadikov focused on the fifth season of the group NAVO

Shah Sadikov has stepped down as Music Director of the Overland Park Orchestra. Photo file

After a year with Overland Park Orchestra, Shah Sadikov left his position as conductor and is now busy preparing for the start of his fifth season with NAVO, his local nonprofit organization that brings classical music to the Kansas City area.

Sadikov led Overland Park Orchestra as a conductor for about a year, but due to scheduling conflicts he was unable to continue in this role.

“We have come to the conclusion that our schedules do not match well,” Sadikov said, adding that his deputy head had replaced him. The Overland Park Orchestra will make an official announcement of its new conductor at a later date. “That’s why we decided it was best that I quit, and if they need any help in the future, I’m happy to help them. “

Sadikov said he had spent an excellent year with the Overland Park Orchestra, conducting “a stimulating repertoire” of symphonic pieces by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. He also conducted the orchestra’s performance with the American Youth Ballet on “The Nutcracker.”

Finally, the conductor declared that he was also proud to create his new piece “Cassini Overture” with the Overland Park Orchestra. He commissioned this piece with the Hays Symphony at Fort Hays State University, where he teaches and conducts the orchestra.

“To give a Kansas City premier is a unique thing because you’ve never heard it before, you’ve never interpreted it better,” he said. “So I’m very proud that we did this. There were a lot of proud moments.

Sadikov continues his musical activities with guest management. He also continues his work with NAVO, the nonprofit arts organization he co-founded that features internationally renowned artists in performances that bring classical music to the Midwest.

NAVO’s launch performance this weekend, “Czech Mates”, is a music program written by Czech composers. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 at the Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Entrance to the NAVO concert is free and seats can be reserved at

“We are opening our season with this delicious evening of chamber music,” Sadikov said.

“Czech Mates” will feature Daniel Veis, a Czech cellist who has been recognized as “the best Czech cellist since winning the silver medal at the prestigious Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978,” according to NAVO. Veis will be accompanied by his wife, pianist Helena Veisova, in a selection of character pieces by Suk and Martinu.

“He’s an amazing, amazing cellist,” Sadikov said of Veis, adding that Veis Veisová has been performing together for more than five decades. “It’s a well-rounded program that features international distribution with Czech artists from the Czech Republic as the centerpiece.”

The evening performance will also feature Dvorak’s piano quintet in A major, a work inspired by Bohemian folk dances, according to NAVO. The main members of NAVO are together Véronique Mathieu (co-founder of NAVO) and Mandy Wang on violin, Sadikov on viola, cellist Sunnat Ibrahim as well as guest pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich.

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