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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition with Guest Soloist Leticia Moreno
Season Premiere on September 20

We open our symphonic season at Miller Auditorium with magnificent works inspired by visual art. The dramatic first piece is Schuller’s “Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee,” evoking Klee’s art in vivid musical clarity as we project the images that provided Schuller’s musical inspiration. Violinist Leticia Moreno joins us for Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto before we close with Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s famous “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi -- In Concert
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi -- In Concert

Add this to your WMU football homecoming weekend plans!

In the epic conclusion of the Star Wars saga, the ultimate battle is between father and son, as Luke faces Darth Vader one last time. The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. Experience the complete film with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’s iconic score.

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Kalamazoo Kids in Tune
A New School Year with Kids in Tune

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune kicks off the new school year the week of September 23! This free, daily after-school program is offered to Kalamazoo Public Schools students from early elementary through high school. Stdents study instruments and chamber music and participate in daily lessons and orchestra rehearsals. After-school meals and busing make the program widely accessible. 

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  • KSO Artists in Residence
    KSO Artists in Residence

    In 1995, as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, a commitment was made to develop four full-time positions that would both enable the orchestra to create community service and education programs and strengthen the orchestra ensemble.

    To this end, the Artists in Residence program began with the KSO's Burdick-Thorne String Quartet. Since that time, the Artists in Residence program has grown to eight positions; including oboe, clarinet, trombone, and timpani, along with the original strings. As a result, the artistic level of the orchestra has soared, and the KSO's education and community programs have expanded to reach more than 26,000 students and their teachers annually with 20+ programs in more than 100 schools throughout Southwest Michigan.

    Our current Artists in Residence are:

    Julia Neckermann, Violin I
    Lisa A. Williams, Violin II
    Nicholas Jeffrey, Viola (not pictured)
    Igor Cetkovic, Cello
    Gabriel Renteria, Oboe
    Georgiy Borisov, Clarinet
    Edward "Kip" Hickman, Trombone
    Mark Guthrie, Timpani

  • Get to Know the Orchestra
    Get to Know the Orchestra

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians are the heart of our organization.

    Learn more about our talented musicians; KSO's Music Director, Julian Kuerti; Resident Conductor, Daniel Brier; and our Music Director Emeritus, Raymond Harvey.

  • KSO in your community
    KSO in your Community

    We LOVE our community. You will find your KSO musicians peforming free public concerts in venues such as Bronson's Garden Atrium, Borgess' Atrium Lobby, First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, Sarkozy Bakery, and Kalamazoo Public Library...and that is just to name a few!

    We also are excited to bring our beloved Instrument Petting Zoo to many local events throughout the year. Fun for kids of all ages!

    Check out our Community Events Calendar for a complete calendar of events.  

  • KSO On The Go
    KSO On The Go

    Through education programs and partnerships, KSO has unique and exciting opportunities to support school music programs through “KSO On The Go” and other in-school programs.

    We bring live performances, classroom visits, artist residencies, and symphony field trips, accompanied by great curriculum materials, to provide formative learning experiences for students of all ages.

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Experience our 99th season

Create shared, live musical experiences with your Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during our exciting 2019-20 concert season. 

Performances will encompass a diverse range of music from the baroque to music of the present day and expand Kalamazoo community connections with the symphony. The orchestra's 99th concert season is the first fully designed by the KSO's new Music Director, Julian Kuerti. Concerts include strong local connections through collaborations with the Bach Festival Chorus, Western Michigan University Chorus, Stulberg International String Competition, Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, and the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience. Many concerts will feature popular local artists, including the Red Sea Pedestrians, Dacia Bridges Project, Nashon Holloway, and the Westhuizen Duo.

This season, we will continue our "AfterWORDS" post-concert, interactive discussions with the conductor, soloist, and audience, but we will merge the talks with our popular Encore Receptions. Starting with our September 20, 2019, opening symphonic concert, join us after the concert in the Grand Tier lobby for coffee and conversation!

Make sure to check out our subscription options. The purchase of any three concerts in the season makes you a Create-Your-Own Subscriber -- enjoy preferred seating, worry-free exchanges, and discounts on most tickets.
 
We hope you will take a few moments to explore our site and learn more about our history, education programs, concert series, our Music Director and, of course, our talented musicians. We’re committed to ensuring symphonic music is part of everyday life in our community through outstanding musical listening and learning experiences. We look forward to seeing you in the concert hall!