Need gift ideas? Concerts are fun and exciting and the KSO truly fits everyone! Choose from symphonic favorites such as Mahler 6 or Don Giovanni for the die hard symphonic fan on your list. Introducing someone to the orchestra? Maybe a tribute concert to the beloved Marvin Hamlisch is more in order. KSO also has programming for the entire family in our Family Discovery Series, and tickets are only $5 each! Or, maybe a Saturday with KSO@The Movies at only $10/ticket is the way to go.
Can't decide? Gift certificates are always a great option!
We hope you will join us this Saturday, December 3rd for our annual Sounds of the Season concert featuring Soprano Angel Blue, Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, Maestro Raymond Harvey and your Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, as we perform many of your holiday favorites... Santa has a ticket, do you?
The evening's program is family friendly and there will be a sing-a-long you won't want to miss. Don't forget all students and Veterans are eligible for discounted tickets.
KSO ensembles perform free community concerts each season. Enjoy lunch concerts at Bronson's Garden Atrium, evening concerts at Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church, Sarkozy Bakery Brunch Concerts, musical family events at KPL and a special Christmas concert at Milwood United Methodist Church. We hope to see you there! View our online brochure now!
- December's Musician Feature: Mark Portolese, Violin
Mark Portolese is an active violinist and pianist in the Western Michigan area and has been a member of the first violin section of the Kalamazoo Symphony since 2007. He is Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony for the grand majority of the 2016-17 season and will return to his normal position of Associate Concertmaster for the 2017-18 season. In addition, he is also Associate Principal Second Violin of the West Michigan Symphony. As pianist, he was a member of Crescendo Trio and was the studio accompanist for the violin studio of Dr. Gregory Maytan at Grand Valley State University. He has also served as staff accompanist for the ballet courses at Western Michigan University and has accompanied students in such events as the All-State Solo-Ensemble Contest, the Stulberg Competition Master classes, the MTNA regional competition, the Walgreens Midwest Young Artists Concerto Competition and many others.
- Maestro Harvey's Symphonic Preludes
Please join us!
One hour before the start of Symphonic Series concerts, join Maestro Harvey as he gives a sneak preview of the evening’s themes from the piano. Sit wherever you like in the hall and gain an insider view on the performance that makes the concert itself even more fun and interesting. Concluding at about 7:30, you will have plenty of time to enjoy a drink in the lobby, hear the Student Performer Showcase, and find your seats again before the show.
- Get to know your orchestra!
- 2016 Youth Soloist Competition Winner - Liya Jin
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Education Department is honored to announce that violinist, Liya Jin, has been named the 2016 Youth Soloist Competition Winner! Liya, an 11th grader at Portage Central High School, will perform her winning piece, Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at Chenery Auditorium during our Family Discovery Concert on Dec 18th at 3pm. Liya has a long history with the KSO, including the start of her violin study after being introduced to the instrument a KSO Family Discovery concert at the age of four! She has been a member of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra since 6th grade and currently serves as it’s co-concertmaster. In 2013, Liya won the KSO Youth Soloist Competition and was named a winner of the 2015 BRAVO! Competition on the piano. Liya currently studies violin with WMU professor, Renata Artman Knific and volunteers with KSO’s Kalamazoo Kids in Tune program at Woods Lake Elementary. We had a wide array of talent that auditioned this year and also recognized the following student musicians: 2nd Place - Ben McWilliams (Tuba – Gull Lake High School), Honorable Mention – Alex Smith (Voice – Loy Norrix High School) and Sava Velkoff (Viola – Loy Norrix High School). Be sure to join us on December 18th to celebrate this young phenomenal musician!
- 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, First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, Sarkozy Bakery, and Kalamazoo Public Library, and that is just to name a few!
We are also excited to bring our beloved Kushner & Co. Instrument Petting Zoo to many local events throughout the year. Fun for kids of all ages!
Welcome to the KSO!
Our 96th Season is officially underway. You can find everything KSO in this season's program book. View it digitally below or call the office 269.349.7759 to receive a hard copy!
Music. Education. Community.
2015 brought about many changes for the KSO and our patrons, including a new look and feel, a new responsive website design, the implementation of Tessitura as our new interactive database and some very exciting and unique programming changes. Alliances with Disney for the national premiere of Disney in Concert - Alice in Wonderland and a world premiere perfornamce featuring Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, were just two examples of this season's programming achievements.
In education the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra saw tremendous growth among their Kalamazoo Kids In Tune (KKIT) program, which is in partnership with Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Public Schools, and the Marvelous Music! program, as well as an increase in demand for in classroom visits with our KSO Artists in Residence. The annual KSO Youth Concerts proudly served more than 13,000 students in 100 Southwest Michigan schools this past spring.
Symphonic music and music education opportunities have also extended into the community through the KSO's Family Fun Chamber Series and our community concerts. You will find KSO ensembles performing at many of your favorite events and venue's. Stay up to date with the community events listings on our site as we add performances often.
We hope you will take a few moments to explore our site and learn more about our history, education programs, concert series, our KSO 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!
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