KSO 2017-18 Annual Fund Campaign

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Music Director Candidates
Music Director Candidates

Filling Maestro Harvey's shoes won't be an easy job.  However, we have some great candidates joining us in the 2017-18 Season: Donato Cabrera - 10.28.17, Edwin Outwater- 11.11.17, Andrew Grams 2.24.18, Stilian Kirov - 3.24.18 and Julian Duerti - 5.19.18.  Each candidate will conduct a symphonic concert and Prelude.

Please join us as we embrace new talent, from near and far, to the podium and work toward naming the next KSO Music Director!

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Star Wars - Episode IV - A New Hope
Star Wars - Episode IV - A New Hope

This concert will feature the full lenght iconic film on the big screen while your KSO performs the thrilling score by the one and only John Williams!

Tickets available Monday, August 28th!


Embrace Season 97
Embrace Season 97

Check out our 2017-2018 Season - Embrace!

Exciting masterworks with energetic new conductors, the Kalamazoo debuts of world renowned guest artists, entertaining pops concerts, and our family friendly concerts will help make the 2017-18 season one to remember for the entire community.

Subscription renewal deadline was April 21, 2017. If you have not renewed and wish to please call our offices at 269.349.7759

Fixed seat and Create-Your-Own Subscriptions available now! 

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  • August Musician Feature: Dominic Azkoul, Bass
    August Musician Feature: Dominic Azkoul, Bass

    Dominic Azkoul recently completed his first season with the KSO. A native of Grand Rapids, he went to DePaul University for undergraduate studies and finished his masters in 2016 from Northwestern. Besides playing in the KSO, he is a section player with the Des Moines symphony and teaches private lessons in Chicago. 

    What Dominic enjoys most about playing with Kalamazoo is the level of commitment the orchestra has to the music, and working with the incredibly talented soloists that come through during the season.

    Outside of music, Dominic enjoys managing fantasy sports teams, nature, and cooking. 

  • Star Wars - Episode IV - A New Hope for Season 2017-18
    Star Wars - Episode IV - A New Hope for Season 2017-18

    Join us as we present Star Wars - Episode IV - A New Hope in Concert. This concert will feature the full length iconic film, originally released in 1977, with original voice and sound effects on the big screen while you enjoy your KSO performing the thrilling score by the one and only John Williams.

    Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved. in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm and Warner /Chappell Music.

    There will be Two performances only: Thursday, October 12th and Friday, October 13th both at Miller Auditorium at 8pm!

    Single Tickets go on sale Monday, August 28, 2017.


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  • Get to know your orchestra!
    Get to know your orchestra!

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians are the heart of our organization.

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

  • 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, 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!

    Check out our Community Events Calendar for a complete calendar of events.  Or click here for a downloadable PDF of KSO ensemble performances.

  • A letter from Raymond Harvey
    A letter from Raymond Harvey

    “It’s hard to believe that 18 years have gone by since I first conducted the Kalamazoo Symphony as its new Music Director in September 1999. Following in the footsteps of Yoshimi Takeda, I inherited a fine ensemble of musicians, a dedicated staff and Board of Directors, and a community eager to embrace me and my musical ideas.

    There have been so many musical highlights for me over these years that it’s difficult to single out a few. I will always remember performing as piano soloist and conductor in Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini, accompanying Yo-Yo Ma in The Swan, conducting the great choral repertoire (Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Mendelssohn’s Elijah). Few conductors have experienced the joy of leading such wonderful KSO musicians in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. The Kalamazoo community applauded a wide variety of programs from Crazy Classics to Motown Pops; from Classics Uncorked to The World Of.

    Now it’s time for me to immerse myself in my new duties as Music Director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. Yes, I already have my cowboy boots. Thank you for the powerful outpouring of love you’ve showered upon me. I will miss you all.”  - Raymond Harvey

Welcome to the KSO!

Music. Education. Community.

Our 96th season was all about Making Waves in every way possible! KSO musicians brought outstanding symphonic music to the concert halls and into the community in an array of places - Bronson Methodist Hospital, Sarkozy Bakery and First Presbyterian Church. As the season began, musicians and management ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The KSO commissioned a “Concerto for Orchestra” for its 100th anniversary season in 2020-2021 with world renowned composer André Previn. Maestro Raymond Harvey, after 18 years at the podium, announced his transition, at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, to Music Director Emeritus.
And those were only some of the highlights. Our premiere of the KSO original, The Night Before Christmas, The Music of Ellis Hall, and a tribute concert to Mr. Marvin Hamlisch were well received by the community. With the overwhelming success of our last two KSO@The Movies! performances (Disney in Concert - Alice in Wonderland and Disney- Pixar’s Ratatouille in Concert) the KSO has excitedly signed exclusive agreements with Los Angeles based Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency and New York based IMG Artists to bring you Jaws in 2018-2019, E.T. in 2019-2020 and Jurassic Park as part of the KSO’s 100th season in 2020-2021.  We were also fortunate to land another exclusive agreement with Disney & Lucas Films to bring Star Wars IV, V & VI in concert to Kalamazoo through the 2019-2020 season.
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra education initiatives saw tremendous growth in Kalamazoo Kids In Tune (KKIT), a partnership with Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Public Schools, and the Marvelous Music program. Demand increased for in classroom visits with our KSO Artists in Residence and the annual KSO Youth Concerts proudly served more than 13,000 students in 100 Southwest Michigan schools this past spring. Recently added to our education programming is a new education initiative serving children of refugee families recently resettled in Kalamazoo. Orchestra Rouh offers regular, ongoing music instruction to children of Syrian and other refugee families. The program is designed to nurture the emotional wellbeing of children through music instruction, led by teachers who are bilingual in English and Arabic, and including music from Arabic traditions. The program in partnership with the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo.

We have not concluded our 96th season - Make Waves. But you can still find all the exciting season details in the season's program book. View it digitally below or call the office 269.349.7759 to receive a hard copy!


With our 97th season, the KSO and the community will Embrace! new and exciting adventures. Along with a dozen brilliant soloists and guest artists, we will welcome five Music Director candidates to the podium. Join us for our Symphonic Series concerts and experience your KSO under each candidate’s leadership.  Symphonic Preludes, which begin at 7pm, will be one great way to get an up-close and personal sense of each of the finalists. The 97th Season is sure to capture the excitement and imagination of the audience with the 90’s pop sensation – All-4-One and the eagerly anticipated Arrival From Sweden – The Music of ABBA, The Jungle Book in Concert, not to mention the first of three movies in our new Disney agreement, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, - which is certain to be a sellout.  Make sure to check out our new subscription options.  The purchase of any three concerts in the season makes you a Create-Your-Own Subscriber which means you get worry-free exchanges and preferred seating before tickets go on sale August 28, 2017.
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 Search, 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!

Want to know more about your KSO?  Check out the KSO cultural video, we would love to share our passion with you!