KSO 2017-18 Annual Fund Campaign

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KSO Gift Certificates
The gift that fits everyone!

Do you struggle to find new and creative gifts for friends and family? What do you get for the person on your list who has just about everything?   Kalamazoo Symphony gift certificates are a great choice.  Recipeints can use them for any KSO Season performance which means they pick the programming they like and on their schedule! Ordering is a breeze too - you can order them in the KSO office, over the phone or online.

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2017-18 Youth Soloist Competition Winners
Congratulations to our Youth Soloist Competition Winners

Each year, advanced student performers audition for the opportunity to take the stage as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is honored to announce their 2017 Youth Soloist Competition Winner, violist, Sava Velkoff, and Runner Up, vocalist, Alex Smith, both students of Loy Norrix High School. Cellist, Lydia Schubkegel (Senior Home School), was also given Honorable Mention.

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KSO Family Programming
Great Family Programming

Did you know we have programming designed for your entire family?  KSO Family Discovery concerts are a great way to introudce or engage children of all ages in classical music. Make family memories as you experiment with instruments in our popular Instrument Petting Zoo and join us for Meet the Conductor before the concert for an exciting upclose look at the music and composer. Family Discovery tickets are only $5 per person!  Looking for a different experience? This season KSO@The Movies wil feature Disney's The Jungle Book in Concert, tickets are only $10 each! Reserve yours today!


  • 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 Resident Conductor/Interim Music Director 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 are also 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.  Or click here for a downloadable PDF of KSO ensemble performances.

Welcome to the KSO!

Music. Education. Community.

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: 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 and 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 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!

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 now 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!


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