The KSO League Spring Gala, MARVIN! MUSIC! MEMORIES!, will feature Marvin Hamlisch’s wife of 29 years, Terre Blair-Hamlisch.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Terre in person, and hear stories about her life with Marvin and his thrilling musical career. The evening will include a champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception; dinner with wine and desserts; Hamlisch's music provided by a KSO ensemble; and, social time with your League friends.
The KSO League will also be selling Len Prince's coffee table book: Remembering Marvin Hamlisch The People's Composer, signed by Terre Blair-Hamlisch!
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.
Fixed seat and Create-Your-Own Subscriptions available now!
We wanted to remind you that the KSO proudly offers free concerts and events in the community. You can find our musicians performing beautiful music at places like:
- Kalamazoo Public Library - First Saturday@KPL, Musical Storybooks & KSO Family Fun Chamber Concerts
- Bronson Methodist Hospital's Garden Atrium - Music in the Round Lunch Concerts
- Sarkozy Bakery - Sarkozy Brunch Concerts
- Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church - Tuesday Night Classical Concerts
- & so much more...
- 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.
© 2017 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © Disney
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.
- April Musician Feature: Cori Somers, Violin
Besides being a violinist for the KSO and a member of the current KSO Music Director Search Committee, Cori Somers serves as the Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, is a board member of the Kalamazoo Federation of musicians, and an active member of her community within the performing arts community.
- Celebrating Maestro Raymond Harvey
Join us Tuesday, May 16th as we celebrate Maestro Raymond Harvey and his 18 years of service to the KSO. The reception is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 in the Judy K. Joliffe Theatre in the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall. There will be a presentation at 6:15pm.
- Get to know your orchestra!
- 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!
- 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.
Welcome to the KSO!
We are more than half way through our 96th season - Make Waves. But you can still find all the exciting season details 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!
Want to know more about your KSO? Check out the KSO cultural video, we would love to share our passion with you!