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KSO names 2017 Youth Soloist Winners to perform at "Sounds of the Season" concert, December 16

Sava Velkoff
11/6/2017

Kalamazoo, MI November 6, 2017 –  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.

Tags: Alex Smith, Baritone, chenery auditorium, Holiday Concert, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Loy Norrix, Lydia Schubkegel, Sava Velkoff, Sounds of the Season, Viola, Youth Soloist Competition Winners

KSO offers free tickets to Veterans for Nov. 11th concert “Brahms & Rachmaninoff,” featuring Music Director Candidate, Edwin Outwater and pianist, Anna Vinnitskaya

10/27/2017

Kalamazoo, MI October 27, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor & Music Director Candidate, Edwin Outwater, presents a program of symphonic masterpieces by Brahms and Rachmaninoff. Anna Vinnitskaya, winner of the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Contest, solos with Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 3—a piece ideally suited to her interpretive gifts. Maestro Outwater rounds out the program with Brahms pastoral Symphony No. 2.

Tags: Anna Vinnitskaya, Brahms & Rachmaninoff, edwin outwater, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Miller Auditorium, Piano Concerto, Symphonic Series, Wiser Financial Prelude

The KSO welcomes Grammy Award Winning pop & R&B sensation, All-4-One, to Miller Auditorium - Saturday, November 4th

10/19/2017

Kalamazoo, MI October 19, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the first concert in its 2017-18 Zhang Financial Pops! Series, Grammy Award Winning pop and R&B group, All-4-One. This California based quartet, are not only one of the most sensational and timeless groups of the 1990’s, they have sold more than 20 million records worldwide and their success has spanned two decades.  The evening’s program will be announced from stage.

Tags: All-4-One, Daniel Brier, Embrace, Grammy Award, Kalamazoo Symphony, kalsym, kso, orchesrta, pop, r&b, Zhang Financial Pops Series

KSO features Music Director Candidate, Donato Cabrera, KSO Principle Oboe, Gabriel Renteria-Elyea, and 2017 Stulberg Gold Medalist, William McGregor on double bass in "Bruckner & Williams," Oct. 28

10/12/2017

Kalamazoo, MI October 12, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Donato Cabrera, presents a delightfully varied program for the second concert of its Symphonic Series, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Gabriel Renteria-Elyea, the KSO’s own Principal Oboist, solos in John Williams' Oboe concerto. William McGregor, 2017 Stulberg International String Competition Gold Medalist, performs Bottesini’s second bass concerto. Maestro Cabrera opens the program with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and closes the program with Bruckner’s first masterpiece, the youthful Symphony No. 1.

Tags: Bottesini, Bruckner, Copland, Donato Cabrera, ebrace, Garbriel Renteria-Elyea, Gold Medalist, kalamazoo musicians, kalamazooy symphony orchestra, kalsym, Season 97, Student Rush, Stulberg International String Competition, symphonic, William McGregor, Williams

KSO presents Star Wars: A New Hope Live in Concert, October 12th and 13th

Star Wars
9/26/2017

Kalamazoo, MI September 26, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is excited to present Star Wars: A New Hope Live in Concert October 12th and 13th. These performances will mark the beginning of the KSO’s exclusive three-year deal with Disney (announced March 31, 2017).  This performance, under the direction of Resident Conductor and Interim Music Director, Daniel Brier, will feature the full length iconic film on the big screen while the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra performs the thrilling score by the one and only John Williams. 

Tags: Daniel Brier, John Williams, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, KSO Special Event, Lucas Films, Star Wars: A New Hope Live in Concert

KSO partners with Classical Kids LIVE! to present Gershwin's Magic Key October 8 at Chenery Auditorium

9/21/2017

Kalamazoo, MI September 21, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is excited to present the first Family Discovery concert of the season in collaboration with Classical Kids LIVE!.  The KSO’s Family Discover Series concerts feature symphonic performances specially tailored to young children and their families. Tickets are only $5 each!

Tags: chenery auditorium, children, Classical Kids LIVE!, concert, Daniel Brier, Elic Bramlet, Family Discovery, George Gershwin, instrument petting zoo, kids activities, Lance Newton, meet the maestro, Paul Pement

KSO opens Season 97 September 16th with program featuring Sibelius & Tchaikovsky

8/31/2017

Kalamazoo, MI August 31, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Resident Conductor/Interim Music Director, Daniel Brier, will open their 97th season with a program featuring Walker, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky.

Tags: Daniel Brier, Embrace, George Walker, Jennifer Frautschi, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Miller Auditorium, Season 97, season opener, Sibelius, symphonic, Tchaikovsky

KSO hosts public reception to celebrate Maestro Raymond Harvey - May 16th

Maestro Raymond Harvey
5/3/2017

Kalamazoo, MI – May 3, 2017  The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the tenure of Maestro Raymond Harvey with an Open House on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre of the Epic Center. A formal recognition and presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m.

Tags: Celebration, Epic Center, Judy Jolliffe Theatre, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, kso, Legacy, Maestro Raymond Harvey, Moores School of Music, Music Director, Open House, Opera, recognition, Retirement, tenure

KSO partners in new education initiative, "Orchestra Rouh," to serve refugee children

Rouh Student
4/20/2017

Kalamazoo, MI -  April 20, 2017   The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce 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. Rouh means both “hope” and “spirit” in Arabic, and 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.

Tags: Ahmed Toflq, Arabic, Basdar Sdiq, education initative, Hend Ezzat Hegab, music, Orchestra Rouh, refugees, string instruments, Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo, syria, Youth Orchestra of Iraq