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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

KALAMAZOO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SIGNS ANOTHER THREE-YEAR EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT WITH DISNEY TO BRING THREE ICONIC STAR WARS MOVIES TO ITS COMMUNITY

4/12/2017

KALAMAZOO, MI, April 12, 2017   The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce that it has signed another three-year agreement with Disney to be the exclusive presenter in Southwest Michigan of live symphonic performances of three ‘Star Wars’ movies, featuring scores by John Williams. The new agreement is in addition to its existing multiyear alliances with Disney (signed in 2015) and Films Concert Live (signed in 2017).  These ‘Special Event’ performances will begin in the KSO’s 2017-18 season with Star Wars – Episode IV - A New Hope, performed twice on October 12 & 13, 2017. It will be the 40th anniversary of the original release of the movie in 1977. Star Wars – Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back will appear during the 2018-2019 concert season and in the 2019-2020 concert season the KSO will be performing Star Wars – Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Dates for those performances will be released at a later time.

Tags: announcement, Disney, exlcusive agreement, John Williams, Movie in Concert, Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope in Concert, Three Year Deal

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra proudly presents its 2017-18 Season - EMBRACE! 97 years of artistry and entertainment

3/1/2017

Kalamazoo, MI March 1, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announces its upcoming 2017-18 season. In this 97th season, the KSO embraces diversity and change. Exciting masterworks with energetic new conductors, the Kalamazoo debuts of world renowned guest artists, entertaining pops concerts, and family friendly concerts make the 2017-18 season one to remember for the entire community.

Tags: 2017-2018, Andrew Grams, Anne Akiko Meyers, Anne Vinnitskaya, Arrival From Sweden - The Music of ABBA, Classical Kids LIVE! All-4-One, classics on tap, classics uncorked, Daniel Brier, Disney, Donato Cabrera, Edwin Cutwater, Embrace, Eroica Trio, Family Discovery, Fred Sang, Gabriel Renteria, J'Nai Bridges, Jennifer Frautschi, Julien Kuerti, Jungle Book, Kalamazoo Chiildrens Chorus, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, KSO@The Movies, Pablo Ferrandez-Castro, POPS!, Sara Andon, Season 97, stilian kirov, Subscriptions

KSO Presents Disney & Pixar's Ratatouille in Concert

Ratatouille
2/24/2017

Kalamazoo, MI February 24, 2017– The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the second concert in their three-year exclusive partnership with Disney - Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille in concert. Families are invited to join the KSO as they present this Academy Award Winning film in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score, by composer Michael Giacchino, is performed live by symphony musicians under the direction of Maestro Raymond Harvey.

Tags: disney and pixar, Disney in Concert, kalsym, kso, KSO@The Movies!, Maestro Raymond Harvey, Miller Auditorium, ratatouille

KSO Lands Exclusive Three Year Steven Spielberg/John Williams Movie Deal

Jaws in Concert
2/1/2017

KALAMAZOO, MI, February 1, 2017 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce that, in addition to its existing multiyear alliance with Disney (signed in 2015), it has just signed a three-year agreement with the Los Angeles based Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency and New York based IMG Artists (through their joint venture Film Concerts Live!) to be the exclusive presenter in Southwest Michigan of live symphonic performances of three Steven Spielberg movies featuring scores by John Williams...

Tags: E.T., Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, IMG Artists, Jaws, John Williams, Jurassic Park, kalsym, kso, Partnership, Steven Spielberg, three year alliance

KSO presents Mahler 6, Friday, February 3 at Miller Auditorium

Mahler
1/23/2017

KALAMAZOO, MI   January 24, 2017 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Raymond Harvey, presents Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Regarded by many critics to be one of the greatest symphonists of all time, Gustav Mahler expresses the vast range of human emotions. Composed in 1903-1904, his sixth symphony is sometimes referred to as the "Tragic." The work calls for a vast orchestra, drawing on the power of extra winds, brass, and percussion--most notably a giant hammer.

Tags: Kalamaozo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, kso, Maestro Harvey, Mahler 6, Prelude, Raymond Harvey, Symphonic Series