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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

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents The World of Smetana

1/9/2017

Kalamazoo, MI January 9, 2017 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents The World of Smetana, an interactive and immersive concert experience exploring the life and music of Bedřich Smetana.

Tags: Dalton Recital Hall, Maestro Harvey, Raymond Harvey, Series, The World of Smetana

World Premiere of KSO Original Production - The Night Before Christmas - Sunday, December 18 at Chenery Auditorium

12/6/2016

Kalamazoo, MI, December 6, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Resident Conductor Daniel Brier, proudly presents the world premiere of Daniel Capelletti's The Night Before Christmas, as they launch their first Family Discovery Series concert of the season. This KSO commission brings together the incredible talents of internationally recognized composer Daniel Capelletti from Brussels, Belgium, up and coming Los Angeles playwright, Adam Pasen, award winning director, Ben Zylman and Lighting Director Kristen Chesak, both of Kalamazoo, MI.

Tags: Adam Pasen, Ben Zylman, Brittin Schumaker, Carly Koch, Daniel Brier, Daniel Capelletti, Family Discovery, Jay Kurtis Oetman, Jr., kalsym, Kathryn S. Williams, Kristen Chesak, kso, Lou Price, Louis Irwin, Marie McColley Kerstetter, Stacy Bartell, the night before christmas, World Premiere

Angel Blue and Kalamazoo Children's Chorus join the KSO for Sounds of the Season, Saturday, December 3rd in Miller Auditorium

Angel Blue Soprano
11/17/2016

Kalamazoo, MI November 17, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the second concert in its 2016-17 Special Event Series, Sounds of the Season - Christmas with Angel Blue featuring laureate of Plácido Domingo's international Operalia competition, Angel Blue.

Joining the orchestra and Ms. Blue, the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, directed by Fred Sang, will delight audiences with their pure sound and excellent musicianship. The program, to be announced from stage, will include many of your holiday favorites - even Santa Claus will make an appearance.

Tags: Angel Blue, Christmas music, Fred Sang, holiday music, Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, kalsym, kso, Raymond Harvey, soprano, Sounds of the Season

KSO features Emmanuel Ceysson in November 18th Concert at Chenery Auditorium

Emmanuel Ceysson
11/4/2016

Kalamazoo, MI November 4, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Raymond Harvey, presents internationally renowned Principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera House, Emmanuel Ceysson, for the third concert of its 2016-17 Symphonic Series. Billed the "enfant terrible" of the harp, Ceysson's virtuosity and infectious enthusiasm will be on full display in Glière's Harp Concerto.
 
Maestro Harvey rounds out the program with the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano and Felix Mendelssohn. Corigliano's Voyage from 1978 is a string orchestra setting of Baudelaire's "L'invitation au voyage." Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" after a walking tour of Scotland.
 

Tags: Chenery Auditorum, Corigliano, emmanuel ceysson, Gliere, Harp, kalsym, kso, Mendelssohn, Metropolitan Opera, Raymond Harvey, Symphonic Series