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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Presents “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” Live in Concert; Full-length, iconic film shown at Miller Auditorium on October 11 & 12

"Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" in Concert
10/10/2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Oct. 10, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will present “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” on October 11 and 12, with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live to the full-length feature film. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Star Wars attire and to arrive early. Local Star Wars groups and costuming organizations will be available for photos and conversation beginning at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at Miller Auditorium.

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Begins its 98th Season with New Music Director at the Helm; Award-Winning Pianist Di Wu Joins for Ravel Piano Concerto at Miller Auditorium

Guest Pianist, Di Wu
9/10/2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sept. 10, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) launches its 2018-19 season when its newly installed music director, Julian Kuerti, leads Van Cliburn Competition-winning pianist Di Wu and the KSO on groundbreaking French and French-inspired music by Frédéric Devreese, Maurice Ravel, and Hector Berlioz on Friday, September 14, at 8 p.m., at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. 

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KSO Presents World Premiere of “Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience,” A Co-Production of Schirmer Theatrical and Greenberg Artists

9/5/2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sept. 4, 2018 – Schirmer Theatrical, LLC, and Greenberg Artists are proud to present the world premiere of “Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience,” with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) on Dec. 1, at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. “Revolution” is the first authorized, symphonic experience for The Beatles, featuring never-before-seen photos from the official Beatles Book Photo Library in London, alongside stunning new video and animation created by award-winning creative video designer Charles Yurick.

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Julian Kuerti Appointed Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's New Music Director

Julian Kuerti
6/27/2018

KALAMAZOO, MI– June 27, 2018 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and President & CEO, Peter H. Gistelinck, are pleased to announce that internationally renowned conductor Julian Kuerti has been appointed as its new Music Director. Mr. Kuerti will assume the title of Music Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season, succeeding Raymond Harvey, who ended his eighteen-year tenure with the orchestra in 2017, and has since then become the Orchestra's first Music Director Emeritus.

Tags: 2018-2019 Season, Board of Directors, Daniel Brier, Julian Kuerti, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Music Director Announcement, Peter H. Gistelinck, Search Committee

KSO presents Disney's The Jungle Book in Concert - Saturday, May 26, 3pm, Miller Auditorium

5/3/2018

Kalamazoo, MI May 3, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the final concert in their three-year exclusive partnership with Disney - Disney's original The Jungle Book, in concert. Families are invited to join the KSO as they present this classic, animated film in high-definition on the big screen while the charming and delightful score, by composer George Bruns, is performed live by symphony musicians under the direction of Maestro Daniel Brier.

Tags: Disney, family event, George Bruns, in Concert, Kalamazoo Symhony Orchstra, kalsym, kso, KSO@The Movies, mulit media, The Jungle Book

KSO welcomes final Music Director Candidate, Julian Kuerti, to podium for KSO Season Finale concert - Beethoven and Prokofiev - May 19, Miller Auditorium

5/2/2018

Kalamazoo, MI May 2, 2018 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Julian Kuerti, close the 2017-18 symphonic season with the music of Beethoven and Prokofiev. The Eroica Trio, the most sought-after trio in the world, perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto. After intermission, Maestro Kuerti conducts Prokofiev's thrilling Symphony No. 5. The American premiere of this symphony was so popular, a portrait of Prokofiev was featured on the cover of Timemagazine in November 1945.

Tags: Beethoven, Concerto, Eroica Trio, Julian Kuerti, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, Miller Auditorium, Music Director Candidate, Prokofiev, season finale

KSO Announces 2018-19 Season - Take Note! Special appearances include Di Wu, Paul Shaffer, John Debney and more!

Take Note! Season 98
4/13/2018

Kalamazoo, MI April 13, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra proudly announces its upcoming 2018-19 season. In this 98th season, the KSO will “take note” of great masterworks, with an emphasis on French and female composers, feature famed guest artists, present two blockbuster film concerts and welcome a new music director to the podium.

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KSO Welcomes Anne Akiko Meyers, J'Nai Bridges and Music Director Candidate, Stilian Kirov, to Miller for a Celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th on March 24th

3/6/2018

Kalamazoo, MI March 6, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor and Music Director Candidate, Stilian Kirov, present a celebration of Leonard Bernstein. Anne Akiko Meyers performs his Serenade and Mezzo-soprano, J’Nai Bridges, is featured in his 1st Symphony, “Jeremiah.” 

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KSO Welcomes Third Music Director Candidate, Andrew Grams & Award-winning Cellist, Pablo Ferrández-Castro for Haydn & Beethoven program February 24th at Chenery

2/8/2018

Kalamazoo MI, February 8, 2018 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor and Music Director Candidate, Andrew Grams, present an intimate program of masterworks from the First Viennese School (Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven). The orchestra opens with Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture. Pablo Ferrández-Castro, an international rising star, performs Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Maestro Grams concludes the program with Beethoven's exhilarating Symphony No. 7.

Tags: Andrew Grams, Cello, chenery auditorium, Concerto, conductor, Haydn & Beethoven, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, Mozart, Music Director Candidate, Pablo Ferrandez-Catro, Symphony No. 7

KSO partners with Classical Kids LIVE! to present Tchaikovsky Discovers America, February 11th at Chenery Auditorium

1/22/2018

Kalamazoo, MI January 22, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents the final Family Discovery concert of the 2017-18 season, once again 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 and include preconcert activities for the family!

 

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