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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


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.

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


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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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Recognizes Barry Ross with Emeritus Title


Kalamazoo, MI January 15, 2017 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and management is pleased to announce the designation of Concertmaster Emeritus for Dr. Barry Ross in recognition of his long years of service and artistry with the KSO.

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KSO presents annual holiday extravaganza, Sounds of the Season - Music from the Movies, with Los Angeles Flutist, Sara Andon and the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Sara Andon, Flutist

Kalamazoo, MI November 27, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present this year’s Sounds of the Season concert, Music from The Movies with Sara Andon, including music from your favorite holiday movies: The Polar Express, Frozen, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life and many more. With KSO Resident Conductor/Interim Music Director, Daniel Brier, at the podium the concert will feature international flute soloist and recording artist, Sara Andon, along with the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, directed by Fred Sang.


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

Sava Velkoff

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.

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


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.

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

Star Wars

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. 

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


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.

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

Maestro Raymond Harvey

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.

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


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.

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