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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.

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KSO features Ellis Hall in Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond! - Saturday, November 5 at Miller Auditorium

Ellis Hall
11/1/2016

Kalamazoo, MI October 24, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the first concert in its 2016-17 Special Event Series, Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond!  featuring Ray Charles’ protégé, Ellis Hall.

Mr. Hall, a former member of the Tower of Power, produced this orchestra show to honor legendary musician, Ray Charles, after his death in 2004. The show celebrates their shared R&B roots and deep passion for the heart and soul of music. The program will be announced from stage and includes his own original works for the enjoyment of his audience.

 

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André Previn Writes ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ to Celebrate the KSO’s 100th Anniversary Season

Andre Previn - Photo credit Lillian Birnbaum
10/13/2016

Kalamazoo, MI, October 13, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce that Maestro André Previn will write a ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ to be premiered as part of the Orchestra’s finale concert of its 100th Anniversary season in 2020-2021.

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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Bronfman Plays Tchaikovsky 2

Bronfman
9/7/2016

Kalamazoo, MI September 7, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its Music Director Raymond Harvey, will open their 96th season with a program featuring Schelle, Hindemith and Tchaikovsky.
 
Internationally renowned, and Grammy Award-winning, pianist Yefim Bronfman will be performing Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Bronfman is recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed pianists; his commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts will be on full display in Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto. Mr. Bronfman was also a guest artist for the 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

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KSO Single Tickets for 2016-17 Season - On Sale Now

season block
8/25/2016

Kalamazoo, MI August 25, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra has opened single ticket purchases for all of its 2016-17 season concerts. From the programming to the artistry, each performance, composition, and note promises to be better than the last as the KSO “Makes Waves” in Kalamazoo this season!

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra reaches tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Musicians

8/9/2016

Kalamazoo, MI August 9, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and Management is pleased to announce that it reached a formal tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with its musicians. The Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians – Local 228 will submit the new tentative contract for ratification by its musicians and, thereafter, the KSO management will submit the contract to the Board of Directors for ratification as well. Instrumental in reaching this tentative agreement was the rehearsal schedule for the KSO’s Symphonic Series concerts; one evening rehearsal per day instead of the two rehearsals.
 

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Aria Lights, Inc. partner to provide new lighting for all KSO musicians

6/16/2016

Kalamazoo, MI June 16, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announces the purchase of new Aria music stand lighting to improve performance quality through excellent stage conditions for all musicians in the orchestra. Aria Diva lights are top in the industry and are used by many leading orchestras in the US including Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, and Houston.
 

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra extends Contract of President & CEO Peter H. Gistelinck

Peter H. Gistelinck, KSO President & CEO
6/13/2016

Kalamazoo, MI June 13, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors proudly announces the extension of Peter H. Gistelinck’s contract as its President & CEO for an additional term, through the end of the 2021-2022 concert season. Mr. Gistelinck was initially selected for the position following an international search in 2013 and began his tenure as President & CEO in May 2014.

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KSO's Strategic Plan Published

4/29/2016

All around the world, symphony orchestras are under pressure to find the key to operating in challenging and changing times. Traditional symphony audiences are aging. New technologies are providing easily accessible alternatives to live performances in the concert hall. Communities are grappling with persistent social issues, making support and funding for the arts all the more difficult to obtain. Orchestras everywhere are struggling to prove their relevance to their communities.

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) is more fortunate than many of its peer organizations. The KSO enjoys the long-standing support and generosity of its community, a consistent subscriber base, and the security that a strong endowment provides. Thanks to strong community support, artistic excellence, a committed staff and board, and strong education and community programs, the KSO has been able to weather the storms of a shifting arts environment. Still, the organization must be ready to adapt, reinvent, and improve in a dynamic and accelerating environment.

In 2014, the KSO was at an important organizational crossroads. With a new leader at the helm, and on the cusp of its upcoming 100th anniversary season (in 2020-2021), the KSO knew the time was right to evaluate all facets of the organization and carefully plan for the future. For eleven months (October 2014 through August 2015), the KSO embarked upon the most wide-ranging and inclusive strategic planning process in the organization’s 95-year history.

The result of the planning process follows: a road map to lead the KSO into its next century.

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to recognize Robert Whaley for 50 years of dedicated service to the KSO

Robert Whaley, Tuba
4/15/2016

Kalamazoo, MI April 15, 2016 – The KSO is always grateful to the eighty-eight musicians that create the exemplary music and educational opportunities that have thrived in the Kalamazoo Community for more than 95 years.  The symphony is proud to retain the talents of these musicians, often for decades.  In this case, they would like to pay special tribute to their Principal Tubist, Robert Whaley, for 50 years of dedication and hard work.

Robert joined the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in 1966 and will be recognized for his 50 years of service at the KSO’s season finale concert – Elgar & Stravinsky, Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8pm at Miller Auditorium.

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