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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.

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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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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Recognizes Barry Ross with Emeritus Title

1/15/2018

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
11/27/2017

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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The KSO welcomes Grammy Award Winning pop & R&B sensation, All-4-One, to Miller Auditorium - Saturday, November 4th

10/19/2017

Kalamazoo, MI October 19, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the first concert in its 2017-18 Zhang Financial Pops! Series, Grammy Award Winning pop and R&B group, All-4-One. This California based quartet, are not only one of the most sensational and timeless groups of the 1990’s, they have sold more than 20 million records worldwide and their success has spanned two decades.  The evening’s program will be announced from stage.

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KSO features Music Director Candidate, Donato Cabrera, KSO Principle Oboe, Gabriel Renteria-Elyea, and 2017 Stulberg Gold Medalist, William McGregor on double bass in "Bruckner & Williams," Oct. 28

10/12/2017

Kalamazoo, MI October 12, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Donato Cabrera, presents a delightfully varied program for the second concert of its Symphonic Series, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Gabriel Renteria-Elyea, the KSO’s own Principal Oboist, solos in John Williams' Oboe concerto. William McGregor, 2017 Stulberg International String Competition Gold Medalist, performs Bottesini’s second bass concerto. Maestro Cabrera opens the program with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and closes the program with Bruckner’s first masterpiece, the youthful Symphony No. 1.

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

Star Wars
9/26/2017

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 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.

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