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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Applauds Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians’ Summer Park Concert Initiative

7/20/2016

Kalamazoo, MI July 20, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians, an organization that includes musicians of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra living in our area, have taken it upon themselves to offer a free summer afternoon concert in Bronson park on Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. “We applaud this initiative,” said Peter H. Gistelinck, President & CEO of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. “Not only is the return of the Summer Park Concerts an important goal in the KSO’s Strategic Plan, but the fact that our musicians have now taken it upon themselves to initiate this concert and are volunteering their time, is incredible. Especially during their annual vacation month of August, which is the month in which the KSO cannot plan any concerts for them.”
 

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Overneath Creative Collective Form a Partnership for Music Production Collaboration around gift of Steinway Concert Grand Piano

Maestro Harvey on Steinway Grand
6/28/2016

Kalamazoo, MI, June 16, 2016 The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and Overneath Creative Collective (OCC) have come together to bring new music opportunities to Kalamazoo. The KSO recently received a gift of a new Steinway D Concert Grand piano from a generous, anonymous donor.  The donor has also provided additional funds to maintain, tune and move the piano for the KSO concerts and desired that it be housed at the Overneath recording facility in Kalamazoo, where it will be available for musicians to use for select recording sessions.

Tags: Grand Piano, kalsym, kso, OCC, Overneath Creative Collective, Partnership, Steinway & Sons

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.

Tags: 100 year anniversary, 2021-2022, Contract renewal, Dr. Janice M. Brown, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Maestro Raymond Harvey, Peter H. Gistelinck, president & CEO

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.

Tags: 100th anniversary, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, kso, strategic plan

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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KSO presents season finale - Elgar & Stravinsky, featuring Hai-Ye Ni - Saturday, April 23rd at Miller Auditorium

Hai-Ye Ni
4/12/2016

Kalamazoo, MI April 12, 2016 – For their final concert of the 2015-2016 season, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Elgar & Stravinsky featuring principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hai-Ye Ni. Ms. Ni will be featured in Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  Also on the program for this season finale concert are Elie Siegmeister’s Lonesome Hollow and Stravinsky’s Russian ballet, Petrouchka.

Tags: Cello, Elgar, Hai-Ye Ni, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, kso, Raymond Harvey, season finale, Stay Tuned, Stravinsky

KSO presents final Classics Uncorked and Classics On Tap concerts of the season - April 15 & 16

Classics on Tap
3/30/2016

Kalamazoo, MI March 30, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents the last two concert pairings in its popular chamber series—Classics Uncorked and Classics On Tap. KSO’s classics concerts feature an evening of chamber music favorites played by smaller ensembles of orchestra musicians. The concerts in the KSO’s Classics Series allow patrons to become better acquainted with classical music and KSO musicians in a more social and relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: bells eccentric cafe, burdick-thorne string quartet, classics on tap, classics uncorked, kalamazoo institute of arts, kalsym, kso, piano, Raymond Harvey, Stay Tuned, woodwind quintet

KSO presents US National Premiere of Disney in Concert – Alice in Wonderland Saturday, April 2, 2016

3/22/2016

Kalamazoo, MI March 22, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce that the US National Premiere of Disney in Concert – Alice in Wonderland will debut in Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium on Saturday April 2, 2016 at 8pm.  This full length film with original voice and sound effects will play on the big screen while Maestro Raymond Harvey leads over 70 KSO musicians, the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, directed by Fred Sang, and the Kalamazoo Singers, directed by Richard Phelps, as they bring Danny Elfman’s amazing and breath-taking score to life.

Tags: Alice in Wonderland, Danny Elfman, Disney, kso, national premiere, Special Event, Stay Tuned, Tim burton

MEDIA ALERT: KSO to dedicate Saturday's concert to victims of the February 20th shootings

Kzoo Love Logo
2/24/2016

Kalamazoo, MI February 24, 2016– The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announces the dedication of its concert, Al Jarreau in Symphony, this Saturday, February 27 in honor and in memory of all the victims of this past weekend’s tragedy in Kalamazoo. President and CEO Peter H. Gistelinck and Board Chair, Dr. Janice M. Brown, will make the dedication and offer a moment of silence during the evening’s welcoming statements.  
 

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