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KSO presents Mahler 6, Friday, February 3 at Miller Auditorium


KALAMAZOO, MI   January 24, 2017 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Raymond Harvey, presents Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Regarded by many critics to be one of the greatest symphonists of all time, Gustav Mahler expresses the vast range of human emotions. Composed in 1903-1904, his sixth symphony is sometimes referred to as the "Tragic." The work calls for a vast orchestra, drawing on the power of extra winds, brass, and percussion--most notably a giant hammer.

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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents The World of Smetana


Kalamazoo, MI January 9, 2017 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents The World of Smetana, an interactive and immersive concert experience exploring the life and music of Bedřich Smetana.

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Angel Blue and Kalamazoo Children's Chorus join the KSO for Sounds of the Season, Saturday, December 3rd in Miller Auditorium

Angel Blue Soprano

Kalamazoo, MI November 17, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the second concert in its 2016-17 Special Event Series, Sounds of the Season - Christmas with Angel Blue featuring laureate of Plácido Domingo's international Operalia competition, Angel Blue.

Joining the orchestra and Ms. Blue, the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, directed by Fred Sang, will delight audiences with their pure sound and excellent musicianship. The program, to be announced from stage, will include many of your holiday favorites - even Santa Claus will make an appearance.

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KSO features Emmanuel Ceysson in November 18th Concert at Chenery Auditorium

Emmanuel Ceysson

Kalamazoo, MI November 4, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Raymond Harvey, presents internationally renowned Principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera House, Emmanuel Ceysson, for the third concert of its 2016-17 Symphonic Series. Billed the "enfant terrible" of the harp, Ceysson's virtuosity and infectious enthusiasm will be on full display in Glière's Harp Concerto.
Maestro Harvey rounds out the program with the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano and Felix Mendelssohn. Corigliano's Voyage from 1978 is a string orchestra setting of Baudelaire's "L'invitation au voyage." Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" after a walking tour of Scotland.

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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Bronfman Plays Tchaikovsky 2


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

Hai-Ye Ni

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.

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

Classics on Tap

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.

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KSO presents Beethoven & Nielsen featuring Yukie Ota and Yaegy Park - Friday, February 19 at Miller Auditorium

Yukie Ota

Kalamazoo, MI February 4, 2016 – For their fourth concert of the 2015-2016 Symphonic Series, The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven and Nielsen. Yukie Ota, our very own principal flute and YouTube sensation, will perform Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and Yaegy Park, 2015 Stulberg International String Competition Gold Medalist, will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Maestro Raymond Harvey will close the program with Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 6.

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KSO presents The World of Vivaldi

World of Vivaldi

Kalamazoo, MI December 16, 2015 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents The World of Vivaldi, an interactive and immersive concert experience exploring the life and music of Antonio Vivaldi. Maestro Raymond Harvey will guide listeners through the life of composer Antonio Vivaldi; uncovering the influences and inspirations behind some of his best known and some relatively unknown works.

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America's Got Talent star, Jackie Evancho, to perform with KSO in annual Sounds of the Season program

Jackie Evancho - Sounds of the Season

Kalamazoo, MI November 25, 2015 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Sounds of the Season - Christmas with Jackie Evancho. Ms. Evancho will join the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to share the ethereal sound that so many heard for the first time when she was just ten years old. Now fifteen, Ms. Evancho has been delighting audiences around the world. Her strong fan base will be thrilled to hear her alongside the KSO and Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus for a program featuring holiday favorites and pieces from her most recent recordings.

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