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Fire & Water

Fire & Water

Arnaldo Cohen, piano – Michael Christie, conductor
March 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

From the thundering opening chords of Tchaikovsky's fiery first piano concerto to its triumphant conclusion, this most Russian of all piano concerti dazzles the listener with sheer brilliance. Debussy's La Mer paints an impressionistic look at the power of the sea.

Elijah

Elijah

April 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

Since its enthusiastic premiere in 1846, Elijah has assured its place in the choral repertoire as second only to Handel's Messiah. Recounting the Old Testament story as told in the Book of Kings, this powerful work is a vivid depiction of scenes from the prophet's life.

Michael Cavanaugh in Concert: The Songs of Elton John and More!

Michael Cavanaugh in Concert

The Songs of Elton John and More!
April 24, 2015 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Pops

Sir Elton Hercules John, knighted in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II, is considered to be one of the greatest solo artists of all time. His hits include Rocket Man, Honky Cat, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Bennie And the Jets. Join the...

Classics Uncorked - Spring Evening

Classics Uncorked

Spring Evening
May 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Series:
Classics Uncorked

Enjoy an evening of chamber favorites followed by a complimentary coffee and dessert reception. At the same time, discover amazing national and international wines as they are brought to you by our very own KSO sommelier.

Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang

May 15, 2015 - 8:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Special Events

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world's great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. Sarah Chang will join you...

Lana Trotovšek

Brahms & Tchaikovsky

Lana Trotovšek, violin
September 18, 2015 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

London-based violinist and international rising star, Lana Trotovšek, makes her US symphony orchestra debut in Kalamazoo with the famous Brahms Violin Concerto. Paired with Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, this will be an amazing season opener!

The World of Stravinsky

The World of Stravinsky

September 27, 2015 - 3:00pm
Dalton Recital Hall, WMU
Series:
The World Of

Maestro Harvey takes audiences on an entertaining journey through the various stages of featured composers’ lives and uncovers what inspired some of the greatest pieces of classical repertoire.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

October 4, 2015 - 3:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Family Discovery

This world-famous production features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his Uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Listeners will be rivetedby the music and life of Beethoven.

James Austin Smith

Mozart & Haydn

James Austin Smith, oboe
October 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

Distinguished Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Music Director, Edwin Outwater, makes his KSO debut in a harmonious Mozart-Haydn program. James Austin Smith, New York based oboist, joins him to play Mozart’s famous Oboe Concerto in C Major.

Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band with Symphony

Who’s Bad

Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
November 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Pops

The Jackson Tribute Band comes to Kalamazoo for the Symphonic World Premiere debut of their Who's Bad concert program.  Don't miss this unique opportunity and be part of a thrilling concert experience!

Pascal Rogé

Saint-Saens & Shostakovich

Pascal Rogé, piano
November 20, 2015 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

Internationally acclaimed French pianist, Pascal Rogé, joins the KSO for a not to be missed performance of Saint-Saens 5th Piano Concerto.  This performance, paired with Shostakovich's incomparable 5th Symphony, promises to be a highlight of the season!

Nutcracker (Ballet Arts Ensemble)

Nutcracker

Ballet Arts Ensemble
December 5, 2015 - 2:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Family Discovery

Experience the magic and wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet in this fully staged production, featuring members of Ballet Arts Ensemble and thrilling guest professional dancers, assisted by a local cast of more than 100 children and adults and members of the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus....

Nutcracker (Ballet Arts Ensemble)

Nutcracker

Ballet Arts Ensemble
December 5, 2015 - 7:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Family Discovery

Experience the magic and wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet in this fully staged production, featuring members of Ballet Arts Ensemble and thrilling guest professional dancers, assisted by a local cast of more than 100 children and adults and members of the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus....

Nutcracker (Ballet Arts Ensemble)

Nutcracker

Ballet Arts Ensemble
December 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Family Discovery

Experience the magic and wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet in this fully staged production, featuring members of Ballet Arts Ensemble and thrilling guest professional dancers, assisted by a local cast of more than 100 children and adults and members of the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus....

Sounds of the Season - Christmas with Jessye Norman

Sounds of the Season

Christmas with Jessye Norman
December 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Special Events

World famous, multi award winning opera star, Jessye Norman will join your KSO for this annual holiday extravaganza. Join us for an unforgettable evening; all your holiday favorites sung by one of the most recognized voices of all time.

The World of Vivaldi

The World of Vivaldi

January 10, 2016 - 3:00pm
Dalton Recital Hall, WMU
Series:
The World Of

Maestro Harvey takes audiences on an entertaining journey through the various stages of featured composers’ lives and uncovers what inspired some of the greatest pieces of classical repertoire.

Classics Uncorked

Classics Uncorked

Winter Evening
January 22, 2016 - 8:00pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Series:
Classics Uncorked

Enjoy an evening of chamber favorites followed by a complimentary coffee and dessert reception. Including works from J.S. Bach and Shostakovich

Classics on Tap

Classics on Tap

Winter Evening
January 23, 2016 - 8:00pm
Bell's Eccentric Café
Series:
Classics on Tap

Join KSO ensembles as they present the ever popular Classics Uncorked concerts in an exciting new venue. Join us as we tap into beautiful music and great Bell's beer!

Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery

Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery

January 31, 2016 - 3:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Family Discovery

Vivaldi, Venice and violins: all three are celebrated in Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery. A gifted young orphan named Katarina is sent to study music at the great Pieta orphanage in seventeenth century Venice. She comes under the tutelage of the famous music director and composer Antonio Vivaldi a...

Yukie Ota

Beethoven & Nielsen

Yukie Ota, flute
February 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

This concert features, in addition to Beethoven's 6th Symphony, our very own principal flute and YouTube sensation, Yukie Ota, in the well-known Nielsen's Flute Concerto. We will also feature the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition winner.

Al Jarreau with the KSO

Al Jarreau in Symphony

February 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Pops

Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy Award winner and internationally renowned pop, rock and R&B legend, joins your KSO with his acclaimed symphonic program, featuring over 70 KSO musicians! Join us for this not-to-be-missed concert.

Leon Williams, baritone

Brahms & Fauré

Leon Williams, baritone
March 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

Brahms' 2nd Serenade, featuring the KSO's viola section, is paired with one of the most praised works of all time, Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. This beautiful concert showcases local choirs as well as baritone, Leon Williams. (Featured Soprano TBD).

KSO @ The Movies! - Alice in Wonderland

KSO @ The Movies!

Disney in Concert: Alice in Wonderland
April 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Special Events

WonderlandThe KSO, in partnership with ©Disney, proudly presents ©Disney in Concert– Alice in Wonderland. This full-length© Disney movie, with original dialogue and sound effects playson the big screen while your KSO musicians bring Danny Elfman's score to life for an amazing, ...

Classics Uncorked

Classics Uncorked

Spring Evening
April 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Series:
Classics Uncorked

Including works from Scriabin, Smit, White and Dohnanyi with a special performance on piano from Music Director Raymond Harvey.

Classics on Tap

Classics on Tap

Spring Evening
April 16, 2016 - 8:00pm
Bell's Eccentric Café
Series:
Classics on Tap

Including works from Scriabin, Smit, White and Dohnanyi with a special performance on piano from Music Director Raymond Harvey

Hai-ye Ni

Elgar & Stravinsky

Hai-ye Ni, cello
April 23, 2016 - 8:00pm
Miller Auditorium
Series:
Symphonic

Hai-ye Ni, Principal Cello of the internationally renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, makes her Kalamazoo Symphony debut with Elgar's famous Cello Concerto. Paired with Stravinsky's amazing masterpiece Petrushka, this concert promises to be a resounding finale of this Symphonic series.

GILMORE series Rafał Blechacz

Gilmore Festival Finale

Rafał Blechacz, 2014 Gilmore Artist, piano
May 14, 2016 - 8:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Series:
Special Events