Free Family Programs

Performances by small ensembles of the KSO are offered free of charge in many community venues. Join us for these engaging programs, designed to capture the imagination and give listeners a closer look at different instrument families.

Musical Storybooks

Perfect for preschoolers, this program presents favorite storybooks illustrated with great music by the KSO String Quartet. Each program includes a craft activity, a narrated telling of the story with music, and interactive learning led by the musicians. Most programs are free of charge and held in libraries and family-friendly community venues. Preschool classes welcome! Please contact the host venue to register.

This program is available to come to preschool and Young 5’s classrooms for a fee. Contact us for information.

Last Stop on Market Street
(KSO Chamber Ensemble)
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 - 9:30am & 11am - Portage District Library
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 - 9:30am and 10:30am - Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 - 9:30am & 10:30am - Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch
Thursday, November 30th, 2017 - 9:30am & 10:30am -  Kalamazoo Public Library, Washington Square

The Perfect Purple Feather (Burdick-Thorne String Quartet)
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 - 9:30am & 10:30am - Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch
Wednesday, March 28th 2018 - 9:30am & 10:30am - Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch
Thursday, March 29th, 2018 - 9:30am - Kalamazoo Public Library, Oshtemo Branch

  • Musical Storybooks
  • Musical Storybooks
  • Musical Storybooks
  • Musical Storybooks


Family Fun Chamber Music Series

An all-ages program featuring musical favorites such as Peter & the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals, performed by KSO ensembles. These one-hour programs feature an Instrument Petting Zoo led by the featured musicians, craft activities, and a fun, narrated performance of the featured musical work. 

Pictures at an Exhibition (KSO Brass Quintet)
Saturday, September 30th, 2017 - 9:45am & 11am - Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch

King of Rag: The Life and Music of Scott Joplin  (All KSO Artists in Residence Chamber Ensemble)
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 - 6:30pm - Alma Powell Library
Friday, February 9th, 2018 - 2pm - Portage District Library
Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - 10:30am & noon - Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch

  • Family Fun Chamber Music Series
  • Family Fun Chamber Music Series
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