Music In Our Schools Month
During March 2012, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra observes Music In Our Schools Month. The purpose of this effort is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children. This year, we also are spotlighting and honoring the great work of music teachers throughout Southwest Michigan.
The KSO embraces an integrated model of artistic, educational, and community engagement. All of our events and activities involved a mix of all three components. In this way we offer compelling musical experiences for people of all ages throughout our service area.
Research in San Diego schools shows dramatic improvement in student performance using arts-infused curriculum (read article)
New study in Chicago Public Schools shows arts programs help students improve in all areas (read article).
Each KSO event in March spotlights in-school music education as well as recognizes and honors the work that our music teachers do for our community's children.
KSO Youth Concerts
Feb 27 thru Mar 2 - Chenery Auditorium
Culminating experience to weeks of music study
Serving over 13,000 students from eight counties
Johannes Moser Teaching/Artist Residency
Wed & Thu Mar 8-9
Guest cellist Moser visits KSO Partner Schools, Kalamazoo Kids In Tune, and offers a master class for KJSO
Sat. Mar 10 at 8 pm - Miller Auditorium
featuring cellist Johannes Moser
Thu Mar 15 at 7:30 p.m. - Wellspring
A performance showcase of the best musical talent from area high schools
Raymond Harvey & Renata Artman Knific in Recital
Tue Mar 20 at 7:30 pm - WMU Dalton Center
Two great artists join for the first time to recognize the KSO-WMU Artist/Scholar program
Carnival of the Animals
Sun Mar 25 at 3 pm - Chenery Auditorium
featuring Grand Rapids Ballet
Kalamazoo Public Schools Combined Orchestras
Wed Mar 28 at 7:00 pm - Chenery Auditorium
KSO Assistant Conductor Barry Ross conducts a concert with the KPS Combined Orchestras.
Fri Mar 30 at 8 pm - Cityscape Event Center
KSO chamber music in a bistro atmosphere
TICKETS (for March 10, 25 & 30):
ONLINE: click here to order
PHONE: call Miller Auditorium Ticket Office
(269) 387-2300 M-F 10a-6p; Sat 11a-3p
Artists on Education
Your Award-Winning KSO
Over the past decade, the KSO earned awards and accolades from near and far. The honors not only spotlight the orchestra, they also illuminate the excellence of the Greater Kalamazoo community to the entire nation.
Some notable honors include:
2008 MetLife Award for Arts Access
2007 Music Alive Meet the Composer/League of American Orchestras award
2003 League of American Orchestras Silver Award for a KSO Education program
2000 Ford Foundation leadership grant