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"I'm thrilled to have our Kalamazoo audiences enjoy a wide array of musical offerings for the KSO's 2014-2015 season. With big works of Mahler and Strauss, rare treats from trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and a powerful season finale of Mendelssohn's Elijah with the 200-voice WMU Grand Chorus -- it seems that the season would be complete. But add to that the artistry of international violinist Sarah Chang, and an appearance by the indescribable Bobby McFerrin, and we've got a season I'm looking forward to with great excitement."
           -Mestro Raymond Harvey


Symphonic Series

Invitation to the Dance


Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet

   Ross Edwards   White Ghost Dancing
   de Falla   Suite from The Three Cornered Hat
   Brandon Ridenour   Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Paganini
   Ginastera   Four Dances from Estancia

The KSO 2014-2015 Symphonic Series opens in high gear as Maestro Raymond Harvey conducts a mosaic of works bursting with exotic sounds and driving dance rhythms. We welcome Kalamazoo's own virtuoso trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, displaying his skills as soloist and composer.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet


Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 8pm
Chenery Auditorium
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

   Debussy     Nocturnes
   Sergio Assad    Interchange for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra
   Bizet     Symphony in C

The Grammy® Award-winning LAGQ brings their unparalleled energy to the KSO concert stage with a performance of Interchange, written for them by Brazilian composer Sergio Assad. Evocative works by Debussy and Bizet complete this colorful program.

A Hero's Life


Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Susie Park, Violin

   Beethoven     Symphony No. 8 in F, Op.93
   Strauss    Ein Heldenleben, Op.40

Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 is paired with Strauss's tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) in a program tied to the love interests of their respective composers. The summer of 1812 marked the famous (and un-sent) letter to Beethoven's "immortal Beloved." In Strauss's semi-autobiographical work, a solo violin portrays the composer's complex and quixotic wife.

Heavenly Life


Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Andriana Chuchman, Soprano

   Mahler   R ückert-Lieder
   Mahler     Symphony No. 4

With its generally sunny disposition and numerous references to nature, Symphony No. 4 has often been referred to as Mahler's own Pastoral Symphony. The last movement of this transcendently beautiful work is a quiet lullaby describing Heaven through the innocent eyes of a child.

Fire and Water


Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium
Michael Christie, Guest Conductor
Arnaldo Cohen, Piano

   Tchaikovsky    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
   Berlioz    Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
   Debussy    La Mer

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


Friday, April 10, 2015 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Western Michigan University Grand Chorus, Kimberly Dunn Adams, Director

   Mendelssohn    Elijah, Op.70

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.


KSO Pops!

Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies


Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

One of the most famous partnerships of the twentieth century, Rodgers and Hammerstein, was also one of the most productive. Their collaboration resulted in timeless hits like The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific and more. The KSO presents an evening of hits from these musicals, along with digitally re-mastered clips on the big screen.

Sounds of the Season


Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium
Raymond Harvey, Conductor

This annual concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music is perfect for the entire family. Share the warm sounds of the season with the KSO and start your own family tradition with this wonderful program that's sure to keep you in the holiday spirit!

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


Friday April 24, 2015 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

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 KSO in a tribute to this star for the ages!


World Of

Maestro Harvey takes audiences on an entertaining journey through the various stages of featured composers' lives and uncovers their thoughts, influences and what inspired some of the greatest pieces of the orchestral repertoire.

The World of Vaughan Williams

Sunday, October 5, 2014 | 3pm
Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Susie Park, Violin

Celebrated as one of the greatest British composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams produced music deeply rooted in his English heritage. This innovative program, featuring new KSO concertmaster Susie Park in the ethereal "The Lark Ascending," pays homage to the incredible breadth of this composer, whose work touched nearly every musical genre of his time.

The World of Prokofiev

Sunday, January 18, 2015 | 3pm
Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU
Raymond Harvey, Conductor

Born in 1891, Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most original voices of twentieth-century music. Known to spend up to fourteen hours per day composing, he left behind an incredible body of works when he died in 1953. The program features some of Prokofiev's finest musical gifts - beauty, lyricism and humor.


Classics Uncorked

Classics Uncorked features an evening of chamber favorites followed by a complimentary coffee and dessert reception. Hear KSO musicians up close and personally in this intimate setting. Conveniently located at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Winter Evening

Friday, January 9, 2015
   Andre LaFosse     Suite Impromptu       KSO Brass Quintet
   TBD
   Prokofiev     String Quartet No. 1
      Burdick-Thorne String Quartet

Spring Evening

Friday, May 1, 2015
   August Klughardt    Quintet in C Major, Op. 79
      KSO Woodwind Quintet
   Beethoven     String Quartet Op. 18, No. 2
      Burdick-Thorne String Quartet


Family Discovery

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss

Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 3pm
Chenery Auditorium

Adapted for orchestra and stage by Tyler White and Tim Marrone, this delightful children's story is coming to Chenery Auditorium. Join the KSO and guests as they present the fun Dr. Seuss family classic.... "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Peter VS. the Wolf

Sunday, February 8, 2015 | 3pm
Chenery Auditorium

In Justin Locke's hilarious spin on the original Russian tale, the Wolf stands trial for "Duckicide in the first degree, with one gulp." With Prokofiev's original music presented in court as evidence, the Wolf cross-examines individual members of the orchestra on the stand and presents his case to the audience, which also acts as the jury. This lively new introduction to the instruments of the orchestra is like no other version of "Peter and the Wolf" we've ever seen. Smiles guaranteed!


Special Events

Bobby McFerrin Takes On Gershwin


Friday, January 30, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Miller Auditorium

For decades, Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules! The ten-time Grammy® winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world's finest concert halls. Join the KSO with Bobby McFerrin as guest-conductor for an all-Gershwin program featuring "An American in Paris" and other Gershwin favorites.

Sarah Chang


Friday, May 15, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Chenery Auditorium

   Elgar     Froissart Overture
   Dvořák     Violin Concerto
   Beethoven    Symphony No. 5

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world's great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8 she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. Sarah Chang will join the KSO to perform the Dvořák Violin Concerto in a program that will also feature Elgar and Beethoven.

 
 

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