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KSO Announces $8.8M Campaign

The KSO announced the Music Connects Us fundraising campaign for its milestone 100th anniversary. This important campaign is an $8.8 million community effort to ensure a vibrant future for the KSO’s next 100 years.

This bold initiative will enhance the symphony’s artistic excellence, community engagement, and financial sustainability; and, it will contribute directly to the future of outstanding musical experiences for Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan.

The Music Connects Us campaign also will assist the symphony in its essential work for enhanced accessibility, expanded educational opportunities, and in furthering its committed growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

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Health & Safety Concert Protocols
Sharing Music Safely This Season

Health & Safety Policies for the 22/23 Season

Masks and proof of vaccination are not required to attend concerts in the 22/23 season. Although masks are not required, the KSO does encourage mask-wearing for indoor performances.

To learn about the safety policies in place for our upcoming season, please visit our safety page.

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  • KSO Artists in Residence
    KSO Artists in Residence

    In 1995, as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, a commitment was made to develop four full-time positions that would both enable the orchestra to create community service and education programs and strengthen the orchestra ensemble.

    To this end, the Artists in Residence program began with the KSO's Burdick-Thorne String Quartet. Since that time, the Artists in Residence program has grown to eight positions; including oboe, clarinet, trombone, and timpani, along with the original strings. As a result, the artistic level of the orchestra has soared, and the KSO's education and community programs have expanded to reach more than 26,000 students and their teachers annually with 20+ programs in more than 100 schools throughout Southwest Michigan.

    Our current Artists in Residence are:

    Lisa A. Williams, Violin II
    Nicholas Jeffrey, Viola
    Igor Cetkovic, Cello
    Gabriel Renteria, Oboe
    Georgiy Borisov, Clarinet
    Edward "Kip" Hickman, Trombone
    Mark Guthrie, Timpani
    Vacant, Violin I

  • Get to Know the Orchestra
    Get to Know the Orchestra

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians are the heart of our organization.

    With 80 contracted musicians, and many other auxiliary players, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is made up of artists from all over Michigan and five surrounding states!

    Added together, our musicians have give over 1,300 years of service providing transformational musical experiences to Kalamazoo.

    Learn more about our talented musicians, our Music Director, Julian Kuerti, and Music Director Emeritus, Raymond Harvey.

  • Symphony Principal Trombone Kip Hickman works with young student
    KSO in your Community

    We LOVE our community. You will find your KSO musicians peforming free public concerts in venues such as Bronson's Garden Atrium, Borgess' Atrium Lobby, First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, Sarkozy Bakery, and Kalamazoo Public Library...and that is just to name a few!

    We also are excited to bring our beloved Instrument Petting Zoo to many local events throughout the year. Fun for kids of all ages!

    Community Concerts & Events

  • KSO On The Go

    Through education programs and partnerships, KSO has unique and exciting opportunities to support school music programs through “KSO On The Go” and other in-school programs.

    We bring live performances, classroom visits, artist residencies, and symphony field trips, accompanied by great curriculum materials, to provide formative learning experiences for students of all ages.

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Experience the Symphony

Celebrate the healing power of music and create shared, live musical experiences with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during our 22/23 concert season. 

KSO100 Welcome to a New Century of Music!

We are thrilled to have you join us as we journey through the next century of transformative musical experiences in Kalamazoo. The 22/23 season is filled with show-stopping performances from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to tango and movie music. We lift up the living voices of classical music and those that have been underrepresented throughout our history. We're proud to bring inspiring artists to the stage with the incredible talents of unforgettable pianist Marc-André Hamelin as well as familiar faces from our community with West Afrikan Drum Group, Djembe Yaru, and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus.

Added by popular demand is our brand new, four-concert Chamber Music Series held at Western Michigan University's Dalton Recital Hall! With programming from tango to Broadway, there is a little something for everyone. 

Join us for a new season of new concerts, and new experiences!

 

THANK YOU, SEASON SPONSORS 

Season presented by Zhang Financial
Season sponsored by Stryker and Greenleat Trust

Season Sponsors Zhang Financial and Stryker and Greenleaf Trust