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Experience Our 99th Season
Experience our 99th Season

Create shared, live musical experiences with your Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during our exciting 2019-20 concert season -- our 99th! Performances will encompass a diverse range of music from the baroque to music of the present day and expand Kalamazoo community connections with the symphony. The orchestra's 99th concert season is the first fully designed by the KSO's new Music Director, Julian Kuerti.

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Orchestra Rouh
Orchestra Rouh: Music Fostering Friendships

Orchestra Rouh is a free, year-around music program serving children of refugee families and recent immigrants newly resettled in Kalamazoo. The program uses the power of music to nurture hope and spirit, support the emotional wellbeing of children, and foster friendship among immigrant and American children and families.

The KSO is pleased to offer this program in partnership with Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo.

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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 Artist in Residence program was begun with the KSO's Burdick-Thorne String Quartet. Since that time, the Artist in Residence program has grown to eight positions; including oboe, clarinet, trombone, and timpani. As a result, the artistic level of the orchestra has soared, and the KSO's education and community programs have expanded to reach over 45,000 people and more than 190 schools in eight counties throughout Southwest Michigan.

    Our current Artists in Residence are:

    Julia Neckermann, Violin
    Lisa A. Williams, Violin
    Grace Byrd, Viola (on leave)
    Igor Cetkovic, Cello
    Gabriel Renteria, Principal Oboe
    Georgiy Borisov, Principal Clarinet
    Edward "Kip" Hickman, Trombone
    Mark Guthrie, Timpani

  • Get to know your orchestra!
    Get to know your orchestra!

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians are the heart of our organization.

    Learn more about our talented musicians; KSO's Music Director, Julian Kuerti; Resident Conductor, Daniel Brier; and our Music Director Emeritus, Raymond Harvey.

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

    Check out our Community Events Calendar for a complete calendar of events.  Or click here for a downloadable PDF of KSO ensemble performances.

Welcome to our KSO!


Experience our 99th season

Create shared, live musical experiences with your Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during our exciting 2019-20 concert season. 

Performances will encompass a diverse range of music from the baroque to music of the present day and expand Kalamazoo community connections with the symphony. The orchestra's 99th concert season is the first fully designed by the KSO's new Music Director, Julian Kuerti. Concerts include strong local connections through collaborations with the Bach Festival Chorus, Western Michigan University Chorus, Stulberg International String Competition, Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, and the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience. Many concerts will feature popular local artists, including the Red Sea Pedestrians, Dacia Bridges Project, Nashon Holloway, and the Westhuizen Duo.

This season, we will continue our "AfterWORDS" post-concert, interactive discussions with the conductor, soloist, and audience, but we will merge the talks with our popular Encore Receptions. Starting with our September 20, 2019, opening symphonic concert, join us after the concert in the Grand Tier lobby for coffee and conversation!

Make sure to check out our subscription options. The purchase of any three concerts in the season makes you a Create-Your-Own Subscriber -- enjoy preferred seating, worry-free exchanges, and discounts on most tickets.
 
We hope you will take a few moments to explore our site and learn more about our history, education programs, concert series, our Music Director and, of course, our talented musicians. We’re committed to ensuring symphonic music is part of everyday life in our community through outstanding musical listening and learning experiences. We look forward to seeing you in the concert hall!