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Experience the Thrill! Welcome to the 24/25 Season!
Welcome to the 24/25 Season!

The 24/25 season brings audience and orchestra together for moments that pull at our emotions.

Together, we will breathe life into new music for the very first time, experience the talent of legendary artists, and share in the joy of music familiar and newly discovered. We explore the rhythms of dance, the beauty and passion of love, and the vibrant colors of jazz.

This season has been created for you, lovers of music, artistry, and unforgettable experiences!

Explore the Season!

Plan Your Visit - photos of audience members and musicians smilling
Plan Your Visit!

Whether you're planning for your first concert experience with the Kalamazoo Symphony or you're a frequent attendee, we've compiled a list of common questions so you can relax and enjoy the performance!

Plan Your Visit!

Give the Gift of Musical Memories: Gift Certificates Now Available!
Give the Gift of Musical Memories

With a Symphony Gift Certificate, you can give the gift of music to that special someone in your life!

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and more; gifting a musical experience is the perfect way to celebrate.

Gift Certificates can be used for individual concert tickets and Symphony ticket packages. 

Don't wait - get the perfect gift today!

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    23/24 Jane Rooks Ross & Barry Ross Youth Soloist Competition Winner

    On Saturday, November 11, the Kalamazoo Symphony hosted the 23/24 Jane Rooks Ross & Barry Ross Youth Soloist Competition in Miller Auditorium. The competition welcomed 10 young musicians from the Kalamazoo area to the stage, playing a piece of their choice.

    Isaac brought home the win after performing the third movement of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor.

    As part of the Jane Rooks Ross & Barry Ross Youth Soloist Competition, Isaac will perform with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on March 5 at the orchestra's Magical Melodies concert!

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  • 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 given 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.

  • Thank You Michigan Arts & Culture Council / National Endowment for the Arts
    Thank You Michigan Arts & Culture Council and National Endowment for the Arts

    The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is grateful for the support provided by the Michigan Arts & Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Their generous funding allows the symphony to bring outstanding music to the stage and provide exciting education programs in schools and throughout the community.

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    Symphony Welcomes 11,000 Local Students

    One every season, the Kalamazoo Symphony welcomes very different audience to the concert hall for Youth Concerts Week!

    3 Days
    6 Concerts
    92 Schools
    Over 11,000 Students, Parents, & Teachers!

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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

  • 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 23/24 concert season. 

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Welcome to a season of captivating stories and timeless tales brought to life by your Kalamazoo Symphony! 

We have created a dynamic playlist to pull you into the lives, emotions, and experiences of both composers and the characters their music portrays.

The crowning jewel of musical storytelling, opera, makes a dramatic return to Kalamazoo with Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. The Symphony will give the world premiere performance of a work written by Branford Marsalis, for the Kalamazoo Symphony, and, in partnership with Ballet Arts Ensemble, we bring to life the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

Join us for a soul-stirring season of love, triumph, and a little magic!


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

Season Sponsors Zhang Financial and Stryker and Greenleaf Trust