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Kalamazoo Symphony Celebrates 100 Years and Returning to Live Performances

KSO100
10/14/2021

Concerts announced for 2021-22 season begin Oct. 16

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Names New Executive Director

Jessica Mallow
11/7/2019

Jessica Mallow joins the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as executive director, effective November 3, 2019.

Tags: Administration, Executive Director, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, leadership

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Opens its 99th Season with Music Inspired by Visual Art

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
9/20/2019

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Julian Kuerti open the 99th concert season with music inspired by pictures. Guest violinist Leticia Moreno joins the orchestra for this season premiere at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium on September 20, at 8 p.m. 

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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Unveils its 2019-20 Concert Season -- Diverse Musical Selections and Community Collaborations Highlight New Music Director’s First KSO Season Design

St. Matthew Passion
4/18/2019

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Apr. 18, 2019 – 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.

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Kalamazoo Symphony Presents Passionate Works by Leshnoff and Mahler; Music Director Julian Kuerti Returns to Conduct

Soloist Georgiy Barisov, Principal Clarinet and Artist in Residence
3/7/2019

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Mar. 7, 2019 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s exploration of fifth symphonies continues Saturday, March 9, with “Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor,” by Gustav Mahler. The concert opens with the “Clarinet Concerto ‘Nekudim,’” by modern American composer Jonathan Leshnoff (JonathanLeshnoff.com), featuring KSO Principal Clarinet and Artist in Residence, Georgiy Borisov, as soloist. KSO Music Director, Julian Kuerti, will conduct the orchestra.

Tags: Clarinet, concert, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Kuerti, Leshnoff, mahler

Jolliffe and Gustin Join Symphony as Co-Interim Executive Directors; Seasoned Leaders Bring Experience and Passion for the Arts to the KSO

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
2/22/2019

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Feb. 22, 2019 – Two well-known Kalamazoo music and arts leaders will serve as co-interim executive directors of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, effective immediately. Judy Jolliffe and Daniel R. Gustin will share symphony leadership duties while the organization's board of directors launch a search for a permanent executive director

Tags: Executive Director, Gustin, Jolliffe, kso, KSO Board of Directors, leadership, Musicians Committee

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Guest Cellist Nina Kotova; Concert Features Works by Sibelius and Dvořák

Guest Cellist, Nina Kotova
11/14/2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Nov. 14, 2018 – On Saturday, November 17, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra continues its exploration of fifth symphonies with the “Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82,” by Jean Sibelius. To conclude the concert, Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova joins the orchestra for Antonín Dvořák’s “Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104.” 

Tags: Cello, concert, Concerto, Daniel Brier, Dvorak, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Nina Kotova, Sibelius, symphony

Paul Shaffer Joins Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for World-Premiere Concert -- Former Letterman Show bandleader headlines first 2018-19 Zhang Financial Pops! Series program

Paul Shaffer in Symphony
10/25/2018

You know him from David Letterman's show! Join Letterman sidekick and musical director, Paul Shaffer, for his world-premiere concert with the KSO. Shaffer will share symphonic renditions of his favorite pop, R&B, and jazz tunes, taking you on a fascinating journey with his stories, reminiscences, and anecdotes.

Tags: David Letterman, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Late Night with David Letterman, Letterman Show, Paul Shaffer, Valerie Simpson

KSO Welcomes Guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas for October 27 Concert at Chenery Auditorium

Guest Guitarist, Pablo Sáinz Villegas
10/24/2018

Your Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra explores the music of Hollywood and Vienna during its second Symphonic Series concert on October 27 at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo. Guest artist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, known as the "Soul of the Spanish Guitar," joins the orchestra for this intimate program.

Tags: Bernstein, classical guitar, guitar, Hollywood, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Korngold, kso, Pablo Sainz Villegas, Schubert, Vienna