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Kalamazoo Symphony Ushers in a New Century of Music with the 22/23 Season


As the Kalamazoo Symphony’s 100th Anniversary 21/22 season comes to a successful close, the organization is thrilled to announce the musical lineup for the 22/23 season, presented by Zhang Financial. From the concert hall to local hangouts, the Symphony’s 22/23 season embraces new concerts, in new places, with new, and familiar, voices.

“While we loved celebrating such a pivotal anniversary season together, we are perhaps even more excited to start a new century of music-making in Kalamazoo,” says Symphony Executive Director Jessica Mallow Gulley. “Our goal is to bring as much of your Symphony to as many stages throughout our community as possible. We cannot wait to embark with you on this journey through the next century of transformative musical experiences here in our community.”  


Masterworks Series

The Symphony’s Masterworks Series returns with six concerts. From Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to music by Michigan-born composer James Lee III and University of Michigan graduate Carlos Simon, the series includes voices from across the classical music genre. As always, the guest artist lineup includes some of today’s most talented artists, including pianist Marc-André Hamelin playing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and the Symphony’s concertmaster Jun-Ching Lin on Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.

Dedicated to building community partnerships through music, the Symphony will be joined by familiar Kalamazoo faces, including the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus for Johannes Brahms’ Requiem and Djembe Yaru (West Afrikan drum group) on Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s First Symphony, “Night in the Tropics.”


New Next Season: Sunday Matinee Chamber Music Series

Responding to popular demand, the Kalamazoo Symphony heard the desire for additional matinee performances throughout the season. With a goal to meet Kalamazoo community members with music at new times and places, the Symphony is thrilled to unveil this new addition to the seasonal lineup.

On four Sundays throughout the season, Kalamazoo Symphony chamber ensembles will perform at Western Michigan University’s Dalton Center Recital Hall. With music encompassing tango tunes to Broadway, the Series aims to create engaging performances for all to enjoy.


Craft Music is Back on Tap!

The Symphony’s new, yet loved, Craft Music Series returns in 22/23 with an additional concert. This brings the total count to three out-of-the-box opportunities to hear the Symphony play while sipping on one of Kalamazoo’s best-loved brews. All performances will take place at Bell’s Eccentric Café.


Additional Performances

The Symphony welcomes audiences to Jurassic Park with next season’s Film with Orchestra performance. In a blockbuster performance, the orchestra will play John Williams’ famous score as the movie is projected above the stage.

Holiday Pops kicks off the holiday season in early December with good tidings for all. This concert will be the perfect opportunity to bring out the entire family and celebrate the holiday season with a festive flair!

The Symphony will return to the Gilmore Car Musuem in next summer. The entire Summer Season schedule will be announced next winter.

“For me, this season symbolizes an act of artistic renewal,” said Symphony Music Director Julian Kuerti. “As we enter a new century of music, we have the opportunity to branch out in new directions, while keeping our roots firmly in the ground. Next season features some of the best-known classical orchestral works and exceptional pieces from artistic voices, some new, some older - but yet unknown! Our brand-new chamber orchestra series will exist outside the box of the traditional symphony, encompassing jazz, Broadway, and new music. In all, the upcoming season feels to me like a new beginning - something we can all be excited about.”


Education and Community Engagement

The numerous education programs that occur throughout every Symphony season are not included in the current 2022/23 season listing. From the Kalamazoo Kids in Tune youth ensemble program to Orchestra Rouh, which works to bring immigrant students together through music, the Kalamazoo Symphony impacts nearly 30,000 local students every season. A listing of educational programs can be found at KalamazooSymphony.com.


Tickets and Information

Currently, tickets are available to Symphony season subscribers and those interested in purchasing season ticket packages for the 2022/23 season. Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale in August. For more information or to buy a ticket package, visit KalamazooSymphony.com or call 269.349.7759. 

Subscribers can view the Subscription Renewal Brochure here.

An overview of the 22/23 Season can be found here.


About the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Making symphonic music a part of everyday life for 100 years, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra shares lifelong musical experiences and learning throughout our community. The KSO is on the stage—and online—actively collaborating with other Kalamazoo area organizations to inspire, care for, educate, and connect people through the arts. The KSO is the state’s third-largest orchestra, serving Michigan’s sixth-largest metropolitan area with a professional roster of more than 80 musicians and a dedicated staff through exceptional symphonic music, world-class guest artists, and a vibrant educational program.

The KSO receives significant support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and the Stryker Johnston Foundation and is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Recognitions, awards, and grants include a major Ford Foundation grant to establish an innovative Artists in Residence program and recognition from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The KSO also receives generous support from other local, state, and national foundations and private and corporate support.


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