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KSO hosts public reception to celebrate Maestro Raymond Harvey - May 16th

Maestro Raymond Harvey

Kalamazoo, MI – May 3, 2017  The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the tenure of Maestro Raymond Harvey with an Open House on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre of the Epic Center. A formal recognition and presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m.

Maestro Harvey has led the orchestra as its Music Director for the last eighteen years. For the past two years, Mr. Harvey has been Associate Professor and Music Director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. Mr. Harvey reflected, “Teaching has always been my calling, and my love of opera has been a mainstay in my life.  To be asked to head a university opera program at this stage in my professional career is a terrific blessing.”

As Maestro Harvey finishes his time with the KSO to continue in his role in Houston, he will return to Kalamazoo once a year, in the role of Music Director Emeritus, to conduct a concert with the orchestra.

Janice Brown, Chair of the Board of Directors, said, “The gift and legacy that Raymond leaves with this community will be treasured always. We are thrilled that he will return to reconnect with all of us. We are grateful that he’s been a great and true friend of the KSO.”

“Raymond Harvey has been an amazing asset for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during his eighteen-year tenure,” said Peter H. Gistelinck, President & CEO of the KSO. “We are honored and privileged that he now has accepted to transition into the role of Music Director Emeritus so that his important connection with the Kalamazoo community will be kept alive.”

Daniel Brier, Resident Conductor of the KSO, said, "It has been a great pleasure for me to work with Maestro Harvey over these past few seasons. His consistent artistry on the podium and his commitment to our community will be greatly missed.”

Raymond Harvey Music Director, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

For more than 35 years, Raymond Harvey has made a significant impact as an American conductor of great skill and insight.  Born in New York City, he studied piano and conducting, receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in choral conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and then studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music, earning Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. 

This season Maestro Harvey celebrates 18 years as Music Director of the Kalamazoo

Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the top post at the Fresno Philharmonic (California), Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts), and El Paso Opera (Texas).

Maestro Harvey has appeared as guest conductor with many of America’s leading orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Detroit, New Orleans and Minnesota, as well as the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts and the Boston Pops. He has also had engagements with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy, the Pusan Symphony of South Korea, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. He regularly performs as a pianist, both in chamber music and as pianist/conductor in works of Gershwin, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff.

In addition to his commitment to Kalamazoo, Dr. Harvey has been named an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, where he serves as Music Director of the Moores School of Music opera department.  His operatic repertoire is extensive, including favorites such as Carmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Turandot, and Aïda; as well as the more rarely performed The Consul, The Rape of Lucretia, and Samson and Delilah.

Visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com for up-to-date information, details and schedules.  Prices, artists, dates, time and program are subject to change without notice.

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra also receives generous support from other local, state and national foundations, as well as private and corporate support.  For more information, visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com.


About the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1921, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is Southwest Michigan’s premier musical organization, providing musical enrichment to over 80,000 adults and youth per year.  The third-largest professional orchestra in the state, the KSO has won numerous awards and grants, including the Met Life Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities, the National Endowment for the Arts for its extensive education programs, and a major Ford Foundation grant to found its innovative Artist-in-Residence program.


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