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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

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Oct. 25, 2018 – Performing hits like “It’s Raining Men,” “A Day in the Life,” and “River Deep, Mountain High,” former David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer joins the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to bring his world-premiere symphonic concert to Kalamazoo on Saturday, Nov. 3. Valerie Simpson (“I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) will appear as a special guest as Shaffer shares symphonic renditions of his favorite pop, R&B, and jazz tunes, taking audience members on a fascinating journey with his stories, reminiscences, and anecdotes. Guest conductor J. Ernest Green will conduct the orchestra. Tickets for this first concert in the KSO’s 2018-19 Zhang Financial Pops! Series are available through the Miller ticket office or at KalamazooSymphony.com.

“Paul Shaffer will bring an unforgettable experience to Kalamazoo with this concert,” said Peter H. Gistelinck, President & CEO of the KSO. “All of us at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra are honored that he chose this community and this orchestra to premiere his new symphonic concert program. Having Motown great Valerie Simpson, of Ashford & Simpson fame, join Paul onstage will bring additional dimension and history to this exceptional program. We are excited to offer this to our Kalamazoo family.” 

It’s Student Night! Plus, Concert Schedule and Ticket Details
The Zhang Financial Pops! Series concert begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $24 and may be purchased online through the KSO's box office, or by calling the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269.387.2300.

The Paul Shaffer concert is Student Night at the KSO! On the night of the concert, Nov. 3, any student with a valid student ID may receive one free ticket per student to the Paul Shaffer concert. Interested students should come in person to the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office on the night of the concert and show their valid student ID to receive their ticket. Phone and online orders do not qualify for the promotion.

Visit the KSO at kalamazoosymphony.com for performance details, ticketing and schedules. Prices, artists, dates, times and programs are subject to change without notice. 

The KSO 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 KSO also receives generous support from other local, state and national foundations, as well as private and corporate support.

About the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1921, the KSO (kalamazoosymphony.com) is Southwest Michigan’s premiere musical organization and the state’s third largest orchestra. Serving Michigan’s fourth largest metropolitan area, the KSO provides more than 30 concert performances each year, reaching more than 80,000 adults and youth annually with exceptional symphonic music and world-class guest artists. With an equally vibrant educational mission, the KSO offers school-based programs that music teachers rely on to support their curriculum and after-school programs that have been recognized by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. 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 establish its innovative Artists in Residence program.

Julie White, (269) 349.7759, jwhite@kalamazoosymphony.com


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