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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Presents “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” Live in Concert; Full-length, iconic film shown at Miller Auditorium on October 11 & 12

"Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" in Concert
10/10/2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Oct. 10, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will present “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” on October 11 and 12, with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live to the full-length feature film. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Star Wars attire and to arrive early. Local Star Wars groups and costuming organizations will be available for photos and conversation beginning at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at Miller Auditorium.

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Begins its 98th Season with New Music Director at the Helm; Award-Winning Pianist Di Wu Joins for Ravel Piano Concerto at Miller Auditorium

Guest Pianist, Di Wu
9/10/2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sept. 10, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) launches its 2018-19 season when its newly installed music director, Julian Kuerti, leads Van Cliburn Competition-winning pianist Di Wu and the KSO on groundbreaking French and French-inspired music by Frédéric Devreese, Maurice Ravel, and Hector Berlioz on Friday, September 14, at 8 p.m., at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. 

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Julian Kuerti Appointed Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's New Music Director

Julian Kuerti
6/27/2018

KALAMAZOO, MI– June 27, 2018 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and President & CEO, Peter H. Gistelinck, are pleased to announce that internationally renowned conductor Julian Kuerti has been appointed as its new Music Director. Mr. Kuerti will assume the title of Music Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season, succeeding Raymond Harvey, who ended his eighteen-year tenure with the orchestra in 2017, and has since then become the Orchestra's first Music Director Emeritus.

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KSO welcomes final Music Director Candidate, Julian Kuerti, to podium for KSO Season Finale concert - Beethoven and Prokofiev - May 19, Miller Auditorium

5/2/2018

Kalamazoo, MI May 2, 2018 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Julian Kuerti, close the 2017-18 symphonic season with the music of Beethoven and Prokofiev. The Eroica Trio, the most sought-after trio in the world, perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto. After intermission, Maestro Kuerti conducts Prokofiev's thrilling Symphony No. 5. The American premiere of this symphony was so popular, a portrait of Prokofiev was featured on the cover of Timemagazine in November 1945.

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KSO Welcomes Anne Akiko Meyers, J'Nai Bridges and Music Director Candidate, Stilian Kirov, to Miller for a Celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th on March 24th

3/6/2018

Kalamazoo, MI March 6, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor and Music Director Candidate, Stilian Kirov, present a celebration of Leonard Bernstein. Anne Akiko Meyers performs his Serenade and Mezzo-soprano, J’Nai Bridges, is featured in his 1st Symphony, “Jeremiah.” 

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KSO Welcomes Third Music Director Candidate, Andrew Grams & Award-winning Cellist, Pablo Ferrández-Castro for Haydn & Beethoven program February 24th at Chenery

2/8/2018

Kalamazoo MI, February 8, 2018 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor and Music Director Candidate, Andrew Grams, present an intimate program of masterworks from the First Viennese School (Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven). The orchestra opens with Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture. Pablo Ferrández-Castro, an international rising star, performs Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Maestro Grams concludes the program with Beethoven's exhilarating Symphony No. 7.

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KSO partners with Classical Kids LIVE! to present Tchaikovsky Discovers America, February 11th at Chenery Auditorium

1/22/2018

Kalamazoo, MI January 22, 2018 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents the final Family Discovery concert of the 2017-18 season, once again in collaboration with Classical Kids LIVE!.  The KSO’s Family Discover Series concerts feature symphonic performances specially tailored to young children and their families. Tickets are only $5 each and include preconcert activities for the family!

 

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Recognizes Barry Ross with Emeritus Title

1/15/2018

Kalamazoo, MI January 15, 2017 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and management is pleased to announce the designation of Concertmaster Emeritus for Dr. Barry Ross in recognition of his long years of service and artistry with the KSO.
 

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KSO presents annual holiday extravaganza, Sounds of the Season - Music from the Movies, with Los Angeles Flutist, Sara Andon and the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Sara Andon, Flutist
11/27/2017

Kalamazoo, MI November 27, 2017 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present this year’s Sounds of the Season concert, Music from The Movies with Sara Andon, including music from your favorite holiday movies: The Polar Express, Frozen, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life and many more. With KSO Resident Conductor/Interim Music Director, Daniel Brier, at the podium the concert will feature international flute soloist and recording artist, Sara Andon, along with the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, directed by Fred Sang.

 

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KSO names 2017 Youth Soloist Winners to perform at "Sounds of the Season" concert, December 16

Sava Velkoff
11/6/2017

Kalamazoo, MI November 6, 2017 –  Each year, advanced student performers audition for the opportunity to take the stage as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is honored to announce their 2017 Youth Soloist Competition Winner, violist, Sava Velkoff, and Runner Up, vocalist, Alex Smith, both students of Loy Norrix High School. Cellist, Lydia Schubkegel (Senior Home School), was also given Honorable Mention.

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