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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.

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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

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. 

Tags: Berlioz, Devreese, Di Wu, Julian Kuerti, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop, kso, KSO Season 98, Orchestra Rouh, Ravel, Student Showcase, Symphonic Series

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.

Tags: 2018-2019 Season, Board of Directors, Daniel Brier, Julian Kuerti, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Music Director Announcement, Peter H. Gistelinck, Search Committee

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.

Tags: Beethoven, Concerto, Eroica Trio, Julian Kuerti, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, Miller Auditorium, Music Director Candidate, Prokofiev, season finale

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.” 

Tags: Anne Akiko Meyers, Bernstein100, Candide, J'Nai Bridges, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, Leondard Bernstein, Mezzo-soprano, Serenade, stilian kirov, symphonic, Violin, West Side Story