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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Aria Lights, Inc. partner to provide new lighting for all KSO musicians

6/16/2016

Kalamazoo, MI June 16, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announces the purchase of new Aria music stand lighting to improve performance quality through excellent stage conditions for all musicians in the orchestra. Aria Diva lights are top in the industry and are used by many leading orchestras in the US including Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, and Houston.
 

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra extends Contract of President & CEO Peter H. Gistelinck

Peter H. Gistelinck, KSO President & CEO
6/13/2016

Kalamazoo, MI June 13, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors proudly announces the extension of Peter H. Gistelinck’s contract as its President & CEO for an additional term, through the end of the 2021-2022 concert season. Mr. Gistelinck was initially selected for the position following an international search in 2013 and began his tenure as President & CEO in May 2014.

Tags: 100 year anniversary, 2021-2022, Contract renewal, Dr. Janice M. Brown, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kso, Maestro Raymond Harvey, Peter H. Gistelinck, president & CEO

KSO's Strategic Plan Published

4/29/2016

All around the world, symphony orchestras are under pressure to find the key to operating in challenging and changing times. Traditional symphony audiences are aging. New technologies are providing easily accessible alternatives to live performances in the concert hall. Communities are grappling with persistent social issues, making support and funding for the arts all the more difficult to obtain. Orchestras everywhere are struggling to prove their relevance to their communities.

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) is more fortunate than many of its peer organizations. The KSO enjoys the long-standing support and generosity of its community, a consistent subscriber base, and the security that a strong endowment provides. Thanks to strong community support, artistic excellence, a committed staff and board, and strong education and community programs, the KSO has been able to weather the storms of a shifting arts environment. Still, the organization must be ready to adapt, reinvent, and improve in a dynamic and accelerating environment.

In 2014, the KSO was at an important organizational crossroads. With a new leader at the helm, and on the cusp of its upcoming 100th anniversary season (in 2020-2021), the KSO knew the time was right to evaluate all facets of the organization and carefully plan for the future. For eleven months (October 2014 through August 2015), the KSO embarked upon the most wide-ranging and inclusive strategic planning process in the organization’s 95-year history.

The result of the planning process follows: a road map to lead the KSO into its next century.

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to recognize Robert Whaley for 50 years of dedicated service to the KSO

Robert Whaley, Tuba
4/15/2016

Kalamazoo, MI April 15, 2016 – The KSO is always grateful to the eighty-eight musicians that create the exemplary music and educational opportunities that have thrived in the Kalamazoo Community for more than 95 years.  The symphony is proud to retain the talents of these musicians, often for decades.  In this case, they would like to pay special tribute to their Principal Tubist, Robert Whaley, for 50 years of dedication and hard work.

Robert joined the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in 1966 and will be recognized for his 50 years of service at the KSO’s season finale concert – Elgar & Stravinsky, Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8pm at Miller Auditorium.

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KSO presents season finale - Elgar & Stravinsky, featuring Hai-Ye Ni - Saturday, April 23rd at Miller Auditorium

Hai-Ye Ni
4/12/2016

Kalamazoo, MI April 12, 2016 – For their final concert of the 2015-2016 season, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Elgar & Stravinsky featuring principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hai-Ye Ni. Ms. Ni will be featured in Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  Also on the program for this season finale concert are Elie Siegmeister’s Lonesome Hollow and Stravinsky’s Russian ballet, Petrouchka.

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MEDIA ALERT: KSO dedicates Friday, November 20 concert to victims of Paris attacks

Paris Attack Dedication
11/16/2015

Kalamazoo, MI November 16, 2015 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announces the dedication of its Friday, November 20, 2015 performance, Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich, in memory of those who perished in the recent terror attacks in Paris. Internationally revered French pianist, Pascal Rogé will perform French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns', Piano Concerto No. 5 and Maestro Raymond Harvey will conduct Shostakovich's popular Symphony No. 5.

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Pascal Rogé to join KSO for Saint-Saëns & Shostakovich concert November 20, 2015 at Miller Auditorium

Pascal Rogé
10/29/2015

Kalamazoo, MI October 29, 2015 – For their third concert of the 2015-2016 Symphonic Series, The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich. Internationally revered French pianist, Pascal Rogé will perform Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 5 and Maestro Raymond Harvey will conduct Shostakovich's popular Symphony No. 5. 

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KSO opens 2015-2016 Season with Brahms and Tchaikovsky, September 18 at 8pm

Lana Trotovšek
8/31/2015

Kalamazoo, MI August 31, 2015 – For their opening concert of the 2015-2016 Symphonic Series, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms & Tchaikovsky. Lana Trotovšek will make her U.S. symphonic debut with Brahms' virtuosic Violin Concerto and Raymond Harvey will conduct Tchaikovsky's blazing Symphony No. 4. 

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KSO Kids In Tune Program receives Getty Education and Community Investment Grant

3/25/2015

Kalamazoo, MI March 25, 2015 – Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is one of only twenty-two orchestras from across the United States selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants. The grant was awarded to develop the orchestra's Kalamazoo Kids in Tune program, and is a recognition of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's innovation and dedication to increasing its relevance to the community.

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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra proudly presents its 2015-2016 SEASON

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra proudly presents its 2015-2016 SEASON
2/21/2015

Kalamazoo, MI February 21, 2015 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce its 2015-2016 season. From the programming to the artistry, each performance, composition, and note promises to be better than the last, so Stay Tuned!

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