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World Premiere of KSO Original Production - The Night Before Christmas - Sunday, December 18 at Chenery Auditorium

12/6/2016

Kalamazoo, MI, December 6, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Resident Conductor Daniel Brier, proudly presents the world premiere of Daniel Capelletti's The Night Before Christmas, as they launch their first Family Discovery Series concert of the season. This KSO commission brings together the incredible talents of internationally recognized composer Daniel Capelletti from Brussels, Belgium, up and coming Los Angeles playwright, Adam Pasen, award winning director, Ben Zylman and Lighting Director Kristen Chesak, both of Kalamazoo, MI.

Tags: Adam Pasen, Ben Zylman, Brittin Schumaker, Carly Koch, Daniel Brier, Daniel Capelletti, Family Discovery, Jay Kurtis Oetman, Jr., kalsym, Kathryn S. Williams, Kristen Chesak, kso, Lou Price, Louis Irwin, Marie McColley Kerstetter, Stacy Bartell, the night before christmas, World Premiere

Angel Blue and Kalamazoo Children's Chorus join the KSO for Sounds of the Season, Saturday, December 3rd in Miller Auditorium

Angel Blue Soprano
11/17/2016

Kalamazoo, MI November 17, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the second concert in its 2016-17 Special Event Series, Sounds of the Season - Christmas with Angel Blue featuring laureate of Plácido Domingo's international Operalia competition, Angel Blue.

Joining the orchestra and Ms. Blue, the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, directed by Fred Sang, will delight audiences with their pure sound and excellent musicianship. The program, to be announced from stage, will include many of your holiday favorites - even Santa Claus will make an appearance.

Tags: Angel Blue, Christmas music, Fred Sang, holiday music, Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, kalsym, kso, Raymond Harvey, soprano, Sounds of the Season

KSO features Emmanuel Ceysson in November 18th Concert at Chenery Auditorium

Emmanuel Ceysson
11/4/2016

Kalamazoo, MI November 4, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Raymond Harvey, presents internationally renowned Principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera House, Emmanuel Ceysson, for the third concert of its 2016-17 Symphonic Series. Billed the "enfant terrible" of the harp, Ceysson's virtuosity and infectious enthusiasm will be on full display in Glière's Harp Concerto.
 
Maestro Harvey rounds out the program with the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano and Felix Mendelssohn. Corigliano's Voyage from 1978 is a string orchestra setting of Baudelaire's "L'invitation au voyage." Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" after a walking tour of Scotland.
 

Tags: Chenery Auditorum, Corigliano, emmanuel ceysson, Gliere, Harp, kalsym, kso, Mendelssohn, Metropolitan Opera, Raymond Harvey, Symphonic Series

KSO features Ellis Hall in Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond! - Saturday, November 5 at Miller Auditorium

Ellis Hall
11/1/2016

Kalamazoo, MI October 24, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the first concert in its 2016-17 Special Event Series, Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond!  featuring Ray Charles’ protégé, Ellis Hall.

Mr. Hall, a former member of the Tower of Power, produced this orchestra show to honor legendary musician, Ray Charles, after his death in 2004. The show celebrates their shared R&B roots and deep passion for the heart and soul of music. The program will be announced from stage and includes his own original works for the enjoyment of his audience.

 

Tags: ellis hall, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, kso, motown, pops! Special Event, ray charles

KSO presents BARBER & BARTÓK, October 29 at 8 p.m in Miller Auditorium

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
10/14/2016

Kalamazoo, MI - October 14, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents the second concert of its 2016-17 Symphonic Series, Barber and Bartók with guest conductor, Stilian Kirov, and guest violinist, Liza Ferschtman.

Tags: Barber & Bartók, kalsym, kso, liza ferschtman, stilian kirov, Symphonic Series, Violin

André Previn Writes ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ to Celebrate the KSO’s 100th Anniversary Season

Andre Previn - Photo credit Lillian Birnbaum
10/13/2016

Kalamazoo, MI, October 13, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce that Maestro André Previn will write a ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ to be premiered as part of the Orchestra’s finale concert of its 100th Anniversary season in 2020-2021.

Tags: 100th anniversary, 2020-2021, Andre Previn, commisioned work, Concerto for Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, kso, make waves

Raymond Harvey Announces Transition to Music Director Emeritus of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra following 2016-17 Season

Maestro Harvey
9/14/2016

Kalamazoo, MI - September 14, 2016  The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and Raymond Harvey, Music Director, announce the transition of Maestro Harvey to Music Director Emeritus at the conclusion of the 2016-17 concert season.

Tags: 96th season, announcement, kalsym, kso, Maestro Raymond Harvey, make waves

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors Ratifies Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Musicians

KSO with Chorus
9/13/2016

Kalamazoo, MI - September 13, 2016 The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with its musicians. The Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians – Local 228 submitted the contract to its musicians last month, which was followed by a vote to ratify. Management submitted the contract to the Board of Directors for ratification at its first meeting of the season; today, September 13, 2016.
 

Tags: CBA, Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians, kalsym, kso, KSO Board of Directors, Musicians Committee, Orchestra, Ratification

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra reaches tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement with its Musicians

8/9/2016

Kalamazoo, MI August 9, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and Management is pleased to announce that it reached a formal tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with its musicians. The Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians – Local 228 will submit the new tentative contract for ratification by its musicians and, thereafter, the KSO management will submit the contract to the Board of Directors for ratification as well. Instrumental in reaching this tentative agreement was the rehearsal schedule for the KSO’s Symphonic Series concerts; one evening rehearsal per day instead of the two rehearsals.
 

Tags: CBA, Collective Bargaining Agreement, Federation of Musicians Local 228, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, kalsym, kso, rehearsal schedule, Symphonic Musicians, ULP

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Applauds Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians’ Summer Park Concert Initiative

7/20/2016

Kalamazoo, MI July 20, 2016 - The Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians, an organization that includes musicians of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra living in our area, have taken it upon themselves to offer a free summer afternoon concert in Bronson park on Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. “We applaud this initiative,” said Peter H. Gistelinck, President & CEO of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. “Not only is the return of the Summer Park Concerts an important goal in the KSO’s Strategic Plan, but the fact that our musicians have now taken it upon themselves to initiate this concert and are volunteering their time, is incredible. Especially during their annual vacation month of August, which is the month in which the KSO cannot plan any concerts for them.”
 

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