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The Night Before Christmas

The NIght Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Tickets only $5!
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00pm
Chenery Auditorium
Family Discovery

We are proud to present this world premiere of a KSO original production featuring original music by Daniel Capelletti, dramatic adaptation by Adam Pasen and staging by Ben Zylman.  Join us as we bring this timeless tale to life which has passed from generation to generation for more than 190 years. This program will also feature our 2016 Youth Soloist Competition Winner, Liya Jin.

This series offers a delightfully entertaining introduction to music for children ages 4 and up. These programs feature symphonic music, dance and interactive drama for a lively and educational family experience. Each concert lasts about one hour. Arrive early for the pre-concert activities such as the Instrument Petting Zoo and Meet the Conductor!

A new price of only $5 per ticket makes this an affordable, educational, and musical outing for families of all ages!

2016 Youth Soloist Competition Winner - Liya Jin

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Education Department is honored to announce that violinist, Liya Jin, has been named the 2016 Youth Soloist Competition Winner! Liya, an 11th grader at Portage Central High School, will perform her winning piece, Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at Chenery Auditorium during our Family Discovery Concert on Dec 18th at 3pm. Liya has a long history with the KSO, including the start of her violin study after being introduced to the instrument a KSO Family Discovery concert at the age of four! She has been a member of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra since 6th grade and currently serves as it’s co-concertmaster. In 2013, Liya won the KSO Youth Soloist Competition and was named a winner of the 2015 BRAVO! Competition on the piano. Liya currently studies violin with WMU professor, Renata Artman Knific and volunteers with KSO’s Kalamazoo Kids in Tune program at Woods Lake Elementary. We had a wide array of talent that auditioned this year and also recognized the following student musicians: 2nd Place - Ben McWilliams (Tuba – Gull Lake High School), Honorable Mention – Alex Smith (Voice – Loy Norrix High School) and Sava Velkoff (Viola – Loy Norrix High School). Be sure to join us on December 18th to celebrate this young phenomenal musician!

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Featured Artists

Daniel Brier, Conductor
Daniel Capelletti, Composer
Adam Pasen, Playwright
Ben Zylman, Director
Savannah Draper, Production Manager

Marie McColley Kerstetter, Vocal Coach
Kathryn S. Williams, Choreographer
Louis Irwin, Jr., Costumes Designer
Kristen Chesak , Lighting/SFX Designer
Stacy Bartell, Scenic Designer/Properties Master


  • Lucy Snow: Carly Koch
  • Greg Snow: Jay Kurtis Oetman
  • Barbara Snow: Brittin Schumaker
  • Grandpa: Lou Price


  • Pre-concert activities begin at 2pm
  • Meet the Conductor 2:40pm in the Reception Room
  • Concert starts promptly at 3pm