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22/23 Community Concerts & Events

Every season, the Kalamazoo Symphony is proud to present free concerts throughout Southwest Michigan. From libraries to concert halls, the music is as varied as the venues. With concerts perfect for the entire family, we can't wait to see you out and about our community.

Musical Storybooks - Giraffes Can't Dance

PAST EVENT | Musical Storybooks: Giraffes Can't Dance - Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum

September 29, 2022 | 10 a.m. | Free Admission

One of the KSO’s most popular education programs, Musical Storybooks, takes audiences deeper into family-friendly books while musicians of the KSO paint a musical soundscape. Musical Storybooks bring stories to life by immersing them in music. These programs are a fantastic way to engage children of all ages in literacy, storytelling, and music-making.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

This event is open to Air Zoo members only. Find more information here6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Artists in Residence Recital

PAST EVENT | Artist in Residence Recital - Dalton Recital Hall at Western Michigan University

October 25, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. | Free Admission

The Kalamazoo Symphony's Artists in Residence get a chance to showcase their incredible talents in a program created for you, by them!

Each piece highlights an artist throughout four sonatas and concertos.

Admission is free and tickets are not required.  1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Giraffes Can't Dance

PAST EVENT | Musical Storybooks: Giraffes Can't Dance - Oshtemo Branch of Kalamazoo Public Libraries

November 3, 2022 | 9:30 a.m. | Free Admission

One of the KSO’s most popular education programs, Musical Storybooks, takes audiences deeper into family-friendly books while musicians of the KSO paint a musical soundscape. Musical Storybooks bring stories to life by immersing them in music. These programs are a fantastic way to engage children of all ages in literacy, storytelling, and music-making.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

Admission is free, but registration is required.  7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Giraffes Can't Dance

PAST EVENT | Musical Storybooks: Giraffes Can't Dance - Alma Powell Branch of Kalamazoo Public Libraries

November 4, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. | Free Admission

One of the KSO’s most popular education programs, Musical Storybooks, takes audiences deeper into family-friendly books while musicians of the KSO paint a musical soundscape. Musical Storybooks bring stories to life by immersing them in music. These programs are a fantastic way to engage children of all ages in literacy, storytelling, and music-making.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

Admission is free, but registration is required.  1000 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Giraffes Can't Dance

PAST EVENT | Musical Storybooks: Giraffes Can't Dance - Central Branch of Kalamazoo Public Libraries

November 8, 2022 | 9:30 a.m. | Free Admission

One of the KSO’s most popular education programs, Musical Storybooks, takes audiences deeper into family-friendly books while musicians of the KSO paint a musical soundscape. Musical Storybooks bring stories to life by immersing them in music. These programs are a fantastic way to engage children of all ages in literacy, storytelling, and music-making.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

Admission is free, but registration is required. 315 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Giraffes Can't Dance

Musical Storybooks: Giraffes Can't Dance - Washington Square Branch of Kalamazoo Public Libraries

November 9, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. | Free Admission

One of the KSO’s most popular education programs, Musical Storybooks, takes audiences deeper into family-friendly books while musicians of the KSO paint a musical soundscape. Musical Storybooks bring stories to life by immersing them in music. These programs are a fantastic way to engage children of all ages in literacy, storytelling, and music-making.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

Admission is free, but registration is required. 1244 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Community Concert

Community Concerts at First Presbyterian Church

November 15, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. | Free Admission

Every season, Kalamazoo Symphony chamber ensembles present a three-concert series in partnership with First Presbyterian Church!

This concert features works by Jessie Montgomery and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This concert is sponsored by WMUK.

WMUK Classical   WMUK News

Admission is free and tickets are not required. 321 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

KKIT December Concert

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune December Concert - Kasdorf Auditorium at Loy Norrix High School

December 14, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission

Join us to celebrate the hard work of our Kids in Tune students!

Working hand in hand with Kalamazoo Pulbic Schools, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's Kalamazoo Kids in Tune program is an innovative after-school orchestra and youth development program at KPS Woods Lake Elementary and Milwood Magnet School. Students from early elementary through high school study instruments and chamber music, and participate in daily lessons and orchestra rehearsals.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. 606 E Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Community Concert

Community Concerts at First Presbyterian Church

January 17, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | Free Admission

Every season, Kalamazoo Symphony chamber ensembles present a three concert series in partnership with First Presbyterian Church!

This concert features works by William Grant Still and Felix Mendelssohn.

This concert is sponsored by WMUK.

WMUK Classical    WMUK News

Admission is free and tickets are not required. 321 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Orchestra Rouh Concert

Orchestra Rouh Concert - Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition (KNAC)

January 18, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. | Free Admission

Join us to celebrate the hard work of our Orchestra Rouh students!

Orchestra Rouh is a free, year-around music program serving children of Syrian and other refugee families and recent immigrants newly resettled in Kalamazoo.

Rouh means both “hope” and “spirit” in Arabic, and the program is designed to nurture the emotional wellbeing of children through music instruction, led by teachers who are bilingual in English and Arabic, and including music from Arabic traditions.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. 315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (Inside the First Baptist Church)

Artists in Residence Recital

Artist in Residence Recital - Dalton Recital Hall at Western Michigan University

March 21, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | Free Admission

The Kalamazoo Symphony's Artists in Residence get a chance to showcase their incredible talents in a program created for you, by them!

Admission is free and tickets are not required. 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Community Concert

Community Concerts at First Presbyterian Church

May 9, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | Free Admission

Every season, Kalamazoo Symphony chamber ensembles present a three concert series in partnership with First Presbyterian Church! This concert features works by Amy Beach and Johannes Brahms.

This concert is sponsored by WMUK.

WMUK Classical    WMUK News

Admission is free and tickets are not required. 321 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Kids in Tune May Concert

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune Finale Concert - Chenery Auditorium

May 23, 2023 | 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission

Join us to celebrate the hard work of our Kids in Tune students!

Working hand in hand with Kalamazoo Pulbic Schools, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's Kalamazoo Kids in Tune program is an innovative after-school orchestra and youth development program at KPS Woods Lake Elementary and Milwood Magnet School. Students from early elementary through high school study instruments and chamber music, and participate in daily lessons and orchestra rehearsals.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Sponsors

The 22/23 Symphony season is presented by Zhang Financial and sponsored by Stryker and Greenleaf Trust.

Zhang Financial

Stryker                  Greenleaf Trust