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2017-2018 Season - Embrace!


We are excited to announce our upcoming 2017-18 season. Our 97th season is focused on embracing diversity and change. From exciting programming selections and world renowned guest artists making their Kalamazoo debut, to the new stylings and energies radiating from the podium, we promise to make the 2017-18 season one to remember – for our entire community.

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Single tickets will go on sale August 28, 2017.


Season Details



Sibelius & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor; Jennifer Frautschi, Violin

World renowned violinist, Jennifer Frautschi, makes her Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra debut in Sibelius’ unparalleled violin concerto under the baton of Resident Conductor, Daniel Brier. The second half of the program brings us one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved
masterworks, his 6th Symphony – the “Pathétique”.

                WALKER                Sinfonia No. 4 “Strands" (2011)
                SIBELIUS              Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
                TCHAIKOVSKY      Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique”


Bruckner & Williams

Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Donato Cabrera, Conductor; Gabriel Renteria, Oboe; William McGregor, 2017 Stulberg International Competition Winner, Double Bass

Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director, Donato Cabrera, leads the KSO in Bruckner’s 1st Symphony. John William’s Oboe Concerto is performed by KSO Principal Oboe, Gabriel Renteria. Program includes the 2017 Stulberg International String Competition winner.

                COPLAND            Fanfare for the Common Man
                BOTTESINI         Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor
                WILLIAMS          Oboe Concerto (2011)
                BRUCKNER          Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101


Brahms & Rachmaninoff

Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Edwin Outwater, Conductor; Anna Vinnitskaya, Piano

2007 International Queen Elisabeth Contest Winner Anna Vinnitskaya performs Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, under the baton of San Francisco Symphony Summer Series Director, Edwin Outwater. Brahms’ 2nd Symphony opens the program.

                BRAHMS               Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
                RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30


Haydn & Beethoven

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 8pm | Chenery Auditorium
Andrew Grams, Conductor; Pablo Ferrandez-Castro, Cello

Elgin Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Andrew Grams, conducts a refreshing Beethoven & Haydn program. The concert features star cellist and finalist of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Pablo Ferrandez-Castro in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major.

                MOZART               Overture to Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620
                HAYDN                 Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. Vllb:1
                BEETHOVEN         Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92


Leonard Bernstein’s 100th 

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Stilian Kirov, Conductor; J’Nai Bridges, Mezzo-soprano; Anne Akiko Meyers, Violin

Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey’s Symphony in C, conducts our celebration of Leonard Bernstein! Anne Akiko Meyers performs Serenade, and Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is featured in his 1st Symphony “Jeremiah”.

                BERNSTEIN            Overture to Candide
                                               Serenade (After Plato’s “Symposium”)
                                               Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
                                               Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


Beethoven & Prokofiev

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Julian Kuerti, Conductor; Eroica Trio 

Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, Julian Kuerti, leads the KSO in Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony. Rounding out the program is Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, featuring the internationally renowned Eroica Trio.

                BEETHOVEN          Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56
                PROKOFIEV          Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100




Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor; All-4-One

Grammy Award Winning pop and R&B group, All-4-One, will be performing with your KSO in a concert that is anything but traditional.  Join us as we kick off our Pops! series with one of the most sensational and timeless groups of the 1990’s. Their success has spanned across two decades with more than 20 million records sold worldwide.  You can’t miss this, it will be the talk of the town, “I swear!”


Arrival From Sweden – The Music of ABBA

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor; Arrival From Sweden

The legacy of Swedish pop sensation, ABBA, has been enjoyed and celebrated for generations since their beginning back in 1971.  Bringing with them several original band members, Arrival From Sweden – The Music of ABBA will put on a performance so genuine even the most avid ABBA fans won’t know the difference. Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to enjoy the symphony in an entirely new way!




sara andon    KCC

Music from the Movies with Sara Andon

Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 8pm | Chenery Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor; Sara Andon, Flute; Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, directed by Fred Sang

A KSO holiday tradition with a twist!  Join us as we rediscover music from your favorite holiday movies: The Polar Express, Frozen, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and many more.  Los Angeles based and international acclaimed Flutist, Sara Andon and Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus join the KSO.  




Disney in Concert: The Jungle Book

Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 3pm | Miller Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor

Join your KSO as they perform live the music of Disney’s classic The Jungle Book. This animated, iconic film features the charming and delightful score by the one and only George Bruns and includes such beloved songs as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” composed by one of the most famous songwriting teams in history, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.



Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

Thursday & Friday, October 12 & 13, 2017 | 8pm | Miller Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor

Join us as we present Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert. This concert will feature the full length iconic film on the big screen while your KSO performs the thrilling score by the one and only John Williams.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved. In association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm and Warner /Chappell Music.




gershwins magic key

Gershwin’s Magic Key

Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 3pm | Chenery Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor; Classical Kids LIVE!

The KSO will perform Gershwin’s greatest works as the master composer shares historical anecdotes about his life and musical passion in this story of a poor newspaper boy’s encounter with the great American composer, George Gershwin.  A bonding friendship develops as they explore the vast melting pot of American music and discover the key to unlocking the boy’s own musical potential.

 Pre-concert activities begin at 2pm!


tchaikovsky discovers america

Tchaikovsky Discovers America

Sunday. February 11, 2018 | 3pm | Chenery Auditorium
Daniel Brier, Conductor; Classical Kids LIVE!

This true story tells of the great composer's arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and his famous trip to Niagara Falls. A surprise meeting with a young American girl, reveals much about Tchaikovsky - his life in Russia, his love of music and his fears of conducting. Join us for a touching story where old world influences and new world experiences collide.

Pre-concert activities begin at 2pm!





 uncorked   on Tap

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts & Bell’s Eccentric Café

The perfect combination - music, friends and spirits.  Join KSO musicians as they perform the same chamber program at two different locations. Friday evening’s Classics Uncorked is performed at the KIA while Saturday’s Classics On Tap takes place at Bell’s Eccentric Café.  Enjoy wine and dessert at the KIA and dozens of delicious brews on tap at Bell’s!

Winter Evening 

KSO musicians and Resident Conductor Daniel Brier will perform works by Brahms, Walker and Coleridge-Taylor.
– Friday, January 26, 2018 | 8pm | Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
– Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8pm | Bell’s Eccentric Café

Spring Evening

KSO musicians and ensembles will feature works by Walker, Muhly, Joplin and more.
– Friday, April 20, 2018 | 8pm | Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
– Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 8pm| Bell’s Eccentric Café