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2016-17 Season Announced - Make Waves

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce its 2016-17 season. From the programming to the artistry, each performance, composition, and note promises to be better than the last as the KSO “Make’s Waves” in Kalamazoo this season!

“I am extremely thrilled about the outline of our 2016-2017 season,” said Peter H. Gistelinck, President & CEO of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. “Not only were we able to attract extremely high level soloists and guest conductors, many new to Kalamazoo, but we’ve also been able to create a significant buzz for our orchestra through creative programming for all of our audiences. It’s all about Making Waves!”

Maestro Raymond Harvey adds- “What a season! The KSO is sure to make waves with Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony, and Mahler’s dramatic Symphony No. 6.  You will experience cutting-edge artists: organist Cameron Carpenter and harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, and one of the great pianists of our time Yefim Bronfman.  And for those of you who are visually oriented, Disney’s animated film “Ratatouille” will be matched by Mozart’s masterful opera “Don Giovanni.” There’s so much more on our season.  You’ll just have to been there to hear for yourself.”

Current subscribers will receive their personalized renewal packets in the mail or can renew their subscriptions now by calling the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra office at (269) 349-7759. Subscriptions for first time subscribers are available for up to 30% off and can be purchased through the KSO office or online. Single tickets will go on sale August 22, 2016.

Symphonic Series

Yefim Bronfman

Bronfman Plays Tchaikovsky 2
Friday, September 16, 2016 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Internationally renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to Kalamazoo after his performance with The Gilmore Keyboard Festival to perform Tchaikovsky's 2nd Piano Concerto. Bronfman is recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists.

Hindemith                Mathis der Maler Symphony
Schelle                     from Spirits (1993)
Tchaikovsky             Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major


Liza Ferschtman

Barber and Bartók
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Liza Ferschtman, Violin

2006 recipient of the Dutch Music Prize, Violinist Liza Ferschtman performs Barber’s violin concerto under the baton of Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony & Symphony in C.

Grieg                       Holberg Suite, Op. 40 “From Holberg’s Time”
Barber                     Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Bartók                     Concerto for Orchestra

Emmanuel Ceysson

Emmanuel Ceysson
Friday, November 18, 2016 | 8pm
Chenery Auditorium

Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Emmanuel Ceysson, Harp

Newly appointed Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera, and former principal of Paris Opera, Emmanuel Ceysson brings us Glière’s beautiful Harp Concerto while the second half of the program features Mendelssohn’s 3rd Symphony, the "Scottish".

Corigliano                Voyage (1976)
Glière                       Concerto for Harp in E-Flat Major
Mendelssohn           Symphony No. 3 in A minor “Scottish”


Mahler 6
Friday, February 3, 2017 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

Raymond Harvey, Conductor

Music Director Raymond Harvey conducts the unprecedented 6th Symphony of Mahler. The "Tragic Symphony" requires a vast orchestra, drawing on the power of extra winds, brass, percussion and the hammer of fate.

Mahler                    Symphony No. 6 in A minor “Tragic”


Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 8 pm
Miller Auditorium

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Cameron Carpenter, Organ

The flashy, eccentric and world renowned organist, Cameron Carpenter, will perform the Poulenc Organ Concerto & the Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony” on an instrument of his own design; “The International Touring Organ.” Nir Kabaretti of the Santa Barbara Symphony joins us as guest conductor.

Leshnoff                    Starburst (2010)
Poulenc                     Organ Concerto in G minor
Saint-Saëns               Symphony No. 3 in C minor “Organ Symphony”



Don Giovanni
Friday, May 26, 2017 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Soloists, TBA

Maestro Harvey brings an international cast of opera singers for Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This long-awaited favorite will be brought to you in a semi-staged production. The last performance of Don Giovanni with the KSO was in 1980.

Mozart                       Don Giovanni (semi-staged)


KSO Special Events!

Ellis Hall

Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond!
Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Ellis Hall, Vocals & Organ

Ellis Hall, Ray Charles’ only formal protégé, joins us for an unforgettable evening of Ray Charles’ classics, Motown classics, and more. Hear and meet the living legacy of “The Genius of Soul,” singing and playing the Hammond Organ.

Program to be announced from stage


Angel Blue

Sounds of the Season – Christmas with Angel Blue
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Angel Blue, Soprano

Angel Blue, laureate of Placido Domingo’s international Operalia competition, lights up the holiday stage for our annual Sounds of the Season concert. Join us for this annual holiday tradition. Even Santa Claus will be here!

Marvin Hamlisch 

Play it again Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 8pm
Miller Auditorium

J. Ernest Green, Conductor
Sylvia McNair, Vocals
Marissa McGowan, Vocals
Bryce Pinkham, Vocals
Kevin Cole, Piano & Host
Terre Blair-Hamlisch, Special Guest

The life and legacy of Broadway’s legendary composer, pianist, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, Marvin Hamlisch, is celebrated in this multimedia concert.  Experience Marvin Hamlisch in the company of J. Ernest Green conductor, Kevin Cole pianist/host, his closest musician friends, and his spouse, Terre Blair-Hamlisch.

Program to be announced from stage


The World Of

You won’t need your passport for this around the world adventure, just a ticket!  Every season Maestro Raymond Harvey explores the lives, influences and inspirations surrounding two of history’s most coveted composers.  Join us this season as we take an exciting adventure through “The World of" Italian composer Gioachino Rossini and Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.


The World Of Rossini       
Sunday, October 9, 2016  |  3pm
Dalton Recital Hall, WMU

Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Georgiy Borisov, Clarinet
Nicle Woodward, Mezzo-soprano

Rossini                     Overture to Il signor Bruschino
                                 Overture to La gazza ladra
                                 Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra in Bb Major
                                 String Sonata No. 2 in A Major
                                 “Cruda sorte” from L’Italiana in Algeri
                                 “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Overture to William Tell


The World Of Smetana
Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  3pm
Dalton Recital Hall, WMU

Raymond Harvey, conductor
Burdick-Thorne String Quartet

Smetana                   Overture to The Bartered Bride
Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
String Quartet No. 2, in D minor (excerpt)
                                My Fatherland (Má Vlast)


KSO @ The Movies


Disney and Pixar Ratatouille in Concert
Saturday, March 11, 2017  |  3pm Matinee
Miller Auditorium

Raymond Harvey, Conductor

For the first time ever, Disney and Pixar release their Academy Award winning film, RATATOUILLE in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score, by composer Michael Giacchino, is performed live by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets available as subscription add on for only $10/ticket!

Classics Uncorked Chamber Series

classics uncorked

Enjoy an evening of chamber favorites while exploring exquisite national and international wines as brought to you by the KSO sommelier, Ronald Merlino. Merlino will host a Wine Prelude and tasting at 7pm, prior to the concert. KIA galleries will open at 6:30pm for ticket holders. Decadent desserts and coffee will conclude the evening’s program.

Classics Uncorked, Winter Evening
Friday, January 27, 2017 |  8pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Featuring music by Smetana, Ireland and others. Hosted by Daniel Brier, Assistant Conductor. Featuring KSO Artists in Residence. 


Classics Uncorked, Spring Evening
Friday, April 14, 2017  |  8pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Featuring compositions by Piazzolla, Shostakovich and more. Raymond Harvey, Piano. Featuring KSO Artists in Residence.   


Classics On Tap Chamber Series

on tap

Same classics repertoire, different location and libation! Back by popular demand, we will perform a second night of the classics chamber program at Bell’s Eccentric Café. Enjoy music in the café atmosphere with a private bar, Bell’s snacks, and original brews. Cheers!

Classics On Tap, Winter Evening
Saturday, January 28, 2017|  8pm
Bell’s Eccentric Café

Featuring music by Smetana, Ireland and others. Hosted by Daniel Brier, Assistant Conductor. Featuring KSO Artists in Residence. 


Classics On Tap – Spring Evening
Saturday, April 15, 2017  |  8pm
Bell’s Eccentric Café

Featuring compositions by Piazzolla, Shostakovich and more. Raymond Harvey, Piano. Featuring KSO Artists in Residence.   


Family Discovery

night before

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! 

Night Before Christmas
Sunday, December 18, 2016 | 3 pm
Chenery Auditorium

Daniel Brier, conductor

We are proud to present this 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.

mozart voyage 

Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 3 pm
Chenery Auditorium

Daniel Brier, conductor
Actors to be determined

A young boy and a magic traveling trunk set the stage for this mesmerizing concert experience.  Witness the extraordinary life of Mozart through the eyes of his young son. Young Karl travels back in time to Mozart’s childhood where they share adventure, understanding, and discover the common bonds they share.