Carl Bussema, who turns 93 in May, remembers things about Kalamazoo most of us only know as history. Bussema, who grew up on G Avenue north of the city, studied at Central High School, now Chenery Auditorium. He worked a few months at the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company. His grandparents on one side farmed celery – and their native language was Dutch. He also served in the army in Europe in the last year of World War II. At one point Bussema was assigned to the Netherlands, his grandparents’ homeland.
Nir Kabaretti , whose conducting career was launched in Vienna and advanced in Italy, now makes his home in California, where he serves as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. On Saturday, he'll guest conduct an exciting Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program featuring organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter . Kabaretti and the KSO's Nikki Statler join Cara Lieurance for a preview.