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  Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians are enthusiastic about presenting a summer park concert on Friday night to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Organized independently by the musicians, who recently came to an agreement after an extended dispute with KSO management, it's the first outdoor symphonic concert since 2010. Conductor Andrew Koehler says it's a "trip around the world" program featuring audience favorites by Strauss, Bizet, Copland, Puccini, and Brahms. 


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Andrew Koehler will conduct the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra and the combined choirs of Portage Central, Portage Northern, Vicksburg, and Kalamazoo Central High Schools in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection," in its season-ending concert on Sunday in Chenery Auditorium.  Soprano Lisa Borik and mezzo-soprano Lauren Auge are the featured soloists. 

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The 69th Annual Bach Festival Week begins with a performance of Mozart's Requiem, his final, unfinished masterpiece, Saturday night. It brings together the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, led by James Turner, and the Arcato Ensemble, a group founded by conductor Andrew Koehler.

Musicologist Zaide Pixley will present a pre-concert talk about the Requiem and the circumstances under which it was written. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, she attempts to dispel some of the fabrications and exaggerations which were attached to the final days of Mozart's life. Even so, Andrew Koehler says there is a quality of urgency and dread in the work that does suggest he was grappling with his own mortality. James Turner describes the process of preparing the chorus for the performance, and introduces the soloists for the concert. 

The concert is set for 8 pm on Saturday, April 9 in Chenery Auditorium, with a pre-concert talk at 7 pm. 

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Andrew Koehler, music director of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, gives an overview of the KJSO's next concert, which features two soloists: Stulberg International String Competition bronze medalist Hae-Sue Lee and KJSO Concerto competition winner Lija Jin.


Two conductors of their respective musical organizations talk about the work that brings them together to end their seasons in Chenery Auditorium tomorrow. Andrew Koehler, director of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and James Turner, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, have been separately preparing the orchestral and choral parts of a great 19th century classic, Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem. 

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