Andrew Koehler

Composer Sean Neukom, who met soloist Jessica Hung when they were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, recently wrote his first and "only" violin concerto with Hung in mind. It will be premiered on Saturday by Hung and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, under the director of Andrew Koehler. Neukom, Hung and Koehler discuss the new work and the rest of the program, titled "Americas," with Cara Lieurance.

The concert begins at 8 pm in the Dalton Theater of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College on Saturday. Tickets and further details at the Kalamazoo Philharmonia website.

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Director Andrew Koehler will welcome Karisa Chiu, the 2017 Stulberg String Competition Bronze Medalist, to the Chenery Auditorium stage on Sunday to perform the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 by Sibelius. In addition to the Sibelius, Koehler and Cara Lieurance discuss two other works on the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra program: Schumann's Manfred Overture and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.

Andrew Koehler will conduct Richard Strauss' monumental Alpine Symphony and serve as the violin soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, K. 364, in a concert with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia on Sunday at 4 pm at Kalamazoo College. Koehler and viola soloist Jun-Ching Lin preview the concert with Cara Lieurance.

This Sunday at 4 pm in Chenery Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra begins an eventful season with a program called Music For The Theater. Conductor Andrew Koehler has put together a collection of instantly "gettable" pieces from operas like Candide and Fidelio to ballets such as Swan Lake. In a preview with Cara Lieurance, he also spoke about a 10-day trip the KJSO will take to South Africa in June 2018, which will include performing in concert halls and even street busking. 

Michal Koralewski, via Flickr

This Saturday, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia concludes its season with a program of two works: Debussy's 1899 Nocturnes,  and the 1911 one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Bela Bartok, featuring soprano Rhea Olivacce as Judith and David Govertson as Bluebeard. Conductor Andrew Koehler sets the scene in an preview with Cara Lieurance.