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Violinist Diana Cohen was concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2011. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic. Cohen performs in Kalamazoo again this week with her father, clarinetist Franklin Cohen, who recently retired from the Cleveland Orchestra, and Roman Ravinovich, a prizewinning Israeli pianist. 

Emmanuel Pahud's versatile career includes a playing as an orchestral musician with the Berlin Philharmonic, appearing as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world, and concertizing as a recitalist. Pahud and guitarist Christian Rivet will perform a program of international works, called "Around The World," in a Fontana concert on Saturday.

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Tonight's Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program features three works: The Raymond Overture, by Ambrois Thomas, Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 5 "Egyptian," and the Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. In a preview of the music with Cara Lieurance, KSO music director Raymond Harvey joked about avoiding the Raymond Overture in order not to appear egotistical. The concerto by Saint-Saens is a personal favorite - as a young pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory, Harvey won the school's concerto competition playing the piece. On a more serious note, he discusses the importance of Shostakovich's fifth symphony in historic and interpretational terms.

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Pianist Pascal Rogé was at home in Paris on November 13 when the city was subjected to a series of deadly attacks by ISIS extremists. A week later, he is preparing to perform a concerto by one of France's most celebrated composers, Camille Saint-Saens, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. The concert on Friday will be dedicated to the victims in Paris.

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Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers' beloved book character, transitioned from film to stage in 2004, when writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and musical team Robert and Richard Sherman debuted their adaptation in London's West End.  Mary Poppins is the Kalamazoo Civic's holiday offering this year, opening on November 20th.