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The final concert of the 2016-17 Kalamazoo Concert Band season, "Off The Shelf," features works that were inspired by great stories, going as far back as the pre-Biblical Gilgamesh, up to 1998's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Director Thomas Evans previews the music with Cara Lieurance, and gives an appreciation of flute soloist Lauren Whitaker, the winner of the Kalamazoo Concert Band Youth Soloist Competition, who will perform with the band in the concert.


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Dr. Thomas Evans, the conductor of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, will lead a program called Arabian Nights on Saturday. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he previews several of the works that take middle eastern sounds as their inspiration. Percussionist Carolyn Koebel, who appears as a featured soloist along with oud player Igor Houwat, discusses her approach to improvisation and her appreciation for the special qualities of middle eastern music.


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New York-based jazz singer Karrin Allyson, whose albums have been nominated for five Grammy awards, will join the Kalamazoo Concert Band for a holiday concert Friday night in Miller Auditorium. She discusses her career in a conversation at WMUK with Cara Lieurance and Kalamazoo Concert Band director Tom Evans.


The Kalamazoo Concert Band opens its 55th season on October 22 with a free concert in Chenery Auditorium called It's About Time. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, director Tom Evans the idea of the program was sparked by reading that on October 22, 1884, the Greenwich Meridian was adopted at the International Meridian Conference, standardizing time zones around the world.


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In a recent interview, Tom Evans and discussed many fun aspects to music-making with the modern wind band. The list includes raw power, greater variety in percussion, and the chance to premiere new works regularly. They also discuss the KCB's latest concert, "A Renaissance Faire."


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