Kalamazoo Concert Band

The Kalamazoo Concert Band, with special guests the Western Jazz Quartet, are ready to put some sizzle on stage this Saturday with a program called 'Iberian Inspiration,' says director Tom Evans. He spoke with Cara Lieurance about the works on the program and how he's always fired up to play music.


With music that evokes weddings, funerals, the work day, New Years Day, parades and more, director Tom Evans has put together a program called 'Rituals and Celebrations' to start the new season. Evans tells Cara Lieurance about the variety of pieces on the program. The Kalamazoo Concert Band performs Saturday, Oct 21 at 7:30 pm in Chenery Auditorium. It is free.

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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.