Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra

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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.


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. 

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Historically, music can be divided into two broad categories: music based on song, and music based on dance, according to Andrew Koehler, director of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra.  The conductor joined Cara Lieurance to preview folk-dance inspired works of Grieg, Delius, and De Falla, as well as arias by Mozart and Handel, which will be performed by of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra's 2016-17 season, called "Spirit of the Dance." Performing the arias is baritone Alex Smith, the winner of the 2017 KJSO Concerto Competition.

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The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Valentine's Day with an abundance of romantic favorites, including the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture by Tchaikovsky, and Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Austin Haley Berman, winner of the bronze medal in the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition, will also join the KJSO to perform the famous Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky. Conductor Andrew Koehler shares the stories behind these iconic works.

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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.