Kalamazoo Philharmonia

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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.


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Three works by three Czech composers form the program "Between Worlds" which will be performed by the Kalamazoo Philharmonia on Saturday. Although Dvorak's 'New World' Symphony overshadows Suk's Fantastic Scherzo and Janacek's Sinfonietta ​in popularity, music director Andrew Koehler deftly ties them together with stories about their composition and histories.


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Conductor Andrew Koehler and Cara Lieurance preview the Kalamazoo Philharmonia's next concert, which shows how composers like Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Brahms paid homage to composers and styles of the past.


Two conductors of their respective musical organizations talk about the work that brings them together to end their seasons in Chenery Auditorium tomorrow. Andrew Koehler, director of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and James Turner, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, have been separately preparing the orchestral and choral parts of a great 19th century classic, Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem. 

Kalamazoo Philharmonia conductor Andrew Koehler unites two Parisian masterpieces, 100 years apart, in a concert called 'Of Gods and Men' in Chenery Auditorium this Saturday. Both works feature the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus.

Mr. Koehler characterizes the Requiem in C minor of Luigi Cherubini as a work bridging the Classical and Romantic eras. Written in 1816 as a memorial to Louis XIV after the French revolution, it was praised by Beethoven and its innovations were later used by Brahms and Verdi.

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