Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Guest violin soloist Jennifer Frautschi and conductor Daniel Brier agree that both the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," by Tchaikovsky belong on the "Top Ten" lists of concertos and symphonies, and should not be missed. But Brier also advocates strongly for the music of composer George Walker, whose Sinfonia No. 4, "Strands" opens the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert. It takes place Saturday in Miller Auditorium at 8 pm.


Colin Howe

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune is the youngest and most diverse orchestra in Michigan, according Elizabeth Youker, Vice President of Education and Community Partnerships, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She and curriculum director, conductor and music arranger Rick Barth, known to students as "Dr. Rick," talk to Cara Lieurance about the progress made in the last six years. 


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Baritone Mark Walters (Don Giovanni) and soprano Nicole Heaston (Donna Elvira) bring a wealth of experience to the Kalamazoo Symphony's production of Don Giovanni, which began rehearsals May 18 for the May 26 performance.  In an energetic conversation with Cara Lieurance, they talk about the dark and light aspects of Mozart's famous work, and how their characters interact within the drama. 


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After 18 years with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Harvey will conduct his final performance as music director on May 26. The maestro will return in future seasons music director emeritus, but he marked the transition by looking back at his legacy of music-making in Kalamazoo in an interview with Cara Lieurance. They discuss the "World Of" series, notable guest artists, his love of conducting opera, his appearances as a solo pianist, and his admiration for the orchestra itself. 


David Bazemore

Nir Kabaretti, whose conducting career was launched in Vienna and advanced in Italy, now makes his home in California, where he serves as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. On Saturday, he'll guest conduct an exciting Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program featuring organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter. Kabaretti and the KSO's Nikki Statler join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


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