Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Sara Andon lives in several worlds as a flutist. She can be heard on countless Hollywood film soundtracks as a member of an elite group of studio players; she performs as a concert artist with orchestras around the world; she is principal flutist of the Redlands Symphony; and she teaches aspiring flutists at the University of Redlands. Tomorrow, she will be the featured soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, bringing several exclusive scores of movie arrangements for flute and orchestra to the Sounds of the Season program. These arrangements come courtesy of producer Robert Townson, vice-president of soundtrack A&R for the prestigious film-score record label Varese-Sarabande. Andon and Townson previewed the concert with Cara Lieurance, discussing their collaboration and experiences in the world of film music.

The concert will also feature the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, and two soloists from the KSO's Youth Soloist Competition: Sava Velkoff and Alex Smith. It's set for 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium, tomorrow night.

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Edwin Outwater, a candidate to become the next music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, will guest conduct a program of two masterpieces on Saturday: Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Outwater discusses the innovations he brought to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in his ten year tenure, and the legacy he has received by continuing to work with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for over 15 years.

2007 International Queen Elisabeth Contest Winner Anna Vinnitskaya will be the soloist for Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto. The concert begins at 8 pm in Miller Auditorium. 


Stulberg International String Competition

Only the second bassist to win the Stulberg International String Competition in 42 years, high school senior William McGregor will perform a concerto with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night in Miller Auditorium. In an interview, he talks about his experience at the Stulberg Competition, and about the concerto he's playing in his debut with the KSO.


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Donato Cabrera, a candidate to become music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the program he'll conduct on Saturday night in Miller Auditorium at 8 pm. After touching on two unusual concertos - one for oboe, one for double-bass - he shares his appreciation for Bruckner's Symphony No. 1. Its appearance on symphonic concerts anywhere is extremely rare.


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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.


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