Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

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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In an interview with Cara Lieurance, music director Raymond Harvey discusses the only work on Friday night's program: the Symphony No. 6 'Tragic' by Gustav Mahler. The orchestra will expand from 85 to over 100 players, particularly the wind and brass sections. Harvey takes a tour of the symphony, movement by movement, and explains some of the artistic decisions a performance of the piece requires.

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra has signed a contract to perform alongside Steven Spielberg films.


Kalamazoo Symphony assistant conductor Daniel Brier and stage director Ben Zylman discuss the symphony's world-premiere adaptation of The Night Before Christmas, which will be performed Sunday in Chenery Auditorium as part of the Family Discovery Series.


The new principal harpist of the New York Metropolitan Opera is the guest soloist in a concert by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday at Chenery Auditorium. Born in France, Emmanuel Ceysson gained attention internationally in his teens. He won the Young Concert Artist International Auditions at age 22, and a position in the Paris Opera the same year. In a preview of the concert, music director Raymond Harvey joins Cara Lieurance to talk about Ceysson and the piece he'll perform, Gliere's Concerto for Harp, Op 74. Harvey also discusses the other works on the program: Corigliano's Voyage for string orchestra and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 "Scottish."