Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Nikki Statler

On tomorrow's Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert, both violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges will appear as soloists, in two works by Leonard Bernstein: his Serenade after Plato's Symposium for violin, strings & percussion; and the Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah.' They discuss the two works, and how they each prepared for their roles in front of the orchestra.

The Bernstein's 100th​ concert is at 8 pm Saturday, March 24 in Miller Auditorium. Tickets and more details available at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra website

Chuck Moses

Stilian Kirov, the Bulgarian-born, Juilliard-trained conductor who currently helms three American regional orchestras, previews the works on the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's next concert with Cara Lieurance. The concert will pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein in the 100th anniversary of his birth; they discuss two of his most virtuosic works - the Serenade After Plato's Symposium and the Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah.'

Stilian Kirov is a candidate to become the next music director of the KSO. 

Kalamazoo Symphony

Andrew Grams, who is music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and one of the finalists for the music director position with the Kalamazoo Symphony, talks about the many facets of the job in a pre-concert interview with Cara Lieurance. Joining them is cellist and finalist of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Pablo Ferrandez-Castro. He will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. During the concerto, Ferrandez-Castro will improvise his cadenzas, a skill common in Haydn's time, but less so today. Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 are also on the program. The concert begins at 8 pm Saturday, in Chenery Auditorium.

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.


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.