Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Nikki Statler

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's February 19th Symphonic Series concert featured, unusually, two 20th century concertos.  Concertos are an ever-popular form that pit a solo instrument with and against the forces of the orchestra. 

'Alice in Wonderland' in concert in Lucerne, Switzerland
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

This April, Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo will show the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland with a live performance of the score by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. This may not sound like a big deal to you - but to the symphony, it’s huge. Why? Three words: Walt Disney Pictures. 


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Violinist Diana Cohen was concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2011. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic. Cohen performs in Kalamazoo again this week with her father, clarinetist Franklin Cohen, who recently retired from the Cleveland Orchestra, and Roman Ravinovich, a prizewinning Israeli pianist. 


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Tonight's Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program features three works: The Raymond Overture, by Ambrois Thomas, Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 5 "Egyptian," and the Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. In a preview of the music with Cara Lieurance, KSO music director Raymond Harvey joked about avoiding the Raymond Overture in order not to appear egotistical. The concerto by Saint-Saens is a personal favorite - as a young pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory, Harvey won the school's concerto competition playing the piece. On a more serious note, he discusses the importance of Shostakovich's fifth symphony in historic and interpretational terms.


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Pianist Pascal Rogé was at home in Paris on November 13 when the city was subjected to a series of deadly attacks by ISIS extremists. A week later, he is preparing to perform a concerto by one of France's most celebrated composers, Camille Saint-Saens, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. The concert on Friday will be dedicated to the victims in Paris.


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