Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

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.


Kristen Loken

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.


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. 


markwaltersbaritone.com

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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