Raymond Harvey

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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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Raymond Harvey gives WMUK listeners a preview of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's opening concert. The 94th season begins with a program featuring the exotic sounds and driving dance rhythms of Spanish and Argentinian ballet music, and a guest appearance by trumpet virtuoso Brandon Ridenour

  

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra maestro Raymond Harvey will be spending part of his year in Texas. The Symphony says Harvey has accepted a position as music director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. He'll also be an associate professor of music at the university.

Harvey will conduct up to four operas each year and will also work with students.

He'll begin his 16th season as the Kalamazoo Symphony's music director in September.

Today, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announced a 4-year contract renewal with Music Director Raymond Harvey.  This contract extends Harvey's tenure to May, 2018.  

  "I've enjoyed 15 seasons as Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and I'm thrilled to accept a four-year renewal of my contract.  I'm proud of this orchestra and its artistic growth over these years," says Harvey. 

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra music director Raymond Harvey recently offered thoughts on two major works that the KSO will perform on its February 28th Symphonic Series program

At the piano in WMUK's Takeda studio, the maestro details each composer's unique 'bag of tricks' that facilitate the expression of their respective musical visions. 

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