Raymond Harvey

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After 18 years with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Harvey will conduct his final performance as music director on May 26. The maestro will return in future seasons music director emeritus, but he marked the transition by looking back at his legacy of music-making in Kalamazoo in an interview with Cara Lieurance. They discuss the "World Of" series, notable guest artists, his love of conducting opera, his appearances as a solo pianist, and his admiration for the orchestra itself. 


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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.


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Conductor Raymond Harvey tells listeners what to expect in the Festival Finale of the 2016 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. There will be two piano soloists: 2014 Gilmore Artist Rafał Blechacz (performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2) and composer and pianist Michel Legrand, who will premiere his new Concerto For Piano


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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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