Raymond Harvey

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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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Renowned violinist Midori discusses the orchestral residency program she created that brings her to Kalamazoo this week to work with hundreds of young musicians around west Michigan.

She and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra conductor Raymond Harvey also talk about the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, which Midori will play Saturday night with the KSO. 

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