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The Kalamazoo Concert Band opens its new season on Saturday with a 100th anniversary tribute to the great American conductor, composer, educator and performer Leonard Bernstein. Director Tom Evans and Cara Lieurance take a look at the program and the man who inspired it. 

Some of the music, like selections from West Side Story, will be very familiar, but there will be plenty of new material for the average listener, including the rarely-heard Dance Suite for Brass, which was his final composition. The Western Brass Quintet will also appear with the KCB in a suite from Bernstein's Mass.

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Director Tom Evans was thinking of his favorite sport, baseball, when he started putting the music together for the Kalamazoo Concert Band's next concert, which will be held Saturday at 7:30 pm in Chenery Auditorium. The program, "Fun & Games," features a musical adaptation of the famous 1888 poem, Casey At Bat, as well as musical references to running, sailing, and the Olympics. In addition, the concert will features oboist Emily Dudd, winner of the 2018 KCB Youth Soloist Competition. Evans previewed the KCB's final concert of the season with Cara Lieurance.


The Kalamazoo Concert Band, with special guests the Western Jazz Quartet, are ready to put some sizzle on stage this Saturday with a program called 'Iberian Inspiration,' says director Tom Evans. He spoke with Cara Lieurance about the works on the program and how he's always fired up to play music.


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With music that evokes weddings, funerals, the work day, New Years Day, parades and more, director Tom Evans has put together a program called 'Rituals and Celebrations' to start the new season. Evans tells Cara Lieurance about the variety of pieces on the program. The Kalamazoo Concert Band performs Saturday, Oct 21 at 7:30 pm in Chenery Auditorium. It is free.


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Dr. Thomas Evans, the conductor of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, will lead a program called Arabian Nights on Saturday. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he previews several of the works that take middle eastern sounds as their inspiration. Percussionist Carolyn Koebel, who appears as a featured soloist along with oud player Igor Houwat, discusses her approach to improvisation and her appreciation for the special qualities of middle eastern music.


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