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After 6 Years, Kalamazoo Kids In Tune Is 'Youngest, Most Diverse Orch In Michigan'

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. 

Kalamazoo Kids in Tune will hold its free Gala Finale  from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Chenery Auditorium. The concert will include players from the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, the KKIT Young Leaders Middle School Chamber Orchestra, the KKIT Families In Tune, and Orchestra Rouh, an ensemble of children from refugee families. The concert is free. More information at the Kalamazoo Kids in Tune website and Facebook page.

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Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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