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The Homefront: Musical Memories of World War II is the next program by the 90-piece Kalamazoo Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Tom Evans.  It's a free concert at for 7:30 pm on Saturday, Feb 22 at Chenery Auditorium. 

The featured guest is Megan Dooley, a well-known, versatile singer from Kalamazoo who will perform classics like "All of Me," Stormy Weather," Minnie the Moocher" among others. Evans and Dooley joined Cara Lieurance in a live interview to share their appreciation for this music, and for the collaboration that brings them together. Expect to hear a selection of favorite marches, along with classic songs and dance-band swing tunes on the concert.


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The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will continue its season at 4 pm on Sunday, Feb 9 at Chenery Auditorium  with a program called "Defining Romanticism." It brings together music of three great composers of the 19th century: Richard Wagner, Camille St.-Saëns, and Robert Schumann. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, conductor Andrew Koehler explains some of the ways each composer defined Romanticism, and they listen to excerpts of Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger, St.-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3, and Schumann's Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish." 

Violinist Sory Park, the bronze medalist of the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition, will return as soloist. She is a student of Soovin Kim at the New English Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.


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The 39th annual Chinese New Year Gala will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, January 25 at Chenery Auditorium, say organizers Li Jin and John Vos of the Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Jin and Vos talk about some of the special traditions associated with the Lunar New Year, such as wearing the color red, cleaning the home before the new year, and the important of feasting with family. At Chenery Auditorium, 16 acts will be featured, including musicians, dancers, visual artists, calligraphers, and athletes. It will start with a Dragon Dance, and finish with the Lion Dance.

Tickets and more information on this public event are at the CAGK website.


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At 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 10 at Chenery Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will open its season with four works which conductor Andrew Koehler sums up as 'Shifting Landscapes.' They are Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), which depicts a remote place in Scotland; The Accursed Huntsman, Cesar Franck's mythic tone poem; an extremely rare piece by Z. Noskowski inspired by a mountain lake in Poland, and Poems of the Sea by Ernst Bloch. 


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Nobuntu is a five part a cappella vocal ensemble made up of women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. At 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 3 they'll visit Kalamazoo as part of their North American tour to perform at Chenery Auditorium.  Cara Lieurance talks to singer Duduzile Sibanda, who says her career in performing got started when she became fed up with her job as an accountant. Sibanda says groups like Nobuntu can add to the appreciation of music and dance at home and abroad. 

Nobuntu's concert is part of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival concert season. Tickets are available through the Bach Festival's website.


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