Kalamazoo Concert Band

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Western Michigan University's Gold Company will add seasonal shine to the annual Kalamazoo Concert Band's holiday concert at 8 pm on Friday, Dec 6 in Miller Auditorium. "Unwrap The Season" will feature a variety of music, including a fun Bond-style piece called Secret Agent Santa, and the festive Rhapsodic Celebration by Robert Sheldon. Two singers from Gold Company will sing solos with the band, and the full group will sing an Al Burt carol medley and New York Voices settings of Christmas favorites. Kalamazoo Concert Band director Tom Evans and Gold Company Greg Jasperse fill in the details in an interview with Cara Lieurance.

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Dr. Tom Evans, the director of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, will conduct a Halloween-themed concert in Chenery Auditorium on Saturday, Oct 26 at 7:30 pm. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Evans highlights a number of spooky selections, including Shadow Waltzes by Brian Balmages, J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Phantom of the Opera selections, and a dance of death by Gioacomo Puccini, La Tregenda.


The Kalamazoo Concert Band's final concert of the season will mark an historic anniversary: the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in July, 1969. Along with selections including music from John Williams' Star Wars, Offenbach's Voyage to The Moon, and Todd Stalter's Ignition,  projected images from NASA's missions will accompany the music. Michael Keeler, a senior at Portage Central High School, will appear as the winner of the KCB's Youth Soloist Competition. Tom Evans discusses the concert with Cara Lieurance in this interview.

Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers

Dr. Tom Evans talks to Cara Lieurance about the upcoming Dancing On Airs concert, a collaboration between the Kalamazoo Concert Band and the West Michigan modern dance company Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers. Set for Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm at Chenery Auditorium, the free concert will feature three newly-choreographed works featuring Wellspring artists: the exuberant Minimalist Dances composed by Matt Conaway, The Solitary Dancer by Warren Benson, and the grand Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance. But, Evans says, the program never stays in once place too long, flitting from a Spanish dance, to selections from Chicago, to a Shostakovich waltz.

Ken Watters

Kalamazoo Concert Band conductor Tom Evans and guest artists Harry and Ken Watters visited WMUK's studio to preview the Dec 7 'Holiday Spectacular' concert at Miller Auditorium with host Cara Lieurance. During the interview, the Watters added to the seasonal spirit by playing flugelhorn and trombone duos of popular Christmas carols.