Kalamazoo Philharmonia

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The Kalamazoo Philharmonia ended its 2018-19 season on June 1 with a program called "Virtuosity," featuring Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance and Philharmonia director Andrew Koehler, Peled shares personal and historic details about Bruch's soulful Kol Nidrei and Camille Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto in A minor, which stunned audiences in 1872 with its immediate intensity. Koehler also introduces a "towering masterpiece" which hasn't been performed in the region in years, to his knowledge: the Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski.


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Conductor Andrew Koehler programmed two big works for his March 2 program with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia: the Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, and Alexander von Zemlinsky's Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid). Koehler tells Cara Lieurance the latter is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, and is a forgotten masterwork by a composer who was caught between old and new Viennese musical trends at the turn of the 20th century. The older Brahms, who worked on his first symphony for over 20 years, also found himself in a quandary: trying to embrace the new Romanticism while refusing to reject the legacy of Beethoven and other past masters.

The concert "A Tale Of Two Cities" will be held March 2 at 8 pm in the Dalton Theatre of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College. 


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Composer Sean Neukom, who met soloist Jessica Hung when they were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, recently wrote his first and "only" violin concerto with Hung in mind. It will be premiered on Saturday by Hung and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, under the director of Andrew Koehler. Neukom, Hung and Koehler discuss the new work and the rest of the program, titled "Americas," with Cara Lieurance.

The concert begins at 8 pm in the Dalton Theater of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College on Saturday. Tickets and further details at the Kalamazoo Philharmonia website.

Andrew Koehler will conduct Richard Strauss' monumental Alpine Symphony and serve as the violin soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, K. 364, in a concert with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia on Sunday at 4 pm at Kalamazoo College. Koehler and viola soloist Jun-Ching Lin preview the concert with Cara Lieurance.


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This Saturday, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia concludes its season with a program of two works: Debussy's 1899 Nocturnes,  and the 1911 one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Bela Bartok, featuring soprano Rhea Olivacce as Judith and David Govertson as Bluebeard. Conductor Andrew Koehler sets the scene in an preview with Cara Lieurance.


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