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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new president. It announced on Tuesday, February 12, that CEO Peter Gistelinck is no longer there but didn’t give a reason for his departure.

Tchaikovsky, a genius at writing from the heart, was also a master at controlling the sounds of the orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra music director Julian Kuerti's says of the beloved composer, whose Violin Concerto in D and Symphony No. 5 are featured on the next KSO program. The 2018 Stulberg Competition gold medalist Charlotte Marckx is excited to play her favorite concert with the orchestra. This performance was part of the prize she won at the competition last May. 

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, the music director and the soloist share stories about past performances and experiences, and look forward to Afterwords, the post-concert mixer with musicians and audience together. The concert begins at 8 pm in Miller Auditorium on Saturday, Jan 26.

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Conductor Daniel Brier promises a fast-paced, surprising, and still poignant concert on Saturday when the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra performs 'Sounds of the Season' in Chenery Auditorium at 8 pm. Joining the orchestra are the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus' Touring Choir, KSO Youth Competition winner Jessalye Zhu, and three solo singers who bring Broadway experience: J. Mark McVey, Marissa McGowan, Valerie Lemon.

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Nina Kotova is a celebrated Russian-American soloist who will perform one of her favorite works on Saturday with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra: the Cello Concerto in B minor, by Antonin Dvorak. Conductor Daniel Brier will conduct another masterpiece the Symphony No. 5 by Jean Sibelius, to begin the program, a work he says is hard to describe, other than "it sounds like it is composing itself." 

The concert will be held at 8 pm in Miller Auditorium on Saturday, Nov 17. Veterans and current servicements who contact the box office (269-387-2300) will receive two free passes for this concert.


The next Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert will be held in the beautiful and surprisingly intimate Chenery Auditorium, a perfect place to hear Schubert's 5th Symphony, incidental music to Much Ado About Nothing by Korngold, and a great American guitar concerto by the prolific film composer Elmer Bernstein. who wrote it for his friend Christopher Parkening. Conductor Daniel Brier and soloist Pablo Sainz-Villegas, winner of the 2006 Parkening International Guitar Competition, share all kinds of behind-the-scenes information about the works on the program and how they prepared for the concert, which will be held Saturday at 8 pm, and include both a Prelude talk and Afterwords, a post-concert social hour with the musicians.