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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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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.

NASA

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.


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