In Sunday’s (3/2) Kalamazoo Gazette, John Liberty reports, “Bobby McFerrin, Sarah Chang and the debut of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s new concertmaster, Susie Park, are a few of the highlights for the 94th season of the organization.…The season is divided up into the Symphonic Series, KSO Pops!, The World Of … series, Classics Uncorked, Family Discovery and two special events. … ‘I’m thrilled to have our Kalamazoo audiences enjoy a wide array of musical offering for the KSO’s 2014-2015 season,’ KSO conductor Raymond Harvey said. ‘With big works of Mahler and Strauss, rare treats from trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and a powerful season finale of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the 200-voice [Western Michigan University] Grand Chorus—it seems that the season would be complete. But add to that the artistry of international violinist Sarah Chang and an appearance by the indescribable [guest conductor] Bobby McFerrin, and we’ve got a season I’m looking forward to with great excitement.’ ” The Symphonic Series opens September 20 with Ross Edwards’s White Ghost Dancing, de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat Suite, Brandon Ridenour’s Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Paganini, and Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia.
Posted March 5, 2014