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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

For nearly eighty years the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra has been making fine music in our city. For a good brief history of this organization, we recommend the one on the official Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestera website.


The New Bronson: New Beginnings  by Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra The New Bronson: New Beginnings
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
From the liner notes: “It is a time of new beginnings at Bronson Methodist Hospital. The musical work New Beginnings, produced in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, is our way of celebrating two very important milestones - the opening of The New Bronson and our centennial year. It is also a thank-you to everyone who has been a part of our progress. To celebrate the grand opening of The New Bronson in downtown Kalamazoo, Peter Boyer was commissioned to compose the original orchestral score New Beginnings, to be performed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director Raymond Harvey conducting. The world premiere of the piece was on September 22, 2000, in concert at Miller Auditorium, on the campus of Western Michigan University.” Peter Boyer “New Beginnings” Recorded 9/23/2000Dvorák Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95 “From the New World” Recorded live in concert 9/22/2000 Performer:  Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra ; Raymond Harvey, music director.
Takeda 25th Anniversary Commemorative Collection  by Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Takeda 25th Anniversary Commemorative Collection
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
General Note:  “This collection comprises archival recordings of live performances that are among the highlights of Maestro Takeda's tenure as Music Director [of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra]”. The 2nd and 6th works sung in German.Contents:  Carnival overture, op. 92 / Dvorák -- Requiem mass in D minor, K. 626. Requiem ; Kyrie / Mozart -- Sinfonia concertante. Ghosts (Rice field at Phnom Penh) / C. Curtis-Smith -- Carmen. Prelude act I / Bizet -- La sacre du printemps = The rite of spring. Sacrificial dance of the chosen one / Stravinsky -- Symphony no. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) / Mahler.Performer:  Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra ; Yoshimi Takeda, conductor (1st & 3rd-5th works). Beverly Rinaldo, soprano ; Western Michigan University Grand Chorus ; Mel Ivey, director (2nd work). Susan Anthony, soprano ; Cynthia Anderson, mezzo-soprano ; Western Michigan University Grand Chorus ; Craig S. Arnold, director (6th work).