Symphony opens summer season with special guest Branford Marsalis


the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra summer season at Gilmore Automobile Museum starts at 8 p.m. Saturday with a concert featuring Branford Marsalis, one of the most famous saxophonists in the world. (Note: Seats in the front section are sold out; lawn passes are still available). Music director Julian Kuerti says Marsalis will perform Getaways by John Williams. It’s a perfect balance of jazz and classical influences, based on the film Catch Me If You Can. Marsalis will also play the Rhapsody for alto saxophone by Claude Debussy. The concert, which lands in June, will also include a set to music by John Rosamund Johnson’s “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”.

Principal violin Jun-Ching Lin says he appreciates being able to spend more time in rehearsal to dig into the orchestra’s biggest centerpiece of the night: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, who is renowned for his violin solos. Executive Director Jessical Mallow Gulley is also part of the conversation with Cara Lieurance, who admits having had to plan for a 100th season at least three times during the difficult months of the pandemic, but appreciates all that she and the directors and staff have. learned to make the organization better.

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