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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra welcomes new music director for 98th season

It's a big week for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as their 98th season premieres on Friday night with a new music director.

It's a big week for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as their 98th season premieres on Friday night with a new music director.

Maestro Julian Kuerti arrived in Kalamazoo after conducting symphonies in Chile and Peru this summer.

Kuerti, who replaces long-time music director Raymond Harvey, has been rehearsing for several days with the orchestra in preparation for Friday's 8 p.m. concert at Miller Auditorium.

He's putting the finishing touches on Berlioz's symphony fantastique and Ravel's piano concerto in G, which Kuerti says will appeal to both lovers of classical music and jazz.

"The non-stop run through the most amazing French repertoire; orchestrates for the orchestra," Kuerti said.

For more information about the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's 98th season, click here.

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