In Sunday’s (3/29) Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan), James Sanford writes, “On the horizon for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in its 89th season: a little Gershwin, a little Mendelssohn and a concert where patrons can play their cell phones. Yes, cell phones—and you have one year to find a suitable ringtone. The KSO’s March 2010 concert includes David Baker’s ‘Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra,’ which features sections that spotlight cell-phone sounds. … The season also sees the return of the KSO’s semi-staged operas. The most recent, Charles Gounod’s ‘Faust,’ closed the 2006-07 season. [Music Director Raymond] Harvey said an anonymous donor has come forward to underwrite five such productions during the next 10 years. The first, Puccini’s ‘Turandot,’ will open the KSO’s new season on Sept. 19 in Miller Auditorium, with Russian soprano Irina Rindzuner in the title role and the Kalamazoo Singers performing chorus duties. … Recent Stulberg International String Competition winner Nicholas Schwartz, the first double bassist to take the gold medal, will perform at the Jan. 16 concert, which also will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.”

Posted March 31, 2009