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KSO Pops and Empire Brass headline holiday spectacular

Dec. 6, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The KSO Pops and Empire Brass headline a holiday spectacular that includes yuletide tunes, sing-a-longs and a special presentation by the Kalamazoo Ringers handbell ensemble beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University.

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Miller Auditorium's new "KSO Pops at Miller" series enjoyed an extremely successful opening concert Nov. 5 with special guest Bernadette Peters. The second concert in the series debuts the "Holiday Pops" with featured artists the Empire Brass.

The concert will include several selections of the season, including "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Joy to the World," selections from "The Nutcracker," "March of the Toys," an instrumental rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus and several others.

The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America's finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire. The five musicians--all of whom have held leading positions with major American orchestras--perform more than 100 concerts a year in cities from Boston to Chicago and London to Tokyo. With their best-selling recordings, they have introduced an even larger audience worldwide to the excitement of brass music, ranging from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway.

The KSO will be conducted by Scott Terrell, resident conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Tickets for "Holiday Pops with Empire Brass" range from $15 to $45 for non-student adults and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or toll free (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for group rates.

Support for the KSO Pops at Miller is provided by DeNooyer Chevrolet, Fifth Third Bank, Kalamazoo Gazette, Metro Toyota and WWMT TV-3. Additional funding is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com for more information about the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

Media contact: Thomas Cooper, (269) 387-2245, thomas.cooper@wmich.edu

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