KJSO Gears Up for Second Concert of the Season

Conductor Andrew Koehler prepares the KJSO for practicing with Midori. Midori played with the KJSO on February 2.

Conductor Andrew Koehler prepares the KJSO for practicing with Midori. Midori played with the KJSO on February 2.

The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony  (KJSO) has been a program that allows aspiring young musicians to participate in a setting very similar to a professional symphony. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the KJSO, world famous violinist, Midori Goto, will be playing at the concert on February 2.

The KJSO is conducted by Andrew Koehler, a conductor known for his high standards and expectations for the young musicians. Koehler has been the conductor for the orchestra for 5 years and has not reduced his standards during that time. While his standards are high, it does not stop the musicians of the KJSO from liking their tough conductor.

“Andrew Koehler is an excellent conductor. He is a bit unpredictable, which can be scary sometimes, but he really knows what he’s doing,” said Loy Norrix sophomore, Lois Rustenholtz.

For the 75th anniversary of the KJSO, the orchestra will be travelling to China. This is the first time that the orchestra has travelled to any Asian country and many people are quite excited for the trip.

“It’s going to be a good cultural and musical experience,” said Loy Norrix freshman, Anna Nordmoe.

For the trip, the members who are going will play their instruments for people in China as well as listening to some very famous Chinese orchestras.

The second concert of the season for the KJSO, on February 2, will have world famous soloist Midori playing at Chenery Auditorium. Midori has travelled the world and is one of the most famous violinists of the 21st century.

“Midori is an amazing violinist, and I’m honored to be able to play with her,” said Nordmoe.

Midori will be playing The Bach Double concerto with Anna Nordmoe and will also be part of the orchestra for some of the other pieces being played.

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