Friday, 16 September 2016 10:06

Raymond Harvey stepping down as music director of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

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Raymond Harvey stepping down as music director of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra COURTESY PHOTO

After directing the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for 18 years, Raymond Harvey will be transitioning to music director emeritus at the end of the 2016-17 concert season.

Harvey is shifting focus to his role as associate professor and music director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston.

“ “Teaching has always been my calling, and my love of opera has been a mainstay in my life,” Harvey said. “To be asked to head a university opera program at this stage in my professional career is a terrific blessing.”

The symphony is currently planning to convene a search committee for Raymond’s successor, as Resident Conductor Daniel Brier helps with the transition during the search process, according to a statement.

The 2016-17 season begins today at 8 p.m., with renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Tchaikovsky's 2nd Piano Concerto. 

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