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Jammin’ in Kalamazoo | A Musical Storybook Concert | Free Event

Tue, September 19 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Registration Required

Jammin in Kalamazoo, storybook concert for families

Join us for the world premiere of Jammin’ in Kalamazoo, a rhythmic journey from the page…to the stage!

Jammin’ in Kalamazoo is a musical storybook following three young musicians who harness their unique strengths and the power of music to help their beloved music teacher in a time of need. Written by Kalamazoo native Sonya Bernard-Hollins, this book comes to life in vivid color through music composed by acclaimed musician Branford Marsalis and illustrations by Dennis Reid.

Featuring the Symphony’s Burdick-Thorne String Quartet and narration by Von Washington, Jr., along with a finale performance by Branford himself, this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind event the whole family will love.

Now featuring a bonus performance of the musical storybook Little Eddie Goes to Carnegie Hall!

Register today for this FREE event!

Musical Storybooks are an integral part of the Kalamazoo Symphony’s music education initiative. Every season, the Symphony takes small ensembles to local libraries throughout Southwest Michigan. From Giraffes Can’t Dance to Ferdinand the Bull,” these programs bring stories to life through music.

Each Musical Storybook pairs a children’s book with music. The Storybook is read aloud, and Symphony musicians play accompanying music. For some Storybooks, there are crafts or activities that deepen the experience for those in attendance. These events are a great way to introduce children to music and reading.

Doors open at 5:30 PM.

Other sponsors for the event:

Jammin’ in Kalamazoo is underwritten by the John Stites Jazz Awards and the National Endowment for the Arts
John Stites Jazz Awards National Endowment for the Arts

The KSO’s Musical Storybook program is sponsored by
Lake Michigan Credit Union

We are grateful for the partnership of the following organizations in promoting this event
Kalamazoo Public Library Kalamazoo Public Schools

Season presented by Zhang Financial
Season sponsored by Stryker and Greenleaf Trust

Zhang Financial and Stryker

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Tue, September 19
6:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Chenery Auditorium
714 S. Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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All Kalamazoo Public Library events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated in the event description. A library card is not required to attend. Events where space is limited may require prior registration or a free ticket to attend. Registration and ticket requirements are indicated in the event description. Patrons who require special accommodations can submit their request to the event coordinator by calling 269-553-7800 or emailing [email protected].

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