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KSO to perform Beethoven's Ninth Need a lift for your spirit? Then head out to the Gilmore Car Museum, in Hickory Corners, on Aug. 14 to hear the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra perform the final concert in its summer Centennial Celebration. The concert will include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with the uplifting Ode to Joy. This outdoor concert, which will feature guest soloists and local singers, begins at 8 p.m. and is a re–creation of a 1962 program performed by the KSO that also includes works by Aaron Copland and Mussorgsky. The second half is dedicated to Beethoven's Ninth. Considered by many to be his greatest work, the piece is one of the first choral symphonies. Tickets are $25–$100, and concessions will be available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kalamazoosymphony.com.
Show spotlights Caldecott winner David Small An exhibition opening Aug. 27 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts explores the creation of a children's picture book through the works of Kalamazoo–area illustrator David Small. It’s a David Small World, which opens Aug. 27, will feature his original drawings from the books Imogene’s Antlers, Catch That Cookie!, One Cool Friend and The Quiet Place, all written by his wife, Sarah Stewart. Small, who often collaborates with Stewart, has illustrated more than 40 picture books, including Long Road to the Circus, a new novel by former Kalamazooan Betsy Bird that will be published in October. Small's work has garnered numerous awards and honors, winning The Caldecott Medal in 2001 and being named a National Book Award finalist in 2008 and 2009. The exhibit will run until Nov. 29. For gallery hours or more information, visit kiarts.org or call 349–7775.
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