Hold On, America, Hold On! Reactions

After the death of George Floyd in May of 2020, music educator and singer Gerald Case-Blanchard recorded a heartfelt, honest reaction to the injustice. His message to America: we must do better, and to do that we need to come together. He ended the recording with the haunting refrain, “hold on” from one of his favorite spirituals, “Keep Your Hand On the Plow.” Case-Blanchard could not have known that the short recording from his living room would spark a groundbreaking performance by the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra almost two years later.

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Garden Party August 14

Music Center Annual Garden Party
Sunday, August 14, 2022
2 to 5 pm

“Afternoon Interlude,” will take place on Sunday, August 14th, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. This year we invite you to meander through the incredible garden of our 2022 hosts, Pam Sigren and Tom Stachnik, in Marshall while enjoying music, light hors d’oeuvres, and adult refreshments. This garden setting is a masterful treat and not to be missed!

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Symphony 5: A Gilmore Concert Bonus

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 7:30 pm
WK Kellogg Auditorium
Janice Carissa, pianist

2022 Gilmore Young Artist Janice Carissa joins the orchestra for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, followed by Brahms’ warm and lyrical Symphony No. 2, an optimistic finale to our 124th season.

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Symphony 4: The Magic of Cirque & Symphony

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 7:30 pm
WK Kellogg Auditorium

Your Battle Creek Symphony reaches new soaring heights with the magic of cirque with acrobatics—aerial silks, straps, flying pole, and lyra—choreographed to live symphonic music.

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Symphony 3: Big Band Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 7:30 pm
WK Kellogg Auditorium

The Battle Creek Symphony jazzes up the holidays with a festive collection of holiday favorites in the big band style. This jumping, jiving, jingling concert will surely get your season off to a swinging start!

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Symphony 2: A Night at the Opera

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 7:30 pm
WK Kellogg Auditorium
Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, baritone

Your Battle Creek Symphony teams up with baritone Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, the Battle Creek Community Chorus, and others to present a tour through some of the most beloved operas of all time.

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Symphony 1: A European Landscape

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 7:30 pm
WK Kellogg Auditorium
Amit Peled, cello

The Battle Creek Symphony’s 124th season opens with “Fêtes” from Debussy’s Nocturnes, and extraordinary cellist Amit Peled performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, plus Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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BCSO 2022-2023 Season

Join us for the Battle Creek Symphony’s 124th season. Subscribe now for the best seats in the house! Battle Creek Symphony tickets are affordable, and easy to purchase. Our opening concert is Saturday, October 1, with guest artist Amit Peled and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Schools

Community Music School

The Community Music School and IMPACT offer a variety of music education, from private music lessons and group classes to choirs and ensembles. Registrations are open
for the fall semester.

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