A Community Orchestra
October 21st 2022
Dia de los Muertos
Arturo Marquez – Danzon 2
Michael Giacchino – Coco with Michigan Ballet Academy
Sergei Rachmaninov – The Isle of the Dead op.29
Aaron Copland – El Salon Mexico (alt. Elbio Barilari – Offrendas)
December 9th 2022
Celebrate the Season!
Victor Hely-Hutchinson – Carol Symphony
P.I.Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker suite
H. Berlioz – L’Arlesienne suite no. 1
Leroy Anderson – Christmas Festival
February 17th 2023
J. Sibelius – Finlandia
E. Grieg – Piano concerto
E. Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite 1
May 5th 2023
F. Mendelssohn – Midsummer night dream overture
M. Bruch - Double concerto for violin and viola
Brahms – Symphony no. 1
Interested in joining KPO?
Joining the Orchestra-
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College Music Center.
Membership in KPO requires an audition with our music director and also requires enrollment to GRCC with a $20 enrollment fee each semester for all members.
For information about joining KPO email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kent Philharmonic Orchestra Mission Statement
The purpose of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra is to be a symphony orchestra devoted to the performance of symphonic literature. The orchestra provides an outlet for the people who love to perform but do not depend on it for their livelihood. Members who give freely of their time come from all walks of life. All share a common love of performing great music from composers of the past and present.
The Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, has been in existence since 1975 and started under the name Kent Philharmonia Orchestra. KPO is a college/community symphony orchestra devoted to the performance of symphonic literature. KPO consists of adult community musicians and GRCC students seeking credit. The orchestra performs four major programs per year and membership is by audition or permission of the music director.
Musical Director - Libor Ondras, PhD.
Viola recitalist, Music Director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra Director at the Grand Rapids Community College, Dr. Libor Ondras has received his DMA and MM degree from the University of Houston. Recipient of the Slovak Minister of Culture Scholarship, he studied at the Academy of Music in Prague and Moscow State Conservatory with F. Druzhinin and Yuri Bashmet. Ondras performed in master classes and workshops of Pinchas Zuckerman, Yizhak Schotten, Robert Vernon, Roberto Diaz, to name a few. He was a full fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the First Prize Winner of the Concerto Competition, Houston. He performed with orchestras throughout Europe and U.S.: Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna Philharmonics, Utah Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Opera Tampa, Slovak State Opera, etc., and worked with world renown conductors and artists such as Sir Georg Solti (Carnegie Hall Project), Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming, and Led Zeppelin.
Elizabeth VanZytveld Concert Master
Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied violin with Eudice Shapiro and chamber music with Ron Leonard; her bachelor’s degree in music education is from Calvin University. Betsy directed string and vocal music programs in Michigan and California schools, founding the string program for the Valley Christian Schools. She also taught string methods and chamber music at California State Polytechnic University and served on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for ten summers. Betsy is currently active in West Michigan as a clinician, private lesson instructor, and performer