KPO revised logo2.jpg

A Community Orchestra


October 29th

 S. Prokofiev – Ugly duckling (with MBA ballet)

W. A Mozart – Violin concerto #5 featuring  Julia LeGrand – soloist 

Concerto Competition Winner

F. Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody 2 

December 18th

Beethoven – Egmont overture

Weber – Concertino for clarinet - featuring  Beno Alderink-soloist  

Concerto Competition Winner

Franck – Symphony in D minor

February 18th

Wagner – Siegfried’s Idyll

Shostakovich – Cello concerto - featuring  Paul Trainor-soloist

Concerto Competition Winner

Dvorak – Symphony # 7 in d minor


Tales from the  Vienna Woods Waltz

Op. 325

Emperor  Waltz Op. 437

Vienna Blood Waltz Op. 354

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.

About KPO

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.

Contact Us

Have questions?

Thanks for submitting!