First performed in 2006, Kaleidoscope’s non-stop, 75-minute format provides a rapid-fire musical spectrum running the gamut from Bernstein to tango, from improvisational dance to Balinese gamelan music.

The most comprehensive musical evening on Lawrence’s concert calendar, Kaleidoscope is performed every other year and spotlights the large ensembles and select chamber groups.


Finale of Kaleidoscope performance. Features every instrument in Lawrence's Conservatory of Music
Flute ensemble performs in balcony
Jazz ensemble performs at Kaleidoscope 2017
Gamelan performance at Kaleidoscope 2017
Singers perform from a balcony during Kaleidoscope 2017
Wide view of entire Kaleidoscope performance and the crowd in auditorium

Kaleidoscope means "to present the appearance of a brightly colored and constantly changing pattern; to cause to come together or coalesce with pleasing results," and this is precisely what the audience can expect. The short durations of each selection, non-stop nature of the program and contrasting styles of music all combine to make an enjoyable musical evening.

Andrew Mast, Director of Bands, Kimberly-Clark Professor of Music & Associate Dean of the Conservatory

Kaleidoscope 5

Professor Steve Sieck talks about Kaleidoscope 5, performed in 2015.