Workers at Kalamazoo's Shakespeare Company walked off the job in September 1948, but a couple of months later, the sporting-goods maker had made no concessions. That's when a "flying squadron" of strike supporters arrived from Detroit.
Oscar Hernandez takes great pride in the top-level musicianship of the Grammy-winning Latin/Jazz band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra , which will perform at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Chenery Auditorium on Saturday at 8 pm. He tells Cara Lieurance how he and his fellow players push the boundaries of virtuosity and complexity while never losing touch with the traditions and foundations upon which the music is based. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is celebrating fifteen years as a group with a new album, Anniversary . Hernandez says Kalamazoo audiences will be some of the first to hear the new songs played live. The new album includes nine original pieces, and four old standards that were "taken to the tailor to get a brand new suit of clothes."