Colin Bell

Violinist Sarah Chang's concerto performance with the Kalamazoo Symphony and appearance as a judge for the Stulberg International String Competition were part of a season in which she performed in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, London, Malaysia, Toronto, Barcelona, New York, Germany, Istanbul, Korea, and Detroit.

LHI Live: Friday Fun With WMU's Horn Studio

May 22, 2015
C. Lieurance

Classical improvisation, as opposed to jazz improvisation, is a way to create spontaneous music by one or more players using techniques and devices common in classical music. It has not been a part of most college programs, but Western Michigan University horn professor Lin Foulk thinks it should be.

Read and Write Kalamazoo

Anne Hensley and Emily Kastner hit it off the moment they met in a writing workshop — so much so that they put their heads together to come up with a way to bring the power of words to Kalamazoo. The two co-founded Read and Write Kalamazoo in 2012. Hensley is the group's executive director and Kastner serves as its director of education.

The album cover for The Other Side
courtesy of Kaitlin Rose

Nine years ago, Kaitlin Rose was one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in Kalamazoo. She produced four albums all before the age of 21. And in a few short years, Rose found herself in a committed relationship, she had a few kids, and she stopped writing.

The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday released a report based on four years worth of figures from 2011 to 2014. The report shows that participants in the state's five sobriety courts who used the interlock devices had a recidivism rate of just 1 percent within one year and two years of their conviction for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and 2.8 percent within three years of their conviction. (Kalamazoo Gazette)