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8:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Composer Derek Bermel honors Bartok, NY

Derek Bermel
Credit Azzurra

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's concert Friday will feature new music by American composer Derek Bermel

A native New Yorker, in 2009 he wrote A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace to honor his hometown as well as the great expatriate Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, whose sometimes sorrowful letters from New York to his friends and students were an inspiration.

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Culture
7:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Learn about the French-speaking world at the Francophone Film Fest

From the film 'The Weight of the Oath' by Kollo Daniel Sanou. Sanou will present the film in person on Saturday.
Credit The Francophone Film Festival

Try to count how many foreign films you’ve seen in your life. If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably only watched a handful.

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Local Music
5:54 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Soovin Kim, David Colson on 'A Soldier's Tale'

Soovin Kim

A WWII draftee faces death by firing squad for desertion. He'll be allowed to live if he serves out the rest of the war. That's the extreme situation dealt with in "A Soldier's Tale," a unique stage piece of narration, dance, and music featuring a 1918 score by Igor Stravinsky and updated, modern (sometimes vulgar) text by Kurt Vonnegut. 

A collaboration between Fontana Chamber Arts and the WMU School of Music, it will receive performances in the Dalton Center Multi-Media Room Friday and Saturday.

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Local Music
4:45 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

'Prelude to Spring' set for Sunday

Singers in the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus
Credit Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus returns to Chenery Auditorium this Sunday for a concert called 'A Prelude to Spring.'  

Fred Sang describes the program, and gives us a glimpse into the multi-leveled ensemble, which includes the Treble Choir, Bel Canto, the Preparatory Choir, the Concert Choir and the Touring Choir. He also describes a renaissance in vocal music in the last 20 years, which has provided choirs at all levels the chance to perform excellent, meaningful works. We also hear about the Touring Choir's upcoming trip to Italy in June of 2013.

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WMUK News
11:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

WMU hosts state energy forum

Michigan high-tension power lines (file photo)
Credit AP Photo

The future of energy in Michigan – how it is used and produced – will be the focus of a forum in Kalamazoo on Monday, March 18th, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center. It’s the fourth in a series of seven public meetings around the state sponsored by the Michigan Public Service Commission and the state’s Energy Office.

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