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1:27 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Grounded in eclecticism, Gene Knific debuts at Fontana Summer Festival

Gene Knific

Gene Knific comes by his mixed pedigree of classical and jazz influences honestly.

The son of violinist Renata Knific ( professor, Western Michigan University) and bassist Tom Knific (professor, chair of Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University), this eclectic young composer and pianist, with his trio, were invited to perform for the Fontana Summer Festival this weekend.

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SW Michigan
11:25 am
Fri July 11, 2014

KIA Gets New Executive Director

Belinda Ann Tate
Credit Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will soon have a new executive director. Belinda Ann Tate will take over on September 8th. She replaces former KIA director James Bridenstine, who is retiring after 24 years in the job.

For the last 15 years, Tate has run the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She’s credited with enlarging its collection significantly while increasing student involvement in the gallery.

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Local Authors
6:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Bad Dates Turn Into Good Reads: 'Strange Love' By Lisa Lenzo

Author Lisa Lenzo
Credit Charlie Schreiner

Hear the full interview with author Lisa Lenzo

"I don't see how you can go out in public with a man who wears a mullet," says Annie Zito's daughter, Marly, in the book Strange Love.

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Music & Culture
5:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Strum A Balalaika: Listen To Russian Folk Music This Saturday

The Russian Folk Orchestra of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America
Credit Balalaika and Domra Association of America

The on-air story about the Russian folk orchestra concert. Scroll down to hear the full interview with members of the BDAA.

This week musicians from all over the world have been practicing like crazy to prepare for Saturday night's Russian Folk Concert at Chenery Auditorium.

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Local Music
4:18 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Cellist returns for 17th year with Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

Cellist Judith Vander Weg
Credit Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

An interview with Judith Vander Weg

Judith Vander Weg, principal cellist of the Flint Symphony, is one of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck's most popular players, having appeared each season for the last sixteen years.

She spoke with Cara Lieurance about the opening program of Phantasies by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frank Bridge, and Dvorak's Viola Quintet Op 97. 

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck starts its 26th season this weekend. Concerts will continue at 7:30 pm each Thursday and Friday night until August 16th.

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