The 43rd annual Stulberg International String Competition is a less intimidating event than it may sound. Executive director Margaret Hamilton explains that this Kalamazoo-based music competition for string players under the age of 20 is widely considered a friendly experience for both contestants and for audiences.
Between 9am and 4 pm on Friday, anyone can walk into the Dalton Center Recital Hall to hear the 12 semi-finalists play on the half-hour for the three experienced judges. At 7:30 pm, the remaining six finalists will perform again - and this year, they'll talk to From The Top's Christopher O'Riley, host of the popular radio showcase for young performers as they wait for the results at the end of the concert. On Saturday, the public is welcome to observe judges Anthony Ross and Scott St. John teach masterclasses, and judge Aaron Dworkin will give a presentation on entrepreneurship in the arts. In this interview, Margaret Hamilton and Cara Lieurance walk listeners through the event and celebrate past winners.