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Andrew Schwallier Photography (Lydia Schubkegel)

On  Sunday at 4 pm in Chenery Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Alpin Hong, in collaboration with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. The KJSO also features its own youth competition winner, cellist Lydia Schubkegel, and Rimsky-Korsakov's perennial favorite, Scheherazade. Music director Andrew Koehler previews the concert and the orchestra's upcoming summer tour of South Africa, in conversation with Cara Lieurance.

Califonia-based Alpin Hong, a Juilliard-trained pianist with a gift for communication, gained some of his earliest musical experiences living in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Today, Hong is what one could describe as a "narrative concert pianist." Stories and behind-the-music revelations are part of his concert repertoire, along with the classics of piano literature.

Beginning Saturday, April 14, Hong will visit a dozen west Michigan venues to perform a series of Gilmore Family Concerts. He and Gilmore Education Director, Adam Schumaker, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the shows and catch up with his Michigan past.

Pianist Alpin Hong and violinist Jun-Ching Lin are the featured soloists in a free collaborative concert this Thursday called A Night of Musical Promisewhich will include over 170 young performers who participate in a variety of regional music programs.