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The Kalamazoo Bach Festival will open its 2018 Bach Fest Week on Saturday, June 2 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium with two visceral, all-hands-on-deck works for voices and orchestra: William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast and Yevhen Stankovych's Requiem For Those Who Died Of Famine. The Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus and Kalamazoo Philharmonia are the first to perform the Requiem outside Europe.

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Ludwa talks about some of the big attractions of Belshazzar's Feast, and Koehler explains the circumstances that brought his attention to the Requiem, honoring the victims of Holodomor (an artificially engineered famine orchestrated by the Soviet leadership in Ukraine in 1932-33). Koehler learned about the Requiem when he was put in touch with the director of the Ukranian Genocide Famine Foundation. Koehler was "blown away by the raw power, the immediacy of communication" upon hearing it, and agreed to give the Requiem For Those Who Dies Of Famine its first performances in North America.


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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.

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Composer Sean Neukom, who met soloist Jessica Hung when they were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, recently wrote his first and "only" violin concerto with Hung in mind. It will be premiered on Saturday by Hung and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, under the director of Andrew Koehler. Neukom, Hung and Koehler discuss the new work and the rest of the program, titled "Americas," with Cara Lieurance.

The concert begins at 8 pm in the Dalton Theater of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College on Saturday. Tickets and further details at the Kalamazoo Philharmonia website.

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Director Andrew Koehler will welcome Karisa Chiu, the 2017 Stulberg String Competition Bronze Medalist, to the Chenery Auditorium stage on Sunday to perform the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 by Sibelius. In addition to the Sibelius, Koehler and Cara Lieurance discuss two other works on the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra program: Schumann's Manfred Overture and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.


Andrew Koehler will conduct Richard Strauss' monumental Alpine Symphony and serve as the violin soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, K. 364, in a concert with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia on Sunday at 4 pm at Kalamazoo College. Koehler and viola soloist Jun-Ching Lin preview the concert with Cara Lieurance.


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