Cara Lieurance

Local Music
6:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Hot Club of Detroit to play Fontana summer finale

The Hot Club of Detroit
Credit Anna Webber

The final concert of the Fontana summer festival will feature the Hot Club of Detroit, whose style is rooted in gypsy jazz rhythms, but whose personnel bring their own modern day influences to the mix.

The group's virtuoso accordionist, Julien Labro, gave Cara Lieurance a crash course in how the band balances its blend of tradition and progress.   

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6:29 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

A conversation with Duo Diorama's pianist, Winston Choi

Duo Diorama
Credit Chad Johnston

Duo Diorama is the husband-and-wife team of violinist MingHuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi.

At the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, they'll perform a program of music by Bach, Brahms, William Grant Still, and John Corigliano. Cara Lieurance talks to Winston Choi about the couple's Michigan connections, Mr. Choi's Canadian upbringing, and their new life in Chicago.

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10:47 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Calidore Quartet to play sold-out Fontana concert

The Calidore String Quartet
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The Calidore Quartet, an award-winning string quartet formed at the Colburn School in California, will perform Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Fontana summer festival.

Cara Lieurance spoke with Jeremy Berry about the quartet's rapid rise following its gold medal performance at the 2011 Fischoff competition.   

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10:35 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Acclaimed Axiom Brass makes Fontana debut

Axiom Brass
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The Axiom Brass, a featured ensemble on this year's Fontana summer festival, will perform a mixed program of early music to modern, sacred and secular works at the Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth Center.

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4:10 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Current and former Fontana directors on 'A Salute to Neill'

David Baldwin and Paul Nitsch
Credit WMUK

The 'Salute to Neill' tribute to Fontana founder Neill Sanders is an annual tradition for the Fontana Summer Festival.

This year, Fontana director David Baldwin invited a former director, pianist Paul Nitsch, to appear on the program.

The past and present directors discuss the history of Fontana with Cara Lieurance. They also discuss the bright futures of the five young musicians who complete the program: horn player Adedeji Ogunfolu and the Omer Quartet. 

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