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Directors Eric Strand and Ann Marie Boyle join Cara Lieurance to talk about Light and Love: Music for a Season of Peace. They say this concert will feature favorite works picked from the past 20 seasons of Early Music Michigan.


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The three founders of Christmas In Kalamazoo join Cara Lieurance to talk about their 8th annual program, set for Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 pm, at the Centerpoint Church of Kalamazoo. 


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Did you know that the classic movie A Christmas Story had been turned into a Tony-nominated musical? According to artistic director Todd Espeland, who helms the Kalamazoo Civic production opening on Friday, all your favorite things from the movie are still there - Ralphie's obsession with getting a BB gun for Christmas, facing scary mall Santa, father winning the leg lamp -  but they've been heightened. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Espeland, along with 13-year old Liam Fagan (Ralphie), Sharon Bradford (Mother) and Tim Kilmarten (The Old Man), discuss their roles and how the large cast has brought the show together in a six-week rehearsal process.


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The Farmers Alley Theatre production of Million Dollar Quartet, which opens on December 2 at the Little Theatre, is based on the true-life story of four soon-to-be legends meeting as a group for the first time. The place was Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis. The date was December 4, 1956. And the musicians were Johnny Cash, age 24; Elvis Presley, age 21, Carl Perkins, age 24, and Jerry Lee Lewis, age 21.  

Producer Sam Phillips was able to get the superstar Presley, newly-minted star Cash, Rockabilly’s frontman Perkins, and a then-unknown Lewis to lay down tracks deep into the night.  Million Dollar Quartet takes that premise and explores the personal stories and interactions between the four musicians, the producer, and Elvis' girlfriend. Scott Moreau, who has played the role of Johnny Cash in the national touring production over 800 times, is directing the Farmers Alley run. Kalamazoo native Nat Zegree, now living in New York, is playing Jerry Lee Lewis and music directing the show. They discuss their roles in a conversation with deputy director Rob Weiner and Cara Lieurance.


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Tonight's Birds On A Wire concert shines a light on just how much modern, avant-garde music is being created around us. Western Michigan University professor of composition/theory David Colson says performing in a modern music ensemble helps students improve their musicianship in a variety of ways. Lisa Coons, professor of composition, describes her new work, Singing Wall, which is performed on a musical sculpture she designed and constructed with Steven Pierce. Cara Lieurance also talks to pianist Lori Sims about the earliest work on the program, "Regard de l’Esprit de joie," from Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus (1944). 


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