Cara Lieurance

Local Music
12:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

GR Symphony cellist revels in chamber music in Saugatuck

Cellist Alicia Eppinga
Credit Grand Rapids Symphony

Cellist Alicia Eppinga, principal cellist of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, is one of the featured performers at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck this weekend.

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Local Music
6:36 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Returning pianist Ralph Votapek has fond Fontana memories

Ralph Votapek
Credit ralphvotapek.com

Pianist Ralph Votapek returns to the Fontana summer festival this week to perform classics of the repertoire for two pianos, with his wife, pianist Albertine Votapek.

In his conversation with Cara Lieurance, Mr. Votapek recalls the early days of the festival and its founder, Neill Sanders, who started the series in 1980. He also discusses the longevity of his career. Votapek is soon to mark his 50th year of appearances in Argentina. 

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Local Music
1:27 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Grounded in eclecticism, Gene Knific debuts at Fontana Summer Festival

Gene Knific

Gene Knific comes by his mixed pedigree of classical and jazz influences honestly.

The son of violinist Renata Knific ( professor, Western Michigan University) and bassist Tom Knific (professor, chair of Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University), this eclectic young composer and pianist, with his trio, were invited to perform for the Fontana Summer Festival this weekend.

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Local Music
4:18 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Cellist returns for 17th year with Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

Cellist Judith Vander Weg
Credit Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

An interview with Judith Vander Weg

Judith Vander Weg, principal cellist of the Flint Symphony, is one of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck's most popular players, having appeared each season for the last sixteen years.

She spoke with Cara Lieurance about the opening program of Phantasies by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frank Bridge, and Dvorak's Viola Quintet Op 97. 

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck starts its 26th season this weekend. Concerts will continue at 7:30 pm each Thursday and Friday night until August 16th.

Local Music
4:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

LHI Live: Jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson and Sara Gazarek
Credit saragazarek.com

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist-composer-arranger Josh Nelson visit with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall in WMUK's Takeda performance studio, for an hour of songs and conversation on a range of topics, including the song writing process, the privilege of teaching, and the special camaraderie of jazz artists around the world.

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