Cara Lieurance

The Arcadia Winds are a group of accomplished amateur musicians who like to challenge themselves with great works. On the opening of their fourth season at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo, the pieces are by Johannes Brahms, Darius Milhaud, and Emile Bernard. Cara Lieurance spoke with musicians Ron Chase and Barbara Hong, and Ladies Library Association representative Paula Jamison, for a preview of the concert.


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This edition of Weekend Let's Hear It features an interview with piano virtuoso and composer Marc-Andre Hamelin, who performs a solo concert of music by Mozart, Debussy, Hamelin and Schubert in a Piano Masters Series event presented by the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. And, we learn about a Michigan-themed concert at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. It features music and photography that was inspired by scenic places in the state, written by Jim Spalink of An Dro


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Renowned French-Canadian virtuoso Marc-Andre Hamelin, who admits he owns a collection of sheet music stored in over 100 crates, says there is more truth to be gleaned from a composer's musical notation than the life circumstances under which it was written. On the eve of his solo recital for The Gilmore's Piano Masters Series, Hamelin discusses the late works of Mozart and Schubert as well as his own piece, Pavane Variée (2014).

Stephanie Blythe is  an opera mega-star whose performance calendar is booked up to fifteen years in advance. But she takes time for personal projects, including solo song recitals filled with hand-picked favorites. Tonight, she'll perform American songs from the Tin Pan Alley era to the 1950s, and she won't sing alone - the audience will join in.

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Violinist Liza Ferschtman will play the Violin Concerto, Op 14 by Samuel Barber with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, in a program called Barber And Bartok. The Dutch musician tells Cara Lieurance about her childhood filled with music and musicians, remembering games of pretend accompanied by her sister playing Chopin's Revolutionary Etude.


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