Cara Lieurance

Renata Knific, professor of violin at Western Michigan University, speaks with Cara Lieurance about her unusual violin recital, featuring works for unaccompanied violin by Sergei Prokofiev and Mikos Rozsa. Gene Knific, her son who is himself a musician/composer, joins them to talk about Warmth, a piece he wrote for Renata. And Nora Lewis, the director of Western Michigan's Bullock Performance Institute, previews upcoming concerts on the series, held most Wednesday nights September and April in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.


Ellen Appel-Mike Moreland

Sean Chen has gone through a lot of life changes in just a few years. He completed his studies at the Juilliard School and Yale, took the bronze medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and was awarded a fellowship worth $100,000 by the American Pianists Association. This month, he got married to his fiancée, a violinist, and moved to Kansas City, MO. But he's focused on opening the Gilmore Keyboard Festival's Rising Stars Series this Sunday.

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One thing that makes Tchaikovsky great, according to pianist Yefim Bronfman, is the nobility with which he expresses emotional vulnerability. Bronfman will perform the famous composer's rarely-heard Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in its season-opening concert. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, he discusses other qualities that make Tchaikovsky one of the best composers Russian ever produced. 


John Abbott

In a preview of the Rising Stars Series, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival executive director Dan Gustin says to expect pianists of remarkable caliber to visit Kalamazoo every month between September and May. They include Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, Poland; Honens Competition winner Pavel Kolesnikov of Russia, and Cliburn Competition laureates Sara Daneshpour and Sean Chen, both Americans. Another American, Emmet Cohen, recipient of the Thelonius Monk prize, is the lone jazz pianist among the classical players.


Nan Melville

The upcoming school year at Western Michigan University's School of Music will feature a 50th anniversary concert by the Western Brass Quintet, performances by world-class choirs A Roomful Of Teeth and The Rose Ensemble, and the return of the inspiring Sphinx Virtuosi, to name a few. School of Music director Brad Wong and Director of Concerts Kevin West share even more upcoming highlights, and invite people to come and see what's happening at the Dalton Center.


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