Cara Lieurance

Fran Kaufman

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.

Marco Borggreve

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.


Kevin Kennedy

The Sphinx Virtuosi are performing at Western Michigan University tonight as part of its 9th annual national tour. On the eve of a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall last week, cellist Karlos Rodriguez spoke with Cara Lieurance about the tour, the music, and how the Sphinx Organization has impacted diversity in classical music.

The Kalamazoo Concert Band opens its 55th season on October 22 with a free concert in Chenery Auditorium called It's About Time. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, director Tom Evans the idea of the program was sparked by reading that on October 22, 1884, the Greenwich Meridian was adopted at the International Meridian Conference, standardizing time zones around the world.


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