Cara Lieurance

Danielle Guerra

Longtime collaborators Lucas Pino and Jeremy Siskind premiered a new collection of songs, Golden Rule, Turing Test, at Western Michigan University on Tuesday. It's a sometimes lighthearted, sometimes bemused reaction to the way we filter our human relationships through social media and mobile devices.

Martha Councell-Vargas has been pushing her boundaries as a solo artist. In her 2013 release Gran Danzon, she presented a collection of rarely heard music of the Americas for flute and piano, and followed it up in 2016 with Fantasíawhich explored the unaccompanied flute traditions of the American continents. This Friday, Councell-Vargas's live performance will incorporate movement, dance, original videography, and selections of European and American flute repertoire.

The five-member Irish traditional group Caladh Nua recently visited Kalamazoo, performing for school children, college students, and a community audience at Western Michigan University during their visit. It was the culmination of a month-long tour of the United States, which took the band to Florida, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and other states. 

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The Juilliard String Quartet, now in its 70th season, will appear on the Fontana series on March 18. Cara Lieurance previews the concert with Joseph Lin, the first violinist of the renowned group.


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The 2015-2016 concert season in West Michigan boasts three performances of Gabriel Faure's Requiem, a serene masterpiece for choir, two vocal soloists, choir and chamber orchestra. In November, Steven White led the work in a concert at Battle Creek's St. Thomas Episcopal Church; later this month, Raymond Harvey will conduct a Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra performance with a larger orchestration. This Saturday, Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church music director Caleb Williams will conduct the original version, for singers, solo violin, harp, and organ. Local musicians Ann Marie Boyle and Joel Snyder will be featured as vocal soloists.