Cara Lieurance

Organic Headshots

In Chicago, the "first couple" of piano duet playing is Claire Aebersold and Ralph Nieweem, founders of the Chicago Duo Piano Festival and a professional team for over four decades. 

Read McEndre

Jeff Feldman didn't know what he was getting into when he let his brother talk him into giving Hot Club jazz, or "gypsy" jazz, a chance.  Well versed in American rock, the bassist soon began to appreciate the blend of cultures in the style Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli pioneered.

Devon Ross

Renee Macdonald, 23, has called Kalamazoo home until now. A graduate of Loy Norrix High School and Western Michigan University, her pursuit of classical singing hasn't always been easy, but she found strong advocates in teachers Marie Kerstetter, Fred Sang, and Elizabeth Cowan, among others. They advised her to keep working to master her instrument - a powerful, sometimes unruly soprano/alto voice that is ideal for dramatic operatic roles, and is expected to fully mature in her early thirties.

The Catalyst Quartet will showcase folk elements in works of Ives, Smetana, Golijov, and Goddard, in a concert Thursday, presented by the Fontana summer festival.

Mark Roemisch

The Neave Trio visits the Fontana Summer Festival on Tuesday to perform masterworks of Franz Schubert and Antonin Dvorak. Currently the trio-in-residence at San Diego State University, violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Toni James share the story of the group's origins and name, and preview the music on the program. 

The concert will be held in the Wellspring Theater in the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 pm.