Cara Lieurance

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Saturday’s concert by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will feature Edward Elgar’s famous Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85, and the ballet Petroushka by Igor Stravinsky. The soloist for the concerto is Hai-Ye Ni, principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra, she was associate principal in the New York Philharmonic.


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Andrew Koehler will conduct the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra and the combined choirs of Portage Central, Portage Northern, Vicksburg, and Kalamazoo Central High Schools in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection," in its season-ending concert on Sunday in Chenery Auditorium.  Soprano Lisa Borik and mezzo-soprano Lauren Auge are the featured soloists. 

Western Michigan University School of Music

WMU concerto competition winners flutist Heidi Keener, bassoonist Mingyuan Yang and cellist Adriana Fernández will each perform virtuoso works with the Western Michigan University in a free concert that will bring the 2015-16 WMU season to a conclusion on Sunday. Dr. Bruce Uchimura, conductor of the WMU Symphony Orchestra, describes the works on the program, which include showpieces by Mozart, Bloch, and Doppler as well as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Soloist Adriana Fernandez, a graduate student from Ecuador, talks about her experience at Western's School of Music.


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The 69th Annual Bach Festival Week begins with a performance of Mozart's Requiem, his final, unfinished masterpiece, Saturday night. It brings together the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, led by James Turner, and the Arcato Ensemble, a group founded by conductor Andrew Koehler.

Musicologist Zaide Pixley will present a pre-concert talk about the Requiem and the circumstances under which it was written. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, she attempts to dispel some of the fabrications and exaggerations which were attached to the final days of Mozart's life. Even so, Andrew Koehler says there is a quality of urgency and dread in the work that does suggest he was grappling with his own mortality. James Turner describes the process of preparing the chorus for the performance, and introduces the soloists for the concert. 

The concert is set for 8 pm on Saturday, April 9 in Chenery Auditorium, with a pre-concert talk at 7 pm. 

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.


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