Cara Lieurance

C Lieurance

Tonight's Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program features three works: The Raymond Overture, by Ambrois Thomas, Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 5 "Egyptian," and the Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. In a preview of the music with Cara Lieurance, KSO music director Raymond Harvey joked about avoiding the Raymond Overture in order not to appear egotistical. The concerto by Saint-Saens is a personal favorite - as a young pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory, Harvey won the school's concerto competition playing the piece. On a more serious note, he discusses the importance of Shostakovich's fifth symphony in historic and interpretational terms.


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Pianist Pascal Rogé was at home in Paris on November 13 when the city was subjected to a series of deadly attacks by ISIS extremists. A week later, he is preparing to perform a concerto by one of France's most celebrated composers, Camille Saint-Saens, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. The concert on Friday will be dedicated to the victims in Paris.


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Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers' beloved book character, transitioned from film to stage in 2004, when writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and musical team Robert and Richard Sherman debuted their adaptation in London's West End.  Mary Poppins is the Kalamazoo Civic's holiday offering this year, opening on November 20th. 

Bill Ryan

The new album by the Coalescence Percussion DuoAlternations, was given an album release concert last month as part of the Western Michigan University Bullock Performance Institute Series. Prior to the concert, percussionist Judy Moonert spoke about the release at WMUK.

The Western Winds is the only university ensemble that presents faculty performers and the master's level students they mentor together on the same stage. Before a concert that featured Antonin Dvorak's Serenade For Winds, Op 44, Scott Boerma, WMU director of bands, and graduate student Greg Blakeman, shared their thoughts on the experience.


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