Cara Lieurance

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Jeremy Siskind, who joined the Western Michigan jazz faculty four years ago at age 25 (and winning the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition soon afterward) will be joined by favorite musical partners singer Nancy Harms and saxophonist Lucas Pino to close out the Fontana Summer Music Festival tomorrow night.

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The Fontana Summer Music Festival continues tonight with the band Founders, a group of "chamber songwriters." It's a project helmed by Kalamazoo native Brandon Ridenour, the Juilliard-trained trumpeter who branched out with his songwriting and arranging skills after spending several successful seasons as a member of the Canadian Brass. 

The married musicians Martha Walvoord, a violinist, and Jack Unzicker, a double-bassist, have made it their mission to create a new repertoire of violin-bass duets. This week at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, they'll share their newest commission with audiences on Thursday and Friday night.


Joseph Ong, Brittany Florenz

At this point in the collective life of the Verona Quartet, it's all about expanding their horizons. Winners of the 2015 Concert Artist Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the quartet makes its first appearance in Kalamazoo tonight at the Fontana Summer Music Festival.


Sophie Zhai

As they accumulate notable awards and grants, and perform in some of the finest concert halls around the world, the members of the Escher Quartet also accumulate their fair share of travel horror stories. The music is the easy part, says cellist Brook Speltz, who is the son of two classical musicians.


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