Cara Lieurance

Pat Johnson

Critically acclaimed jazz flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny opened the 2015–16 Bullock Performance Institute’s concert series last week, leading a quartet in a concert featuring WMU professor Tom Knific on bass, Gene Knific on piano, and Sean Dobbins on drums. 

Katherine Nofs

Farmers Alley Theatre opens its eighth season on September 18th with the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors.  Lead actor Harrison Bryan laughingly describes the role of Seymour as "the Hamlet of musical theater," while Melody Ricketts calls playing Audrey "a dream come true."

Jazz pianist Aaron Diehl is experiencing a rising wave of positive reviews after the release of a new album with singer Cecile McLorin Salvant, with whom he's been touring in Europe. Juilliard-trained Diehl, who last appeared in Kalamazoo in 2012 for the Gilmore Rising Stars Series, will join Salvant with his trio to open the new season of Fontana on Friday.

Dani Reynolds

Dr. Kim Adams and graduate assistants Ahmed Anzaldua and Joel Snyder want to let you know that opportunities exist for community members to sing with Western Michigan University ensembles

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Not one, not four, but eight cellists will participate in a program called "A Cello Explosion" this Sunday. Cellists from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia will be featured in a wide variety of music, from a Joplin rag, to the William Tell Overture to a work by Kalamazoo composer and cellist Elizabeth Start.