Cara Lieurance

Marco Borrgreve

Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel is looking forward to his debut concert in Kalamazoo for The Gilmore Rising Stars Series. Although the majority of his performance activity lies in Europe, he's also studied in the United States at The Juilliard School in New York, and has high praise for his teacher, Emanuel Ax. 

Matthew Fries, Lauren Laheta, Alicia Bye

Scott Cowan joins Cara Lieurance to talk about the premiere of six new works for jazz ensembles ranging from quintet to octet. Together they listen to tracks from his most recent album, Jack's Place, and Dr. Cowan describes his aesthetic as a composer and teacher. They also discuss his journey to northern Ireland on a Fulbright scholarship, which gave inspiration to a future project, titled "Emerald Suite."

Lisa Kyle

The jazz trio Tri-Fi - Matthew Fries, piano; Phil Palombi, bass, and Keith Hall, drums - is garnering wide praise for its fifth album, Staring into the Sun

WMUK contributor Jonathan Boyd, a violist and music student at Western Michigan University, talks about the extraordinary life of an itinerant virtuoso from New Orleans.  Louis Moreau Gottschalk broke new ground in the Romantic era by incorporating Afro-Cuban rhythms and dances into his Chopin-influenced works.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

The Emerson String Quartet opens the 2014/15 Fontana season with a program of Haydn, Ravel, and Shostakovich. Violinist Eugene Drucker describes the character of each piece, and offers historical perspective on the musical trends that affected each composer.