Cara Lieurance

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Was it difficult to find eight regional cellists who wanted to learn, rehearse, and present a full-length program of cello-centric works? Not at all, according to Octocelli member Elizabeth Start. In fact, there were more volunteers than was needed for the "Cello Explosion" program.


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Trumpet player Keith Geiman and keyboardist and bodhrán player Thom Britton will inaugurate a new summer series tonight, a series that focuses on local musicians. The free Thursday concerts, August 4 - September 1, begin at 8 pm in the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.  


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The Avalon Quartet is the featured group this week at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. They serve as the quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, a position formerly held by the esteemed Vermeer Quartet. 


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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. 

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