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Local Music
1:29 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

2013 Stulberg Silver Medalist Ariel Horowitz returns

Ariel Horowitz
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Ariel Horowitz, one of the top winners of the 2013 Stulberg International String Competition, will appear Sunday with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Bruce Uchimura and Ms. Horowitz sat down with Cara Lieurance to preview the concert.

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Local Music
5:42 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

On Benjamin Britten: a conversation with Raymond Harvey

Conductor Raymond Harvey
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Raymond Harvey, music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, recently spoke with WMUK's Cara Lieurance about the life and music of composer Benjamin Britten. 

Born 100 years ago in the British coastal town of Lowestoft, Britten's music is the focus of The World of... Benjamin Britten which will be presented by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Oct. 6. Raymond Harvey narrates and conducts the concert.

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Local Music
3:33 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

New CD for pianist Drew Le, Hope College professor

Drew Le
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Pianist Drew Le has just released a CD recording of Schubert, Debussy, and Chopin on Blue Griffin Records. 

He speaks to Cara Lieurance about the process of recording in the studio, and about his other activities as a professor of music at Hope College in Holland, MI, and as co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his musician wife, Jennifer Walvoord.  He's also an accomplished photographer. 

The CD is currently available through his website, and on Amazon later this fall.

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Local Music
5:30 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Andrew Koehler conducts a vast musical playground in 'Of Gods and Men'

Andrew Koehler

Kalamazoo Philharmonia conductor Andrew Koehler unites two Parisian masterpieces, 100 years apart, in a concert called 'Of Gods and Men' in Chenery Auditorium this Saturday. Both works feature the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus.

Mr. Koehler characterizes the Requiem in C minor of Luigi Cherubini as a work bridging the Classical and Romantic eras. Written in 1816 as a memorial to Louis XIV after the French revolution, it was praised by Beethoven and its innovations were later used by Brahms and Verdi.

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Local Music
3:38 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Stulberg Competition highlights new generation in music

Margaret Hamilton, Renata Knific, and Chris Shook
Credit Cara Lieurance

Kalamazoo has been home to one of the country's most prestigious competitions for young people for the past 38 years. Saturday, the Stulberg International String Competition returns with performances by twelve semi-finalists during the day and a final concert by six finalists in the evening. 

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