classical music

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. 

Music was integral to the life of Gunther Fonken, who passed away in March at the age of 88.

A long-time Kalamazoo resident, his late-in-life romance and marriage to Agnes Hughes inspired composer Tom Knific to write a piece for solo violin, "The Love of Her Life." Renata Knific first performed it at a gathering Agnes arranged in June to celebrate Gunther's life. Tom and Renata came to WMUK and played it for Cara Lieurance, who spoke with them about their memories of Gunther Fonken.

Chad Johnston

Duo Diorama is the husband-and-wife team of violinist MingHuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi.

At the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, they'll perform a program of music by Bach, Brahms, William Grant Still, and John Corigliano. Cara Lieurance talks to Winston Choi about the couple's Michigan connections, Mr. Choi's Canadian upbringing, and their new life in Chicago.

calidorestringquartet.com

The Calidore Quartet, an award-winning string quartet formed at the Colburn School in California, will perform Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Fontana summer festival.

Cara Lieurance spoke with Jeremy Berry about the quartet's rapid rise following its gold medal performance at the 2011 Fischoff competition.   

axiombrass.com

The Axiom Brass, a featured ensemble on this year's Fontana summer festival, will perform a mixed program of early music to modern, sacred and secular works at the Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth Center.

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