classical music

Grand Rapids Symphony

Cellist Alicia Eppinga, principal cellist of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, is one of the featured performers at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck this weekend.

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Pianist Ralph Votapek returns to the Fontana summer festival this week to perform classics of the repertoire for two pianos, with his wife, pianist Albertine Votapek.

In his conversation with Cara Lieurance, Mr. Votapek recalls the early days of the festival and its founder, Neill Sanders, who started the series in 1980. He also discusses the longevity of his career. Votapek is soon to mark his 50th year of appearances in Argentina. 

Cellist Judith Vander Weg
Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

Judith Vander Weg, principal cellist of the Flint Symphony, is one of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck's most popular players, having appeared each season for the last sixteen years.

She spoke with Cara Lieurance about the opening program of Phantasies by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frank Bridge, and Dvorak's Viola Quintet Op 97. 

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck starts its 26th season this weekend. Concerts will continue at 7:30 pm each Thursday and Friday night until August 16th.

Brent Cline

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe of the piano duo Anderson & Roe, recently visited with Cara Lieurance at WMUK. 

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Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, a dual citizen of France and the United States, made his debut at the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival this week with a program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Mr. Vinikour and Cara Lieurance have a conversation about the technique and style specific to the composers and the instrument, and his recent return to the United States after a long period living in France.

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