classical music

Local Music
4:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Composer Nathan Davis talks ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)

Nathan Davis
Credit Adam Szczepaniak

Nathan Davis is a composer, percussionist and member of ICE, a groundbreaking ensemble at the forefront of creating and performing new music. Western Michigan University presents ICE in concert tonight in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. 

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Local Music
4:45 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

'Prelude to Spring' set for Sunday

Singers in the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus
Credit Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus returns to Chenery Auditorium this Sunday for a concert called 'A Prelude to Spring.'  

Fred Sang describes the program, and gives us a glimpse into the multi-leveled ensemble, which includes the Treble Choir, Bel Canto, the Preparatory Choir, the Concert Choir and the Touring Choir. He also describes a renaissance in vocal music in the last 20 years, which has provided choirs at all levels the chance to perform excellent, meaningful works. We also hear about the Touring Choir's upcoming trip to Italy in June of 2013.

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Music, Theatre, & Dance
7:37 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'A Soldier's Tale': A musical look at what it means to be a soldier

The CD cover for American Chamber Winds' recording of 'A Soldier's Tale'

For as long as there have been wars, there have been stories about the brave soldiers who fought in them. But what about the others? On Friday, Fontana Chamber Arts and the Western Michigan University School of Music, along with WMU actors and dancers, will tell a story about a very different kind of soldier.

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Local Music
3:23 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Andrew Koehler conducts Kalamazoo Philharmonia's "American Gothic"

Andrew Koehler
Credit andrewkoehlerconductor.com

  

The Kalamazoo Philharmonia will play works of Americans George Chadwick, Samuel Barber, Walter Piston, and George Walker in a program titled "American Gothic" this Saturday. 

Conductor Andrew Koehler describes the character of and frames each work in its place in American music history. He also tells us about the featured soloist, Minghuan Xu, who will appear in the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber.

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Local Music
9:02 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Tokyo Quartet's Kikuei Ikeda: 'My life changed in 5 seconds'

The Tokyo Quartet in performance
Credit Pete Checchia

Fontana Chamber Arts presents the Tokyo String Quartet on its farewell tour this Saturday in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Violinist Kikuei Ikeda joined the quartet in 1974, five years after it was formed. He says that his acceptance by phone was the most momentous 5 seconds of his life. Along with the opportunity to play at the highest level on world stages, the decision required him to leave Japan to live in the United States for four decades.

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