classical music

Drew Le

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.

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.

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. 

Christian Steiner

The acclaimed a cappella ensemble Anonymous 4 returns to Kalamazoo to perform a program of 13th century French music Friday night. 

A joint presentation of Fontana Chamber Arts and the WMU Medieval Institute, the program blends sacred works honoring the Virgin Mary and secular songs about a fetching shepherdess named Marion.

anneharrigan.com

Conductor Anne Harrigan can hear a remarkable difference in Tchaikovsky when the musicians of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra play his music. 

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