Hans vander Woerd

In the new Fontana season, jazz, art song, and classical music will fill a season spanning October 28, 2018 - May 11, 2019. Executive director David Baldwin joins Cara Lieurance to discuss each of the 8 concerts in detail. 

Nikolaj Lund

Gregor Sigl, the violist of the Artemis Quartet, talks about the program for their Saturday night performance on the Fontana series, which will be held in Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College. The concert begins with Beethoven's String Quartet Op 18 No. 3, his favorite of the Op 18 set. It feels "spring-like," and often serves to center the players in their music at the beginning of a performance, he says. 

The next piece on the program, Bartok's String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, was written during the first world war, and it remains an unsettling masterwork that maintains its relevance. Sigl says audiences sometimes take time at intermission to talk and release pent-up emotions about the piece. The concert ends with Robert Schumann's Quartet Op 41 No. 1, and Sigl reflects on how Schumann's music reflects what we know of his personality.

Ben Doyle

Weigang Li, the founding first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet, previews their concert with famous pipa virtuoso Wu Man, in an interview with Cara Lieurance. He says although they've received notice for their East-West crossover programs, he considers himself a specialist in Germanic music - the core classical repertory of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Li says that even though it's a cliché, music really does allow people from different countries to share a language together.

The concert is Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, presented by Fontana.

Joshua Spencer

Baritone Nathan Gunn and his musician wife, pianist Julie Jordan Gunn will perform an eclectic mix of classic and modern cabaret songs for a Fontana audience Saturday night in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Gunn talked to Cara Lieurance about what to expect.

Chris Owyoung

Geoffrey Williams, countertenor for Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony, talks with Cara Lieurance about New York Polyphony's holiday tour around the U.S. The male vocal quartet will be making its first appearance in Kalamazoo on Friday, in a Fontana concert at the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Williams says this will be only the second concert the  group has performed in Michigan.