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.

Harvey de Souza, principal first violinist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, considers himself fortunate to have spent a career making music with the famous touring and recording orchestra, founded in 1958 by Sir Neville Marriner. De Souza, who joined the group in 1993, talks to Cara Lieurance about the late conductor's vision for the group and his generosity with the players, and they preview the works on Saturday's Fontana program: the Sextet by Korngold, two pieces for octet by Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat.

Concert Artists

Chamber music for voices is the specialty of the Leipzig-based ensemble Calmus. Now in its eighteenth season and with twenty recordings in its catalog, the group makes its Michigan debut on the Fontana Series Friday night, performing a program called "Shakespeare A Cappella" in the Holy Family Chapel at the Nazareth Center. Cara Lieurance spoke with baritone Ludwig Böhme, a founding member of Calmus, about the group's history and range.

Joseph Cultice

In a recent appearance at Bell's Brewery for the Fontana series, The Hot Sardines performed its eclectic mix of jazz-age songs and dance numbers, led by frontwoman Elizabeth Bourgerol and bandleader Evan Palazzo. Before the concert, Miz Elizabeth, as she is known, talked to Cara Lieurance about coming to Kalamazoo for the first time.

Julien Mignot

On a tour that takes the Ébène Quartet from Texas to Québec, violinist Gabriel Le Magadure says they've set a tiring pace, but are buoyed up by diverse, receptive audiences across the United States. For tonight's Fontana concert, the group will play two beloved French quartets by Debussy and Ravel, and some Mozart for good measure.