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.

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.