Fontana Chamber Arts

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

The Emerson String Quartet opens the 2014/15 Fontana season with a program of Haydn, Ravel, and Shostakovich. Violinist Eugene Drucker describes the character of each piece, and offers historical perspective on the musical trends that affected each composer.

Anna Webber

The final concert of the Fontana summer festival will feature the Hot Club of Detroit, whose style is rooted in gypsy jazz rhythms, but whose personnel bring their own modern day influences to the mix.

The group's virtuoso accordionist, Julien Labro, gave Cara Lieurance a crash course in how the band balances its blend of tradition and progress.   

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The Calidore Quartet, an award-winning string quartet formed at the Colburn School in California, will perform Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Fontana summer festival.

Cara Lieurance spoke with Jeremy Berry about the quartet's rapid rise following its gold medal performance at the 2011 Fischoff competition.   

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The Axiom Brass, a featured ensemble on this year's Fontana summer festival, will perform a mixed program of early music to modern, sacred and secular works at the Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth Center.

Gene Knific comes by his mixed pedigree of classical and jazz influences honestly.

The son of violinist Renata Knific ( professor, Western Michigan University) and bassist Tom Knific (professor, chair of Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University), this eclectic young composer and pianist, with his trio, were invited to perform for the Fontana Summer Festival this weekend.

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