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Imagine you're alone in a new country, don't speak the language, nor understand the customs. For some urban students, they experience "culture shock" at college, says Deborah Bial, founder of The Posse Foundation. Over the last 29 years, her New York City-based program has recruited more than 8,000 promising inner-city students to attend the nation's top colleges in groups, or "posses." A four-year-long support program awaits them once there. Bial speaks Sunday, June 17, at Kalamazoo College's commencement.


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On Friday night, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival continues with a program called Breaking Barriers with Bach: Baroque To Celtic, featuring music of French, German, and Scottish composers of the Baroque era, with traditional Irish dance tunes interspersed, and finishing up with the premiere of The Butterfly, a work by Kalamazoo composer Carl Witt. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Carl Witt, Luke Cook, and Joanna Steinhauser (holding young Matilda in her arms) preview the music and talk about the process of bringing the program together.

The concert is at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall of the Light Fine Arts Center, Kalamazoo College, on Friday, June 8. 


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Composer Sean Neukom, who met soloist Jessica Hung when they were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, recently wrote his first and "only" violin concerto with Hung in mind. It will be premiered on Saturday by Hung and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, under the director of Andrew Koehler. Neukom, Hung and Koehler discuss the new work and the rest of the program, titled "Americas," with Cara Lieurance.

The concert begins at 8 pm in the Dalton Theater of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College on Saturday. Tickets and further details at the Kalamazoo Philharmonia website.

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New music of Edgar Barroso, Ashley Fure, Cassandra Kaczor, Adam Schumaker, and Matthew Evan Taylor will be featured in a concert presented by Michigan-based new music organization, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance.   Garrett Schumann, a co-founder of the group, and Kalamazoo composer Adam Schumaker preview the music with Cara Lieurance, and talk about the diverse world of contemporary music and musicians.


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