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Folias Duo performs on the Milwood Series

Sep 21, 2017

The Folias Duo's performance this Sunday at 3pm at Milwood United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo will include an arrangement for flute and guitar of Beethoven's 'Pathetique' Piano Sonata.  Andrew Bergeron is the arranger and guitarist on this performance with his wife, flutist Carmen Maret.  Soprano Jessica Coe will perform with the Duo on this Sunday's concert.  You can listen to our conversation Thursday at 12:07pm on Jack Perlstein Presents, or click on the audio link below.


Tonight at 7:30 pm, renowned trombonist Jeremy Wilson will perform on the Bullock Performance Institute's Live and Interactive! Series. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance and WMU trombone professor Steve Wolfinbarger, he talks about becoming a trombonist in the Vienna Philharmonic at age 25, never having held an orchestral position before.

Mel Brooks' now-classic film spoof of old horror movies, Young Frankenstein, was adapted to stage by Brooks himself in 2007. It follows the story of Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "frahn-ken-shteen"), the grandson of the original Dr. Frankenstein. Fate drags him back to Transylvania, where he re-creates his grandfather's nefarious experiment, and all manner of antics ensue. The stage version retains many of the movie's best laughs and bawdy humor, and adds catchy songs and dance numbers, according to director Art Nemitz. He and actors Troy Thrash (Frederick Frankenstein), Kris Allemang Stahl (Inga), and Dwight Trice (Igor), joined Cara Lieurance for a preview of Young Frankenstein, which opens the 89th season of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre this Friday.


On Saturday, September 23 at 8 pm, Joel Mabus will release his latest album in Kalamazoo, at the First Baptist Church. He joined Cara Lieurance to showcase some cuts from the new collection, which combines instrumental hymn settings as well as songs adapted from old sources, sometimes updated with newly composed verses by Mabus. According to Mabus, he didn't set out to proselytize to anyone by recording an album of devotional music. It did, however, let him continue his exploration of "parlor guitar" style music, some favorite gospel hymns, and the first slide guitar tracks he's recorded in decades.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Guest violin soloist Jennifer Frautschi and conductor Daniel Brier agree that both the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," by Tchaikovsky belong on the "Top Ten" lists of concertos and symphonies, and should not be missed. But Brier also advocates strongly for the music of composer George Walker, whose Sinfonia No. 4, "Strands" opens the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert. It takes place Saturday in Miller Auditorium at 8 pm.