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Jazz Currents: Shirley Horn's 'Here's To Life'

Mar 10, 2017

In 1992, pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn and her trio, enhanced by the orchestral arrangements of Johnny Mandel, produced Here's To Life, which would become her best-known album. According to Keith Hall, it is a shining example of her careful pacing, her unsurpassed signature style of storytelling and her ability to make listeners feel the full emotion of each lyric. In this episode of Jazz Currents, Keith Hall pulls back the curtain on a modern classic.

via Kalamazoo Singers facebook

Conductor Rick Phelps pored over 40 seasons of Kalamazoo Singers concert programs to research the program he will conduct this Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Among other favorites, Choral Classics will feature the Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the opera that brought together members of the original choir in 1976.

Melanie Cook

As an instrument for adults, the recorder has a lot to offer, says Karen Woodworth, director of  the Kalamazoo Recorder Players. The group will celebrate Play The Recorder Month with a public performance at Sarkozy Bakery, Sunday at 11:00 am. Woodworth says they'll play Baroque dances, Irish ditties, and various pieces for different combinations of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Play The Recorder Month is sponsored every year by the American Recorder Society

Nadia Romanini

Dan Gustin, the executive director of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, first heard pianist András Schiff perform in the early 1970s at Tanglewood, the renowned summer music festival held in the Berkshires in Massachussetts. Schiff played Book II of  J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, and Gustin knew he was hearing one of the most important pianists of his generation. Now, in 2017, Sir András Schiff, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, will perform for The Gilmore's Piano Masters Series, in a concert on Saturday, March 11 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium. Gustin and Cara Lieurance discuss the life and significance of Schiff's work in this preview of Saturday's concert. 

courtesy The West Michigan Opera Project

The West Michigan Opera Project makes good on its slogan, "opera for all," by offering their productions in a variety of large and small communities at no charge. Tonight, they'll perform Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in Kalamazoo, at First Presbyterian Church, at 7:30 pm. Cara Lieurance spoke with the founder, soprano Sarah Faasse, soprano Jessica Coe (Susanna) and Trent Broussard (Figaro).