Local Music

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Aaron Dworkin, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will be featured in two public events in Kalamazoo on Tuesday, May 31. The first is an open forum on how to engage Kalamazoo area underserved minority youth in classical arts, to be held at the Douglass Community Association at 10:00 am. The second is an evening presentation of "Spoken Word Musical Fusion," in which the 2005 MacArthur fellow will present a multi-media program of poetry, projected images, and live music. A benefit for the Kalamazoo-based organization Mothers Of Hope, it begins at 8 pm at the Light Fine Arts building at Kalamazoo College.


Tubist Robert Whaley has performed for 50 of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's 95 seasons, and he's looking forward to season 96. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he marked the occasion by telling stories about some of the experiences he's had over the years as a symphony musician.

At the 2016 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti made his first appearance in 14 years, with two sold-out shows at Bell's Eccentric Cafe (co-presented by Fontana.)  In an interview with Cara Lieurance prior to his performance, Eigsti takes a hard look at the realities of life on the road. With over 200 performance dates a year, he acknowledges that the joy of playing jazz with his trusted friends for live audiences comes with a lack of grounding and routine caused by constant travel.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Raymond Harvey tells listeners what to expect in the Festival Finale of the 2016 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. There will be two piano soloists: 2014 Gilmore Artist Rafał Blechacz (performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2) and composer and pianist Michel Legrand, who will premiere his new Concerto For Piano

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The clavisimbalum is a small keyboard, with wire strings, whose mechanism works like a harpsichord. Medieval music specialist Corina Marti says there are no surviving original instruments, but luckily, a 15th century Dutch instrument maker wrote down instructions for how to make one, and musicologists were able to use medieval artwork to help recreate the instrument.