Local Music

Local Music
12:43 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Executive director Peter Gistelinck positive on KSO's potential

Peter Gistelinck
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony

The former executive director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Peter Gistelinck draws upon a lifetime of musical experience. 

Raised in an intensely musical family, he fostered relationships with musical luminaries such as Michel Legrand, Jessye Norman, and Marvin Hamlisch, and is himself an active composer and arranger. Peter Gistelinck tells Cara Lieurance he's excited to work with KSO music director Raymond Harvey in the seasons leading up to symphony's 100th anniversary in 2021.

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Local Music
7:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

LHI Live: Pianist Ahmed Anzaldua and the music of Mompou

Ahmed Anzaldua
Credit ahmedanzaldua.com

Ahmed Anzaldúa recently joined Cara Lieurance at WMUK in the Takeda performance studio to play music of one of his favorite composers: Federico Mompou.

Before becoming a pianist, Mr. Anzaldúa was a trumpet player enrolled in medical school in Mexico. He relates the story of how he began to play piano and eventually became a graduate student at Western Michigan University, where he studies piano with Silvia Roederer and conducting with Kimberly Dunn Adams.

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Local Music
7:15 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pianist Barbara Lieurance presents unconventional program at Gilmore Fest

Barbara Lieurance
Credit Greg Wong

At the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, pianist Barbara Lieurance uses hand-made bows to play C. Curtis-Smith's Rhapsodies for piano, and plays with and against herself in Stephan Moore's computer-interactive Moving Target.

An alumna of Western Michigan University and the New England Conservatory, she joins (older sister) Cara Lieurance to preview her program. 

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Local Music
6:52 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Fontana Summer Festival has fresh music, fresh approach

Fontana Summer Festival
Credit fontanachamberarts.org

Cara Lieurance talks to David Baldwin, executive director of Fontana, who shares details and musical selections from the upcoming Fontana Summer Festival, featuring Gene Knific, Ralph and Albertine Votapek, Paul Nitsch, Axiom Brass, the Calidore String Quartet, and the Hot Club of Detroit.

He also spotlights a collaborative Fontana venture with the City of Kalamazoo and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, which will present jazz in Bronson Park on the third Thursdays of June, July and August.

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Local Music
3:04 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Old Wicked Songs actors & director discuss the work of art

Keith Baker and Nich Mueller

Old Wicked Songs, a two-character play by Jon Marans that delves into music and emotion, will be extended through May 18 at the Farmer's Alley Theatre

Cara Lieurance talks to director D. Terry Williams, actor Nich Mueller (Steven) and actor Keith Baker (Professor Mashkan) about the drama of the play and how it connects to the song cycle Dichterliebe, by Robert Schumann. 

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