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Chamber Music Festival Of Saugatuck

Violinist Eric Tanner of the Perugino Quartet estimates he's been performing at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck for around 17 of its 29 years.  In the final concert of the season, his quartet will be doubled by additional players to perform the String Octet In F major Op 17, by Niels Gade. It's an exciting find for musicians who relish string octets.

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Was it difficult to find eight regional cellists who wanted to learn, rehearse, and present a full-length program of cello-centric works? Not at all, according to Octocelli member Elizabeth Start. In fact, there were more volunteers than was needed for the "Cello Explosion" program.


Keith Hall

Jazz Currents host Keith Hall talks to a longtime friend, jazz pianist Xavier Davis, a prominent performer, educator, arranger and producer in the world of jazz today.  In his WMUK visit, Davis plays a few requests from Hall, including his own modern standard, "The Message," and Thelonius Monk's "Pannonica." 


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Trumpet player Keith Geiman and keyboardist and bodhrán player Thom Britton will inaugurate a new summer series tonight, a series that focuses on local musicians. The free Thursday concerts, August 4 - September 1, begin at 8 pm in the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.  


Elliot Mandel

The Avalon Quartet is the featured group this week at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. They serve as the quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, a position formerly held by the esteemed Vermeer Quartet. 


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