Local Music

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Violinist Lana Trotovsek, a Slovenia-born Londoner, made her U.S. orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in its season-opening concert last month. Prior to her performance, she talked about her career to date, her childhood in Slovenia, and the teachers who changed her life.

Felix Broede

The Jerusalem Quartet will visit Kalamazoo during its 20th anniversary world tour, which includes stops in Washington, DC and New York in North America, as well as Paris, Berlin, and London on its European leg. The program it will play for the Fontana Series this Saturday in Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College is a special one that marks where the quartet has been, and where it is going.


The newest album from the Michigan-based, Celtic and world-music ensemble An Dro is steeped in the sounds of Michigan. Home videos and recordings of forest birds, wind and waves served as inspiration for the thirteen original works by An Dro founding member James Spalink on the album, which is titled The Music of James Spalink

Jiyang Chen

The Gilmore's Rising Stars Series opened on September 27th with a concert featuring Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong.


Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was born in 1936 in Chesterton PA.  His first big break was touring and recording with Ray Charles in 1954.  In the early 60's, after 5 years with Ray Charles, Belgrave moved to NYC and worked with jazz innovators including Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach and Yusef Lateef.  In 1963, Belgrave moved to Detroit to work with many of the well-known jazz musicians there and also joined the staff at Motown Records.