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Pianist Liza Stepanova talks about her new solo CD

Jan 23, 2018

Pianist Liza Stepanova talks with Jack Perlstein about her first solo CD, Tones & Colors / Music & Visual Art, which features music from Bach to Ligeti, music inspired by visual art.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

As the 1980s come to a close, a group of misfit rockers come together to try to save their favorite club from becoming a strip mall, in the jukebox musical Rock of Ages, which opens at the Kalamazoo Civic's Parrish Theatre on Friday. The cast -- including Robert Cook, Alec Olweean, Sam Slottow and Caitlin Sackett -- will share the stage with a live rock band, singing hits by Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, Styx, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others. The members of the cast and director Nicki Poer joined Cara Lieurance to preview the show.

Keith Hall

Jazz Currents host Keith Hall spends time in the studio with engaging jazz pianist Josh Nelson, an artist with blazing talent whose history of experiences with top players, past and present, inform his music and conversation. Nelson, a frequent collaborator with vocalist Sara Gazarek, has nearly a dozen solo albums to his credit, most recently The Sky Remains (2017).

Joshua Spencer

Baritone Nathan Gunn and his musician wife, pianist Julie Jordan Gunn will perform an eclectic mix of classic and modern cabaret songs for a Fontana audience Saturday night in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Gunn talked to Cara Lieurance about what to expect.

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In a free concert on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo, the Arcadia Winds will perform Malcolm Arnold's clever and funny work, Three Shanties For Wind Quintet, Op 4. The program also includes the Arioso Trio, performing music of Handel, Beethoven's Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Op 11, and two of Georg Philip Telemann's Fantasies for Flute, played by flutist Bobbi Coleman. Coleman, pianist Barbara Hong, oboist Wendy Mazer, and Paula Jamison of the Ladies Library Association preview the concert with Cara Lieurance.