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Jazz Currents: Miles Davis's Highs And Lows After Paris (Pt 2)

Oct 26, 2016

(For part one of this series, click here.) This episode focuses on Miles Davis' career in the 1950s. Jazz Currents host Keith Hall features Davis in a duet with Thelonious Monk and delves into his classic albums with his first great quintet. We'll also hear from his collaboration with Gil Evans, Miles Ahead


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Western Michigan University alumna Kitsie Emerson was pursuing an advanced degree in piano at Queens College, and she was becoming miserable. In a city crowded with hungry pianists, she had been confined to her tiny apartment for months, practicing. So, for a change of pace (and to satisfy a degree requirement), she signed up for lessons on a few non-western instruments. One was the gamelan.


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The Sphinx Virtuosi are performing at Western Michigan University tonight as part of its 9th annual national tour. On the eve of a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall last week, cellist Karlos Rodriguez spoke with Cara Lieurance about the tour, the music, and how the Sphinx Organization has impacted diversity in classical music.

The Kalamazoo Concert Band opens its 55th season on October 22 with a free concert in Chenery Auditorium called It's About Time. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, director Tom Evans the idea of the program was sparked by reading that on October 22, 1884, the Greenwich Meridian was adopted at the International Meridian Conference, standardizing time zones around the world.


Three top choral groups at Western Michigan University will join together Sunday to sing about life's unifying moments in a free program called And So It Goes: The Cycles of Our LivesIn a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Dr. Kimberly Adams, director of the University Chorale, says she landed on the idea earlier in the summer, when her music player landed randomly on the King's Singers' choral adaptation of Billy Joel's pop tune, "And So It Goes." 


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