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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's concert Friday will feature new music by American composer Derek Bermel

A native New Yorker, in 2009 he wrote A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace to honor his hometown as well as the great expatriate Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, whose sometimes sorrowful letters from New York to his friends and students were an inspiration.

A WWII draftee faces death by firing squad for desertion. He'll be allowed to live if he serves out the rest of the war. That's the extreme situation dealt with in "A Soldier's Tale," a unique stage piece of narration, dance, and music featuring a 1918 score by Igor Stravinsky and updated, modern (sometimes vulgar) text by Kurt Vonnegut. 

A collaboration between Fontana Chamber Arts and the WMU School of Music, it will receive performances in the Dalton Center Multi-Media Room Friday and Saturday.

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus returns to Chenery Auditorium this Sunday for a concert called 'A Prelude to Spring.'  

Fred Sang describes the program, and gives us a glimpse into the multi-leveled ensemble, which includes the Treble Choir, Bel Canto, the Preparatory Choir, the Concert Choir and the Touring Choir. He also describes a renaissance in vocal music in the last 20 years, which has provided choirs at all levels the chance to perform excellent, meaningful works. We also hear about the Touring Choir's upcoming trip to Italy in June of 2013.

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The Kalamazoo Philharmonia will play works of Americans George Chadwick, Samuel Barber, Walter Piston, and George Walker in a program titled "American Gothic" this Saturday. 

Conductor Andrew Koehler describes the character of and frames each work in its place in American music history. He also tells us about the featured soloist, Minghuan Xu, who will appear in the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber.

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Seventeen year-old Kelly Talim, a finalist in the 2012 Stulberg International String Competition, will present a solo recital at Kalamazoo College this Sunday. 

She remembers  the competition in Kalamazoo last May as a positive experience, and says while she works hard on technique, it's also important to her that she have "something to say" musically. Her program features works of Robert Schumann, J.S. Bach, and Eugene Ysaye.

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