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Global warming is likely to bring more snow to Michigan, but only for the next few decades. That’s because the Great Lakes are spending fewer days under ice cover.

The WMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will give a free concert on Sunday in Miller Auditorium. As he previews the works on the program, Dr. Scott Boerma introduces a new member of the WMU School of Music: Dr. Mary Land, music education professor. She will conduct the Concert Band on December 7 in a holiday program in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. On Dec 9 in Miller Auditorium, the School of Music presents its annual Christmas Card To The Community.

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Nina Kotova is a celebrated Russian-American soloist who will perform one of her favorite works on Saturday with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra: the Cello Concerto in B minor, by Antonin Dvorak. Conductor Daniel Brier will conduct another masterpiece the Symphony No. 5 by Jean Sibelius, to begin the program, a work he says is hard to describe, other than "it sounds like it is composing itself." 

The concert will be held at 8 pm in Miller Auditorium on Saturday, Nov 17. Veterans and current servicements who contact the box office (269-387-2300) will receive two free passes for this concert.

Keith Hall

John Proulx (pronounced "Proo") grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, where he started playing tunes by ear at an early age. He studied music at Roosevelt University in Chicago, moved to Los Angeles, and built a career performing as a jazz pianist for artists like Melissa Manchester, Anita O'Day, and Nancy Wilson. He also recorded four solo albums, most recently 2018's Say It But some of his biggest successes came as a songwriter. In 2006, his song "These Golden Years" was recorded by Nancy Wilson on her album Turned To Blue, which went on to win the "Best Jazz Vocal Album" Grammy Award.

John Proulx shares some of these experiences with Keith Hall and talks about what brought him back to Michigan to earn his master's degree at Western Michigan University, where he directs GCII. Proulx performs five of his own songs in the studio, including "Push Hands Annie," Stuck in the Dream With Me," "Stained Glass," "Proulx's Blues," and "Before You Know It."

After years of declining enrollment, the number of students in the Kalamazoo Public Schools rose after the Kalamazoo Promise college scholarship program was announced in 2005. That’s according to a new report by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. It says the biggest impact on enrollment is keeping families in the district. Senior Researcher Michelle Miller-Adams says the Promise and similar programs in other communities also attract new families. The report says they can also help improve school district performance by emphasizing a “college-going culture.” And Miller-Adams says that can make a community more attractive to new businesses.