Adam Schumaker

Adrianne Tan

A gallery filled with the musical paintings of David Park at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will become a concert space at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb 18, when the New York City-based composer-performer duo Chromic plays new and improvised music on toy piano, electric and acoustic piano. 

Kalamazoo composer Adam Schumaker received an Arts Council grant to fund the performance. He talks to Cara Lieurance about Chromic and their music, and Chromic's Lucy Yao, an alumna of Western Michigan University, joins them by phone to talk about how Chromic was founded.


Shantanu Stareck

New music of Edgar Barroso, Ashley Fure, Cassandra Kaczor, Adam Schumaker, and Matthew Evan Taylor will be featured in a concert presented by Michigan-based new music organization, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance.   Garrett Schumann, a co-founder of the group, and Kalamazoo composer Adam Schumaker preview the music with Cara Lieurance, and talk about the diverse world of contemporary music and musicians.


The Gilmore

The Gilmore's Keysfest is a day of workshops, masterclasses and other activities for young pianists in 1st through 12th grades. Adam Schumaker, director of education for The Gilmore, and operations associate Leslie Boughton share some of the  new highlights of this year's event, which will be held on February 24, 9 am - 6 pm, at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo.


Chris McGuire

Education director Adam Schumaker and education coordinator Leslie Boughton join Cara Lieurance to preview KeysFest, an annual day-long festival for piano students in the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas. Children grades 1-12 sign up to perform in a masterclass, hear their peers perform, and receive feedback from a clinician. 


C. Lieurance

On Wednesday, composer/pianist Cassandra Kaczor and baritone Ian McGuffin, both graduate students at Roosevelt University in Chicago, will premiere a new, eight-movement work based on the writing of Will Brooks, a musician, writer, and voice for the LGBT community. In an interview and performance at WMUK, Kaczor and McGuffin talked about writing the work and previewed three selections.


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