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The advanced fusion-jazz-funk of Minor Element, the sublime soprano Diane Penning, and a young school-aged aspiring conductor are all part of the Battle Creek Symphony's Holiday Extravaganza, as envisioned by music director Anne Harrigan. She tells Cara Lieurance about the music and the special guests.

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With a lineup that includes regional artists like Altamiece Cooper, Jeff Cachero, and Gerald Case-Blanchard;  seven Western Michigan University Theatre students including Savannah Fisher and Damon McToy; and performers with national careers like Desiréee Davar and Nicolas Dromard,  this Battle Creek Symphony production of Guys and Dolls stands out for its racially and ethnically diverse cast of performers, says conductor Anne Harrigan. 

Irish reels, hornpipes, jigs, airs and waltzes are some tune types likely to be played at 7:30 pm Thursday, Aug 19 at First United Methodist Church of Battle Creek, when fiddle guru Brian Conway and renowned accordionist John Whelan take the stage for a duo concert called "An Evening With Irish Legends." Cara Lieurance spoke with Conway for a preview.

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The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra successfully rehearsed and performed five concerts this season under the most difficult circumstances they have faced in recent memory. The fifth concert, By The Country Side, will be livestreamed at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 1, and be available to watch for weeks afterward. It was programmed, rehearsed and conducted by music director Anne Harrigan, who joined Cara Lieurance to preview Brahms' Serenade No. 1 and George Walker's Lyric For Strings.

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The Battle Creek Symphony's next concert, "Russian Romance," is at 7:30 pm Saturday, April 3. It's a free concert that can be streamed by filling out reservation form at the Battle Creek Symphony website.