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Bullock Performance Institute

WMU School of Music

A concert of works for two pianos is set for 7:30 pm Wednesday, Jan 15 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU. School of Music professors Lori Sims and Yu-Lien The will play Ravel's Rhapsodie espagnole, Debussy's En blanc et noir, and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (arr. John Musto). They talk to Cara Lieurance about the ease of their chemistry and their choice to situate the pianos side-by-side, rather than facing the other. 


It's not everyday you meet a musical group that's been together for 33 years. Even rarer is a group of 33 years' standing that includes all of the original founding members. Ann Elliott-Goldschmid (first violin), Sharon Stanis (second violin) and Joanna Hood (viola) joined Cara Lieurance for a trip down memory lane and a look at their program for March 20 at Western Michigan University's Dalton Center Recital Hall on the BPI Series. 

Rostislav Dubinsky, the great Russian violinist of the Borodin Quartet who moved to the United States in the early 1980s to teach at Indiana University, was a major early influence. A friend of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich, he shared his insight and musical notes on the composer's intentions. Now based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the members of the Lafayette Quartet say they took their name from the Detroit boulevard of the same name, where they lived soon after forming the group.

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Arjun Verma will perform Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Western Michigan University, despite snowy weather (it's expected to end this afternoon). Verma began playing sitar as a child, starting off with a pieced-together instrument with a table leg for a neck. His father, a master musician himself, was an early teacher, and later Verma was able to work the the great maestro Ali Akbar Khan, who founded a music school for Indian Classical music in the Bay area of San Francisco. Verma compares Khan's influence to that of another great composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Verma previews his Kalamazoo concert by talking about his training and development, what audiences can expect in a concert of Indian Classical music, and how he likes to share improvisations with his duo partner, tabla player Nitin Mitta.

WMU School of Music

The Bullock Performance Institute continues its 12-concert series on Jan 23 with a concert featuring brand-new works by composer David Colson, a professor of theory and composition at Western Michigan University. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Colson, pianist Lori Sims, and Clocks in Motion percussionist Sean Kleve preview Rise, for piano and percussion quartet. Another significant premiere is a new saxophone quartet, which will be performed by one of the premiere quartets of its kind, the Capitol Quartet.

The concert begins with a 7 pm Live and Interactive! portion, a question-and-answer section for the artists. Music begins at 7:30 pm, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU.

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Western Michigan University director of bands Scott Boerma, and graduate asssitant hornist Alexandra Mattson preview the next Western Winds program with Cara Lieurance, highlighting a rare performance of Street Song by world-famous conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert is set for Wednesday, Nov 7 at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU, as part of the Bullock Performance Institute series. Mattson explains how her path of study brought her to WMU's School of Music, and Dr. Boerma emphasizes the collaborative nature of directing this ensemble.

The Western Winds is a versatile group that brings together Western Michigan University's wind, brass and percussion faculty with WMU graduate assistant performers, in various configurations. The repertoire is challenging, and the concerts are prepared in just three rehearsals, which is typical in the professional music world.